108 Days Of Hunger Strike, Israel To Reactivate Administrative Detention Order

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that the Israeli military prosecution has decided to reactivate the arbitrary Administrative Detention order against Miqdad al-Qawasma who continues the hunger strike for the 108th consecutive day, protesting his continued imprisonment without charges.

Attorney Jawad Boulus stated that the prosecution is alleging that the medical reports indicate “an improvement” in the health condition of the hunger-striking detainee.

Boulus held the prosecutor’s office responsible for the life of al-Qawasma, and demanded the prosecution to reexamine the medical reports from Caplan Israeli hospital, clearly stating that the detainee could die at any given moment due to his serious medical condition and complications.

In addition, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) issued a statement, Thursday, affirming that the Israeli High Court issued a ruling on October 6th freezing the Administrative Detention order, which also means the order itself remains standing and has not been voided.

This also means that the detainee became an “unofficial prisoner,” meaning that he would remain in the Israeli medical center, with hospital security guarding his room instead of soldiers, and his family can visit with him, but cannot transfer him to any other hospital, and cannot take him home.

The PPS added that the detainee, 24 years of age from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, is facing serious health complications at the Intensive Care Unit, while previous and recent medical reports stated that he suffers from neuro-degeneration that could result in serious brain damage and other irreversible complications.

It is worth mentioning that al-Qawasma is also a former political prisoner, who was repeatedly abducted and imprisoned since the year 2015, spending nearly 4 years in prison.

107 Days Of Ongoing Hunger Strike, Al-Qawasmi Faces Serious Complications |

(Source / 04.11.2021)

Army Abducts Two Palestinians In Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, two young Palestinian men from the Bethlehem governorate, south of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded the al-Jadawel area in Beit Jala city, west of Bethlehem, searched homes, and abducted Mohammad Fawwaz Mashayekh, 24.

They added that the soldiers also abducted Mohammad Wajeeh Thawabta, 20, from Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, after stopping him at the Container military roadblock, northeast of Bethlehem.

The Palestinian was detained for a few hours at the roadblock before the soldiers moved him to a detention and interrogation facility near Jerusalem.

Also at dawn, the soldiers demolished a Palestinian mosque in Douma town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

(Source / 04.11.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Demolish a Mosque Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers demolished, on Thursday at dawn, a Palestinian mosque in Douma town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said several army jeeps and a bulldozer invaded the town, before demolishing the mosque.

He added that the demolished mosque, located in the Abu Saifi area, in the eastern part of the town, was built two years ago.

The Israeli army claimed the mosque was built without a permit from the so-called Civil Administrative Office, the administrative branch of the illegal Israeli occupation.

In addition, the soldiers also bulldozed several agricultural roads in the southern area of Douma.

(Source / 04.11.2021)

Army Demolishes A Palestinian Home, Commerical Facilities, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers demolished, Wednesday, a Palestinian home in Jabal al-Mokabber, and several commercial facilities in Hizma town, in the occupied capital, Jerusalem, under the pretext of being built without permits.

Local sources said the soldiers, accompanied by bulldozers invaded the as-Sal’a area in Jabal al-Mokabber and demolished a home, owned by Mohannad al-Hroub and his family.

The sources added that, after receiving the demolition order, the Palestinian filed appeals with Israeli courts and received an order stopping the destruction of his property, but the City Council ignored the order and carried the demolitions out.

The Palestinian was not granted prior notice before the soldiers invaded the area and forced him and his family out, and demolished his two-apartment home, rendering eight Palestinians, including children, homeless.

In related news, dozens of soldiers invaded Hizma town, near Jerusalem, before demolishing several stores, owned by the local Khatib family.

The army claimed the facilities were built without permits from the City Council in occupied Jerusalem.

It is worth mentioning that Hizma is only 4.5 miles from Jerusalem, and eclipsed by the illegal Israeli annexation Wall; the Palestinians in Hizma lost 60% of their lands due to the illegal Wall.

