Army Abducts A Palestinian Near Jenin

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at night, a young Palestinian man from Qabatia town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Media sources the soldiers abducted Hasan Ismael Abu ar-Rob while crossing the Barta’a military roadblock, southwest of Jenin.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers stopped and searched dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards, before abducting the young man, and moved him to a nearby military base.

In related news, the soldiers invaded the al-Ba’ajwa neighborhood in Ya’bad nearby town and drove in the streets before withdrawing.

In addition, the soldiers, stationed at the Dothan military roadblock near Jenin, stopped and searched dozens of Palestinian cars, while dozens of troops were also deployed near the villages of al-Jalama and ‘Arrana.

In related news, the soldiers abducted one Palestinian and assaulted many others for chanting against the provocative tour of a fanatic Member of Knesset and dozens of colonizers in Bab al-Amoud, one of the gates leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

On Tuesday evening, Israeli soldiers abducted 23 Palestinians, mostly children, in addition to wounding dozens near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) has reported.

On Monday evening, the soldiers abducted sixteen Palestinians, and assaulted dozens, including two journalists, in Bab al-Amoud.

(Source / 21.10.2021)

Israeli Colonizers Cut And Uproot 300 Olive Trees Near Ramallah

A group of illegal Israeli colonizers invaded, earlier Thursday, Palestinian orchards near the al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiya village, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, before cutting and uprooting more than 300 olive trees.

Sa’ada Zaqqout, the head of the al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiya Village Council, said the Palestinians went to their orchards to pick their olive trees but found out that the colonizers have cut and uprooted more than 300 trees.

Zaqout added that the colonizers came from an illegal Israeli colony that was built on stolen Palestinian lands near the orchard, and constantly try to expand it.

The colonizers repeatedly prevent the Palestinians from reaching their lands and orchards in the area, while Israeli soldiers also installed an iron gate and concrete blocks to prevent the Palestinian vehicles from reaching the lands.

On Wednesday, Israeli colonists stole harvesting tools and olive harvest from a Palestinian-owned orchard, in the village of Qaryout, south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank.

Early Tuesday morning, Illegal Israeli colonists chopped dozens of Palestinian olive trees in the northern occupied West Bank, northwest of Nablus, the Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA) reported.

On Tuesday, a group of colonizers attacked many Palestinians while picking their olive trees in their orchards, west of Nahhalin town, west of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

It is worth mentioning that the past week witnessed a serious escalation in similar violations in various parts of the West Bank, including attacking the villages, cutting and uprooting trees, harvesting and stealing the produce, especially in various villages and towns in the southern areas of Nablus governorate.

While the assaults and violations by the illegal colonizers against the Palestinians and their property are ongoing, they witness a sharp escalation during the olive harvest season.

(Source / 21.10.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Six Palestinians Near Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, six Palestinians and summoned one for interrogation, from several parts of Bethlehem governorate, south of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded Beir Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, stormed and searched a few homes, before abducting Mohammad Wajeeh Thawabta, 18, Yousef Mohammad Thawabta, 18, and Rabea’ Ahmd Thawabta, 17.

Also in Beit Fajjar, the soldiers summoned Tha’er Na’el Taqatqa for interrogation at the nearby Etzion military base and security center, after invading his home and ransacking it.

The sources added that the soldiers invaded the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, searched several homes, and abducted Mohannad Mahmoud al-Wahsh, 21, along with his brother Hamza, 23.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Doha town, west of Bethlehem, searched homes, and abducted Taiseer Azmi Manasra, 25.

(Source / 21.10.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Ten Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Thursday, ten Palestinians, including siblings and two children, from several parts of the occupied West Bank, including the occupied capital, Jerusalem.

In Qalqilia, in northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded and searched many homes before abducting Abdul-Rauf Walweel, 55, in addition to Amir Mousa Abu Libda, 25, and his brother Mohammad, 24.

The soldiers also abducted a child with special needs, who remained unidentified at the time of this report, in Qalqilia city, and took him to an unknown destination.

The army invaded many neighborhoods in the city, leading to protests before the soldiers fired gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Qabatia town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, before storming and violently searching many homes, leading to protets; the sodliers also fired live round, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at the protesters.

It is worth mentioning that, on Wednesday evening, the soldiers abducted a young man, identified as Hasan Ismael Abu ar-Rob, while crossing the Barta’a military roadblock.

