IOF opens fire at farmers, kidnaps two Gazans

Gaza border

GAZA, (PIC) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped two Palestinian young men at the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip on Thursday morning.

Local sources said that IOF soldiers stationed to the east of Khan Younis, in southern Gaza Strip, detained the two young men after approaching the border fence and took them to an unknown destination.

Meanwhile, IOF soldiers manning watchtowers opposite to the central Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian farmers while trying to reach their land to the east of Maghazi and Breij refugee camps.

The soldiers target Palestinian farmers, who try to work their land in the Gaza border areas, on semi-daily basis.

(Source / 09.12.2021)

University students among several detainees in Nablus

Arrests

NABLUS, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) launched at dawn Thursday a fresh arrest campaign in Nablus governorate in the northern West Bank.

The arrest campaign mainly targeted students affiliated with the Islamic bloc at An-Najah University.

The arrests were accompanied by an IOF large-scale raid campaign across Nablus villages and towns.

The Israeli army often carries out detention raids against Palestinians in the West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem, claiming to arrest wanted Palestinians.

Israel currently holds 4,650 Palestinians, including 34 women, 160 children, and 500 administrative detainees in its jails.

(Source / 09.12.2021)

Extremist settlers uproot Palestinians olive trees in Hebron

Extremist settlers uproot Palestinians olive trees in Hebron

Hebron Gaza Post – A group of extremist Israeli settlers on Wednesday cut down dozens of Palestinian olive trees in Masafer Yatta, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

According to local sources, dozens of settlers from the illegal settlement of Mitzpe Yair cut down 70 olive trees owned by a local resident in the Khillit al-Dabe hamlet of Masafer Yatta.

The settlers had also allowed their flock of sheep to roam freely on planted agricultural land, destroying the crops.

According to a report in the UK-based newspaper The Independent, rising settlers’ violence has raised concerns among activists about a coordinated campaign against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

This year’s (olive) harvest, which began in October, has seen an increase in attacks on Palestinian olive farms by Israeli settlers, with dozens of incidents reportedly recorded by Israeli authorities and documented by an Israeli rights group.

According to data compiled by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), settlers have damaged or stolen the harvest from over 2,000 Palestinian-owned trees since the start of the olive harvest.

(Source / 09.12.2021)

IOF arrests 2 Palestinians, shoots farmers in Gaza border

IOF arrests 2 Palestinians, shoots farmers in Gaza border

Gaza-Gaza Post – Earlier Thursday, Israeli soldiers kidnapped two young Palestinian men on lands near the fence in the eastern part of the southern Gaza Strip, while also firing live rounds at farmers in the central part of the coastal region.


According to media reports, the soldiers abducted two young men while working on Palestinian lands near the perimeter fence east of Khan Younis in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The soldiers handcuffed and blindfolded the two young men for approaching the fence and transported them to an unknown location.


Furthermore, soldiers stationed on military towers across the fence east of the al-Maghazi and al-Boreij refugee camps in the central Gaza Strip fired numerous live rounds at Palestinian farmers working on their farms.

The attack did not result in casualties, but it did force the farmers to flee for fear of further escalation.

The occupation frequently attacks farmers, shepherds, workers, and fishermen in the eastern coastal region and in Palestinian territorial waters, resulting in dozens of casualties, including fatalities, and preventing Palestinians from tending to their lands and fishing to feed their families.

In March of this year, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza stated that Israeli mines were to blame for an explosion that killed three fishermen.

(Source / 09.12.2021)

Israel responds to Hamas’ escalation warning

A picture showing the Gaza fence built by Israel, 7 February 2017 [JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images]
A picture showing the Gaza fence built by Israel, 7 February 2017

Israeli occupation responded to the warning BY the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, along with other Palestinian factions that the continuous Israeli siege on Gaza would lead to escalation with Israel, Al Jazeera reported on Wednesday.

Commenting on the completion of the Israeli “Iron Wall” along the eastern fence of Gaza, Israeli Defence Minister, Benny Gantz, said that Israel uses simple tools to stop “terrorism,” hinder Hamas’ promotion of its power and achieve long term calm.

