Israel forces ransack Palestinian home, order it to be demolished

Israeli occupation authorities damaged the interior of a Palestinian house in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Al-Joz and ordered its owners to demolish it on 10 November, 2021 []
Israeli occupation authorities damaged the interior of a Palestinian house in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Al-Joz and ordered its owners to demolish it on 10 November, 2021

Israeli occupation authorities today damaged the interior of a Palestinian house in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Al-Joz and ordered its owners to demolish it, the Palestinian Information Centre said.

According to local sources, police forces and municipal workers ransacked the house, destroying parts of its inner walls and contents.

The house belongs to Jerusalemite prisoner Mahmoud Jaber, whose family started to furnish it recently ahead of his wedding that is due to be held following his release.

Israeli occupation authorities damaged the interior of a Palestinian house in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Al-Joz and ordered its owners to demolish it on 10 November, 2021 []
Israeli occupation authorities damaged the interior of a Palestinian house in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Al-Joz and ordered its owners to demolish it on 10 November, 2021 []

The prisoner’s mother, Aida Jaber, said that the Israeli police gave her until Saturday to demolish the house at her own expense and threatened to fine her 100,000 shekels ($23,769) if she failed to comply with the order.”I stood in front of the soldiers when they stormed the house and they came without warning. The house was built 20 years ago, and it belongs to my son Mahmoud. He rented it out as a source of income until he gets married. But today the occupation sabotaged it from the inside and demanded that we complete its demolition,” Jaber said.

On Tuesday, the Israeli occupation authority forced a Jerusalemite citizen called Aziz Owaisat to demolish his house and ordered another Palestinian to do the same to his house in Jabel Mukaber town.

Israel’s systematic demolition of Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem is believed to be aimed at pushing Palestinians out of the holy city.

READ: Israel orders 9 Palestinian families to stop building their homes

(Source / 10.11.2021)

Palestinians demand Israel release prisoner on 112-day hunger strike

Miqdad Al-Qawasmi [@Fatima_yousef20/Twitter]
Miqdad Al-Qawasmi 

A Palestinian, who has not eaten for months in protest at his detention without charge by Israel, is close to suffering a collapse, his mother said, after demonstrators called for him and others also on hunger strike to be released.

Miqdad Al-Qawasmi’s weight has nearly halved since 21 July, when he began refusing food and drinking only water with salt, his family says.

His protest—and parallel hunger strikes by five other detainees also from the occupied West Bank—is in response to being placed in administrative detention, under which Israel can hold Palestinians it views as suspects for up to 60 days without charge, and extend that period with court approval.

The United Nations and European Union have criticised the practice.

Unable to speak, Qawasmi, 24, is the frailest of the six.

“His health condition is collapsing due to continuous hunger strike; he is at high risk,” Qawasmi’s mother, Iman Qawasmi, told Reuters last week at the intensive care unit at Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot, near Tel Aviv.

“… Why is no one intervening in saving the life of a human being?”

READ: After 106-day hunger strike, Israel puts Palestinian on administrative detention

He spent several weeks at the hospital before being moved back to a clinic at Ramle prison.

Qawasmi was arrested in January. An Israeli security official said his administrative detention was “well-founded on intelligence that was presented to a court” regarding his involvement in activity linked to Palestinian Islamist group, Hamas. This status had been suspended given his hospitalisation, the official added.

Palestinians have staged protests in the West Bank, part of territory Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war, in support of Qawasmi and the other five hunger strikers.

“We call on the Palestinian Authority to mobilise its resources … to ensure international solidarity with the prisoners,” demonstrator, Omar Assaf, said on Tuesday during a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

There are some 500 Palestinians being held in Israeli jails under administrative detention, Palestinian officials say. Israel has never released the figures.

(Source / 10.11.2021)

Israeli Bulldozers Level Farm Land in the Southern Gaza Strip

Armored D9 bulldozer (archive image)

Israeli military bulldozers razed, on Tuesday, Palestinian lands east of Khan Younis in the southern besieged Gaza strip, local sources reported.

Sources said that five bulldozers, 2 graters infiltrated into Palestinian territory, across the so-called security fence, while military tanks were situated along the fence to provide cover for the invading machines.

The heavy machinery was seen razing large sections of Palestinian-owned farm land east of Abasan al-Jadida town in Khan Younis, 70 meters past the Israeli border fence.

The Israeli occupation has maintained a brutal air, land and sea blockade on the tiny coastal enclave for the past 15 years, in addition to launching 4 major military offensives against the more than two million inhabitants.

The military frequently invades Palestinian-owned farm land, opens fire on farmers, and the Navy harasses fishermen while they attempt to fish in the Mediterranean sea.

