IOF delivers stop-work orders against homes in Masafer Yatta

IOF in the West Bank

AL-KHALIL, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday delivered stop-work orders against two homes in at-Tuwani village in Masafer Yatta, south of al-Khalil province.

Local official Rateb al-Jabour said that Fuaad al-Amour and Ghanem al-Harini received military notices ordering them to stop building homes belonging to them in the village.

Jabour added that the two houses are located within the zoning plan of the village, but the Israeli army keeps targeting the local residents and their property with the aim of driving them out of the area.

(Source / 24.10.2021)

Hamas involved in negotiations to release Palestine, Arab prisoners

Gazans gather in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross building to stage a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in Gaza City, Gaza on October 20, 2021 [Mustafa Hassona / Anadolu Agency]
Gazans gather in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross building to stage a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in Gaza City, Gaza on October 20, 2021

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas is engaged in a multifield negotiation to release Palestinian and Arab prisoners from Israeli occupation prisons, a top Hamas leader has disclosed.

In response to a call by a Jordanian MP, Head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh shared in a statement: “We are involved in a multifield battle to release Palestinian, Arab and Jordanian prisoners from the Israeli occupation prisons.”

Haniyeh added: “The agenda of the conflict with the enemy is open to achieve this goal sooner or later. We will not hesitate to bear the responsibility for this issue.”

Haniyeh pointed out that the negotiations team for the prisoner swap consists of “the best members” of his movement who “know how to reach an honourable deal.”

On Wednesday, Jordanian MP Khalil Atiyyeh called for Hamas leaders to include Jordanian prisoners in the potential prisoner swap with Israel.

Meanwhile, Rai Al-Youm reported sources stating that the parties negotiating a deal had achieved a breakthrough, noting that “good news will be delivered very soon.”

This was confirmed by a source from Hamas on Saturday morning to MEMO. “A breakthrough was reached relating to a prisoner swap, and prisoners will be released soon,” the source informed MEMO.

(Source / 24.10.2021)

Qatar envoy: ‘Gaza heading towards a better future’

Photos of children, who lost their lives in Israel's attacks on Gaza, are exhibited at debris of Es-Sekka family's house in Khan Yunis, Gaza on June 19, 2021 [Ashraf Amra / Anadolu Agency]
Photos of children, who lost their lives in Israel’s attacks on Gaza, are exhibited at debris of Es-Sekka family’s house in Khan Yunis, Gaza on June 19, 2021

Chairman of Qatar’s Gaza Reconstruction Committee Mohammed Al-Emadi announced on Friday that Gaza is heading towards a better future, news agencies reported.

Speaking to journalists at an event in Gaza, he expressed: “Gaza is heading for the best this year and in the coming years.”

He stated that the reconstruction of the homes and facilities destroyed during the Israeli offensive will commence soon.

“The reconstruction will be faster than it was following the previous wars,” he said, referring to rebuilding Gaza following the Israeli offensives in 2008/9, 2012 and 2014.

When asked about the Qatari grant for government employees in Gaza, he responded: “You have noticed the progress and this ushers in a better future.”

(Source / 24.10.2021)

ICRC calls to end Palestine hunger striker crisis in Israel jails

Protesters gather in support of hunger striker Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails on May 22, 2017 [Salah Malkawi/Anadolu Agency]
Protesters gather in support of hunger striker Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails on May 22, 2017

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Friday renewed its call to end the crisis of the Palestinian hunger strikers inside Israeli jails, as their health conditions seriously deteriorate.

Head of the ICRC Mission in Jerusalem Els Debuf posted on Twitter: “We reiterate our urgent call about Mr Miqdad Al-Qawasmeh and Mr Kayed Nammoura (Fasfous).” Both Al-Qawasmeh and Nammoura have been on hunger strike inside Israeli jails for nearly 100 days.

Debuf added: “The ICRC urges authorities, the detainees and their representatives to find a solution that will avoid loss of life.”

Debuf continued: “We continue to visit and closely follow their situation, as we do for the six detainees currently on hunger strike, including Mr Al Araj.”

The head of the ICRC mission stressed: “Every detainee must be treated humanely and with dignity.”

Read: Hamas involved in negotiations to release Palestine, Arab prisoners

(Source / 24.10.2021)

Settlers Attack Palestinian Farmers, Burn Vehicle north of Ramallah

Illegal Israeli settlers, on Saturday, attacked Palestinian farmers, injuring one, and vandalized four vehicles in the central occupied West Bank town of Turmus Ayya, north of Ramallah, local sources reported.

