IOF confiscates water tank belonging to Palestinian in Bethlehem

Soldiers  seize water tank
Soldiers seize water tank

Gaza post –   Israeli occupation forces confiscated a water tank belonging to one of the Palestinian residents of al-Khader, a village to the south of the occupied southern West Bank district of Bethlehem according to local youth activist Ahmad Salah.


He stated that the village of al-Kahder, south of Bethlehem, Israeli forces seized a water tank belonging to local resident Suleiman Salah.

Israeli forces have recently escalated their attacks on Palestinian farmers in Bethlehem, issuing demolition orders against agricultural structures, prohibiting land rehabilitation, and razing various roads.

(Source / 01.11.2021)

Sources: IOF seizes 5 Palestinian dunums to build park in Sheikh Jarrah

Sheikh Jarrah
Sheikh Jarrah

Jeruslem Gaza post –  Israeli occupation authorities seized 4700 square meters of Palestinian-owned land in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in favor of the Israeli municipality’s plan to establish a park according to Saleh Diab, an activist.

He stated that the Israeli High Court issued a decision on Sunday ordering the confiscation of land owned by four families: Obeidat, Odeh, Jarallah, and Mansour, with the intention of converting it into a public park owned by the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem.

He said that the municipality first attempted to seize the land in 2016 but had failed at the time.

Kamal Obeidat, one of the owners, stated that the decision to seize the land located near a hotel targeted its area for construction from 18,000 to 36,000 square meters in favor of the Israeli municipality.

He clarified that this issue has been deliberated in the courts for more than 20 years, explaining that the land was used as a parking lot for buses and other vehicles in preparation for turning it into a project for the benefit of Palestinians in East Jerusalem but now the municipality wants to take it over in order to use it for its illegal settlements.

The Israeli occupation authorities, in collaboration with its courts, are actively attempting to evict several Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, falsely claiming that the land on which the homes were built in the 1950s belongs to Jews and thus wishing to evict the families and hand over the homes to Jewish settlers.

(Source / 01.11.2021)

WAFA: “Foreign Ministry Denounces Israel’s Crimes At Islamic Cemetery As Most Heinous Form Of Anti-Semitism”

RAMALLAH, Sunday, October 31, 2021 (WAFA) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates slammed the Israeli occupation’s crimes at the Yusufiya Islamic cemetery, located on the outer bounds of Jerusalem’s old city wall, as the most heinous form of anti-Semitism.

The ministry in a statement denounced in the strongest terms the Judaizing operations and continued bulldozing work; for the seventh consecutive day, at the Yusufiya Islamic cemetery.

It vehemently condemned all forms of Judaization measures, including the digging up of graves at the cemetery located outside the al-Asbat Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City, as an attempt to obliterate its historic identity.

The ministry denounced this crime and other violations as among the crimes against humanity punishable at international courts and under international law and require immediate international actions to curb and hold accountable those involved.

The ministry considered the discrimination of the cemetery as further evidence of the human and moral degradation of whoever is behind such a heinous crime and chasing Palestinians to their graves in the absolute worst form of crimes.

“It is a continuous crime committed by the inhumane and new anti-Semitism government of hatred and resentment, the state of occupation and apartheid,” the statement concluded.

(Source / 01.11.2021)

Army Abducts Three Palestinians in Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday evening, three young Palestinian men in the occupied capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers abducted Mo’tasem Siyam in front of Bab al-Amoud and took him to a nearby detention facility.

The soldiers also invaded the al-‘Isawiya town, in Jerusalem, and abducted Odai Dirbas while on his way to Shu’fat, northeast of Jerusalem, in addition to Karam Mohammad Oleyyan.

In related news, an Israeli court in Jerusalem postponed a hearing regarding three Palestinian political prisoners, identified as Amir Adnan Karaki, Saif Ibrahim Somrain, and Yahia Ziad Sharaf, until next Tuesday.

(Source / 01.11.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians In Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, two Palestinians, including a former political prisoner, in Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.

Media sources said several armored military jeeps invaded the Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, searched and ransacked several homes, and abducted Mohammad Rezeq Hammash, 25.