“In order to change the reality in Gaza, we have clear and simple demands,” Gantz said, stating that Israeli demands are: “Stopping reinforcement of Hamas power, long term calm and return of our captured and missing soldiers.”

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Gantz called for Hamas to deal with these demands instead of being busy with “empty threats.”

This came following remarks reported on Tuesday by Al Jazeera stating that Hamas and the Palestinian factions are studying to escalate with Israel because of its procrastination regarding the implementation of the terms of the ceasefire deal reached in May.

Hamas also accused Egypt of backing down from its commitment to oblige Israel to carry out the conditions of the ceasefire, which ended an 11-day major Israeli offensive that killed more than 260 Palestinians.

(Source / 09.12.2021)

UN official: Human rights situation in occupied Palestinian territories ‘disastrous’

Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York [Twitter]
Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, described, on Tuesday, the human rights situation in occupied Palestinian territory as “disastrous.”

As she was briefing the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in Geneva, she argued: “This clearly also has damaging impact on prospects for peace and sustainable development for Israel, as well as the surrounding region.”

She added: “No matter how long the road has been, ‘never-ending’ cannot be an acceptable description for any situation in which human rights are violated and abused.”

READ: Israel completes construction of Gaza wall

“Only an end to the occupation can bring about lasting peace and establish the conditions in which the human rights of all can be fully respected.”

Bachelet also said: “The people of Gaza also continue to suffer from a 15-year land, sea and air blockade implemented by Israel, with vital infrastructure crumbling and a decaying sewer system.”

She added: “Severe movement restrictions and obstructions to people’s access to essential goods and services, including specialised healthcare, generate immense suffering.”

(Source / 09.12.2021)

Israel’s policies must be ‘sensitive’ towards Palestinians, Turkey says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Doha, Qatar on 7 December 2021 [Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency]
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Doha, Qatar on 7 December 2021

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday announced that his country would improve its ties with Israel if the latter displays “more sensitive” policies towards Palestinians.

Erdogan told reporters in the Qatari capital Doha that Turkey was welcoming the United Arab Emirates’ “desire to restore relations,” and that it was “possible to follow suit with Israel and Egypt.”

“The Turkish foreign and intelligence ministers are playing an active role in restoring ties with the UAE,” he pointed out, adding that restoring ties with Israel “could be achieved.”

Referring to previous Turkish-Israel talks, Erdogan explained that Israel must be “more sensitive concerning its Palestinian policy.”

“It [Israel] needs to be sensitive about Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque,” he said. “As soon as we detect the sensitivities, we will do our best and take steps [for better ties],” the Turkish leader continued.

Relations between Turkey and Israel deteriorated after the assault by Israeli commandos on the Turkish-registered Mavi Marmara in international waters in May 2010; nine Turkish citizens on board were killed and another died of his wounds later. The ship was sailing towards the Gaza Strip as part of the Freedom Flotilla to break the Israeli-led siege of the Palestinian enclave. At the time, Ankara recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv.

READ: Israel ‘encourages’ human trafficking by not tackling it, report reveals

(Source / 09.12.2021)

Israeli Foreign Minister To Visit Cairo, Discuss Efforts To “Maintain Calm” In Gaza

Israeli media sources have reported that the Israeli Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, will be heading to Cairo, Thursday, to meet with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shokri, to discuss the efforts to “maintain calm” in Gaza, and efforts for “economic development.”

Israeli sources have reported that Lapid intends to hold talks with Shokri to discuss efforts and steps that would ensure calm with Gaza, and the steps that could be taken to improve the economic conditions in the besieged coastal region.

Israeli Kan News said the head of Egypt’s Intelligence Agency, Lieutenant Abbas Kamel, will also be visiting Israel by the end of this month to discuss the efforts that would result in an indirect prisoner swap agreement with Hamas.

