NABLUS, (PIC) – Violent clashes broke out on Friday afternoon near Jabal Sobeih in Beita town, south of Nablus, amid heavy firing of tear-gas bombs and rubber bullets on the part of Israeli occupation forces (IOF).
Dozens were injured during the clashes, including four journalists.
Local sources affirmed that two journalists were shot and injured by the IOF-fired rubber bullets, while two others suffered from tear-gas inhalation.
The residents of Beita and the surrounding villages have been holding weekly Friday rallies for months to protest the construction of a new Jewish-only settlement at the expense of Palestinian land in Jabal Sobeih.
The IOF soldiers have used lethal violence to disperse the rallies, killing eight Palestinians from the town and injuring over hundreds others.
QALQILYA, (PIC) – The Israel occupation forces (IOF) suppressed on Friday the weekly anti-occupation protest in Kafr Qaddum town in Qalqilia.
Four people were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets, while dozens others suffered from tear-gas inhalation during the clashes.
Medical sources affirmed that the IOF soldiers showered the protesters with tear-gas bombs.
For many years, villagers from Kafr Qaddum and neighboring villages have been protesting every Friday against illegal Israeli settlements. They also organize the protests to pressure the Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) to reopen the village’s main road, which has been closed by the IOA since 2002.
750,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across Occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of the international law.
West Bank-Gaza Post – A Palestinian official on Thursday reported that Israeli occupation authorities intended to build over 17,000 settlement units in several parts of Jerusalem.
Jerusalem Affairs Minister Fadi al-Hadmi described in a press statement the Israeli settlement plan as a “crazy tsunami.”
He clarified that the rising in settlements buildings through a series of projects eliminates “any possibility of a two-state solution.”
Al-Hadmi said: “The Israeli government is progressing toward implementing a series of major settlement projects in the north, south, and east of the city, with the aim of isolating it completely from its Palestinian surroundings in the West Bank.”
The Palestinian minister stated the projects include a plan to build 10,000 housing units on the land of Jerusalem International Airport, in Qalandia, in the northern part of the city.
Israeli occupation authorities also plan to build 3,500 housing units within the E1 area in eastern Jerusalem, 1,250 units within the Givat Hamatos settlement, 2,000 in the French Hill settlement and 470 in the Pisgat Zeev settlement, he said
“Since the beginning of this year, over 140 buildings have been destroyed in Jerusalem,” al-Hadmi added, urging the international community to “transform its words into actions, and work to stop the settlement, annexation, demolition, displacement and forced eviction of the population, and to save the two-state solution before it is too late.”
Nablus-Gaza Post – Israeli settlers on Thursday night backed by Israeli forces, closed the main entrances connected to the al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village to the south of Nablus, according to local sources.
Sources reported that a group of settlers, under the protection of Israeli forces, closed the main entrance to the village of al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya with their cars, as well as the northern entrance, and prevented Palestinians from entering or leaving the area.
Settlers always gathered at the entrances to the village, dancing and singing in a provocative manner while raising the Israeli flag.
The Israeli authorities released the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem on Thursday hours after detaining and interrogating him, only to place him under renewed house arrest.
A statement issued by the Jerusalem governorate said that Adnan Ghaith faces a number of charges. They include refusing to comply with the military bans issued against him, communicating with Palestinian leaders, and providing aid to the people of Jerusalem, as well as threatening Israel’s security.
“In light of this, Ghaith has been informed of the Israeli Minister of Internal Security’s decision to renew the house arrest imposed on him since 2018 for another four months.” This means that the official is prevented from travelling to the West Bank and prohibited from communicating with the Palestinian leadership. Bail has been set for him by the Israel occupation authorities.
On Monday and Tuesday, Israeli police raided Ghaith’s house in the Silwan neighbourhood to the south of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and beat him and members of his family. They summoned him for interrogation on Thursday morning.
Israel has prevented Governor Ghaith from entering the West Bank for three years. During the same period, he has been arrested 28 times.