During the invasion into the refugee camp, the soldiers stormed the home of Waheeb al-Heeh, looking for his son Mohammad, and informed him that the latter needs to head to the military base in Gush Etzion for interrogation.

Furthermore, the soldiers also invaded Doha town, west of Bethlehem, searched homes, and abducted Khaled Mohammad Mahmoud al-Heeh, 43.

(Source / 01.11.2021)

Soldiers Seize Palestinian-owned Water Tank Near Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers confiscated, on Sunday, a Palestinian-owned water tank from al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank, a local activist revealed.

Ahmad Salah, a youth activist, told the Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA) that the army entered the property of Palestinian resident Suleiman Salah and seized his water tank.

In the same context, Israeli forces destroyed, Sunday, a home belonging to Palestinian citizen Ibrahim Touri in Al-Mahatta neighborhood in Lod city, in central Israel, under the pretext of not having an Israeli permit.

The occupation aims to force the indigenous Palestinian population to leave their homes and their lands via its unrelenting harassment and expropriation of lands and property, in order to take over the lands for its prohibited colonial schemes.

(Source / 01.11.2021)

British MP expresses solidarity with 6-hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails

London (QNN)- Former UK Labour MP for Leicester East has expressed solidarity with six Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who have been on an open-ended hunger strike in protest against their unfair administrative detention without a charge or a trial.

Claudia Webbe, who is now an independent MP for Leicester East, tweeted in support of the six-hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners, saying she “stand in solidarity with all Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike to protest their imprisonment without charges or trial.”

The British MP used in her tweet a hashtag that reads: “#FreeThemAll” referring to all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and another hashtag in Arabic that reads: “The Battle of Empty Stomachs,” referring to the battle which the hunger-striking prisoners are in with their empty stomachs as they starve to gain freedom.

Claudia Webbe MP

I stand in solidarity with all Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike to protest their imprisonment without charges or trial. #معركة_الامعاء_الخاوية #FreeThemAll

Despite of health deterioration, six Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails continue their open-ended hunger strike in protest of their unfair administrative detention without a charge or trial.

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.

One of them has partial loss of memory and Bacteremia, another has loss of sight and problems in his nervous system, and the other might die any moment.

The 6 hunger-striking prisoners are:
•Kayed Fasfous (110 days of hunger strike)
•Alaa Al-A’raj (85 days of hunger strike)
•Miqdad Qawasmi (103 days of hunger strike)
•Hisham abu Hawash (76 days of hunger strike)
•Ayyad Harimi (40 days of hunger strike)
•Shadi abu Akaer (69 days of hunger strike)

There have been many callings from Palestinian and pro-Palestine advocates and groups to the international community and human rights organizations to intervene and save the six prisoners as they might die any moment.

On Friday, the families of the six Palestinian prisoners sent a letter to the US Congress members and human rights organizations, calling them to save their sons’ lives who might die any moment amid severe health deterioration.

The families said they have turned their appeal to the US Congress and concerned human rights groups as the Biden’s administration and the international community have placed their concern and focus on Israel’s latest settlement expansion and decision to label six Palestinian human rights NGOs as “terror groups.”

The families said the Israeli occupation government is taking advantage of the above-mentioned situation “to impose a blackout of information” on their sons.

Over 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 / 01.11.2021)

3-civil-Palestinian coalitions say Israel’s prosecution of NGOs is a decades old issue

Following Israel’s labeling of 6 Palestinian human rights NGOs as “terror” groups, three civil Palestinian coalitions have condemned such a decision on Monday, saying the prosecution of NGOs is a decades old issue.

“Activists, men and women, are subjected to administrative detention, travel ban and house arrest, but these organizations continue to work,” said the three civil coalitions: Adaleh, the Global Palestinian Refugee and the Palestinian Disability Coalition, in a joint statement.

The groups said in the statement that the international organizations are “fully aware of the prosecutions and narrowing space for NGOs as well as shutting them down by the occupation, particularly in Jerusalem” including the EU delegation in Jerusalem.

