NAZARETH, (PIC) – Israel’s Civil Administration’s planning committee is scheduled to approve next week the construction of thousands of settlement units in the West Bank, the planning committee declared on Thursday evening.
Israel will next week advance the construction of more than 3,000 settlement units and some 1,300 Palestinian homes in the West Bank’s Area C, according to a weekly schedule published by the committee.
It would be the first time settlement units are approved during the Biden administration and the current Israeli government.
Area C makes up some 60 percent of the West Bank and is fully under Israeli control.
Israel rarely approves Palestinian construction in Area C, with the overwhelming majority of requests being denied. This has resulted in rampant “illegal” building, which is often demolished by Israel.
JENIN, (PIC) – Dozens of Palestinian citizens were treated for teargas suffocation when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed Yabad town in Jenin on Thursday night and showered civilian neighborhoods with teargas canisters.
Local sources said that young men in the town confronted the invading troops with stones prompting the soldiers to fire rubber-coated metal bullets, stun grenades, and teargas.
They added that the IOF soldiers assaulted a number of young men and confiscated car keys of a number of citizens during the confrontations.
RAHAT, (PIC) – Israeli authorities razed a Palestinian house in Rahat city in the Negev on Thursday under heavy police protection.
Eyewitnesses said that a large number of police officers escorted the bulldozers while tearing down the Palestinian wooden house in Andalus suburb in Rahat.
Predominantly Palestinian cities in 1948 Occupied Palestine (Israel) have recently witnessed an upsurge in demolition of Palestinian homes, commercial stores, and industrial facilities at the usual pretext of lack of permits.
UAE_Gaza post – The National Islamic Committee for Development and Social Solidarity (Takaful) has received on Thursday a batch of COVID-19 vaccine, with the support of the United Arab Emirates and Representative Muhammad Dahlan’s efforts to face coronavirus, and to support medical institutions by providing the vaccine to complete the vaccination campaign in the sector.
The National Committee “Solidarity” held a press conference at the Rafah crossing to receive the batch of vaccines provided by the sisterly United Arab Emirates to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Islamic National Committee for Development and Social Solidarity ,Ashraf Jumaa, said during the vaccine reception conference, “With the tireless efforts of Representative Muhammad Dahlan and of the UAE support, the third batch of COVID-19 vaccines was received, estimated at 25,000 vaccines to continue the vaccination campaign in the Gaza Strip.”
Juma’a thanked the sisterly UAE state and MP Muhammad Dahlan for the efforts and the ongoing support in order to confront the Coronavirus, and support Ministry of Health in Gaza.
Leader in Hamas ,Ghazi Hamad, welcomed the UAE and MP Mohammed Dahlan support. Adding that this is not the first time he has received a support for the Ministry of Health.
Hamad clarified that the assistance provided, vaccines and equipment contributed to support the Ministry of Health during the Coronavirus pandemic.
UAE continues to support the Palestinian people to face the Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, the number of vaccines has reached 340,000.
An Israeli court released details, Wednesday, of a highly sensitive and unpublished court case involving an Israeli Civil Administration officer who was charged and convicted with the rape of a Palestinian woman, Y-net news has reported.
The Israeli army’s court of appeals chief granted Y-net permission to publish the details of the case which includes rape, sexual harassment and fraud in 2013 and 2014.
The officer, whose identity is still under gag order, was convicted in 2017, stripped of his rank of major to the rank of private, and sentenced to eleven years in prison.
The officer was charged and convicted with the rape of a Palestinian woman who met him to apply for a work permit in Israel, he then blackmailed her with the threat of withdrawing the permit.
On three separate occasions, the officer had sexual encounters with another Palestinian woman in exchange for a work permit inside of Israel, the lands occupied in 1948.
The Jerusalem Post added that other charges include fraud, breach of trust and the abuse of authority.
The Times of Israel added that the officer was found to have slapped a female soldier in 2005, made sexual advances to another, and watched pornographic films with Israeli soldiers.
The army spokesperson deemed the gag order necessary to “preserve national security.”
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): Protection of Civilians Report
Highlights from the reporting period (October 5-18, 2021)
Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager and injured and arrested another, while both were allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles, according to Israeli sources. The incident occurred on 14 October, near the Tunnels Checkpoint, which controls access from the southern West Bank to the Jerusalem area. Also on 14 October, a Palestinian man ran over and seriously injured an Israeli Border Police officer at a flying checkpoint in the Qalandiya area (Jerusalem); Israeli forces shot and seriously wounded the man in the head.
