Israeli security blocks activist from visiting hunger striker

Hunger strike

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – Palestinian activist Khadija Khuwais was violently attacked and beaten by Israeli security guards stationed at the entrance to Kaplan Hospital.

Khuwais was trying to visit the prisoner Miqdad Al-Qawasmeh who is held in the Israeli hospital due to his deteriorating health condition as he continues a hunger strike for the 100th day.

Khuwais said that the security guard deliberately lowered the iron barrier on her head, injuring her head, forehead, and nose.

Palestinian activists and institutions have earlier called for intensifying solidarity visits to Palestinian prisoners who wage hunger strike in protest against their illegal administrative detention.

Muthanna al-Qawasmi, Miqdad’s brother, earlier affirmed that his brother suffers from blood poisoning and serious health deterioration and faces death at any moment.

(Source / 28.10.2021)

Sources: IOF shoots Palestinian man west of Jenin

Israeli soldier shoots a Palestinian man
Israeli soldier shoots a Palestinian man

Gaza post – Israeli occupation forces shot on Thursday and injured a Palestinian in al-Yamun town, west of Jenin, according to local sources.

Sources stated that Israeli soldiers opened fire at a young man adjacent to Israel’s wall, west of the northern West Bank city, hitting him in the shoulder.

The victim was moved to a hospital in Jenin. However, no information was available about his condition.

Such shootings occur when Palestinians attempt to enter Israel for work.

Hundreds of Palestinians work in Israel without a permit and often the occupation chase them and arrest them before sending them back to the occupied West Bank where work is more scarce than in Israel and pay is much less.

Every day, a large number of Palestinians, particularly construction workers, pass through the checkpoint, creating extreme overcrowding and often forcing them to wait for hours in line due to inspection procedures that require each person to pass through metal turnstiles one-at-a-time.


Israeli severely restricts Palestinians’ freedom of movement through a complex network of approximately 100 fixed checkpoints, flying checkpoints, settler-only roads, and other physical impediments.

(Source / 28.10.2021)

Shtayyeh calls for concrete measures to halt settlement construction :official

Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh
Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh

Gaza post – Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh called on Wednesday the European Union to take concrete action to halt  Israeli occupation’s colonial settlement construction.

During a meeting in Brussels with Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Prime Minister Shtayyeh urged the EU to put pressure on Israel to follow through on all signed agreements and to take practical and concrete steps to halt Israel’s colonial settlement expansion in occupied Palestinian territory.

The Prime Minister reiterated his call for the EU to put pressure on Israel to allow elections in occupied Jerusalem and throughout occupied Palestine, while emphasizing the importance of international pressure on Israel to lift the siege on Gaza, support the reconstruction process, and provide guarantees that what is being built will not be destroyed.

He briefed Borrell on Israeli violations in occupied Jerusalem, including the city’s policy of Judaization (the obliteration of the city’s Palestinian character) and isolation from its periphery, as well as the policy of forcible displacement and transfer of Palestinians, particularly in the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighborhoods, and invited Borrell to visit Palestine.

He added the importance of the European Union’s recognition of the State of Palestine to save the possibility of achieving the two-state solution amidst the alarming Israeli settlement expansion and land confiscation.

 The meeting was attended by Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff, the European Union Representative to the State of Palestine, Riyad Al-Malki, the State of Palestine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, and Abdel Rahim Al-Farra, the State of Palestine’s Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

(Source / 28.10.2021)

Germany ‘concerned’ over Israel’s terrorist designation of Palestinian NGOs

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 30: Demonstrators hold a banner reading 'Freedom to Palestine' as they gather to protest against Israel’s demolition policy aimed at razing Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem at Pariser Platz, located in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany on July 30, 2019. ( Erbil Başay - Anadolu Agency )
Demonstrators hold a banner reading ‘Freedom to Palestine’ as they gather to protest against Israel’s demolition policy aimed at razing Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem at Pariser Platz, located in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany on July 30, 2019

Germany is “very concerned” over Israel’s decision to list six Palestinian civil society groups as terror organizations, a government spokesperson said on Wednesday, Anadolu News Agency reports.

“We have, of course, taken note of the reports and are in talks with our Israeli partners. From the perspective of the Federal Government, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as the ability of a strong civil society to act are decisive,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Andrea Sasse, said at a weekly government press conference in Berlin.