(Source / 10.11.2021)

Commentary: “Empty Stomachs, Unbreakable Will: Palestinian Prisoners’ Defiant Pursuit of Justice”

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Hunger striking prisoners Kayed Al-Fasfous and Miqdad Al-Qawasmi 

(November 7, 2021) by Zubayr Alikhan for the Palestine Chronicle

In the face of insurmountable adversity and unquestioned injustice, six Palestinian prisoners are putting their lives at risk to achieve justice. Kayed Fasfous, Miqdad Al-Qawasmi, Alaa Al-A’raj, Hisham Abu Hawwash, Ayyad Harimi, and Loay Ashqar have undertaken indefinite hunger-strikes in protest of Israel’s policy of administrative detention.

The hunger strikers—whose status has surpassed heroism in the eyes of Palestinians around the world—are refusing all forms of food and supplements.

Four of the hunger strikers are now in critical condition in Israeli hospitals, while Kayed Fasfous and Miqdad Al-Qawasmi—striking for 116 and 106 days respectively—are “in imminent danger of death”.

According to Palestinian human rights organization Addameer, both Fasfous and Al-Qawasmi suffer from “constant pain, extreme vitamin deficiency, abnormally low heart rates, and minimal mobility”. Despite their rapidly-deteriorating health, the hunger strikers remain defiant. They have vowed to continue striking until they win their freedom, or else, martyrdom.

In response, Israeli occupation forces have threatened force-feeding, a violent procedure that has also been used by the United States military to torture Guantanamo Bay inmates. When force-fed, prisoners are strapped down, with thick tubes inserted from the nasal passage or mouth and forced through the esophagus into the stomach. The procedure causes intense pain, gagging, choking, vomiting and sometimes death. It has been condemned by the United Nations as “torture”, amounting to “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment”.

Some might wonder what crimes warrant such torturous detention. The answer: none. At least, none which have yet been committed. No evidence nor information of any crime has been produced, or made accessible to anyone outside of the Israeli government.

In keeping with its Apartheid regime—as designated by Human Rights Watch (the world’s largest and most respected human rights group), B’Tselem (Israel’s largest human rights group), and the United Nations—Israel maintains a policy of administrative detention over Palestinians.

Individuals can be imprisoned without charge, trial, or conviction. B’Tselem explains that “in administrative detention a person is held (…) without having committed an offense, on the grounds that he or she plans to break the law in the future”. This practice, based on the possibility of future criminal activity, is hence not bound by the constraints of time. The six hunger strikers have fallen prey to this draconian practice.

United Nations experts have expressed “grave fear” for the lives of the strikers, calling on Israel to “release or charge” them immediately. For the six Palestinian political prisoners, freedom and justice are foundational prerequisites for life.

Upholding the principles of ethics and morality places a heavy burden on their frail shoulders. Yet, in their eyes, these values are worth defending by all means necessary. Their empty stomachs, unbreakable will, and defiant pursuit of justice expose the illegitimacy of Israel’s oppressive occupation.

Unsurprisingly, the hunger strikers have garnered worldwide attention across judicial and public spheres. Of the greatest recognitions of their struggle, and the illegality of their detention, are the aforementioned UN statements. On social media, numerous hashtags have gained traction, namely: #FreeThemAll, #أنقذوا_الأسرى (Translated Save the Prisoners), and #معركة_الامعاء_الخاوية (The battle of empty stomachs).

It is the responsibility of the international community—and the bodies erected to represent its interests—to ensure that the injustices taking place in Palestine are combatted and condemned.

To effect change, “we”, as a global community of conscience, morality, and equality, must band together to challenge and protest the abhorrent discrimination of Israeli apartheid. Be it through Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) strategy, writing to one’s elected representative, taking part in a peaceful demonstration, or starting social media campaigns, defending the rights of those facing oppression and injustice is an imperative through which we must take action. In the most visceral, and vigorous sense, their lives, the lives of the heroic hunger-strikers, depend on it.

(Source / 10.11.2021)

Israeli Colonists Vandalize Private Property in Al-Beireh City

Illegal Israeli colonists vandalized, on Tuesday, Palestinian-owned vehicles and homes, causing damage in the central occupied West Bank city of Al-Beireh, the Quds News Network reported.

Witnesses stated that the settlers entered the city overnight and slashed the tires of three vehicles, spray-painted the star of David and hateful and threatening phrases on Palestinian-owned vehicles and homes.

Photos show Hebrew writing which translate into “destroy the enemies” and “there are enemies in these houses”.

These phrases including “we’ll fight Palestinians” were scrawled across Palestinian-owned property, with the aim of terrorizing and intimidating the indigenous population.