It added that the Israeli Foreign Minister also intends to return 95 archeological artifacts that were smuggled out of Egypt into the country in the year 2014 and were retrieved by the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The Al-Ahram Egyptian daily said Thursday’s talks come three months after Naftali Bennet, the Israeli Prime Minister, held a meeting with President Abdul-Fattah El-Sisi in Sharm el-Sheikh.

It added that the two leaders discussed several issues, especially the “peace process”, and the efforts to maintain calm.

(Source / 09.12.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians, Open Fire At Farmers, In Gaza

Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Thursday, two young Palestinian men on lands near the fence in the eastern part of southern Gaza Strip, in addition to firing live rounds at farmers in the central part of the coastal region.

Media sources said the soldiers, stationed behind the perimeter fence, east of Khan Younis in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, abducted two young men while working on Palestinian lands near the perimeter fence.

The soldiers cuffed and blindfolded the two young men, for approaching the fence, and took them to an unknown destination.

In addition, the soldiers, stationed on military towers across the fence east of the al-Maghazi and the al-Boreij refugee camps, in the central Gaza Strip, fired many live rounds at Palestinian farmers who were trying to work on their farmlands.

The attack did not lead to casualties, but forced the farmers to leave, in fear of further escalation.

The army frequently attacks farmersshepherds, workers, and fishermen across the eastern parts of the coastal region and in Palestinian territorial waters, leading to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to preventing the Palestinians from tending to their lands and from fishing to provide for their families.

In March of this year, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.

(Source / 09.12.2021)

Army Detains Dozens of Palestinians From the West Bank

Israeli forces detained, on Thursday, dozens of Palestinian civilians from various parts of the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA).

In the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, soldiers invaded the home of a student at the Palestine Technical University, identified as Ahmed Jamal Swi, 20, before detaining him.

North of Tulkarem, in Deir al-Ghosoun town, soldiers stormed the home of Ibrahim Ayoub Shalhoub before detaining him, and taking him to an unknown location.

Soldiers also invaded and ransacked the homes of four former political prisoners from Arraba and Sanour towns, south of Jenin, in the northern West Bank.

At dawn Thursday, soldiers invaded civilian homes in the Nablus governorate in the northern West Bank and detained another seven Palestinian young men.

The detainees were identified as Ziad Gharbiyya, Hani Abu Sara, Shehada Habayla and Mohammad Hamdan.

In the city of Nablus, Israeli troops detained Hassan Tufaha from Al-Dahiya area, Anas Shtayyeh from Mutah Street, and Hamza Tabanja from Khallet Al-Amoud.

From Tell town, southwest of Nablus, soldiers detained Ibrahim Mustafa Abed, in addition to Ayoub Ramzi Dwaikat, Omar al-Shakhshir, and Ibrahim Dwaikat.from the Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus.

Occupation forces stormed the homes of six civilians from Al-‘Isawiya neighborhood, in East Jerusalem, they were identified as Alaa Abu Ryala, his brother Omar Musa Abu Ryala, in addition to their cousin Rashad Amjad Abu Ryala, Ahmed Hussein Derbas, Muhammad Hussein Derbas, and Khalil Odeh.

In the central West Bank governorate of Bethlehem, soldiers detained five more civilians and handed another a summons for interrogation.

From Al-Saff Street in Bethlehem city, soldiers detained Mahdi Omar Ziada.

Soldiers detained Muhammad Nidal Manasra, Abdul Karim Ayyad and his son Bilal, and Ramez Al-Lahham, all from the Dheisheh refugee camp south of the city, and summoned Ahmed Ramez Burqan for interrogation with Israeli Intelligence.

Furthermore, Israeli troops detained Khuzama Ghaith from the city of Hebron.

Finally, soldiers detained nine residents of the Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, identified as Abdel-Majid Jawabra, Mahmoud Jawabra, Maher Jamal Abu Warda, Muhammad Shehadeh, Omar Abdel-Karim Khamis, Issa Abu Ghazi, Mahmoud Abu Ghazi, Muhammad Fathi Shehadeh, and Rani Muhammad Hudeeb.

(Source / 09.12.2021)