Fresh Israeli arrests across West Bank

IOF arrests

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested at dawn Saturday three Palestinians after breaking into their homes in different areas of the West Bank.

A violent raid and search campaign was carried out in Al-Tawana town east of Yatta, in al-Khalil, sparking panic among locals. At least a young man was arrested during the campaign.

IOF soldiers also stormed a sheep barn in the town, before its owner discovered that he lost dozens of his cattle heads. 

The incident came after a group of settlers stormed the town and carried out various attacks.

Meanwhile, two youths were detained in Beit Dajan town in Nablus after Israeli forces stormed their family houses and stole the installed security cameras.

On the other hand, violent clashes broke out late Friday in Occupied Jerusalem between Israeli police forces and local youths.

The clashes broke out after Palestinian youths allegedly set fire to a military site near Al-Isawiya town in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Similar incidents were reported in Sultan Suleiman Street in Occupied Jerusalem, where several youths were rounded up as clashes broke out near Bab al-Amud.

In Bethlehem, clashes erupted near Jabal Umm Rakba area in the town of Al-Khader, south of Bethlehem. 

Israeli media sources claimed that Palestinian youths threw Molotov cocktails during the confrontations. A number of Israeli soldiers were injured during the clashes.

(Source / 16.10.2021)

Sources: IOF assaults Palestinian olive harvesters in West Bank

Israeli soldiers attack Palestinians
Israeli soldiers attack Palestinians

West Bank_Gaza post – Israeli forces fired teargas canisters at Palestinians cultivating olive crops in the north of the West Bank on Saturday according to local sources.

Sources claimed that soldiers used teargas on the harvesters, which included landowners and volunteers from Al-Quds Open University, while they picked olives on Zabouba village area, west of Jenin in the northern West Bank, to force them to leave the farms near the apartheid and separation wall.

Teargas inhalation was treated by several people.

During the yearly olive harvest season, Palestinians who rely on it for their livelihood are continuously attacked by soldiers and settlers.

(Source / 16.10.2021)

15-year-old Palestinian girl narrates her story in latest war on Gaza (VIDEO)

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Gaza latest war

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15-year-old Sama A. and 11-year-old Rahaf N. share what was it was like to live through the Israeli military’s latest aggression in the Gaza Strip during May 2021. Each of them have lived through several Israeli military assaults and agree that the May aggression was the most intense.

(Source / 16.10.2021)

MEP Chris MacManus: ‘EU cannot remain silent as Israel demolishes Palestine homes’

Israeli bulldozers backed by police forces tear down a car maintenance shop belonging to a Palestinian family in area of Harayik, Hebron, West Bank on 25 August 2021. [Mamoun Wazwaz - Anadolu Agency]
Israeli bulldozers backed by police forces tear down a car maintenance shop belonging to a Palestinian family in area of Harayik, Hebron, West Bank on 25 August 2021

Member of European Parliament Chris MacManus has asserted that the European Union (EU) cannot continue to remain silent as new data shows a sharp increase in the demolition of Palestinian homes by the Israeli occupation, Wafa News Agency reported on Friday.

“From January to August of this year, the Israeli authorities demolished or seized 118 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,” MacManus announced in a statement.

“This represents a 38 per cent increase when compared with the same period in 2020,” he said, pointing out that: “The data collected uses the term ‘structures’, but it must be realised that a significant number of these are family homes.”

He added: “The demolitions resulted in the displacement of 191 people, including 116 children. The destruction also included public buildings, leaving over 1,400 people without access to services.”

The MEP continued: “Israeli authorities try and hide behind the fact that the buildings did not have permission, but neglect to mention that only they have the authority to grant such permission and choose not to, which leaves Palestinian residents with no choice.”

READ: Israel demolishes one of the oldest Muslim graveyards near Al-Aqsa Mosque

MacManus stressed that “this is ethnic cleansing at its most basic level,” calling on EU leaders to stand up for the oppressed.

“Shockingly, the EU seeks to continue business as usual with Israel, ignoring the fact that on average at least fifteen of the structures demolished every month were built using EU funds,” he explained.

“In what other situation would it be considered reasonable to trade with a country that systematically undermines your efforts to help the oppressed? I have checked the data and some of this funding came from Ireland.”

According to MacManus, Israel’s actions: “Are designed to make the two-state solution unworkable, as they plant Israeli settlers throughout the area that is part of the internationally-recognised Palestinian state. All demolitions must be halted, and settlers should be ordered to leave the Palestinian territories they have illegally occupied in the West Bank.”

Concluding his statement, MacManus expressed: “I believe it is about time the EU stood up to Israel and made it perfectly clear that it is not prepared to acquiesce to the undermining of its work in Palestine. The EU must live up to its own rhetoric, that it stands for human rights and peace.”

