PA calls for probe into laboratories in Israeli settlements

Assistant Foreign Minister for UN and Specialised Agencies, Omar Awadallah [@omarawd/Twitter]
Assistant Foreign Minister for UN and Specialised Agencies, Omar Awadallah 

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has called on the UN to send an international investigation team to Israeli settlements in the occupied territories to inspect their laboratories, Wafa reported on Tuesday.

Assistant Foreign Minister for UN and Specialised Agencies, Omar Awadallah, told participants at the conference of the State Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of Biological Weapons held in Geneva that Israel is the only party that refuses to establish a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.

He pointed out that Israel controls the crossings and borders in the occupied Palestinian territories, so the PA is unable to monitor and verify what kind of weapons Israel is developing in the laboratories in its illegal settlements. Such a situation, he said, could pose a grave threat to the lives of the Palestinian people.

READ: EU diplomats affirm opposition to Israel settlement plans

Awadallah reminded participants that Israel has nuclear weapons and refuses to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to visit and monitor its nuclear facilities. He also accused Israel of using chemical weapons against the Palestinian people and alleged that illegal Israeli settlers have used chemicals to burn Palestinian families.

Infamously, Jewish settlers burnt the Dawabshe family to death in the West Bank village of Duma in July 2015. Moreover, settlers murdered 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir by burning him alive in Jerusalem in July 2014.

According to Israeli rights group Peace Now, there are 666,000 Israeli Jewish settlers living in 145 illegal settlements and 140 outposts in the occupied West Bank and occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 24.11.2021)

Israel: ‘No real solution to conflict with Palestinians,’ says minister

Ayelet Shaked, Israeli Minister of Justice
Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s interior minister

Israel’s interior minister told American news website The Hill this week that there is “no real solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “We should manage the conflict,” said Ayelet Shaked, “not solve it.”

The website pointed out that Shaked’s political positions can be described as extreme as she supports Israel’s annexation of the occupied West Bank and expansion of illegal settlements. She also rejects the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

When asked how the Israeli government should deal with the Palestinians, she said: “We should focus on what we can do, and not go on adventures that we know that will lead to dead ends.”

According to a report in the Times of Israel, Shaked believes that the expansion of Israel’s normalisation agreements with Arab countries that began last year will depend on the United States offering its own incentives to regional countries.

She was also reported as saying that Israel had to give up plans to annex large parts of the West Bank to set the accords in motion. Now, she insisted, there should be no further Israeli gestures to the Palestinians in order to build on the existing normalisation agreements.

READ: Shaked’s party to leave government if settlement freeze is agreed

“There’s a lot of potentials, but a lot is dependent on the influence of the [Biden] administration,” she said. “In the end, these countries make peace, not only because they have an interest in making peace with Israel, but also because they have an interest [vis-a-vis] the US.”

She pointed out that each of the countries that joined the Abraham Accords received something from the Americans. “So if the Americans are prepared to invest in this then I think there is significant potential.”

(Source / 24.11.2021)

Palestinian doctor loses last Israeli appeal over daughters killed in Gaza

Palestinian doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish gives a press conference at the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem on November 15, 2021 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]
Palestinian doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish gives a press conference at the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem on November 15, 2021

A Palestinian doctor, on Wednesday, lost his last Israeli court appeal for compensation over the killing of his three daughters and a niece in shelling by Israel during 2009 fighting in Gaza and said he may seek justice in an international forum instead, Reuters reports.

Upholding a lower court’s rejection of Izzeldin Abuelaish’s claim, the Supreme Court deemed the lethal incident an “act of war”. The military has said its troops fired after thinking they had seen Hamas fighters on the upper level of the doctor’s home.

“Our hearts go out to the appellant … but within the bounds of the proceedings before us, there is no recourse or remedy,” the three-justice panel said in its ruling.

Abuelaish, a Hebrew-speaking gynecologist who has worked in Israeli hospitals and now lives in Canada, had sought an apology and compensation over the deaths of his daughters Mayar, 15, Ayah, 13, and Bessan, 21, and niece Nour, 14.

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“I had hoped Israeli judges could hand down a ruling that would revive hope, but I expected that they would not,” he told Reuters on Wednesday. “I, therefore, prepared myself to seek justice for Mayar, Bessam, Ayah, and Nour at any forum possible.”

