DOHA, (PIC) – Member of Hamas’s political bureau Zaher Jabbareen has warned that the current tense situation tends to escalate further as a result of Israel’s persistence in its aggressive and repressive measures against the Palestinian prisoners in its jails.
“The reality in prisons since the Gilboa jailbreak operation is very strained and snowballing into a lot of confrontation with the occupation state,” Jabbareen said in press remarks.
He urged the Palestinian people to rally around their compatriots in Israeli prisons and strongly support them in their struggle against their jailers.
“We, the resistance, are watching everything that is happening in prisons at all levels of leadership, and we have told all the countries that have relations with us that this issue may lead the situation to explode and that the Palestinian people and their resistance cannot remain silent if any harm comes to the prisoners,” the Hamas official said.
JENIN, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation army on Monday notified a Palestinian citizen of its intent to demolish his home in Ya’bad town, southwest of Jenin.
Ya’bad mayor Samer Abu Bakr said that Nawwaf Hamdouni received a demolition notice from the Israeli army’s civil administration at the pretext of unlicensed construction.
Hamdouni was given until November 11 to file an objection against the demolition order.
11 individuals live in that house and they would be homeless if the Israeli army carried out the measure.
Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation forces obstructed the movement of Palestinian citizens at a makeshift checkpoint at the main entrance to Ya’bad town and detained a number of young men in Mariha neighborhood in the town and at the military checkpoint of Dotan.
GAZA, (PIC) – Palestinians on Tuesday marked 104 years since the infamous Balfour Declaration, the crime Britain had committed in 1917 when it issued a letter of 67 words that led to the creation of the Zionist Jewish settler cancer on the land of Palestine.
The Balfour Declaration (“Balfour’s promise” in Arabic) was the first step for the Western world on the path of establishing a country for the Jews in Palestine.
The declaration was issued on November 2, 1917 during World War I following three years of British talks with the World Zionist Organization and came in the form of a letter from Britain’s then-foreign secretary, Arthur Balfour, to Lionel Walter Rothschild, a figurehead of the Zionist Organization and the British Jewish community.
Later it was included in the terms of the British Mandate for Palestine after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. That mandate system, set up by the Allied powers, was a veiled form of colonialism and occupation.
The Balfour Declaration resulted in a significant upheaval in the lives of Palestinians and it is generally viewed as one of the main catalysts of the Nakba – the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 – and the conflict that has ensued with the Zionist state of Israel.
104 years on, the Palestinian people continue to call on Britain to apologize for Balfour’s crime, which has led to their displacement from their homeland and native areas and made them endure different forms of ongoing suffering and aggression at the hands of the Zionist regime, its forces and settlers.
Gaza Post – Eight Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem were demolished forced to be demolished, or confiscated by Israeli occupation authorities in September. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory monthly report on West Bank demolitions and displacement for the month of September, this resulted in the displacement of two people and impacted the livelihoods or access to services of about 50 others.
According to the report, all of the structures were targeted due to a lack of building permits, which are practically impossible to get for Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
In September, the number of structures demolished or confiscated, as well as people relocated, was the lowest since June 2017. According to OCHA, the reduction could be ascribed in part to Jewish festivals.
However, the number of structures demolished or confiscated, as well as the number of individuals relocated, has increased by 21% and 28%, respectively, in 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. In 2021, 311 structures, or 56% of all properties targeted in Area C, were seized without, or with very little, prior notice, using a variety of military orders, thereby barring individuals from opposing in advance.
Three buildings were demolished in Area C, the lowest number recorded since mid-2018. All the structures were houses under construction, two of which were demolished on the basis of Military Order 1797, providing a 96-hour notice only, and very limited grounds, for legally challenging a demolition.
All five structures in East Jerusalem were destroyed by their owners, including two home extensions where an elderly woman and a girl were displaced. The total number of such demolitions carried out by the owners since the beginning of the year in East Jerusalem has reached 68.
Owners destroy their own homes to avoid paying exorbitant costs for the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem if it carries out the demolition itself.
No donated structure was demolished or seized in September, stated OCHA. Nevertheless, the number of such assets destroyed or confiscated has increased by almost 96 percent so far in 2021 compared with the equivalent period in 2020 (from 94 to 184). A renewed warning was issued against an EU-funded school, which remains under threat of demolition.
Israeli occupation authorities are considering providing the Palestinian Authority with help to deal with the unemployment and poverty crises in an effort to stabilise it in return for silence in the face of the illegal settlement expansion project, a political analyst has said.
Ahmad Rafiq Awad told the Safa News Agency that the Israeli occupation authorities “agreed on easing the life of Palestinians as an alternative to peace talks, as well as to stop the collapse of the PA.”
He added the Israeli occupation “is trying to absorb the anger of the Palestinian people who are affected by the wave of price hikes.”
“The Palestinians are angry due to the increasing rates of unemployment and poverty rates, as well as the increasing settlement expansion,” he said.