Overall, Israeli forces injured 159 Palestinians across the West Bank. The majority, 115, were wounded during regular protests against settlement activities near Beita (90) and Beit Dajan (25) in the Nablus governorate. Another eight Palestinians were treated after inhaling tear gas shot by Israeli forces who intervened during a raid by settlers in Burin village in Nablus (see below). The remaining injuries were documented mainly during clashes at checkpoints. Overall, five Palestinians were shot by live ammunition and 25 by rubber bullets, 21 were physically assaulted or hit by sound grenades, and the rest were treated for teargas inhalation. In addition to those injured directly by Israeli forces, five Palestinians were reportedly injured while running away from Israeli forces, or in circumstances that could not be verified, in Beita village.Increased violence was recorded around the old city of Jerusalem, where many were injured or arrested. On 10 October, Palestinians demonstrated against the bulldozing of parts of an Islamic cemetery close to the old city, with some of them setting fire to a container that belongs to the Jerusalem Municipality. The bulldozing started last year but was halted after a legal appeal, and then resumed after an Israeli court order. Overall during the reporting period around the old city, 24 Palestinians were hit by sound grenades or rubber bullets shot by Israeli forces; three Israelis, including two settlers and a Border Police officer, were physically assaulted by Palestinians; and 19 Palestinians were arrested by Israeli forces.Israeli forces carried out 113 search-and-arrest operations and arrested about 150 Palestinians across the West Bank. The most affected governorate was Jerusalem.On at least 23 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 land-levelling inside Gaza, near the perimeter fence in the Rafah area. Separately, Israeli forces confiscated a fishing vessel anchoring six nautical miles (NM) away from Gaza’s shore, in the Rafah area, well inside the current fishing area as declared by the Israeli authorities, at 15 NM off Gaza’s southern shore. Israeli forces also arrested two Palestinians, including a child, who reportedly attempted to enter Israel through the perimeter fence.The Israeli authorities demolished or seized 23 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C on the grounds of lacking Israeli-issued building permits, displacing four people. The displaced were in the herding community of Az Za’ayyem (Jerusalem). Twelve structures, mainly residential, were dismantled in Ras at Tin herding community in Ramallah, affecting 50 people. An estimated 350 farmers and their families were affected by the demolition of a paved agricultural road in Tayasir community, in the Jordan Valley. The remaining demolitions included livelihood structures in Haris (Salfit) and Ma’in (Hebron).Israeli settlers injured seven Palestinians, and people known or believed to be settlers damaged or stole the harvest from over 1,600, mainly olive, trees. Four of those injured were stoned by Israeli settlers who raided the village of Burin (Nablus) and caused damage to houses and trees. A woman was pepper-sprayed by settlers, who also stoned other Palestinians picking olives in Yasuf village, Nablus. The other two were injured in Hebron. Since the start of the annual olive harvest on 12 October, over 1,400 trees, mainly olive trees, have been vandalized or had their crops stolen in villages around Nablus, Hebron, Salfit and Ramallah, as indicated by Palestinian farmers, eyewitness and landowners, in some cases supported by reports from the Ministry of Agriculture. Many of these trees were planted on Palestinian-owned land near settlements. The remaining 200 damaged trees were reported by their owners, just before the start of the season. Settlers also vandalized several cars in Marda (Salfit) and Beit Iksa and the Silwan neighborhood (both in Jerusalem).People known or believed to be Palestinians allegedly threw stones at Israeli-plated vehicles in the Ramallah governorate, injuring a settler. According to Israeli sources, stone throwing damaged 22 Israeli-plated cars throughout the West Bank.
This report reflects information available as of the time of publication. The most updated data and more breakdowns are available at ochaopt.org/data.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Israeli occupation government declared several leading Palestinian NGOs to be affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), according to a document released by its Justice Ministry.
The six NGOs that will be designated as PFLP-related are Addameer, Al Haq, Bisan Center, DCI-P, Samidoun and UAWC.
Israel’s War Minister Benny Gantz on Friday signed the declaration that designated the six organizations linked to the PFLP.
“The organization is an arm of the terrorist organization the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine,” a sentence that reads in the document under each NGO’s logo, and included the organization’s URL, address and phone number.
The decision was made by the Justice Ministry according to a law relating to the fight against terror.
According to claims made by the NGO Monitor, seven senior officials within Addameer, one of the affected NGOs, have been identified as having links to the PFLP.
“Although the PFLP is a declared terrorist organization in the United States, Israel, Canada, and the European Union, many European governments have continued to invest in PFLP-linked NGOs for 20 years, severely exploiting their taxpayers’ money,” Professor Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor claimed on Friday on the connection between PFLP and the NGOs.
“These recurring cases point to a widespread phenomenon and it is time for Europeans to freeze grants and set up independent mechanisms for evaluating funding for NGOs.”
The groups that were declared to be “terror affiliated” were presented as social advocacy organizations but according to security officials were an arm of a group “set on the destruction of Israel through terrorist means,” according to claims made by Israel’s Ministry of War.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Over 250 Palestinian Islamic Jihad prisoners in Israeli jails have ended on Friday their hunger strike which was part of a campaign against Israel’s recent repression and attacks against Palestinian prisoners.
The Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said today in a statement that the PIJ prisoners have ended their open-ended hunger strike which lasted for nine days and was a part of a campaign that continued for over a month against the punitive and repressive measures taken by the Israeli prisons’ administration.
The ending of the protest campaign came after Israeli prisons’ administration agreed on the prisoners’ demands including: end its policy of repression, abuse, and arbitrary transfers, return the detention conditions to what they were before September 6, end the policy of arbitrary administrative detention, stop the renewal policy for administrative detainees, and other demands.
The prisoners also demanded to allow the family visits in Israeli jails, as last month, the occupation authorities said it canceled the visits until the end of September.
Such tensions came after the heroic act of six Palestinian prisoners who managed to free themselves on September 6 2021, from Gilbou prison, a high-security Israeli prison, through a secret tunnel they had reportedly dug beneath the prison.
Four of the six breakers were rearrested by the Israeli occupation on September 11, after five days of large-scale sweep operations throughout occupied Palestine using high-tech systems and the two others were rearrested on September 19, after 13 days of sweep operations.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad warned several times the Israel Prison Service against suppressing the protest, saying it held ‘Israel’ for responsible for any harm to the prisoners.