Israeli colonialist settlers frequently harass and assault Palestinian civilians, damage property, steal olive harvests, and cut olive trees belonging to Palestinian farmers, causing fear and insecurity.

Israeli authorities do not provide any protection for the unarmed Palestinians, instead they aid the illegal settlers who commit the crimes against the unprotected population.

هيئة مقاومة الجدار والاستيطانop dinsdag

قطعان المستعمرين يقتحمون فجر اليوم حي المنطقة الصناعية في مدينة البيرة ويعتدون على سيارات المواطنين ويخطون شعارات عنصرية عليها وعلى جدران المنازل.

Kan een afbeelding zijn van auto en weg
Kan een afbeelding zijn van buitenshuis
Kan een afbeelding zijn van buitenshuis
Kan een afbeelding zijn van buitenshuis

(Source / 10.11.2021)

Israeli court sentences father of three to 21 years in jail

Ramallah (QNN)- The family of Islam Hamed, a father of three children born through smuggled sperm, has been sentenced to 21 years in jail by the Israeli Military court of Ofer.

Hamed’s wife told QNN that he was arrested in 2015. The Palestinian security forces also had arrested him for five years.

Israeli authorities accused Hamed of opening fire at settlers and wounding them in 2010.

Hamed is a father of three children, who were all born through smuggled sperm. He was deprived of enjoying the company of his family or being with his wife during the delivery of their children.

(Source / 10.11.2021)

Watchdogs: ‘Israel’ arrested 467 Palestinians, including 135 children in October

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Human rights watchdogs stated that Israeli forces arrested 467 Palestinian citizens, including 135 children and ten women, last October.

The watchdogs (The Committee of Detainees and Former Detainees’ Affairs, The Palestinian Prisoners Association, Addameer, and Wadi Hilweh Information Center) added that the arrests increased the total number of Palestinians in Israeli prisons to nearly 4650 until the end of October. The number includes 34 women, 160 children, and nearly 500 administrative detainees.

They added that the Israeli authorities issued 106 administrative detention orders in October, including 49 new orders and 57 renewals.

It also said that the Israeli authorities use administrative detention as a tool to prevent any kind of protests, calling for the rights of the Palestinian people.

The report noted that the occupation state is using suspension orders of administrative detention in some cases to relieve the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) and the Shin Bet of their responsibility for the lives of hunger-striking detainees.

(Source / 10.11.2021)

Israeli Court delays sentence of 95-day-hunger-striking Palestinian detainee

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli occupation Court has delayed on Tuesday the sentence of Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails, Alaa Al-Araj, who has been on an open-ended hunger strike for 95 days.

Al-Araj’s family said yesterday that Israel’s Court has delayed the sentence of its son as he has been on an open-ended hunger strike for 95 consecutive days against his unfair administrative detention without a charge or a trial in Israeli jails.

The Court on Tuesday held a session for Al-Araj but it delayed the sentencing for Thursday.

Alaa’s mother said she saw her son while appearing on the screen before the Court during the session.

“His health is extremely bad. He has lost a lot of his weight and hair. His face looked pale as if he had grown 50 years. And It’s clear he has pain all over his body,” Alaa’s mother said.

His mother said that Alaa told her to thank everyone standing with him and to continue supporting him and his other hunger-striking inmates.

In September, Al-Araj was transferred to hospital after his health deteriorated, and he is now held at the Al-Ramla Clinic prison due to deterioration in his health.

On November 2, Israeli Shin Bet sent Alaa for interrogation despite his serious health condition.

34-year-old Al-Araj is from Tulkarem, and he is a father of one child who was born while his father is still held inside the Israeli jails.

Al-Araj has been held under administrative detention – without charge or trial – in Israeli jails since 30 June and he has been on an open-ended hunger strike since August 9.

During his open-ended hunger strike, he lost over 30 kilogrammes and now suffers serious health problems as he can not stand up and has speech difficulties and pains in the abdomen and chest. He has blurred vision as well.

He has previously been detained by occupation forces and has served a total of five years in Israeli jails.

Along with Alaa, there are another five hunger-striking Palestinian detainees protesting against their unfair administrative detention without a charge or trial by Israeli occupation authorities.

The 6 hunger-striking detainees are:
•Kayed Fasfous (119 days of hunger strike)
•Alaa Al-A’raj (95 days of hunger strike)
•Miqdad Qawasmi (112 days of hunger strike)
•Hisham abu Hawash (86 days of hunger strike)
•Ayyad Harimi (49 days of hunger strike)
•Loay Alashqar (31 days of hunger strike)

Palestinian prisoner Rateb Haribat has also started an open-ended hunger strike since for 33 days in solidarity with his six inmates.