(Source / 16.10.2021)

More Palestine prisoners to join hunger strike

Gazans stage a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in Gaza City, Gaza on 14 October 2021 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]
Gazans stage a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in Gaza City, Gaza on 14 October 2021

More Palestinian prisoners will join the hunger strike in Israeli jails should the Israel Prison Service (IPS) not meet their demands and lift its sanctions, Quds Press reported on Friday.

According to a statement issued by the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS), Quds Press said that the “resistance programme” for the prisoners inside Israeli jails “is escalating”.

The statement read: “If the IPS does not meet the demands of the hunger strikers and lift its sanctions imposed on the prisoners affiliated with the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, prisoners from other groups will join the hunger strike.”

On Wednesday, the PPS announced that 250 prisoners from the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine started a hunger strike protesting against Israeli punitive measures and sanctions imposed, following the escape of six Palestinian prisoners from Israeli Gilboa prison on 6 September.

Meanwhile, the PPS reported that prisoners Mohammad Al-Amoudi and Hosni Issa escalated their hunger strike and stopped drinking water. As a result, their health conditions deteriorated and they were admitted to the prison clinic.

The PPS announced that the hunger strike is supported by all prisoners inside Israeli jails and all Palestinian factions, who insist that the IPS must stop punitive measures against prisoners.

READ: Hospitalised Palestinian prisoner enters 86th day of hunger strike

(Source / 16.10.2021)

Israeli Settlers Assault Palestinian Farmers near Salfit

Illegal Israeli settlers, on Saturday, attacked Palestinian farmers and injured four in Yasouf village, northeast of Salfit in the northern occupied West Bank, Quds News Network reported.

Palestinian farmer, Yousef Hammoudeh, stated that while he and his family were harvesting their olives, dozens of illegal colonists hurled rocks at the family, injuring three people.

The settlers, coming from the illegal Rahalim colony, built on occupied Palestinian territory, assaulted the family with rocks, injuring Hammoudeh in the head, his wife in the leg, and his son in the back.

Hammoudeh added that the colonists smashed the windows of his car, stole the harvested olives and ladders and other tools, and pepper spraying another local farmer.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs latest Protection of Civilians Report,

Israeli settlers physically assaulted and injured eight Palestinians, and people known or believed to be settlers damaged or stole the harvest from over 180 Palestinian-owned olive trees. These included four farmers injured while working their land near As Seefer (Hebron), two shepherds near the community of Arab ar Rashayida (Bethlehem), and another farmer in Ein Yabrud (Ramallah) and an activist in Susiya (Hebron). According to eyewitnesses or landowners, settlers vandalized around 160 olive trees in Umm Fagarah (Hebron) and Burin (Nablus), and stole the olives from another 26 trees in Salfit. A number of attacks by settlers in the H2 area of Hebron were recorded, including breaking into a number of houses and stealing agricultural tools, surveillance cameras and water pumps, in addition to stealing olives.

(Source / 16.10.2021)

Palestinian boy describes brutal Israeli kidnap and torture

Tareq Zubeidi, 15, shows an image of his wounds at his house, in the West Bank village of Silat ad-Dhahr

Jenin (QNN)- An Israeli human rights watchdog revealed horrible details about a settlers’ kidnap of the Palestinian boy Tareq Zubeidi over two weeks ago.

B’Tselem said that the 15-year-old boy was kidnapped while he was walking near Seilet Al Dhaher in Jenin along with his friends.

It added that “it is clear that the boy was physically and mentally abused”.

Zubeidi said he and some friends took some snacks up to the hilltop where the settlement once stood and found a place to relax. At about 9:30am they heard people shouting in Hebrew and looked up to see a small group of settlers coming towards them.

He said, they fearfully ran down the hill towards their village. Zubeidi said an earlier knee injury slowed him down, allowing another group of settlers in a car to catch up with him and knock him over as he descended the gravelly street that connects the illegal settlement of Homesh with the main road.

“Four settlers got out of the car and there were two others who were travelling by foot,” he said. “One of them had a gun.”

The settlers beat him with wooden clubs before blindfolding him and tying him to the hood of the car, he said. They drove for about five minutes, back up the hill, before the car came to a sudden halt, sending him tumbling to the ground. “Then they started to hit me, spit on me and swear at me,” he said.

He said the settlers tied him to a tree and whipped him with a belt. Then they took him down, cut his legs with a knife and burned the soles of his feet with a car cigarette lighter. In the end, they hit him over the head with a club, knocking him unconscious, he said.