In addition, the soldiers invaded and searched many homes in several parts of the Bethlehem governorate, south of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank, before abducting six Palestinians.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted Mohammad Wajeeh Thawabta, 18, Yousef Mohammad Thawabta, 18, Rabea’ Ahmad Thawabta, 17, from Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem, Mohaannad Mahmoud al-Wahsh, 21, and his brother, Hamza, 23, from Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, in addition to Taiseer Azmi Manasra, 25, from Doha town, west of the city.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded homes in Silwan and Sur Baher, leading to protests, in addition to installing a military roadblock near Bab al-‘Amoud area in the city, before stopping and searching dozens of cars and residents, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) has reported.

(Source / 21.10.2021)

Six Palestinian Detainees Continue Hunger Strike, 273 Join

The Palestinian Detainees Committee has reported that six detainees, held by Israel under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial, are ongoing with the hunger strike, including one who started the strike 99 days ago and another who and is facing serious complications. 273 detainees, including three women, have also joined the strike.

The Committee stated that detainee Kayed al-Fasfous started the hunger strike 99 days ago, and is in a serious medical condition, but ongoing with the strike demanding his freedom.

It added that detained Miqdad al-Qawasma started the hunger strike 92 days ago and remains in a serious condition at the Intensive Care Unit of Kaplan Israeli medical center.

The Committee also said that, on Wednesday, Israeli physicians tried to force-feed al-Qawasma in an attempt to end his strike.

Despite all pressures and attempts to force him to end his strike, and despite his seriously deteriorating medical condition, al-Qawasma remains determined to continue his strike, rejecting his arbitrary Administrative Detention without charges or trial.

The media advisor of the Detainees Committee, Hasan Abed-Rabbo, warned that the hunger-striking detainees are facing serious complications, and could face sudden setbacks that could cause irreversible damage to their brains and nervous systems, or even lead to their death.

Abed-Rabbo added that three female detainees, held by Israeli in the Damoun Prison, have also joined the strike in solidarity with the hunger-striking administrative detainees.

Abed-Rabbo identified them as Mona Qa’dan from Jenin, Amal Taqatqa from Bethlehem, and Shatila Abu Eyada from Kar Qasim.

It is worth noting that detainee Miqdad al-Qawasma continues the hunger strike for the 92nd consecutive day, Ala’ al-A’raj, 75 days, Hisham Abu Hawwash, 66 days, Shadi Abu Aker, 58 days, and Ayyad al-Hreimi, 29 days; they all are also held under Administrative Detention orders.

Furthermore,  270 detainees, members of the Islamic Jihad Movement, and are held in several Israeli prisons, have started a hunger strike nine days ago, protesting the escalating Israeli violations.

In related news, the Committee said that the detainees in Huwwara military base, near Nablus, are facing difficult living conditions and subject to abuse.

It added that one of its lawyers, Anan Khader, visited the sixteen detainees held in Huwwara, and they informed him that they have not been able to shower for at least two weeks because there isn’t hot water, and also complained that they are given dirty and smelly blankets, in addition to not being given clothes.

The lawyer added that one of the detainees, Yousef Affana, has infections in the gums and under his tongue, but was not seen by any physician.

The detainees voiced an urgent appeal to legal and human rights groups, mainly the International Committee of the Red Cross, to end the Israeli violations, and to hold Israel accountable.

They also called on the Red Cross and various human rights organizations to visit the Israeli prisons and observe the serious violations against them.

(Source / 21.10.2021)

Pictures| Extremist Israeli settlers break into Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Dozens of extremist Israeli settlers have been breaking into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city of Jerusalem since the early morning hours of Thursday.

Under the occupation forces protection, around 70 Israeli settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the morning break-in session and they entered through the Damascus Gate- which Palestinians call Bab al-Amud Gate.

They are now provoking the Palestinian worshipers by performing Talmudic prayers in the courtyards of the mosque and taking pictures.

In the meanwhile, the occupation forces have installed a checkpoint at the Bab al-Amud Gate, a key entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem, harassing and searching the Palestinians in the area.

Israeli occupation authorities have allowed settler incursions to the mosque since 2003, under the forces protection, although there have been repeated objections and warnings by the Palestinian religious authorities as the settlers’ visits provoke Palestinian worshippers of the mosque.

Israeli forces always facilitate and protect the settlers incursions while preventing Palestinian worshipers from entering it, assaulting and detaining them.

The Al-Aqsa mosque is one of the holiest sites in Islam.

Jews refer to the area as the Temple Mount, claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.

