West Bank-Gaza Post – UNROD: “Palestinians deserve to live in peace and free of occupation”
A team from the United Nations Register of Damage (UNROD) affected by the wall’s construction, a UN body in charge of documenting the damage caused by the Israeli apartheid barrier in the West Bank on Saturday, visited a number of villages in the West Bank province of Qalqilia.
The delegation was led by UNROD Executive Director Leonid Frolov of the Russian Federation, who visited the barrier-affected villages of Arab Al-Ramadin, Abu Farda, Jayyus, and Falamia.
Frolov underscored the suffering of the Palestinian villages under Israel’s barrier and apartheid regime, asserting the Palestinians deserve to live in peace and free of occupation.
The Governor of Qalqilia, Rafea Rawajba, briefed the delegation on the suffering of the Palestinian population in the area, including the lack of freedom of movement caused by Israeli military checkpoints and the construction of the apartheid barrier on Palestinian land.
The International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled in 2004 that the wall being built around the West Bank was illegal and should be demolished.
Hebron-Gaza Post – Israeli occupation troops attacked and dispersed a group of demonstrators outside the ancient Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, south of the occupied West Bank, on Sunday, in protest of Israeli President Isac Herzog’s planned visit to the sacred site to commemorate the Hanukah festival.
Palestinian officials said yesterday that Herzog’s planned visit is a provocation and a flagrant violation of the site’s sanctity and that the Israeli occupation will carry full responsibility for the site’s ramifications.
Several Israeli left-wing organizations have also condemned the president’s planned visit to the Ibrahimi Mosque and called for protests.
Protesters waving Palestinian flags and shouting slogans opposing the provocative visit were assaulted by Israeli soldiers stationed at checkpoints along the roads leading to the sacred site.
After an extremist settler, Baruch Goldstein massacred 29 Palestinian worshippers inside the mosque in 1994, the Israeli occupation authorities split the mosque complex between Muslims and Israeli settlers.
Around 160,000 Palestinian Muslims live in Hebron, which includes the Ibrahimi Mosque, and about 800 notoriously hostile Israeli settlers dwell in complexes strongly secured by the Israeli military.
Gaza Post – Israeli bulldozers damaged on Sunday water pipelines supplying hundreds of acres of Palestinian-owned land in the village of Atuf, east of the town of Tammun in the Jordan .Valley area, northeast of .the occupied West Bank
Israeli bulldozers demolished a 4-kilometer water connection used for irrigation of crops planted by Palestinian farmers in the area, according to Mutaz Basharat, a prominent official who monitors Israeli settlement activities.
The Jordan Valley’s Palestinian residents, mostly nomadic Bedouins, rely heavily on agriculture and livestock husbandry as a main source of income, and Israeli occupation authorities’ frequent demolitions have had a negative impact on the population, forcing many of them to abandon the area and relocate to cities.
Under the pretext of without permits, Israeli forces often demolish Palestinian homes and structures in the Jordan Valley.
Officials believe that Israeli demolitions in the Jordan Valley area are aimed at displacing Palestinians and confiscating their land in order to construct new colonial settlements.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) reported, Sunday, that the Palestinian detainee, Luay al-Ashqar, has reached an agreement for his release after 49 days on hunger strike against his Administrative Detention with no charges or trial.
Al-Ashqar, 45, a married father of eight, from the northern West Bank village of Sida, north of Tulkarem, began his hunger strike in October of this year, immediately after being placed under Administrative Detention without charges or trial.
In related news, Hisham Abu Hawwash, 39, married and a father of five, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, a Palestinian administrative detainee in Israel, who has been on hunger strike for 104 days to protest his administrative detention without charge or trial, is in serious health condition.
On November 22, the Palestinian administrative detainee, Kayed al-Fasfous, suspended his 131 day hunger strike, after reaching an agreement with the occupation authorities for his release.
This comes at the same time another hunger striker, Ayyad al-Hreimi, 28, from Bethlehem city, suspended his strike after 60 days to protest being held under Administrative Detention with no charges or trial.
On November 18, Palestinian detainee Ala’ Al-A’raj, 34, from Anabta town, east of Tulkarem in the northern West Bank, suspended his hunger strike after 103 days.