Hizma has a population of about 6000 Palestinians and is surrounded by the Illegal colony of Adam (Geva Binyamin), and the Palestinian localities of ar-Ram and Dahiat al-Barid, and the Israeli Apartheid Segregation Wall from its north and northwestern side, from its south side, by ‘Anata and Shu’fat Refugee Camp and the Israeli Apartheid Segregation Wall, and by Beit Hanina as well as the Illegal Israeli settlements of Neve Yacov, Pisgat Ze’ev, Pisgat Amir, and the Israeli Apartheid Segregation Wall from its west, and by the Illegal Israeli settlement of Almon (Anatot), the planned section of the Segregation Wall from its eastern side. More Info @ poica.org

(Source / 04.11.2021)

Palestine Chronicle: “Words without Action: The West’s Role in Israel’s Illegal Settlement Expansion”

By Dr. Ramzy Baroud

The international uproar in response to Israel’s approval of a massive expansion of its illegal settlement enterprise in the occupied Palestinian West Bank may give the impression that such a reaction could, in theory, force Israel to abandon its plans. Alas, it will not, because the statements of ‘concern,’ ‘regrets’, ‘disappointment’ and even outright condemnation are rarely followed by meaningful action.

True, the international community has a political, and even legal, frame of reference regarding its position on the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Unfortunately, however, it has no genuine political mandate, or the inclination to act individually or collectively, to bring this occupation to an end.

This is precisely why the announcement on October 27 by Israel that it has given a ‘final approval’ for the building of 1,800 housing units and initial approval for another 1,344 will unlikely be reversed anytime soon. One ought to keep in mind that this decision came only two days after an earlier announcement that the Israeli government had advanced construction tenders for 1,355 housing units in the occupied West Bank.

Israel has rarely, if ever, reversed such decisions since its establishment on the ruins of historic Palestine. Moreover, since Israel’s occupation of Palestinian East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, Israel’s colonial project has remained in constant and unhindered expansion. 54 years should have been enough for the international community to realize that Israel has no intentions whatsoever to end its military occupation on its own accord, to respect international law and to cease construction of its illegal settlements.

Yet, despite this obvious fact, the international community continues to issue statements, moderate in their language, at times, even angry at others, but without ever taking a single action to punish Israel.

A quick examination of the US government’s reaction to the news of settlement expansion tells of the lack of seriousness from Washington towards Israel’s continued disregard of international law, peace and security in the Middle East.

“We strongly oppose the expansion of settlements,” said US State Department spokesman, Ned Price, adding that the Israeli decision is “completely inconsistent with efforts to lower tension and ensure calm.”

Since when was Israel concerned about ‘lowering tensions’ and ‘ensuring calm’? If these were truly important US demands and expectations, why then, does the US keep funneling billions of dollars a year in military aid to Israel, knowing fully that such armaments will be used to sustain the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine and other Arab lands?

If, for the sake of argument, we assume that Washington is finally shifting its policies on Israel and Palestine, how does it intend to pressure Israel to cease settlement construction? Mr. Price has the answer: The Biden Administration would “raise our views on this issue directly with senior Israeli officials in our private discussions”, he said on October 26. “Raise our views”, as opposed to demanding accountability, threatening retaliation, or, God forbid, withholding funds.

While it is true that the US government is Israel’s main western benefactor, Washington is not the only hypocritical administration in this regard. The Europeans are not fundamentally different, despite the fact that their statements might be a tad stronger in terms of language.

“Settlements are illegal under international law and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace between the parties,” read a statement issued by the office of EU foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, on October 29.

The statement mirrors the exact sentiments and language of numerous statements issued in the past, ones that “strongly reject” the Israeli action, and “urge” the Israeli government to “revoke” its recent decisions for the sake of “sustainable peace”, and so on. One may even muse to claim that the task of preparing these statements must be the easiest of all clerical work at the EU offices, as it is largely a matter of a simple ‘cut and paste’.