The complex also includes the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the most sacred Christian sites in the world.

(Source / 21.10.2021)

Starving for Freedom: 6 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails continue their hunger strike

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Six Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails continue their open hunger strike in protest of their unfair administrative detention without a charge or trial despite of health deterioration.

The six hunger-striking prisoners’ health condition has been deteriorating severely, as they have been suffering from powerful fatigue, exhaustion, headache, severe weight loss, and deficiency of fluids in the body.

The longest hunger-striker is Kayed Fasfous, as he has been on hunger strike for 99 days, and he lost over 30 kilograms of his weight, and suffers from pain all over his body.

Fasfous is currently held at Barzilai Hospital, as Israel’s High Court has lately frozen his administrative detention.

Fasfous is followed by Miqdad Qawasmi, who has been on a hunger strike for 92 days.

Qawasmi’s health condition has been deteriorating severely as he lost over 25 kilograms of his weight, and he is held now in the Kaplan hospital as a patient, rather than as a detainee.

Qawasmi’s family said that he has started losing a part of his memory.

Israeli doctors in Kaplan hospital tried to force-feed Qawasmi while he was tied to his bed in the ICU yesterday and break his hunger strike.

Three Israeli jailers are surrounding his room and deliberately eat in front of him. His right arm and left leg are shackled to his bed the whole time although he is facing the danger of sudden death.

Israel’s High Court has also frozen Qawasmi’s administrative detention.

The court’s order does not release Qawasmi and Fasfous from administrative detention – it simply freezes the order for the period of their treatment and observation.

The court’s decision also means that the administration of prisons and the Intelligence device are not responsible for their lives, and turning them into an unofficial prisoner held at the hospital, under the guardianship of the hospital’s security instead of the jailors.

But both Qawasmi and Fasfous said they will continue their strike until they gain freedom.

The 6 hunger-striking prisoners are:
•Kayed Fasfous (100 days of hunger strike)
•Alaa Al-A’raj (75 days of hunger strike)
•Miqdad Qawasmi (92 days of hunger strike)
•Hisham abu Hawash (66 days of hunger strike)
•Ayyad Harimi (29 days of hunger strike)
•Shadi abu Akaer (58 days of hunger strike)

Around 40 Palestinian detainees started hunger strike since the start of 2021, in protest against Israel’s detention without a charge or trial.

Administrative detention is illegal under international law, however, the occupation state uses it to repress the Palestinian people.

‘Israel’ routinely uses administrative detention and has, over the years, placed thousands of Palestinians behind bars for periods ranging from several months to several years, without charging them, without telling them what they are accused of, and without disclosing the alleged evidence to them or to their lawyers.

Thus, the hunger strike is a method of a non-violent resistance which the prisoners use to protect their lives and their fundamental rights and a response to the occupation racist policies which they face in the prisons.

There are 4,650 Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails, among the prisoners are 520 administrative detainees held without charge or trial, 200 child prisoners and 39 female prisoners.

(Source / 21.10.2021)

Israeli settlers uproot, destroy over 300 olive trees in Ramallah

Ramallah (QNN)- Extremist Israeli settlers uprooted and destroyed over 300 olive trees in al-Mazra’a al-Qibliya village, north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Thursday.

The Palestinian farmers said they were shocked when they arrived at their lands, near illegal Israeli settlement of Kerem ‘Elam, in the al-Mazra’a al-Qibliya village, as they discovered that Israeli settlers uprooted and destroyed over 300 of their olive trees.

Israeli forces and settlers prevent the Palestinian farmers from accessing their lands in the al-Mazra’a al-Qibliya village, as they installed an iron gate and set up cement blocks on the road leading to the area.

Since the establishment of the illegal settlement of Kerem ‘Elam outpost in 2003, the occupation has been imposing movement restrictions, especially in olive harvesting season, which hinders access to more than 200 dunums of olive groves.

In reality, this outpost is a continuation of an Israeli scheme previously announced. The scheme is basically to form a huge settlement cluster that links Dulib , Nahliel , Talmon and Kerem ‘Elim, which if implemented will block vast areas of lands and segregate the north-west Ramallah suburbs from the city.

During the recent few years, settlers of the outpost carried out dozens of attacks against Palestinian farmers and inhabitants of al-Mazra’a al-Qibliya.

Israeli occupation forces constantly attack Palestinians while harvesting their crops.

Also, extremist Israeli settlers always uproot and steal the Palestinians’ trees.