“This is what we advocate for our partners, of course, also in the Near and Middle East. So we are very concerned about this Israeli decision,” she added.

Sasse urged Israel to provide more information regarding the basis for the designation.

“The listing of complete organizations as terrorist entities is a step of far-reaching political, legal and financial importance for the organizations themselves, as well as for their civil society environment. We, therefore, now expect further insights from the Israeli side,” she said.

READ: Israeli Prison Service condemns Palestinian mothers and their children to the same plight

Tel Aviv’s move also sparked criticism by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, who called the terror listing of the Palestinian NGOs an attack on human rights defenders, freedom of association and the right to public participation, saying the decision should be immediately revoked.

Bachelet said the organizations are some of the “most reputable human rights and humanitarian groups in the occupied Palestinian territory” that have worked closely with the UN for decades.

“Claiming rights before a UN or other international body is not an act of terrorism, advocating for the rights of women in the occupied Palestinian territory is not terrorism and providing legal aid to detained Palestinians is not terrorism,” Bachelet said in a statement.

The six groups Israel designated as terrorist organizations are Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Bisan Centre for Research and Development, Al-Haq, Defense for Children International—Palestine and Union of Agricultural Work Committees.

Israel alleges the targeted groups are directly linked, or affiliated with, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which the Jewish state views as a terror group.

READ: Israeli settlers attack ICRC staff with pepper spray in the West Bank

(Source / 28.10.2021)

Hamas calls for internationalisation of Al-Aqsa Mosque issue

Exiled Chief of Hamas' Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal speaks during conference in the Qatari capital, Doha on 1 May 2017. [KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images]
Chief of Hamas’ Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal speaks during conference in the Qatari capital, Doha on 1 May 2017 

The head of the Hamas Political Bureau abroad called on Wednesday for the issue of Al-Aqsa Mosque to be internationalised in order to raise awareness among key decision-makers about Israeli attacks on the mosque. Khaled Meshaal made his comments in a press release.

“We can put the issue of Al-Aqsa Mosque on top of the international agenda if we put it on top of the agenda of the Palestinian resistance, the agenda of the Palestinian people and the agenda of the governments of Muslim nations,” explained Meshaal. “Israel does not feel shy about promoting a religious war. Why should we feel shy about declaring that Al Aqsa Mosque is the focus of our struggle with the Israeli occupation?”

The senior Hamas official also called for actual and virtual resistance in order to divert Israeli attention from Al-Aqsa. “This is the best way to protect it,” he said. “not least because governments which normalise relations with the Zionist entity are abusing Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

He pointed out that the Israeli occupation authorities are racing against time to judaise Al-Aqsa Mosque through the so-called Temple Mount groups whose aim is to destroy the mosque and build a temple in its place.

READ: Palestine scholars denounce Israel police storming Al-Aqsa preacher’s home

“The Israelis are imposing spatial and temporal divisions across the Noble Sanctuary of Al Aqsa slowly but surely,” Meshaal pointed out. “They exploit the weak stances taken by the Palestinian leadership and the nation’s preoccupation with its wounds in order to impose their sovereignty over Al-Aqsa.”

Hailing those who defend Al-Aqsa by staying in the sanctuary, Meshaal noted that hundreds of people are thus carrying out the role of more than a billion Muslims around the world.

In conclusion, the Hamas official condemned Zionists attack on living and dead Palestinians. This was a reference to Israel’s destruction of Al-Yusifiyah Cemetery adjacent to the Noble Sanctuary of Al Aqsa. “They are afraid of dead Palestinians,” he said. “What about the Palestinians who are alive?”

(Source / 28.10.2021)

Israel installs CCTV at Palestinian cemetery it is razing

Workers carry a tree near Al-Yusufiye Cemetery which is being turned into a park in Jerusalem, 25 October 2021 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Workers carry a tree near Al-Yusufiya cemetery which is being turned into a park in Jerusalem, 25 October 2021

Israeli occupation forces installed surveillance cameras in the Al-Yusufiya cemetery in Jerusalem, which they restarted bulldozing last week, in order to establish multiple Talmudic parks and trails for Jewish settlers and tourists around the walls of the Old City, Arab48 reported.

