Israeli Soldiers Detain 4 Palestinians, Injure 3 near Ramallah

Israeli forces stormed, before dawn on Wednesday, the village of Bi’lin west of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank, and arrested four young men, in addition to shooting a number of family members, according to local sources.

The sources said the army invaded the village before dawn, stormed Palestinian civilian homes and detained four young men identified as Jihad Yassin, Bara’a Burnat, Yamen Burnat, and Yassin Abu Rahma from their homes in the village.

During the incursion, soldiers opened fire at family members of the young men, injuring at least three family members of Jihad Yassin.

Soldiers shot and injured Abdullah Yassin – (uncle of Jihad), Bassem Yassin – (father of Jihad), and Qamar Al Khatib – (mother of Jihad), before retreating from the village at 4:30 am.

It is unknown where the young men were taken, and the condition of the injured family members was not available at the time of this report.

(Source / 17.11.2021)

Army Opens Fire Towards Farmland in Central Gaza Strip

Israeli forces opened fire, on Tuesday, at Palestinian-owned farmlands in the central besieged Gaza Strip, according to the Ma’an News Agency.

Correspondent for Ma’an stated that Israeli forces opened fire towards farmlands located east of the Al-Bureij refugee camp without causing any casualties.

They added that a drone was seen dropping tear gas canisters into farmers’ fields east of Deir al-Balah city and Al-Bureij refugee camp, causing the farmers to flee from their own lands.

Occupation forces frequently harass Palestinian farmers in the Gaza Strip and fishermen off the coast of Gaza, which authorities have kept under a brutal land, air, and sea blockade since the year 2007.

(Source / 17.11.2021)

WAFA: “Israeli forces dismantle, seize structures near Jerusalem-district town”

JERUSALEM, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces today dismantled and seized Palestinian structures near az-Za’ayyem village, east of the occupied city of Jerusalem, according to local sources.

Director of the village municipality, Mohammad Abu-Zayad, said that Israeli forces cordoned al-Saidi herding community, close to the village, where they dismantled two residential structures, each of which occupied 120 square meters, in addition to five sheep shelters, and seized the structures using a crane truck.

Israel demolishes Palestinian houses and structures daily to achieve to advance the forcible displacement and transfer of Palestinians in the occupied territories, including the herding communities on the edge of Jerusalem.

Israel denies planning permits for Palestinians to build on their own land or to extend existing houses to accommodate natural growth, particularly in Jerusalem and Area C, which constitutes 60 percent of the occupied West Bank and falls under full Israeli military rule, forcing residents to build without obtaining rarely granted permits to provide shelters for their families.

In contrast, Israel argues that building within existing colonial settlements is necessary to accommodate the “natural growth” of settlers. Therefore, it much more easily gives the over 700,000 Jewish Israeli settlers there building permits and provides them with roads, electricity, water and sewage systems that remain inaccessible to many neighboring Palestinians.

(Source / 17.11.2021)

Archbishop Hanna: “The Palestinians Have The Right To Defend Themselves, Protect Their Rights”

Theodosius (Attallah) Hanna, the Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, stated that the Palestinians have the right to defend themselves and to act on protecting their legitimate rights in the struggle for freedom and independence.

Father Hanna said freedom is never presented to the people on a golden plate but is achieved by the people who struggle for their liberation, just as so many nations around the globe achieved their freedom through resistance, struggle, and ongoing determination, despite the huge sacrifices and the suffering.

“We reject all attempts and policies that aim to label the struggle of our people as terrorism; every person who believes in freedom and justice, must support the Palestinian struggle,” he said, “When we presented Kairos document, we stressed the fact that nonviolent resistance and struggle for freedom is part of our moral and spiritual values.”

“Our people have the right to live in freedom, dignity, and justice, just like any other nation,” he added, “Our people have the right to live without being colonized and oppressed, and without this constant injustice.”

“Our people believe in their legitimate rights and are determined to achieve them on this Holy Land. Those who think that the Palestinians will ever surrender, and abandon their rights, are wrong, because the Palestinians will not surrender, and will always reject all attempts, and suspicious initiatives that only aim at assassinating their legitimate cause. We believe in what is right, we believe in justice, and will always send the same message to the entire world, until justice is achieved.”

(Source / 17.11.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Conduct Military Drills West Of Jenin

Israeli soldiers conducted, on Tuesday at night and Wednesday morning, live-fire military drills near the villages of Toura, Taybeh, and Thaher al-‘Abed, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Local sources said dozens of soldiers were deployed in Palestinian olive orchards and farmlands, while several armored vehicles were also roaming in the area during the drills that involved the use of live fire.

The sources added that the Palestinians have been denied access to their farmlands and orchards during the drills, while dozens of soldiers were also deployed near Ya’bad town and all surrounding villages, before closing many roads and areas.

Similar drills were also carried out two days ago, and last week, in the same areas of Jenin; the Israeli army conducts dozens of drills every year in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

These training drills, conducted by the Israeli occupation army, have led to massive destruction of lands and other property, burning hundreds of dunams of farmlands, in addition to displacing hundreds of Bedouin families, and causing dozens of casualties, including fatalities.

(Source / 17.11.2021)

Soldiers Injure Dozens Of Schoolchildren near Nablus

Israeli soldiers injured, Wednesday, dozens of Palestinian schoolchildren in the al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded the village, and deployed around the local high school, before stopping and searching dozens of children.

