Three Palestinian Families Forced to Demolish Their Homes in Jerusalem

Palestinian families, on Saturday, were forced by the Israeli authorities to demolish their own homes in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA) reported.

The Israeli municipality ordered the destruction of three Palestinian-owned apartments in the Wadi Qaddum quarter of Silwan under the pretext of unlicensed construction, leaving three families consisting of twenty members, homeless.

The Palestinian Nassar family were forced to demolish three apartments in Silwan town to avoid paying excessive fines and demolition fees to the occupation authorities if the Israeli municipality crews carried out the demolition.

Jawad Nassar, his brother and his nephew razed the three apartments which were home to a total of twenty people, with heavy machinery at their own expense, according to WAFA correspondent.

Article 53 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states;

Any destruction by the Occupying Power of real or personal property belonging individually or collectively to private persons, or to the State, or to other public authorities, or to social or cooperative organizations, is prohibited, except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations.

Article 17 of the United Nations (UN) 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 / 12.12.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians In Ramallah and Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, Sunday, four Palestinians, including three former political prisoners, in Ramallah and Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded the Nubani Farms area, north of Ramallah, and abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Ibrahim Msafer, after invading his home and ransacking it.

They added that the soldiers also invaded Deir Ghassana town, northwest of Ramallah, and withdrew later.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Midhat al-Isawi, after invading his home and ransacking it, in the al-Isawiya town, in the occupied capital, Jerusalem.

Midhat was imprisoned by Israel for eight years and was only released four months ago.

Midhat is also the brother of Shirin Isawi, a former political prisoner and a lawyer who was also frequently abducted and imprisoned by Israel, and Samer al-Isawi,  who in the year 2013 held a hunger strike for 265 days, and nearly died, demanding his freedom.

(Source / 12.12.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Jenin

Israeli soldiers injured, on Sunday evening, several Palestinians in Rummana village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Media sources said many army jeeps invaded the village, leading to protests before the soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

They added that many Palestinians were injured, mainly due to the severe effects of tear gas inhalation, especially after several gas bombs struck homes.

In related news, the soldiers installed a roadblock on the main road in Rommana, especially around UNRWA-schools, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 12.12.2021)

Four refugees killed in shooting at funeral in Borj El Chmali refugee camp

The funeral procession of Hamza Shaheen in Borj El Chmali refugee camp in southern Lebanon

Beirut (QNN)- Four refugees have been killed while others were wounded in a shooting at the funeral procession of Hamza Shaheen in Borj El Chmali refugee camp in southern Lebanon. Shaheen, a Hamas member, was killed in a blast in an oxygen depot two days ago.

Local sources told QNN that armed men opened fire at participants in the funeral procession when it walked by a Fatah military headquarter in the refugee camp.

Thousands have taken part in the funeral procession, including members of all Palestinian factions and leaders of parties and religious leaders.

Last Friday, an electrical short circuit in a store containing oxygen supplies for Covid patients caused a blast that rocked Borj El Chmali refugee camp in south Lebanon.

Hamza Shaheen was killed in the blast while others were wounded.

(Source / 12.12.2021)

After 4 months of his release, ‘Israel’ re-arrests Palestinian ex-detainee

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces earlier on Sunday re-arrested Palestinian ex-detainee in Israeli jails, Medhat Al Eisawai, after raiding his house in al Eisawiyah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem.

Medhat’s sister said Israeli occupation police raided his house in the early morning hours today before he was taken for interrogation.

48-year-old Medhat Al Eisawai served over 27 years in Israeli prisons.

The last time in which ‘Israel’ arrested him, he served 8 years in jail and was released in July 2021.

On 15 September 2021, Medhat, a father of a girl who was born when he was held in Israeli jails, was arrested again on his birthday, after storming and searching his house.

Medhat’s brother, Samer Al Eisawi, is a detainee, as well, who once started a hunger strike that extended from August 2012 to April 2013, protesting against his illegal administrative detention without a charge or trial by Israeli occupation authorities.