When he came to, he was in an army four-wheel drive with an Israeli soldier who he says immediately began threatening him. “He told me that if anything happens in the settlement we will arrest you, and if there is any stone-throwing, you will take full responsibility,” Zubeidi said.

His father, Abdul Razek Zubeidi, said his son was taken to a hospital that afternoon and spent the night there. A medical report said he had bruising on his shoulder and cuts on his feet. Photos taken shortly after the incident appear to show two dark wounds on the soles of his feet.

Zubeidi’s mother, Hanan Zubeidi, fears it could have been much worse.

“Imagine, my son tells me that he was beaten up by them,” she said. “I did not expect to see him alive.”

The United Nations envoy to the Middle East, Tor Wennesland, raised Zubeidi’s case at a meeting of the Security Council last month, describing the incident as a “heinous act” and calling on Israeli authorities to hold the perpetrators accountable.

(Source / 16.10.2021)

Four Palestinians wounded in settlers’ attack on olive pickers in Salfit

Salfit (QNN)- Four citizens were wounded today in a settlers’ attack on olive pickers in the West Bank village of Yasouf in Salfit.

The farmer Yousef Hammoudeh said that nearly 30 settlers from the illegal settlement of Rahalim attacked the farmers of the village and threw stones at them while the farmers were picking olive. Hamoudeh was injured in his head, while his wife Khawla Asayrah was wounded in her leg and his son Suhaib got bruises on his back.

Hammoudeh added that the settlers smashed the glass of his car then sprayed pepper gas at the face of a citizen, who has been identified as Jumana Suleiman, before stealing her cell phone and medication. They also stole olive harvest in addition to ladders and tools used by the farmers to pick olive.

He added that the area as several settlers attack recently, which aimed to empty it.

(Source / 16.10.2021)

Facebook to investigate repression against Palestinian content

Washington (QNN)- Facebook administration said it will allow an independent body to launch an investigation into content moderation of Arabic and Hebrew posts after the tech giant was accused of removing and suppressing pro-Palestine content, while allowing hate speech and incitement by Israelis.

“We have partnered with a non-profit organization expert in business and human rights, BSR, to conduct human rights due diligence of Facebook’s impacts during May-June’s intensified violence in Israel and Palestine,” Facebook said in a statement on Friday.

“BSR will examine relevant internal Facebook sources and engage with affected stakeholders. We will implement the board’s recommendation in our due diligence, defining and prioritising all salient human rights issues according to the guidance of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.”

Facebook also said that it will publicly communicate the results of the investigation in 2022. With offices around the world, BSR describes itself as an “organisation of sustainable business experts” that works with big business to “create a just and sustainable world”.

This comes after Facebook’s Oversight Board released a report earlier this year, calling for an independent body to investigate claims of content suppression relating to Palestine.

Activists and rights groups, including Human Rights Warch, had also accused the social media giant, which owns Instagram and WhatsApp, of censoring Palestinians and supporters following the removal of pro-Palestinian posts.

Nearly 200 Facebook staff members also accused its systems of unfairly taking down or down-ranking pro-Palestine content before and during Israel’s latest offensive on Gaza.

recent report by the Intercept has revealed a blacklist by Facebook, which included names of Palestinian citizens, officials, politicians, martyrs, detainees, charities, and organizations. Meanwhile, the list included zero Israelis.

(Source / 16.10.2021)

Gaza: 95,000 Families Receive Financial Aid from Qatar

Days of Palestine – Gaza – Chairman of Qatar’s Committee for Reconstruction of Gaza said that the committee has started Thursday the disbursement of cash assistance to needy families in the Gaza Strip, in cooperation with Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD).

Mohamed al-Emadi explained that the aid will be distributed to around 95,000 families, indicating that each family in need will receive $100.

Read More: ‘He wakes up crying’: Palestinian families traumatised after Israeli settlers attack village

According to Emadi, the aid distribution process will take place through the United Nations, which has set more than 300 distribution centers for this purpose.

The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology of the State of Palestine activated a platform to receive inquiries from beneficiaries.

Read More: EU did not contribute any money for the poor Palestinian families since the start of year, says official

This is the second disbursement of grants to families in Gaza under a new mechanism through the UN.

In addition to allowing the Qatari funds into Gaza, the Israeli authorities eased some of the restrictions it has imposed before, including expanding the permissible fishing zone along the southern part of the Gaza coast to 15 nautical miles and allowing more goods to be transferred through the Kerem Shalom crossing.

They also increased the water supply to the Gaza Strip by an additional 5 million cubic meters. The number of Gazan traders with permits to pass through the Erez crossing was raised from 2,000 to 7,000.

(Source / 16.10.2021)