Yet, again, when it comes to action, Brussels, like Washington, refrains from taking any. Worse, these entities often bankroll the very action they protest, while insisting that they are standing at the exact same distance between Israelis and Palestinians, assigning themselves such roles as “honest peace brokers”, “peace mediators” and the like.

One should not be in the least surprised by Israel’s recent announcement. In fact, we should expect more settlement expansion and even the construction of new settlements, because that is what colonial Israel does best.

Within a matter of a few days, Israel has announced its intentions to build, or start bids for, nearly 4,500 settlement units. Compare this number with the settlement expansion during Donald Trump’s term in office. “Israel promoted plans for more than 30,000 settler homes in the West Bank during the four years (Trump) was in power,” the BBC reported, citing an Israeli group, Peace Now, as saying in its recent findings.

Those figures in mind, if the Israeli government under Naftali Bennett continues with this hurried pace of illegal housing construction, it could potentially match – and even overtake – the expansion that took place during the terrible years of the Trump era. With no accountability, this catastrophic political paradigm will remain in place, irrespective of who rules Israel and who resides in the White House.

Israel is doing what any colonial power does. It expands at the expense of the native population. The onus is not on colonial powers to behave themselves, but on the rest of the world to hold them accountable. This was true in the case of the South African Apartheid and numerous other examples throughout the Global South. It is equally true in the case of Israeli Apartheid in Palestine.

The truth is that a thousand or a million more statements by western governments will not end the Israeli occupation, or even slow down the pace of Israeli military bulldozers as they uproot Palestinian trees, destroy homes and construct yet more illegal colonies. If words are not backed by action – which is very much possible, considering the massive military, political and economic leverage the West wields over Israel – then the West remains a party in this conflict, not as a ‘peace broker’, but as a direct supporter of the Israeli occupation and apartheid.

(Source / 04.11.2021)

UN experts: Israeli Settlement Expansion ‘Tramples’ on Human Rights Law

GENEVA (3 November 2021) – United Nations Office of the High Commissioner

GENEVA (3 November 2021) – UN human rights experts* today sharply condemned the recent announcement by the Israeli Government that it is advancing plans to build thousands of new housing units in its West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements.

“The United Nations has repeatedly stated that the Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory are a ‘flagrant violation under international law’, and it has demanded that Israel cease its settlement expansion and remove its settlements,” said the experts. The illegality of the Israeli settlements is one of the most widely-accepted issues in modern international law.

“As well, the Israeli settlements are a presumptive war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and should be treated as such by the international community.”

In East Jerusalem, various bodies within the Israeli Government have approved plans in recent weeks for more than 1,700 new housing units in the East Jerusalem settlements of Givat Hamatos and Pisgat Zeev. Plans are also being advanced for an estimated 9,000 settler housing units in Atarot, as well as approximately 3,400 settler homes in the E1 area just east of Jerusalem.

In the West Bank, plans for the construction of approximately 3,000 housing units in a number of settlements are also being advanced. As well, recent reports indicate that the Israeli Government is planning to retroactively legalize several settlement outposts.

“The very raison d’être of the Israeli settlements in occupied territory – the creation of demographic facts on the ground to solidify a permanent presence, a consolidation of alien political control and an unlawful claim of sovereignty – tramples upon the fundamental precepts of humanitarian and human rights law,” the experts said.

They said there are now close to 700,000 Israeli settlers living in illegal settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. “The Israeli settlements are the engine of the occupation,” the experts said. “They are responsible for a wide range of human rights violations against the Palestinians, including land confiscation, resource alienation, severe restrictions on freedom of movement, mounting settler violence, and racial and ethnic discrimination.

“Most seriously, the purpose of settler implantation – rupturing the relationship between a native people and its territory – is the denial of the right to self-determination, which is at the very core of modern human rights law.”

The experts welcomed the diplomatic criticism regarding the Israeli plans for settlement expansion issued by leading actors in the international community in recent weeks, including by the United States and the European Union.

“However, criticism without consequences means little in these circumstances,” they said. “Israel has paid a miniscule cost over the past five decades for building its 300 settlements and defying international law.”