Palestinian writer Isam Baker told Safa that Israel wants the PA to “remain weak,” but “it wants the PA to remain alive because it serves Israel’s interests.”
Awad said that Israel uses its support for the PA and easing the economic situation in the West Bank to claim that it is meeting the demands of the American administration which asked Israel to do its best to prevent the collapse of the PA.
“The PA,” Awad said, “cannot reject the Israeli offers,” noting that the PA does not control anything related to the life of Palestinians.
Analysts believe this support is the implementation of the understandings reached between PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz who met last month.
The situation between the Palestinians and Israel is heading towards a military confrontation, member of Hamas’ Political Bureau, Zaher Jabareen, said yesterday.
Speaking to Al Aqsa Radio, Jabareen said: “Tensions inside prisons have been escalating since the escape from Gilboa Prison.”
Jabareen called for the Palestinians to unite and “stand as one body” beside their brothers inside Israeli jails.
“We, the resistance, are monitoring what is going on inside the prisons… We, the resistance, have informed all the countries with which we have relations that this issue [of the prisoners] could cause the situation to deteriorate.”
The Hamas official continued: “We, the resistance and the Palestinian people, cannot stay silent while our prisoners are being hurt.”
Jabareen said that the Palestinian will tirelessly continue their solidarity with prisoners.
The head of Hamas’ political bureau Ismail Haniyeh yesterday praised Algeria’s continued support for the Palestinian cause and refusal to normalise relations with Israel.
Haniyeh made the remarks in a letter sent to Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune to mark the 67th anniversary of the outbreak of the Algerian revolution against French colonialism.
“Hamas expresses its pride and appreciation for Algeria’s historic and honourable role in supporting the steadfastness of the Palestinian people, permanent solidarity with their just cause, and rejection of normalisation with the Zionist enemy,” Haniyeh said in his letter, adding the Palestinian people are inspired by the Algerian blessed “liberation revolution”.
Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem increased 21 per cent this year, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said yesterday.
In a report, the UNOCHA said: “In September, the Israeli authorities demolished, forced people to demolish, or seized eight Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.”
The report stated that the demolition and confiscation of the Palestinian structures “resulted in the displacement of two people, and affected the livelihoods or access to services of about 50 others.”
“The number of structures demolished or seized, and people displaced in September was the lowest recorded since June 2017; however, the number of structures demolished or seized, and people displaced, so far in 2021 represents an increase of 21 and 28 per cent respectively, compared with the equivalent figures in 2020.”
“311 structures, or 56 per cent of all structures” targeted in Area C in 2021 had been “seized without, or with very short, prior notice, utilizing various military orders, effectively preventing people from objecting in advance.”
“All the structures were targeted due to the lack of building permits, which are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain in Area C and East Jerusalem.”
Palestinian families facing eviction from their homes in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood today turned down an Israeli court’s offer to provide them ‘protected residence’ status, saying that if they pay rent to the settler organisation which claims the land on which their homes are built, their properties will not be demolished, a member of one of the families said.
“The people of Sheikh Jarrah rejected the settlement proposal,” the family member and social media activist Mohammed El-Kurd tweeted.
Israeli High Court of Justice (HCJ) made the offer last month, with Israeli media outlets calling it a “compromise”, Palestinians have, however, refused to agree to a ruling which would see their land and homes taken from them and handed to settler groups.
The ruling would list Jewish-owned Nahalat Shimon company as the owners of the property and the three Palestinian families would be forced to pay rent biennially in the sum of 2,400 shekels ($743). The Palestinian families would also agree to pay legal and court costs in the sum of 30,000 shekels ($9,282) to the Nahalat Shimon Company. The court added that over the 15 years, the land ownership issue can be adjudicated.
The court gave the two sides until today to present their own amendments to the proposal, but warned that it will issue a binding rule if the proposal is rejected.
The decision will have serious repercussions for other Palestinian families who all face eviction from their homes by Israeli settlers. Their legal case is based on the claim that Jews owned the land prior to their eviction in 1948.
Currently, there are open eviction lawsuits against a total of approximately 50-60 families in Sheikh Jarrah (30 families – Kerem Al-Jaouni section and 20-30 families – Um Haroun section), which are at various stages of legal proceedings.
“Without the public’s knowledge, the authorities have been discreetly registering land rights of properties in Um Haroun to alleged Jewish owners. Such a move is unprecedented and has potential acute ramifications on Palestinian properties not only in Sheikh Jarrah but across East Jerusalem,” Israeli rights group Ir Amim said on its website, “which could ultimately lead to widespread Palestinian dispossession in the city and expansion of Jewish settlement.”
Under Israeli law Jews are eligible to seek compensation and reclaim land they consider theirs. No such right however is afforded to the 750,000 Palestinians that were ethnically cleansed during 1947/48 including hundreds of thousands that remained within the state of Israel.