Surveillance cameras were placed in several locations and entrances to the cemetery, but no official statement has been issued by the occupation forces regarding the move.

Occupation forces have been demolishing the cemetery, exposing human remains buried in a section where Arab soldiers killed during the 1967 war were buried.

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The Palestinian Council of Endowments, Islamic Affairs and Holy Places in Jerusalem condemned the occupation’s actions, saying: “The cemetery is one of the most important and prominent Islamic cemeteries in the city of Jerusalem, which is filled with the remains of the people of the city, senior scholars, righteous people, Mujahideen and martyrs.”

Israel, it added, seeks to “obliterate the history of the holy city and its authentic Arab-Islamic character and change the historical status of the city.”

The council called on the occupation to “immediately stop these violations against the history of the holy city and its Islamic monuments, and to stop the tampering and vandalism that affects the sanctity of cemeteries and the dead.”

In December 2020, the municipality demolished a stairway and a fence at the cemetery.

In 2014, it prevented Jerusalemite citizens from burying their relatives in the cemetery’s northern area and removed 20 graves of Jordanian soldiers who were killed in 1967.

READ: Israel expels head of Islamic Cemeteries Committee from Jerusalem

(Source / 28.10.2021)

Palestinian Bedouin see their homes demolished for 194th time

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Israeli occupation authorities have demolished the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Araweeb in the Negev for the 194th time today.

The head of the People’s Committee for the Defence of Al-Araqeeb, Ahmed Khalil Abu Madigham, told Arab48 that “the Israeli authorities have continued the crimes of demolishing the homes of Al-Araqeeb residents, as they stormed the village and demolished its tents.”

He called for “support [for] Al-Araqeeb and stand by its people in the face of uprooting and displacement plans,” stressing that “all the authorities’ practices will not deter us from staying steadfast on our land.”

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The village was last razed on 30 September and this is the twelfth time it has been demolished this year. Members of the Yoav police unit of the so-called “Negev Development Authority” responsible for carrying out house demolitions in Arab towns in the Negev, and the so-called “Israel Lands Administration” continue to storm the village.

The village was first levelled in July 2010, and every time the residents of Al-Araqeeb rebuild their tents and small homes, occupation forces return to raze them, sometimes several times in a month.

Located in the Negev (Naqab) desert, the village is one of 51 “unrecognised” Arab villages in the area and is constantly targeted for demolition ahead of plans to Judaise the Negev by building homes for new Jewish communities. Israeli bulldozers, which Bedouins are charged for, demolish everything, from the trees to the water tanks, but Bedouin residents have tried to rebuild it every time.

Bedouin in the Negev must abide by the same laws as Jewish Israeli citizens. They pay taxes but do not enjoy the same rights and services as Jews in Israel and the state has repeatedly refused to connect the towns to the national grid, water supplies, and other vital amenities.

READ: Israel razes 4 Palestine stores in Ramallah

(Source / 28.10.2021)

European states urge Israel to reverse settlement expansion plans

Construction in an Israeli settlement, south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on 13 October 2021 [JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images]
Construction in an Israeli settlement, south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on 13 October 2021

Germany, along with 11 other European countries, today urged Israel to reverse its decision to advance plans to construct around 3,000 settlement units in the occupied West Bank, Reuters reports.

In a joint statement by the foreign ministries of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain and Sweden, the countries said they opposed settlement expansion across the occupied Palestinian Territories.

“We call on both parties to build on steps taken in recent months to improve cooperation and reduce tensions,” the countries said.

Israel yesterday moved forward with plans to build some 3,000 homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, defying the strongest criticism to date of such projects from the administration of US President Joe Biden.

Biden’s team had sent a written protest to the office of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett over the decision to authorise the construction of 3,000 new settlement units in the West Bank settlements.

READ: What if the Palestinians agreed to live under occupation?

(Source / 28.10.2021)

Israel to cut power to parts of West Bank

A worker walks at the site where a new electricity plant will be built in Jalamah, near the West Bank town of Jenin, following the signing of a new contract on July 10, 2017. [JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP via Getty Images]
A worker at the site of an electricity plant near the West Bank town of Jenin on 10 July 2017 

The Israeli Electricity Company (IEC) is to cut the electricity supply to several parts of the occupied West Bank in response the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s debts, local media reported yesterday.