The Israeli Central Court in Jerusalem yesterday sentenced a Palestinian teen from the occupied city of Jerusalem to ten years imprisonment and issued him a fine of 17,000 Israeli shekels ($50,000) for allegedly planning to attack soldiers with a knife.
The Palestinian Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs condemned the court’s ruling against Muhammad Khaled Abu Sneina, 17, saying it demonstrates the extent of the Israeli authorities’ disregard for international laws and human rights.
The head of the commission, Hassan Quneita, described the verdict as “more evidence” of the Israeli judiciary and courts’ involvement in establishing Israeli hegemony as an occupying entity in the occupied Palestinian state.
Muhammad was arrested on 28 October 2019 after Israeli soldiers shot him in the Old City of Jerusalem.
According to Palestinian prisoners’ groups, Israel has arrested nearly 19,000 children under the age of 18 since the outbreak of the Second Intifada in September 2000, including children under ten years old.
British Member of Parliament, Crispin Blunt, yesterday warned the UK against proscribing the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, saying it will have “a terrible chilling effect on putting anything into Gaza”.
As the besieged enclave is governed by Hamas, banning the movement would mean the government could not deal with it, and therefore could not provide aid to the millions of Palestinians in dire need in Gaza.
Blunt also suggested that Hamas had “under international law, a legal right to resist”. He explained, however, that the weapons used by the Palestinians were “unlawful because they are untargeted and they are indiscriminate”.
“My own personal position is that the two-state solution is long gone. That in the end, the only way this is going to be resolved is actually by the people coming together and us enabling that to happen, helping it to happen, and I fear that this measure today does precisely the opposite,” Blunt said during a debate on the British government’s proposal to designate Hamas a “terrorist group”.
Last week the British government announced plans to label Hamas as a terrorist organisation in its entirety, it had previously proscribed the movement’s military wing the Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades.
Home Secretary Priti Patel will push for the change in parliament arguing that it is not possible to distinguish between Hamas’ political and military wings.
Palestinians in Israeli occupied West Bank favour one bi-national state over a two-state solution, a new opinion poll conducted by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre (JMCC) shows. Support for the international status quo is losing ground, in favour of a solution based on equal rights for the 12 million people in historic Palestine, found the survey conducted in cooperation with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), a foundation associated with the Social Democratic Party of Germany.
The report on the findings of the polls explained the declining trend in support for the two-state solution as a consequence of the impasse on the political horizon and the failure of the peace process, which began nearly three decades ago in 1993 during the Oslo Process.
Though it was meant to end Israel’s decades-long military occupation and complete takeover of Palestine, the Oslo Process is generally seen by Palestinians as a miserable failure. Instead of ending the occupation, the Oslo period saw Israel further entrench its colonial domination through the construction of illegal settlements and the transfer of its population to Jewish only territory in the West Bank.
The percentage of Palestinians who believe that the two-state solution is the best way forward has dropped from 39.3 per cent in April to 29.4 per cent today. While the percentage of those who support the bi-national one-state solution rose from 21.4 per cent to 26 per cent in the same period.
Support for one-state is higher amongst Palestinians in the Israeli occupied West Bank. Of the three million pooled, 30.2 per cent said they favoured a one-state solution compared to 23.6 per cent who said that they favoured a two-state solution. With 37.9 per cent, the two-state solution remains the preferred option for the besieged population of Gaza.
Polling revealed a thirst for Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and presidential elections. Some 70.6 per cent of those polled said President Mahmoud Abbas should announce a new date for general elections while 18.6 per cent said he should not.
Results show a huge drop in the level of satisfaction over Abbas. Satisfaction over the 86-year-old, who earlier this year cancelled the first election in 15 years, slummed by 15 per cent. Abbas had a surprising 50 per cent approval rating in April, which has dropped to 35 per cent. Meanwhile, the percentage of those dissatisfied with his performance rose to 57.5 per cent from 42 per cent last April.
Asked about the most pressing problem they face in their lives, the vast majority of Palestinians, 62.7 per cent, said that it was the Israeli occupation. Long way down in second place is corruption with 47.6 per cent and in third was the lack of economic opportunities at 45 per cent.