Settlers, Israel army chop down Palestinian almond trees in West Bank

A Palestinian farmer harvest almonds on 14 March 2021 [Ashraf Amra/ApaImages]
A Palestinian farmer harvest almonds on 14 March 2021

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and Jewish settlers chopped down dozens of fruitful trees in Beit Ummar town to the north of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron today, the Palestinian Information Centre reported.

Mohammed Awad, a local media activist, said that occupation forces and settlers uprooted more than 130 almond trees and bulldozed five dunums of agricultural land owned by two families in the town.

He explained that the destruction was carried out to pave the way for expanding the nearby Jewish-only settlement of Karmei Tzur.

The activist said the families have title deeds proving their ownership of the land.

READ: Settlers cut down 45 olive trees near Nablus

(Source / 12.11.2021)

Gaza ‘undergone deindustrialization’ as a result of the Israeli siege, World Bank warns

An Aid worker provides food assistance to a Palestinian boy on 14 January 2021 [Ashraf Amra/ApaImages]
An aid worker provides food assistance to a Palestinian boy on 14 January 2021

Gaza is still suffering “from a particularly difficult economic situation with very high unemployment and deteriorating social conditions”, the World Bank warned in a report this week.

The report highlights the critical challenges facing the Palestinian economy in general and more specifically Gaza’s economic performance and development needs and will be presented to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) in Oslo on 17 November.

It highlights that though the occupied West Bank is seeing a “rebound” following the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent closures, “The economy still suffers from restrictions on movement, access, and trade– the biggest impediment to investment and access to markets,” Kanthan Shankar, World Bank country director for West Bank and Gaza, said.

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“The improved economic performance was fully driven by the West Bank while Gaza’s economy remained almost stagnant impacted by the 11-day conflict in May,” the World Bank added.

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It said the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) fiscal situation “remains very challenging”, with Israel’s deduction of monthly tax revenue adding to “the fiscal stress”. This, it warned, meant the “PA may encounter difficulties in meeting its recurrent commitments toward the end of the year.”

READ: Palestinian factions call for UNRWA support

Gaza’s contribution to the overall Palestinian economy, it explained, “was cut by half over the past three decades, narrowing to just 18 percent currently” as a result of the 15-year Israeli siege on the enclave. Gaza has also “undergone deindustrialization” and its economy has become highly dependent on external transfers.

“Priority actions require increasing electricity supply and upgrading infrastructure and networks to enable economic growth and improve public services.”

The report, details of which were released on Tuesday, adds to warnings released yesterday by the UN which claim the financial situation in the Palestinian territories is “dire”. The full UN report is also set to be unveiled in Oslo next week.

(Source / 12.11.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Young Man Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday evening, a young Palestinian man, and detained another, in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Local sources said the soldiers invaded Halhoul town, north of Hebron, and abducted Mousa Ghanem as-Sa’da, 18, before moving him to a nearby military base.

They added that the soldiers also detained a young man, identified as Mo’awiya Abu Haikal, 19, in front of his home in Tal Romeida neighborhood in Hebron city, and took him to a military base in the Old City where he was interrogated for several hours before being released.

(Source / 12.11.2021)

Army Abducts Two Palestinians, Injures Dozens, Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday evening, two Palestinians and injured dozens, during protests that erupted at the northern road of the al-Biereh city, in central West Bank, after the army attacked hundreds of residents marking the 17th anniversary of the death of late President Yasser Arafat.

Media sources said hundreds of Palestinians marched in the area, commemorating the death of Yasser Arafat, and chanting for liberation and independence before the soldiers started firing live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at them.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has confirmed that its medics provided treatment to 14 Palestinians who were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, including two who were rushed to a hospital after being shot in the chest.

The PRCS added that 46 Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, and six sustained cuts and bruises.

The Israeli army also surrounded dozens of protesters and ambushed some of them, before abducting two and moving them to a nearby military base.

(Source / 12.11.2021)

Al-Qawasma Ends The Hunger Strike After Agreement Was Reached

Palestinian political prisoner, Miqdad al-Qawasma, held by Israel under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial, has ended the hunger strike which lasted for 113 days, after reaching an agreement for his release in February of 2022.

The Palestinian Detainees Media Center has confirmed that, after nearing death and constant Israeli attempts to keep al-Qawasma held under Administrative Detention orders without a set date for his release, an agreement was reached to end this latest order on November 27th, 2021.

It added that the detainee will remain in prison until February of the coming year 2022, and will be released then without being slapped with any additional Administrative Detention orders.

It is worth mentioning that Miqdad is also a former political prisoner who was repeatedly abducted and imprisoned by Israel, spending more than four years in prison, including being held under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders.

Al-Qawasma is also a university student and has been held by Israel without charges or trial since he was abducted in January of this year, 2021.

It is worth mentioning that five other detainees are still ongoing with their hunger strikes, protesting the continued imprisonment under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders.

Detainee Kayed al-Fasfous is ongoing with the hunger strike he started 119 days ago, Ala’ al-A’raj, 96 days ago, Hisham Abu Hawwash, 87 days ago, Ayyad al-Hreimi, 49 days ago, and Luay al-Ashqar, 31 days ago.

(Source / 12.11.2021)

Five Detainees Continue Hunger Strike

The Committee for Detainees and Ex-Detainees has reported that five Palestinian political prisoners continue the hunger strike, protesting their arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial, including one who started the strike 121 days ago.

The Committee stated that Kayed al-Fasfous is facing serious complications after 121 consecutive days of hunger strike, and added that the detainee is at Barzelai Israeli medical center, suffering a serious weight loss, arrhythmia, constant pain and stabbing sensation in the chest, serious low blood pressure, serious mineral deficiency, in addition to repeatedly losing consciousness.