According to United Nations mon­i­tors, more than 4,000 olive trees and other tree crops have been burned or removed by Israeli set­tlers and forces in 2020.

The committee against the wall and settlement on Sunday said Israeli forces uprooted, broke, and damaged 6507 trees in 869 operations in 2020.

The ancient olive trees are regarded by Palestinians as a symbol of their connection to the land. Each year, during the olive harvesting season, such incidents spike across the occupied West Bank.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

Olives are Palestine’s most important crop, whose oil is exported around the globe and whose annual harvest is a crucial source of income for thousands of farming families.

Olive cultivation contributes up to $100 million in income for some of the poorest Palestinian communities, OXFAM once said in a report.

(Source / 21.10.2021)

Report: Israeli officer convicted of rape of Palestinian, sexual bribes

An Israeli occupation forces officer has been convicted of raping a Palestinian woman and receiving sexual bribes from others, according to court documents published Wednesday, Israeli Ynet news site reported.

The Civil Administration officer committed the acts, which also include sexual harassment as well as fraud and breach of trust, in the years 2014-2013.

Gen. Doron Piles, the IOF’s court of appeals chief, on Tuesday approved Ynet’s request to allow the details of the affair, which has been hidden from the public for years, to be publicized.

The Ynet news reported that the Israeli officer, whose name and picture are still under a gag order, was convicted in 2017 and sentenced to 11 years in prison.

He was also discharged from the military. This is one of the heaviest punishments imposed on an IOF officer in IOF’s history, the site said.

He appealed the sentence, and last March the three-judge panel headed by Gen. Piles agreed to scrap the count of the officer’s removal from the military, instead demoting him to the rank of a private.

Among the main charges in the indictment is a rape of a Palestinian woman who asked the officer for a permit to enter and work in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.

According to the indictment, he contacted the Palestinian woman many times with suggestions for sexual encounters and threatened to take her permits away if she told anyone about his actions.

The military court, based in part on audio recordings that the woman made, determined that in the first instance of rape, the officer had forced her to have sex with him and then made her clean up the floor afterwards, before giving her the work permit.

A few days later, he called her and told her that he had rescinded the permit and again forced her to have sex with him in order to get it back.

In both cases, the Palestinian woman refused his demands for sex, and in both cases, he threatened to take away her work permit if she told anyone about the rape.

He was also found guilty of the sexual harassment of a Palestinian man, whom he urged to meet for sex, the site also reported.

Ynet news said that the indicted officer denied the allegations, but the court ruled that his versions of events were unreliable.

The IOF in response said the affair is “one of the serious cases brought before the military tribunals, and the sentence imposed [on the officer] befits the actions of the accused”.

(Source / 21.10.2021)

Al-Hayya: Palestinian liberation possible by the nation’s unity

Days of Palestine – Gaza – A top Hamas delegation has Tuesday attended the 35th International Islamic Unity Conference underway in the Iranian capital of Tehran with the theme of “Islamic Unity, Peace, and Avoidance of Division and Conflict in the World of Islam.”

Led by the deputy head of Hamas’s regional political bureau in Palestine Khalil al-Hayya, the delegation included Osama Hamdan, Abu Ahmed Jamal, and Hamas’s representative in Iran Dr. Khaled Qaddoumi.

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In his speech at the opening ceremony, al-Hayya expressed regret over the current division in the world of Islam stressing that regional stability is achieved as a result of materializing unity among all Muslims.
 
He said, “It is unfortunate that the Muslim nation is divided since enemies are making the best of that to loot our wealth and spread oppression in Islamic states.”
 
“We all agree on the same principles in our religion and we should not forget our numerous commonalities in comparison with minor disagreements.”
 
He further reiterated unity as the dire need of the Islamic nation and called on all Muslims to fight any divisive factors.
 
He described Palestine as the region mostly oppressed by enemies and said,” Zionist regime has targeted the first Qibla of all Muslims in a bid to dominate the Islamic nation”, adding,” That is the reason for its constant aggression in Palestinian lands.”
 
He called all Muslims brothers in religion urging for a unified stance against arrogant enemies.
 
The Hamas official reiterated that regional stability is achieved when Islamic unity is materialized and called on Muslims to join hands and end the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
 
AL-Hayya, in conclusion, hoped that the conference will soon be organized in liberated Jerusalem.

The 35th International Conference on Islamic Unity got underway on Tuesday morning in Tehran with the participation of Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi and a number of Iranian and Muslim scholars.

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(Source / 21.10.2021)