They added that the soldiers chased many children to force them away, and fired gas bombs and several live rounds, causing dozens of school children to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Several Palestinians hurled stones at the invading soldiers who fired additional live rounds, gas bombs, and rubber-coated steel bullets.

It is worth mentioning that, on Tuesday, the soldiers attacked the children in that area, causing several injuries, and obstructing the educational process. Among the wounded is a girl who was injured after a soldier stuck her with his rifle in the shoulder.

(Source / 17.11.2021)

Army Detains Many Palestinians from the Occupied West Bank

Israeli forces detained, on Wednesday at dawn, several Palestinian civilians from their homes in various parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA) reported.

In the northern part of the West Bank, soldiers stormed and ransacked the home of two young men in Jaba‘ town, south of Jenin before abducting them.

Ma’an News Agency identified the two young men as Youssef Taher Fashafsheh and Rabeh Khaled Fashafsha.

Soldiers invaded the northern West Bank town of Sanniriya, south of Qalqilia, storming the home of Nimer Abdel Karim Younes before detaining him, taking him to an unknown location.

In addition, the army stormed the northern city of Tulkarem, and raided the home of a former prisoner, identified as Mustafa Omar Mustafa Odeh, 44, before detaining him.

In the northern West Bank city of Nablus, soldiers invaded the al-Masaken al-Shabiya neighborhood, and detained the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Qamat Foundation for Documenting the Palestinian Struggle, identified as Anas Samir Al-Osta.

Israeli police forces detained one young man from the al-‘Isawiya neighborhood, and another from Silwan neighborhood in the occupied city of East Jerusalem.

In the southern part of the West Bank, Israeli troops invaded and searched a civilian home in the village of al-Ibayyat, east of Bethlehem, and detained a teenager.

Soldiers also stormed and ransacked the homes of Mahmoud Musa Abu Turk, 24, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and Ezz El-Din Jabr Odeh, 27, from Deir Samet, southwest of Hebron before abducting them, taking them to an unknown location.

Furthermore, local sources reported that the army detained four young men from the central West Bank village of Bi’lin, west of Ramallah, after storming their homes, adding that three family members were shot and injured by army gunfire.

(Source / 17.11.2021)

Update| Israeli forces execute Jerusalem operation executor in field

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces executed a man, who allegedly carried out a stabbing attack against Israeli forces in the old city in Jerusalem, in the field. Israeli media reported that the attack took place close to the headquarter of “Ateret Cohanim”, a settlement association responsible for dozens of displacement cases against native Jerusalemites.

A Palestinian man has stabbed Israeli policemen, wounding at least two of them in the occupied old city.

Israeli forces imposed a military cordon in the occupied city. The operation comes during a surge of Israeli assaults against Palestinians, especially in occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 17.11.2021)

Over 100 Hollywood stars sign letter criticizing Israel’s outlawing six Palestinian NGOs

Over 100 celebrities have signed an open letter criticising Israel’s designation of six leading Palestinian human rights groups as “terrorist organizations.”

The joint letter described Israel’s outlawing of the six Palestinian groups as “an unprecedented and blanket attack on Palestinian human rights defenders”.

It also said that “the designations target six of the most eminent Palestinian human rights defenders engaged in critical human rights work and cover all aspects of civil society in the Occupied Palestinian Territory”.

Among the signatories are Hollywood stars Richard Gere, Claire Foy, Tilda Swinton and Susan Sarandon; director Ken Loach, musician Jarvis Cocker, the band Massive Attack, and authors Philip Pullman, Colm Tobin and Irvine Welsh.

Asked to comment on the letter, the Israeli occupation government referred Sky News to a statement given by the war ministry at the time, which claimed the six NGOs used “forgery and deceit” to get funds from European countries.

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 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 the 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.

The UN Security Council held a closed-door meeting to consider the matter, following which France, Estonia, Norway, Ireland and Albania called on ‘Israel’ to provide evidence for Gantz’s allegations.

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.”

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.

(Source / 17.11.2021)

Israeli forces raid, search house of one of Gilbou’s six breakers

Jenin (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces raided and searched the house of one of Gilbou’s six breakers in Arraba town, south of Jenin in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday.

Local sources said that the Israeli forces yesterday violently raided Mohammad Arda’s house in the town of Arraba, turning it upside-down.

39-year-old Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails Mohammad Arda is from Arraba town, imprisoned since 2002 and serving a life sentence.

Arda is one of six Palestinian prisoners who managed to free themselves on September 6 2021, from Gilbou prison, a high-security Israeli prison, through a secret tunnel they had reportedly dug beneath the prison.

The Gilbou’s six breakers are: Mahmoud Arda, Mohammad Arda, Ayham Kamanji, Yaaqob Qadri, Zakaria Zubaidi, and Munadel Infeiat.

Four of the six breakers, Mahmoud Arda, Mohammad Arda, Qadri, Zubaidi, were rearrested by the Israeli occupation on September 11, after five days of large-scale sweep operations throughout occupied Palestine using high-tech systems and the two others, Infeiat and Kamanji, were rearrested on September 19, after 13 days.

According to an October report by Palestinian Prisoner’s Society, about 16 Palestinians who are relatives of the Gilbou’s six breakers, were arrested by Israeli forces after raiding, searching their houses, and interrogating them, as a part of collective punishment.

(Source / 17.11.2021)