Asked if this might include turning to the International Criminal Court, he said: “All options are open.”

Abuelaish had said he planned to use any funds received in compensation to expand the “Daughters for Life” Foundation he had established. It offers educational opportunities for young women from the Middle East, including from Israel.

(Source / 24.11.2021)

20 EU officials in Gaza to assess humanitarian needs

Members of a EU delegation listen to a employee during a visit to a desalination plant in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, on November 24, 2021 [SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images]
Members of a EU delegation listen to a employee during a visit to a desalination plant in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, on November 24, 2021

Twenty European Union (EU) diplomats arrived this morning in the besieged Gaza Strip to assess the humanitarian situation there.

Shadi Othman, the spokesman for the European Union office in Jerusalem, told WAFA news agency that this is the largest European diplomatic delegation to visit the Gaza Strip at one time.

The two-day visit aims to allow officials to see firsthand the developments in Gaza and to send a political message calling for lifting the inhumane blockade on Gaza and healing the national rift in the Palestinian arena in a way that would allow the Palestinian government to fully perform its duties in Gaza to the fullest.

The delegation is going to meet with a number of Palestinian officials, national figures, and citizens to listen to them about the latest developments and situations on the ground.

READ: EU diplomats affirm opposition to Israel settlement plans

The diplomats intend to visit strawberry farms in Beit Lahia and As-Sudaniya area in northern Gaza and meet with farmers.

They will also visit the water desalination plant in Deir Al-Balah in central Gaza, the Rafah border crossing with Egypt and the Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) commercial crossing with Israel before holding a news conference at the fishermen port in the west of Gaza City, according to Othman.

Israel attacked Palestinian fisherman on 320 occasions in 2020
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READ: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210127-israel-attacked…/

(Source / 24.11.2021)

Israel arrests senior Waqf official in Jerusalem

Sheikh Najeh Bakirat, the Deputy Director of the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf [@PalEvePlus/Twitter]
Sheikh Najeh Bakirat, the Deputy Director of the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf 

Israeli police detained Sheikh Najeh Bakirat, the Deputy Director of the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, near the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, according to eyewitnesses, Anadolu News Agency reports.

No reason was given for Bakirat’s arrest and Israeli police have yet to comment.

The Jordan-run Jerusalem Islamic Waqf is responsible for overseeing the holy sites in East Jerusalem.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the world’s third-holiest site for Muslims. Jews call the area the “Temple Mount”, claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It annexed the entire city in 1980, a move never recognised by the international community.

READ: Israel court rejects petition against settler project at Ibrahimi Mosque

(Source / 24.11.2021)

Israeli Forces Detain Several Palestinians from the West Bank

Several Palestinian civilians were detained by Israeli forces, on Monday, from different areas of the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA).

Israeli forces stormed a Palestinian-owned home and detained a former prisoner after searching his home in Jaba‘ town, south of Jenin, in the northern West Bank.

In the central part of the West Bank, soldiers invaded a home in Beitunia town, west of Ramallah city, and detained one Palestinian.

Northeast of Ramallah, Israeli troops stormed another home and detained one man from al-Mughayyir village.

In Biddu town, northwest of occupied Old City of Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers detained two more Palestinians.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwanic) reported that Israeli forces assaulted Sufian Al-Ajlouni and Muhammad Saeed in the Bab Al-Asbat or Lion’s Gate in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem, before detaining them.

It added that the young men were taken to hospital for the necessary medical treatment.

Silwanic also reported that Israeli forces detained also Wissam Sidr from the Old City of Jerusalem.

In the southern West Bank, east of Bethlehem, Israeli forces stormed ‘Arab Al-Rashayda village and detained another former prisoner.

(Source / 24.11.2021)

Occupation Forces Demolish Two Palestinian-owned Homes in the West Bank

Israeli occupation authorities, on Tuesday, demolished one Palestinian-owned home in occupied Jerusalem in the central West Bank and one in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron in the southern West Bank, according to security sources.

Sources told the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA) Israeli soldiers along with bulldozers invaded the Wadi al-Hummos area of Sur Baher town, southeast of Jerusalem, and demolished a three story home belonging to Ayman al-Heih.