Instead of taking positions supporting NGOs in Jerusalem and the West Bank, the groups stated, the EU is changing its position towards Palestinian NGOs, “starting with the imposition of conditions and classifying and describing seven Palestinian factions and political parties as terrorist.”

These conditions faced severe criticism by a large number of NGOs and many organizations and coalitions rejected these conditions, the statement read, adding this position will witness “an escalation in the Palestinian civil society and will reach a full boycott of politically conditioned grants by the EU and other international organizations.”

In this context, the three coalitions in their statement reiterated the call for a “unified position towards how some western development agencies treat that Palestinian civil society who must impose its own conditions, agenda and priorities and define its relation with all categories of the Palestinian society without subduing to donors’ agendas.”

The three coalitions said that during the past week, they have noted a number of international positions at country level, organizations level and some representatives of UN agencies.

The coalitions said they praise the positions of a number of these organizations, but noted that they are “extremely concerned about some positions that need to be scrutinized, analyzed and discussed.”

In this framework, the coalitions said they have noted the official position issued by the EU on Friday, 29 October, entitled Israel/Palestine on listing six Palestinian organizations on the terrorism list.

They said that the EU’s statement alleges that if substantiated evidence were to be provided that any beneficiary has made an inappropriate use of EU funds, the EU would take action to recover these funds.

If EU representatives had the courage and respect to the international law, the groups said, they must question Israel on how it obtains its information in light of the torture it implements in the dungeons of Moscovia Detention Center (Russian Compound), which is located only a few kilometers away from the EU Delegation Headquarters in Jerusalem.

(Source / 01.11.2021)

Six hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are in danger of dying

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

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.

One of them has partial loss of memory and Bacteremia, another has loss of sight and problems in his nervous system, and the other might die any moment.

The longest hunger-striker is Kayed Fasfous, as he has been on hunger strike for 110 days, lost over 30 kilograms of his weight, and suffers from pain all over his body.

Fasfous is currently held at Barzilai Hospital, and after freezing his administrative detention on October 14, the Israeli occupation authorities reactivated his detention on October 29.

Fasfous is followed by Miqdad Qawasmi, who has been on a hunger strike for 103 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.

Israeli doctors in Kaplan hospital tried to coercively treat 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, and has Bacteremia and problems in the heart, lungs, kidney, and liver.

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 (110 days of hunger strike)
•Alaa Al-A’raj (85 days of hunger strike)
•Miqdad Qawasmi (103 days of hunger strike)
•Hisham abu Hawash (76 days of hunger strike)
•Ayyad Harimi (40 days of hunger strike)
•Shadi abu Akaer (69 days of hunger strike)

Palestinian prisoner Loay Alashqar has also started an open-ended hunger strike since 22 days in solidarity with his six inmates.

Over 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 / 01.11.2021)

IJ leader: ‘Israel’ committing crime against hunger-striking detainees

Gaza (QNN)- Islamic Jihad leader, Ahmad Al Mudallal, on Sunday said that the arbitrary administrative detention, committed by the occupation state, is a crime, which is committed for no charges, according to Al Quds News.

The statement came during a sit-in in solidarity with the detainees, who have been on a hunger strike for periods reaching 109 days.

Al Mudallah warned the detainees are slowly dying, adding that they are determined to win their battle.

He also called on Palestinians to support the detainees through protests across occupied Palestine, stressing that the resistance also will never leave them alone.

In the same context, Al Mudallal criticized the silence by international human rights organizations and bodies, wondering “where is the Red Cross? where is the United Nations and other human rights organizations?”

Seven administrative detainees have been on hunger strike for periods reaching 109 days. The detainees are Kayed Fasfous (at 109 days of hunger strike), Miqdad Qawasmeh (at 102 days), Ala’a Al A’raj (at 85 days), Hisham Hawwash (at 76 days), Shadi Abu Aker (at 68 days), Ayyad Harimi (at 39 days), Rateb Hureibat (at 22 days), and Lu’ai Al Ashqar (at 20 days).

Israeli authorities carry out administrative detention on a daily basis without charges or trials, which is a violation of human rights.

(Source / 01.11.2021)