On November 12, detainee Miqdad al-Qawasma, 24, from Hebron in the southern part of the West Bank, ended his hunger strike after 113 days.
The Israeli Navy opened fire, on Sunday, opened fire at Palestinian fishermen, while the army opened fire towards agricultural land in different areas of the besieged Gaza Strip, according to local sources.
Israeli soldiers opened fire towards Palestinian-owned farmland in al-Fakhari town in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, with no reported injuries.
Meanwhile, Navy gunboats, along the Mediterranean coast of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at fishermen in the as-Sudaniya and al-Wahaa areas, in the north and off the coast of Gaza City in the central coastal enclave.
There were no reports of injuries.
The occupation forces frequently harass and shoot at Palestinian fishermen and farmers while they were attempting to make a living to provide for their families in the occupied Palestinian territory.
On Friday night Israeli navy ships attacked, a Palestinian fishing boat with live fire and water cannons, off the coast of Gaza city in the central Gaza Strip, and abducted five fishermen, before releasing three.
Since 2007, the Israeli occupation authorities have imposed an inhumane air, land, and sea blockade on the more than two million inhabitants of the tiny coastal enclave, and waged four military onslaughts against the population.
Ramallah (QNN)- Lu’ai Al Ashqar (45 years old) has suspended his hunger strike today after Israeli authorities determined his release time.
The Prisoners’ Association cited Al Ashqar’s family, who doubled on the reports.
The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has subjected Al Ashqar to torture aiming at ending his hunger strike.
The father of eight children was arrested in October 2021 under administrative detention without charges or trial. He had already lost eight years of his life in Israeli prisons intermittently.
During an interrogation by Israeli military interrogators in 2005, he was tortured until he became paralyzed in his left leg.
Also, His brother, Muhammad Al Ashqar, was killed in the Negev desert prison in 2007.
Other detainees have recently ended their hunger strike after winning their fight for freedom, including Kayed Al Fasfous (who spent 131 days on hunger strike), and Miqdad Qawasmeh (who spent 113 days on hunger strike).
Hebron (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces on Sunday assaulted Palestinians demonstrating outside the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, over plans of the Israeli occupation president to visit the Mosque to light the first candle of Hanukkah today.
Occupation soldiers were seen brutally attacking and beating the peaceful protesters while forcibly taking the flags of Palestine from their hands.
The protesters were chanting “Hebron is an Arab city. Hebron is a Levantine city.”
Israeli occupation President Isaac Herzog will light the first candle of Hanukkah accompanied by settler leaders at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron on Sunday.
In 1994, the far-right American-Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire on Palestinian worshippers at the Ibrahimi Mosque, killing 29 men and wounding 100 during Ramadan Friday prayers.
Israeli occupation authorities exploited the massacre to split the shrine in two halves, one for Palestinian worshippers and the other for Israeli settlers.
Hebron, 32km from occupied East Jerusalem, is divided into two areas: H1, which is under the complete administrative and security control of Palestine Authority (PA); and H2, administratively run by the PA but controlled by the Israeli military, which has the final say on who enters and exits the area.
Some 40,000 Palestinians live in H2, adjacent to 1,000 Israeli settlers, monitored by 18 permanently staffed Israeli military checkpoints.
Israeli forces maintain a heavy presence in Hebron’s Old City, as Palestinians are not allowed to walk in certain areas, such as Shuhada Street, once a thriving wholesale market that was shut down by ‘Israel’ and turned into a ghost town during the Second Intifada in 2000.
The city of Hebron is monitored intensely by Israeli forces and police. Surveillance cameras have been mounted every 90 metres in H2, with some installed on the roofs of private houses, leaving Palestinian residents feeling they are constantly being watched.
UNESCO World Heritage body in July 2017 has recognised the old city of Hebron, including Ibrahimi Mosque as a Palestinian world heritage site.
On Friday, Palestinians and Palestinian factions have called for protests against the visit to the Ibrahimi Mosque.
The Islamic resistance movement of Hamas warned on Friday of “repercussions” over plans of the visit.
“The Israeli occupation must bear full responsibility to the repercussions of this assault,” Ismail Radwan, a senior Hamas official, said in a statement.