The experts called upon the international community to support the current investigation into the Israeli settlements by the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. They also called upon UN member states to ensure that corporations and institutions under their respective jurisdiction have no involvement in aiding, assisting or investing in the settlements.

“An occupying power that initiates and expands civilian settlements in defiance of international law and the Rome Statute cannot be serious about peace,” the experts said. “Equally, an international community that does not impose accountability measures on a defiant occupying power contrary to international law cannot be serious about its own laws.”

(Source / 04.11.2021)

Israeli Colonizers Injure A Child In Hebron

A group of illegal Israeli colonizers attacked and injured, Wednesday, a Palestinian child in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Aref Jaber, a resident of the Shuhada Street in the center of Hebron city, said the colonizers chased his nephew, Abdul-Majid Hammouda Jaber, 12.

He added that the child was running away from the colonizers before running into a concrete wall, leading to moderate wounds to various parts of his body, including the head and face.

Palestinian medics rushed to the scene and provided the child with first aid before moving him to the Hebron governmental hospital for further treatment.

In related news, dozens of colonizers attacked Palestinian cars on the main Jenin-Nablus road, in addition to the junctions and roads between Sielet ath-Thaher and Burqa town, north of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, causing damage.

Furthermore, dozens of illegal settlers, accompanied by soldiers and police officers, invaded the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, and conducted provocative tours, while Israeli soldiers attacked many Palestinians to force them out of the holy compound.

(Source / 04.11.2021)

Soldiers Abduct A Husband And His Wife Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday evening, a Palestinian man and his wife in Surif town, northwest of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said many Israeli army jeeps invaded the town, before breaking into homes and ransacking them.

They added that the soldiers abducted Bassam Ghneimat and his wife, from their home, and took them to a nearby military base.

Many Palestinians protested the invasion and hurled stones at the invading military vehicles, before the soldiers fired gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing many residents to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

On Wednesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted a father and his son in Yatta town, south of Hebron.

Also at dawn, the army abducted three Palestinians when dozens of soldiers invaded many areas in Ramallah governorate, in the central West Bank, before breaking into homes and searching them

On Tuesday night after midnight, the soldiers invaded several areas in Bethlehem governorate, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, before the soldiers stormed and searched homes and stores, in addition to inspecting surveillance recordings.

(Source / 04.11.2021

Israeli Colonizers Attack Cars In Northern West Bank

Groups of fanatic illegal Israeli colonizers attacked, on Wednesday evening, many Palestinian cars on the main Jenin-Nablus road, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the colonizers closed the Jenin-Nablus road, and the Junctions of Sielet ath-Thaher and Burqa towns, north of Nablus, in addition to gathering alongside the roads in the area.

Daghlas added that the colonizers hurled stones at dozens of Palestinian cars, and chased many residents away, leading to protests.

Israeli soldiers then attacked the Palestinians with gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets, instead of removing the colonizers who attacked them.

(Source / 04.11.2021)

Starving for Freedom: 6 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails continue hunger strike

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 and to gain their freedom.

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 113 days, lost over 40 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 106 days.

Qawasmi’s health condition has been deteriorating severely as he lost over 40 kilograms of his weight; he weighed 78 kilograms, but now he’s 40 kilograms. He is held now in the Kaplan hospital.

Israel’s High Court has also frozen Qawasmi’s administrative detention.

Jawad Boulus, a lawyer with the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), said on Thursday that Israeli military prosecutor said it might reactivate the administrative detention of Qawasmi, claiming that Qawasmi’s health condition has improved.

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.

The court’s order does not release Qawasmi or 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 (113 days of hunger strike)
•Alaa Al-A’raj (89 days of hunger strike)
•Miqdad Qawasmi (106 days of hunger strike)
•Hisham abu Hawash (80 days of hunger strike)
•Ayyad Harimi (43 days of hunger strike)
•Loay Alashqar (25 days of hunger strike)

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 / 04.11.2021)