Israeli rights group: IOF uses settler violence to take over West Bank land

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Gaza Post – B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights organization, released a new report on Sunday detailing how Israel has used settler violence against Palestinians to misappropriate more than 28,000 dunams of West Bank farmland and pastureland that has long served Palestinian communities.

B’Tselem’s new report demonstrates that settler violence is not a private initiative, but rather an unofficial branch of Israel’s state violence used to expel Palestinians from their land.

Attributing the violence to young fundamentalists or “rotten apples” while maintaining a semblance of law enforcement allows Israel to have the best of both worlds: maintain a comfortable space for “plausible deniability” while reaping the benefits of the violence by seizing large swaths of West Bank land.

The report clarified how settler violence has complemented official methods by helping Israel take over farmland and pastureland that, for many decades, served Palestinian communities in five areas: shepherding communities in Masafer Yatta in the South Hebron Hills, in the southwestern Hebron Hills, and in the Jordan Valley, and established villages west of Ramallah and west of Nablus. According to the report, the state has dispossessed these communities of thousands of dunams by using settler violence.

This has been done explicitly in some areas by the military closing off swaths of land or requiring Palestinians to request advance permission to access their own land. In others, farmers and shepherds avoid the area for fear of being attacked by settlers.

(Source / 14.11.2021)

Israel delegation in Egypt to discuss Hamas prisoner swap

A view of the exhibition held by Hamas to draw attention to situations of detainees in Israeli jails within the 10th anniversary of the prisoner swap in 2011, at the Unknown Soldier Monument in Gaza City, Gaza on October 13, 2021 [Ali Jadallah / Anadolu Agency]
A view of the exhibition held by Hamas to draw attention to situations of detainees in Israeli jails within the 10th anniversary of the prisoner swap in 2011, at the Unknown Soldier Monument in Gaza City, Gaza on October 13, 2021 

An Israeli security delegation arrived in Egypt on Sunday to discuss a possible prisoner swap with Palestinian factions in Gaza, reported Anadolu Agency.

The official KAN channel said the security delegation will meet with Egyptian officials to discuss issues related to the situation in Gaza, including a long cease-fire and a prisoner swap deal in addition to strengthening bilateral ties.

The delegation, which includes Israeli National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata, is expected to return to Israel late on Sunday after meeting with Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel, the channel said.

Palestinian group Hamas has detained two Israeli soldiers following the 2014 Israeli offensive on Gaza. Two other Israelis are believed to have been held by Hamas after they entered Gaza under unclear circumstances.

The resistance group hopes to swap the Israeli captives for 4,500 Palestinians languishing in Israeli prisons.

Read: Palestinian hopes for freedom still alive 10 years after Shalit deal

(Source / 14.11.2021)

Israeli Colonizers Attack Palestinian Cars Near Nablus

Illegal Israeli colonizers attacked, on Saturday evening, many Palestinian cars near the Za’tara military roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Eyewitnesses said the colonizers hurled stones at the cars, causing damage, in addition to trying to block Palestinian traffic and physically assault the Palestinians.

Furthermore, Israeli soldiers installed a roadblock, closing the main Nablus-Ramallah road, starting from Beita town junction to the junction of the al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village.

The soldiers stopped and searched dozens of cars and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards before forcing them back, without providing any reason for the closure.

In related news, the illegal settlers shot one Palestinian and assaulted two others in Ras al-Amoud, in the occupied Palestinian capital Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

(Source / 14.11.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians in Jerusalem, Ramallah, And Hebron

Israeli soldiers abducted, Saturday, three young Palestinian men from Jerusalem, Ramallah and Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, during invasions targeting many communities in the occupied territory.

Media sources in Jerusalem said many soldiers invaded the Qalandia refugee camp, north of the city, before storming and searching homes.

They added that the soldiers abducted a young man, identified as Ahmad Ezzat Hazeen, from his home, after ransacking the property during the violent search.

The invasion led to protests before the soldiers fired gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets; no injuries were reported.

In addition, the soldiers invaded the al-Am’ari refugee camp, south of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and abducted Samer Habboub, after invading his home and ransacking it, causing damage.

Several army jeeps also invaded the Um ash-Sharayet neighborhood in the al-Biereh nearby city, leading to protests.

In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Surif town, northwest of the city, violently searched homes, causing damage, and abducted Abdul-Rahman Hmeidat, 29.

The soldiers smashed the main door of Hmeidat’s home before storming the property; the abducted Palestinian is also a former political prisoner who was repeatedly detained and imprisoned by Israel.

(Source / 14.11.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians In Hebron

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, four Palestinians from Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said many army jeeps invaded a few neighborhoods in the city before the soldiers stormed and violently searched homes.

They added that, during the invasion of homes, the soldiers abducted Amir Abu Zeina, Essam Natsha, Younes Abu Ermeila, and Mohammad al-Qawasmi, before moving them to a nearby interrogation and detention facility.

The soldiers also installed roadblocks in several areas in and around Hebron, before stopping and searching many cars, and interrogated the Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

On Saturday, the soldiers abducted three young Palestinian men from Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, during invasions targeting many communities in the occupied territory.

(Source / 14.11.2021)

Israeli Army Abducts A Palestinian Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Saturday at night, one Palestinian from Silwad town, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Local sources said the soldiers installed a sudden military roadblock on the main road leading to Silwad, before abducting Aws Haitham ash-Shawareb.

They added that the soldiers stopped and searched many cars, and interrogated scores of Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards at the roadblock.

Also Saturday, the soldiers abducted three young Palestinian men from Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, during invasions targeting many communities in the occupied territory.