The candle-lighting “is a provocation of the Palestinians’ feelings and a flagrant violation of the sanctity of the mosque,” he said, calling on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the city of Hebron “to ward off this provocative move and to confront the attack on the Ibrahimi Mosque.”
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Islamic resistance movement of Hamas has warned on Friday of “repercussions” over plans by the Israeli occupation president to visit the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron to light the first candle of Hanukkah.
“The Israeli occupation must bear full responsibility to the repercussions of this assault,” Ismail Radwan, a senior Hamas official, said in a statement on Friday.
The candle-lighting in the Ibrahimi mosque “is a provocation of the Palestinians’ feelings and a flagrant violation of the sanctity of the mosque,” he said, calling on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the city of Hebron “to ward off this provocative move and to confront the attack on the Ibrahimi Mosque.”
The group also urged protests in Jerusalem’s Old City in response to plans to hold a candle-lighting ceremony at the al-Buraq Wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Israeli President Isaac Herzog will light the first candle of Hanukkah accompanied by settler leaders at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron on Sunday.
Nablus (QNN)- Dozens of Israeli occupation forces and settlers on Sunday raided the village of Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya in Nablus in the occupied West Bank and attacked its residents and students after trying to prevent their raid.
Local sources said dozens of Israeli settlers, backed by the Israeli forces, raided the village of Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya today.
The settlers were seen chasing and intimidating the Palestinian students heading to their school in the early morning hours, obstructing their access to the school.
The residents of the village then tried to confront them and prevent the raid.
However, the occupation forces responded by attacking and beating the residents and parents who were securing the way of their children to the school.
They also attacked at least three journalists who were covering their attacks against the Palestinians, causing them severe bruises.
This attack is the second during four days, as last Wednesday, dozens of Israeli settlers and forces raided the village of Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya and attacked the residents.
The occupation forces fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets directly and intensively towards the residents and the students, injuring and suffocating at least 60 of them.
Israeli attacks against Palestinian students and residents of the village have increased lately.
Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya is a home to about 3,500 Palestinians, 20km south of the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank.
Two illegal Israeli settlements, Eli and Ma’ale Levona, straddle the sides of the village and are built on land belonging to it.
Every afternoon, Israeli forces are stationed at the village’s entrance near the main highway between Ramallah and Nablus.
Nearby Israeli soldiers patrol on foot as groups of schoolchildren from Lubban attempt to take alternative routes to get home following numerous settler and forces attacks.
Parents are forced to drive their children to and from school every day because they are scared of their children being hurt or arrested by the soldiers.
The schoolchildren are also forced to take an alternative route through village fields to get home as Israeli soldiers patrolled the main road.
In May, a Palestinian man named Nidal Safadi was killed when settlers and Israeli soldiers raided the village and jointly shot him four times.
According to an August 15 statement by Lynn Hastings, the UN humanitarian and resident coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territories, 24 Palestinian children – five girls and 19 boys – were injured by settlers in the West Bank since the beginning of the year.
“Israel has a responsibility to protect children and teachers from harassment and violence by settlers on their way to and from school – and in any event,” said Hastings.
“All parties must commit to the protection of children in accordance with international law no matter where they are.”
Thus, the residents of the village have decided to prevent Israel’s attacks against their schoolchildren and the village.
Days of Palestine – Gaza – Head of Hamas’s political bureau Ismail Haneyya has reasserted that the four Israeli captive soldiers in the Gaza Strip will not see daylight without the Palestinian prisoners enjoying what he called “the sun of freedom.”
Haneyya made his remarks on Saturday during his online speech at an Arab forum in support of prisoners and detainees in Israeli jails.
The Hamas leader stressed that the issue of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails would remain a top priority for his Movement, which supports the prisoners’ battles of steadfastness behind bars and work on extracting their freedom.
Haneyya pointed to the success of Hamas in liberating more than one thousand prisoners in the 2011 prisoner swap deal, which confirmed that “this enemy gives nothing without forcing it to do so.”
He also expressed his belief that “the Sword of Jerusalem (the Palestinian name of last May’s battle in Gaza) put the region on the path to ending the Israeli occupation and settling the historical conflict with the Zionist project in Palestine.”