According to the Israeli Public Broadcaster Kan, the energy company, the action is being taken as a result of the 500-million shekel ($157 million) debt not paid by the PA. The PA has been informed of the decision, the broadcaster said.

This is not the first time the electricity supply has been cut to the occupied West Bank, in December 2019 the IEC put in place daily power cuts which lasted three hours disrupting the supply to a number of Palestinian cities. The cuts were to press for payment for what it said to be $519 million owed by the Palestinian electricity company, according to Reuters.

The cuts lasted a little over a month, until the Palestinian run Jerusalem District Electricity Company (JDECO), which buys electricity from the IEC and then sells it to customers in the West Bank, signed a loan agreement with several Palestinian banks in order to pay off the debt it owed

Palestinians in the West Bank rely on IEC for over 95 per cent of their electricity supply.

READ: What if the Palestinians agreed to live under occupation?

(Source / 28.10.2021)

WAFA: UK-based organizations decry Israel’s designation of six Palestinian human rights groups as ‘terrorist organizations’

LONDON, Wednesday, October 27, 2021 – The Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA) – Sixteen United Kingdom-based organizations yesterday decried the Israeli occupation authorities’ decision to designate six Palestinian human rights and civil society groups as “terrorist organizations”.

A statement said 16 UK-based humanitarian, development, human rights and faith organizations “working to support the rights and welfare of the Palestinian people condemn the Israeli government’s shocking decision to declare six Palestinian civil society groups as ‘terrorist organizations’,” while calling on “the International Community to publicly reject this move to obstruct the essential work of these organizations, and to continue supporting them.”

The Israeli designation affected some of the most well-established Palestinian human rights organizations working in the occupied Palestinian territory including Addameer, which provides legal services to Palestinian detainees and prisoners held within Israel’s military detention system; Al-Haq, a human rights organization that has been internationally recognized for its work – including receiving the 2018 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic; and Defense for Children International – Palestine, a child rights organization that protects and promotes the rights of Palestinian children living in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

“These organizations have long and well-established partnerships between international humanitarian and human rights groups, such as Amnesty International, Oxfam, War on Want and Save the Children,” the UK-based organizations added while stressing that “the risk of operations ending for some of those organizations is an attack on human rights and will leave Palestinian children and others unable to access adequate and essential services.”

They elaborated that the targeted Palestinian organizations “fulfill crucial roles in civil society, such as: providing health care to the most vulnerable communities and sections of Palestinian society; organizing legal support to people arrested and detained in the occupied Palestinian territory, including children; conducting crucial research and local programming to promote gender justice, right to health, and other broader civil society and human rights issues; in addition to monitoring, collecting evidence of, and reporting human rights violations committed by Israeli and Palestinian authorities in the occupied Palestinian territory.”

They added: “This announcement follows years of relentless delegitimization of civil society groups who seek to expose and end human rights violations. Groups such as Al-Haq and Addameer are critical of human rights abuses conducted both by the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority. We note that according to the UN Human Rights Office in the occupied Palestinian territory, last Friday’s decision published by the National Bureau for Counter Terror Financing of Israel ‘lists extremely vague or irrelevant reasons, including entirely peaceful and legitimate activities such as provision of legal aid and promoting of steps against Israel in the international arena.’ We are concerned about the impact this decision will have on children and Palestinians across the occupied Palestinian territory.”

The UK-based organizations called on their government to take urgent action in support of Palestinian human rights, humanitarian and development organizations.

“The UK government has committed to supporting human rights defenders around the world, and has called for the government of Israel to ‘fully respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of human rights defenders and organizations and to allow them to freely operate in Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories’. Alongside other governments, it must now take urgent practical steps to reiterate its public support to Palestinian human rights defenders and humanitarian and development organizations,” they stressed.

The signatories of the press statement were ABCD Bethlehem, Amos Trust, Amnesty International UK, Council for Arab-British Understanding (CAABU), Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), Christian Aid, Embrace the Middle East, Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Areas (FONSA), Interpal, Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR), Medical Aid for Palestinians, Oxfam GB, Quakers in Britain, Sabeel-Kairos UK, Save the Children UK in addition to War on Want.

(Source / 28.10.2021)