Meanwhile, in the southern West Bank, south of Hebron, Israeli forces tore down a 200 square meter Palestinian-owned home in the Khirbit Maeen community in Masafer Yatta, under the pretext of building without a license, WAFA correspondent reported.

Two other houses in Khirbit al-Fakhit and Khirbit al-Markaz communities in Masafer Yatta, received demolition orders from the occupation authorities.

Article 17 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states;

1. Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.

2. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

(Source / 24.11.2021)

Palestinians Intercept Attack By Israeli Colonizers Near Nablus

Dozens of Palestinians from Burqa town, north of the northern west bank city of Nablus, intercepted on Tuesday evening, an attack by illegal Israeli colonizers against their town, and forced them to leave.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel; s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the Palestinians noticed the Israeli colonizers invading their community, and forced them to leave.

Daghlas added that Israeli soldiers also invaded the village after the colonizers stormed it and started firing gas bombs and concussion grenades at the Palestinians.

A similar attack took place on the nearby Nablus-Jenin Road when the colonizers hurled stones at Palestinian cars, in addition to a military invasion into Sielet ath-Thaher, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, leading to protests; Israeli soldiers also fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at the Palestinians.

It is worth mentioning that the colonizers frequently invaded the areas and their surrounding Palestinian lands as part of their attempts to reestablish the Homesh colony which was evacuated in the year 2005.

The colony was built on lands, privately owned by Palestinians from Burqa town, in addition to Sielet ath-Thaher and al-Fandaqumiya, south of Jenin.

(Source / 24.11.2021)

Soldiers Shoot Five Workers, Abduct Four Palestinians, Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers shot, on Wednesday at dawn, five Palestinian workers from Bir Nibala town, in addition to abducting four Palestinians, including one woman, from their homes in the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Local sources said the soldiers invaded the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, searched homes, and abducted Nabila Hamdan Abu as-Sabri, 50, and her son, Bilal Sami Abu as-Sabri, 30, in addition to Tha’er Samad’a.

The sources added that the soldiers abducted Nabila pressure her son, Ahmad, to turn herself in to the military.

The soldiers also abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Tha’aer Zoheir Samad’a, summoned Mohammad Hamdan Abu as-Sabri for interrogation after invading and searching their homes in the refugee camp.

In related news, the army shot three Palestinian workers with rubber-coated steel bullets and caused two to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, after the soldiers fired live rounds and gas bombs at their car, diving near the al-Jalazoun refugee camp.

Medical sources said local medics rushed to the scene and provided the wounded with the needed urgent treatment before moving them to the Palestine Medical Complex.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Beit Rima town, north of Ramallah, searched homes, and abducted Osama Barghouthi, the son of Abdullah who is imprisoned by Israeli, serving sixty-seven consecutive life term.

The army also invaded Deir Nitham village, north of Ramallah, and drove around its various streets before withdrawing.

(Source / 24.11.2021)

Army Abducts Four Palestinians In Jerusalem, And Tulkarem

Israeli soldiers abducted, Wednesday, four Palestinians, including the deputy head of the Waqf and Islamic Endowment Department, in Jerusalem and Tulkarem, in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources in Jerusalem said the soldiers abducted Najeh Bkearat, the deputy head of the Waqf and Islamic Endowment Department, after stopping and searching his car near Bab al-Asbat in the city.

They added that Israeli intelligence officers were present with the soldiers when they abducted Bkearat, and took him to an interrogation facility in the city.

The soldiers also invaded Jabal al-Mokabber town, in Jerusalem, and abducted Anas Qonbar from his home.

In addition, several army jeeps invaded Zeita town, northwest of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, searched homes before abducting two young men, identified as Khaled Abu al-Ezz and Amro Ibrahim Tayyim.

Also at dawn, the soldiers shot five workers from Bir Nibala town, in addition to abducting four Palestinians, including one woman, from their homes in the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

On Tuesday evening, dozens of Palestinians from Burqa town, north of the northern west bank city of Nablus, intercepted an attack by illegal Israeli colonizers against their town, and forced them to leave.

(Source / 24.11.2021)