Hasan Abed-Rabbo, the media advisor of the Detainees Committee, stated that al-Fasfous could suffer further serious complications, including Kidney failure, heart and lung complications, and other health issues.

Abed-Rabbo added that the Committee filed, Thursday, an appeal with the Israeli High Court, asking for his release by voiding the arbitrary Administrative Detention order, especially since the court previously froze these orders twice without actually canceling them.

He also said that, on Thursday, an Israel court extended the detention of detainee Ala’ al-A’raj for eight days, and claimed that an indictment was filed against him after he entered his 96th consecutive day of the hunger strike protesting his arbitrary Administrative Detention.

Abed-Rabbo stated that the move to extend the detention is yet another Israeli deception and a maneuver to avoid ending his Administrative Detention and to force him to end his strike without achieving his legitimate demands.

In addition, the Israeli court reduced the Administrative Detention order against detainee Hisham Abu Hawwash from six to four months, without canceling the orders which also means that he could be slapped with another extension at any time Israel sees fit instead of being released. Abu Hawwash started the strike 87 days ago (as of Thursday).

Two other detainees, Ayyad al-Hreimi who entered the 50th day of the hunger strike, and Hisham Abu Hawwash, 88th day. They both suffered serious weight loss, pain, migraines, and fatigue.

It is worth mentioning that detainee Miqdad al-Qawasma ended his hunger strike which lasted for 113 days after an agreement was reached to release him in February of 2022.

(Source / 12.11.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Injure A Palestinian Woman Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, a Palestinian woman in the at-Tiwana village, east of Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Fuad al-Amour, the coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committees in Masafer Yatta and Southern Hebron Hills, said several Israeli army jeeps invaded the village before the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes.

He added that one of the invaded and ransacked homes is that of the head of the Tiwana Village Council, Mohammad Rib’ey.

Al-Amour added that the soldiers assaulted a few Palestinian in their homes, wounding a woman, identified as Siham al-Adra.

(Source / 12.11.2021)

Archbishop Hanna Calls For Unity Among Palestinian Factions

Theodosios Atallah Hanna, the Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, called on all Palestinian politicians and factions to unite regardless of their differences so that they can defend the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian people in their ongoing struggle for liberation and independence.

Father Hanna called on the factions to set their differences and their agendas aside, and place their country, their cause, on the top of their lists of priorities.

“Belonging to our homeland is more important and more essential than belonging to a faction,” he said, “Factions are there to serve the homeland and the Palestinian cause; they are not there to create further divisions in the Palestinian society.”

“The Palestinian people have been through various hardships and conspiracies, from the Balfour Declaration to the declaration and agenda of Donald Trump, however, our internal divisions are another Nakba (catastrophe( that must be dealt with at once so that we the Palestinians can stand united in defending their legitimate cause and struggle.”

“Many who are wearing the suits of patriotism are serving suspicious interest and agendas that have nothing to do with our homeland”, Father Hanna said, “Real patriotism means honesty, integrity, and dedication in serving the cause, and in rejecting the divisions and fragmentation.”

“We need to be united and truthful in serving our legitimate national cause and struggle; this means renouncing and ending all forms of divisions, and working on uniting the Palestinian factions and the people in the ongoing struggle for defending the homeland,” he added, “Unity is essential in struggling for freedom, liberation, defending our holy sites, and in countering all the conspiracies against our struggle; we need to stand together in defending our cause, our holy sites, and Jerusalem.”

(Source / 12.11.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Uproot 130 Trees, Bulldoze Farmlands, In Hebron

Israeli soldiers, accompanied by many colonizers, uprooted more than 130 trees and bulldozed farmlands, Friday, in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Local media activist Mohammad Awad said the soldiers uprooted more than 130 almond trees, in addition to bulldozing large areas of farmlands near the illegal Karmie Tzur colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands.

He added that the bulldozed lands and trees are in an area of 5 Dunams, and are owned by the local families of Sa’id Ba’ran and Sabarna.

The bulldozing and uprooting of the lands aims at expanding the illegal colony at the expense of the privately-owned Palestinian lands.

The lands are isolated behind the fence of the illegal colony, and the families have been denied access to them; the families have all official deeds proving ownership

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers summoned for interrogation Yasser Darwish, a member of the Regional Council of Fateh movement, in addition to a Fateh official, Mansour Mahmoud, from the al-‘Isawiya town in the city.

It is worth mentioning that, two days ago, the two Palestinians were summoned and interrogated at the al-Maskobiyya interrogation and detention facility, in Jerusalem.

(Source / 12.11.2021)

Army Injures Many Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, two Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, during the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.

Popular Committee Media spokesperson in Qalqilia, Morad Eshteiwi, stated that the Palestinians marched from the center of the town while chanting for liberation, and carrying posters of the late President Yasser Arafat marking the seventeenth anniversary of his death, in addition to affirming ongoing resistance until liberation and independence.

He added that the soldiers attacked the protesters and ambushed many of them, before shooting two with rubber-coated steel bullets, in addition to causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Many Palestinian young men hurled stones at the soldiers who attacked the procession, and burnt tires to prevent them from advancing.

The soldiers also tried to ambush and abduct several Palestinians but were unable to do so after many residents hurled stones at them.

In 2003, occupation authorities closed the main road of Kufur Qaddoum town, and Palestinian citizens have rallied every week since then, demanding the authorities reopen the road.

Israeli colonists from the nearby illegal Kedumim settlement, established on stolen Palestinian lands, have full access to the street, while Palestinians are forced to take longer routes to Nablus city, the nearest major commercial center, prolonging travel time, causing undue hardship.

(Source / 12.11.2021)