Over 45 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 / 10.11.2021)

Israel’s labeling of Palestinian NGOs as terrorist ‘deepens concern’ of UN agencies

The UN agencies said on Tuesday that they regretted Israel’s announcemnet that six Palestinian civil society groups previously designated as “terrorist” organisations can no longer legally operate in the occupied West Bank.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the UN agencies said they regretted the decision, made on 7 November by the Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, saying it represents “a further erosion of civic and humanitarian space”.

Israeli War Ministry on 19 October 2021 issued a military order declaring six Palestinian civil society organizations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory to be “terrorist organizations.”

The Israeli War Minister office claimed that the six groups were “part of a network of organisations operating undercover in the international arena” on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Marxist-Leninist Palestinian resistance group, which was listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation in 1997 by the US State Department.

The groups are Addameer, al-Haq, Defense for Children Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Bisan Center for Research and Development and the Union of Palestinian Women Committees.

The designation, made pursuant to a 2016 Israeli statute, effectively outlaws the activities of these civil society groups.

It authorizes Israeli occupation authorities to close their offices, seize their assets and arrest and jail their staff members, and it prohibits funding or even publicly expressing support for their activities.

On November 7, the Israeli forces announced that the War Ministry’s designation had been implemented after occupied West Bank Army Chief Yehuda Fox signed an order declaring the six groups “illegal” claiming they were “part” of the PFLP and “endanger the State of Israel”.

The UN agencies said they believe the move “stands to significantly constrain the work” of these NGOs, which have worked with the international community, including the UN, for decades, providing essential services to countless Palestinians.

In a statement, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the OPT, Lynn Hastings, said “these allegations are taken very seriously.”

According to her, however, none of the UN agencies, nor AIDA, have received written documentation which could serve as a basis for these allegations.

“We will continue to engage with all relevant partners for more information”, Mrs. Hastings explained.

For the UN agencies, “the breadth of the Israeli 2016 Anti-Terrorism legislation and its impact on the presumption of innocence, present serious concerns under international law.”

“With our strong commitment to the indispensable role of civil society in democratic life and in finding peaceful solutions to conflict, many of us work with, and some financially support, these organizations”, the statement read.

The agencies said that past allegations of misuse of funds by Palestinian civil society organization partners have not been substantiated.

“We will continue to stand by international law and civil society organizations that promote international humanitarian law, human rights and democratic values”, the agencies concluded.

At the end of October, independent UN human rights experts called the initial decision “a frontal attack on the Palestinian human rights movement, and on human rights everywhere.”

The US State Department said that it would seek clarification from Israel after it declared the six Palestinian groups as terrorist organisations, noting that Washington was not warned of the move.

“We’ll be engaging our Israelis partners for more information regarding the basis for these designations,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said during a press briefing with reporters.

Later, a representative from Israel’s internal intelligence agency, Shin Bet, tasked with briefing U.S. Congress headed to the United States to justify the six groups being outlawed.

Israeli Haaretz said the representative presented evidence on an unrelated organization.

According to the Israeli newspaper, the 74-page document had previously been presented to European diplomats in May in an attempt to convince them to stop funding the organizations.

Sources who were shown it at the time said it did not convince them.

According to sources, Haaretz said, additional evidence was presented to the U.S. State Department and other officials with higher security clearances.

The Shin Bet’s document quotes one of them linking PFLP to Addameer, Al-Haq, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, the Bisan Centre for Research and Development, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees and Defence for Children International – Palestine.

“The institutions belonging to the Popular Front are related to one another and are the organisations’ lifeblood economically and organisationally. In other words, laundering money and funding the operations of the Popular Front,” Haaretz reported, citing the document.

Some Israeli analysts concluded the Shin Bet’s document does not offer concrete proof that the six human rights NGOs were used as a front for the PFLP.

Israel’s decision sparked a swift backlash around the globe, with the EU, US Jewish NGOs, progressive Democrats, and international human rights organizations expressing criticism.

(Source / 10.11.2021)

Pictures| While provoking Palestinians, Israeli settlers break into Al-Aqsa Mosque under forces protection

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Dozens of extremist Israeli settlers have broken into the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city of Jerusalem since the early morning hours of Wednesday, provoking Palestinian worshipers.

Under the occupation forces protection, over 60 Israeli settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the morning break-in session.

The settlers’ incursions to the mosque continue till this moment.

The settlers entered through the Damascus Gate- which Palestinians call Bab al-Amud Gate.

They are now provoking the Palestinian worshipers by performing Talmudic prayers in the courtyards of the mosque.

Israeli occupation authorities have allowed settler incursions to the mosque since 2003, under the forces’ protection.

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.

Over 3000 extremist Israeli settlers broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque during the month of October only.

(Source / 10.11.2021)