The Palestinian farmers, who were harvesting their olives on their own lands east of the town, were attacked by 20 Israeli colonists from a nearby settlement, built on expropriated Palestinian lands.

Local activist, Awad Abu Samra, told the Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA) that the 20 colonizers broke windows, punctured tires and set fire to one Palestinian-owned vehicle, damaging four vehicles.

One of the illegal settlers sprayed a Palestinian farmer in the face with pepper spray, causing him burns and requiring him to receive medical attention.

Furthermore, 400 illegal colonizers, accompanied by soldiers, invaded Palestinian lands near Wad Rahhal village, south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, and installed mobile homes.

Israeli settlers vandalize Palestinian-owned vehicles in Turmus Aya town
Israeli settlers vandalize Palestinian-owned vehicles in Turmus Aya town

(Source / 24.10.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians Near Jenin

Israeli soldiers injured many Palestinians, on Saturday evening, during protests that erupted south of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers installed two sudden military roadblocks at the Anza village junction and Ejja village junction, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians, leading to protests.

They added that the many Palestinians protested the roadblocks and the extended delays before the soldiers fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at them.

Medical sources said many Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, in addition to cuts and bruises, before receiving the needed treatment.

(Source / 24.10.2021)

ICRC calls to end Palestine hunger striker crisis in Israel jails

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Friday has called to find a solution for the situation of the six-hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails that will avoid loss of life, as their health conditions seriously deteriorate.

“We reiterate our urgent call about Mr Miqdad Al-Qawasmeh and Mr Kayed Nammoura (Fasfous),” head of the ICRC Mission in Jerusalem Els Debuf posted on Twitter.

Debuf added, “The ICRC urges authorities, the detainees and their representatives to find a solution that will avoid loss of life. We continue to visit and closely follow their situation, as we do for the six detainees currently on hunger strike, including Mr Al Araj.”

The head of the ICRC mission also said,”Every detainee must be treated humanely and with dignity.”

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 102 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 95 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 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.

His family said yesterday that he was pale, yellow skin, unconscious, and shivering terribly. The Israeli soldiers forced his mother also to get outside the room, preventing her or any other family member from entering again.

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 (102 days of hunger strike)
•Alaa Al-A’raj (78 days of hunger strike)
•Miqdad Qawasmi (95 days of hunger strike)
•Hisham abu Hawash (69 days of hunger strike)
•Ayyad Harimi (32 days of hunger strike)
•Shadi abu Akaer (61 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 / 24.10.2021)

UN experts urge ‘Israel’ to either release or charge 5 hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners

UN independent rights experts have urged on Friday ‘Israel’ to either release or charge the five hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners held in its jails, calling on ‘Israel’ to completely end the “unlawful practice “ of administrative detention.

In a statement, the experts said that ‘Israel’ continues to detain more than 500 Palestinians – including six children – “without charges, without trials, without convictions”.

They are being held on the basis of “classified secret information” that the detainees cannot access or challenge, and they do not know “when, or if, they are going to be released”, according to the Human Rights Council-appointed experts..

The experts noted that ‘Israel’ has regularly violated its legal duty under the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which states that an occupying power cannot transfer prisoners from occupied territory, to detention centres in its territory.

UN calls for ‘Israel’ to comply with its obligation have come to no avail, the experts said.

“In international law, administrative detention is permitted only in exceptional circumstances, and only for short periods of time. Israel’s practices exceed all of the international legal boundaries.”

The independent experts also called upon ‘Israel’ to end its harsh detention conditions of Palestinian prisoners: “the imposition of solitary confinement on detainees already weakened by months of hunger strike, must stop immediately” they said.

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 102 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 95 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 (102 days of hunger strike)
•Alaa Al-A’raj (78 days of hunger strike)
•Miqdad Qawasmi (95 days of hunger strike)
•Hisham abu Hawash (69 days of hunger strike)
•Ayyad Harimi (32 days of hunger strike)
•Shadi abu Akaer (61 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 / 24.10.2021)

In less than 4 hours, over 50 Israeli settlers break into Al-Aqsa

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- A large number of extremist Israeli settlers have broken into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city of Jerusalem since the early morning hours of Sunday.

Under the occupation forces protection, over 50 Israeli settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the morning break-in session and their incursions to the mosque continues till this moment.

The settlers entered through the Damascus Gate- which Palestinians call Bab al-Amoud Gate- and they are now provoking the Palestinian worshipers by performing Talmudic prayers in the courtyards of the mosque and taking pictures.

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 / 24.10.2021)