On Sunday morning, the soldiers also installed a sudden roadblock at the eastern entrance of Ya’bad town, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, before stopping and searching many cars, and interrogated several Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

On Sunday at dawn, the soldiers abducted four Palestinians from Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 14.11.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Attack Palestinian Detainees In Nafha Prison

Israeli soldiers attacked, Sunday, section 13 of Nafha Prison in the southern Negev Desert, causing several injuries, the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Committee has reported.

Hasan Abed-Rabbo, the spokesperson of the Detainees Committee, stated that the soldiers attacked the detainees as they slept at dawn, and damaged their personal belongings, in addition to causing a few injuries.

Abed-Rabbo added that the attack caused tension in the prison, before the detainees protested the assault against Section 13, and closed several sections of the detention camp.

The attack is part of the numerous Israeli violations against the detainees, including forcing many in solitary confinement and denying family visits to scores of detainees.

It is worth mentioning that the violations against the detainees in Nafha witnessed a serious escalation in the year 2019, which marked some of the most violent assaults against them in ten years, while the most serious violations were carried out against the detainees in Ofer prison.

In October of this year, the soldiers abducted 467 Palestinians, including 10 women and 135 children, in the occupied Palestinian territory.

On November 10th, The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, and the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan issued a report revealing that the number of detainees imprisoned by Israel is about 4650, including 34 women, 160 children, and 500 who are held under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.

(Source / 14.11.2021)

Five Detainees Continue Hunger strike

Five Palestinian detainees, imprisoned by Israel under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial, are ongoing with the hunger strike, including one who began the strike 123 days ago.

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported that Kayed al-Fasfous started the strike 123 days ago, and is facing life-threatening complications, including the possibility of death especially after diagnosis showed he developed blood clots.

Al-Fasfous, hospitalized at the Barzilai Medical Center, also frequently loses consciousness, in addition to suffering from arrhythmia, sharp pain in the chest, seriously low blood pressure, low mineral levels, in addition to pain in his joints and various parts of his body.

Besides al-Fasfous, detainee Ala’ al-A’raj continues the hunger strike he started 99 days ago, Hisham Abu Hawwash, 90 days ago, Ayyad al-Hreimi who started 53 days ago, and Luay al-Ashqar, 35 days ago.

On Thursday, the Legal Department of the Detainees Committee filed an appeal with the Israeli High Court demanding the release of al-Fasfous by voiding his Administrative Detention order, especially since the court froze the orders twice without canceling them.

Hasan Abed-Rabbo, the Committee’s spokesperson, said that the striking detainees are facing difficult conditions, including constant pain, low levels of minerals in their bodies, dizziness, fatigue, and other complications.

Several days ago, Israel extended the remand of detainee Ala’ al-A’raj for eight days and alleged it is filing an indictment against him, in an attempt to claim that he is not an Administrative detainee to avoid listening to his legitimate demands.

An Israeli court also decided to reduce the six-month Administrative Detention order against Hisham Abu Hawwash, to four months, which also means that he could likely be slapped with a new order instead of being released.

The Committee stated that these maneuvers only aim at denying the legitimate rights of the detainees, especially by trying to change their detention status or claim to obtain information that is never shown to the defense attorneys.

The Committee called on all local, regional and international legal and human rights groups to intervene and force Israel to end its violations of International Law and all related treaties regarding the rights of the detainees, and to end the constant violations and abuse.

It is worth mentioning that, three days ago, detainee Miqdad al-Qawasma ended the hunger strike which lasted for 113 days, after reaching an agreement for his release in February of next year, 2022.

(Source / 14.11.2021)

5 Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails continue hunger strike to gain freedom

Despite of health deterioration, five Palestinian detainees 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 five hunger-striking detainees’ health condition has been deteriorating severely, as they have been suffering from powerful fatigue, exhaustion, headache, severe weight loss, irregular heart beats and serious decline in body fluids and vitamins.

The longest hunger-striker is Kayed Fasfous, as he has been on hunger strike for 123 days, lost over 40 kilograms of his weight, and suffers from pain all over his body. He occasionally loses consciousness, and he suffers from tachycardia, pains in his chest, and low blood pressure.

The family of Fasfous said that doctors told him that he is close to sudden death and that they noticed signs indicating the formation of blood clots.

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.

The Israeli occupation authorities refuse to release him despite his serious condition.

The 5 hunger-striking detainees are:
•Kayed Fasfous (123 days of hunger strike)
•Alaa Al-A’raj (99 days of hunger strike)
•Hisham abu Hawash (90 days of hunger strike)
•Ayyad Harimi (53 days of hunger strike)
•Loay Alashqar (35 days of hunger strike)

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.

(Source / 14.11.2021)

Video| Over 20 extremist Israeli settlers shoot, beat, Palestinians in Jerusalem, injure 3

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Under occupation police protection, dozens of extremist Israeli settlers on Saturday night broke into the Ras Al-Amud neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem, opened fire at Palestinians and beat them, injuring three.

Local sources said that an armed extremist Israeli settler last night broke into the Ras Al-Amud neighborhood with dozens of other settlers under occupation police protection.

The armed settler with a rifle opened fire at the Palestinian residents, injuring one of them in his hand.

Two others sustained several injuries due to the severe beating by the extremist settlers who also sprayed pepper gas at the residents.

Video footage shows settlers were also throwing stones at the Palestinians and their houses in the neighborhood.

The occupation forces, hours after the settlers attack, fired rubber-coated metal bullets, live ammunition and sound bullets at the Palestinians.

There has been a spike in attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the occupied territories, however, investigations into them have not been carried out even though some have resulted in fatalities and injuries.

According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the number of violent incidents perpetrated by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank has risen dramatically in the past two years.

In the first half of 2021, 416 anti-Palestinian incidents were reported – more than double the figure for the first half of 2020 and more than all of 2019.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

(Source / 14.11.2021)