(Source / 12.12.2021)

Video| Masked Israeli settlers vandalize over 12 Palestinian vehicles in occupied Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- A group of masked extremist Israeli settlers on Saturday night attacked Palestinian-owned vehicles in the neighborhood of Bab a-Zahara in Nablus Road in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Local sources said over 20 extremist Israeli settlers, some wore masks, sneaked into the Nablus Road at around 1:00 am and vandalized over 12 Palestinian-owned vehicles parked in front of the residents’ houses, in the vicinity of the US Consulate, smashing the windows of the vehicles.

One of the residents told Al-Qastal that this is the second time in a few months in which the settlers attacked the vehicles of him, his brothers and cousins.

He added that every night, before the eyes of the occupation forces, the settlers wander around in large numbers and start attacking Palestinian-owned properties.

The Jerusalemite man said, “If an Arab child did what the extremist settlers did, the occupation police will arrest the child and all his family.”

In the first half of 2021, 416 anti-Palestinian incidents perpetrated by extremist Israeli settlers were reported – more than double the figure for the first half of 2020 and more than all of 2019.

Of the 416 incidents reported between January and June of 2021, there were approximately 139 incidents of vandalism, stone-throwing, assaults and so-called price-tag incidents

In 2019, there were 363 incidents and 507 reported in 2020.

(Source / 12.12.2021)

West Bank municipal elections start amid rage with Abbas

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Citizens started today casting their votes in the first phase of municipal elections in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The elections are held amid rising anger with PA President Mahmoud Abbas after he cancelled planned legislative and presidential votes earlier this year.

Voting takes place in 154 villages and local councils located in the West Bank, with polling stations closing at 7pm local time (21:00 GMT).

However, no ballots will be cast in over 220 other councils, either because only one list is competing or no lists have been submitted.

Other factions criticized the Palestinian Authority (PA) for splitting the local elections and also for its decision to postpone long-awaited parliamentary and presidential elections.

Hamas, which won Palestine’s latest legislative elections, announced a boycott of the local elections, insisting that polls at the national level should be held.

Municipal elections were previously held in 2012 and 2017 in the West Bank, but not in the Gaza Strip, as Hamas boycotted the elections over divisions between the two parties.

Aref Jaffal, director of the Palestine-based Arab World Democracy and Electoral Monitor (Al-Marsad), said the PA “diluted the importance and power” of this year’s local elections by holding them in two phases – a move he branded “definitely political” that showcased a lack of appetite for real reforms and would result in the entrenchment of Fatah’s divisions with Hamas.

(Source / 12.12.2021)

‘Israel’ killed 9 Palestinians in Beita since start of peaceful protests against settlement expansion

Nablus (QNN)- Since the start of the peaceful protests in Beita, Israeli occupation forces killed nine Palestinians in the village, south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, while they were defending their land and protesting against Israel’s settlement expansion.

In early May, a group of Israeli settlers set up caravans on Jabal Sabih, which lies on the southern outskirts of Beita, and comprises an estimated 30 percent of Beita’s entire land area, with the help of Israeli forces, who have since prevented any Palestinian access to the area.

Within days, settlers installed mobile houses, built roads and raised an Israeli flag over the settlement of Evyatar in Beita.

Later, the occupation authorities evacuated dozens of Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement after a deal was reached between a settler leader and the occupation’s new government.

Yossi Dagan, head of settler organization the Shomron Regional Council, struck a deal with Israel’s War minister, Benny Gantz, and interior minister Ayelet Shaked, turning the illegal outpost into a religious school and a military base for the Israeli forces.

‘Israel’ will keep about 50 caravan houses settlers, installed last May on Palestinian lands, while settlers would “return” to the land when Israeli occupation authorities designate it as “state-owned.”

The livelihoods of at least 17 Palestinian families – more than 100 people – are threatened as they depend on harvesting their olives on land they have owned for generations.

Since then, Beita has witnessed several protests and night-confusion activities against the new settler outpost of Evyatar on Jabal Sabih. Palestinians worshippers also perform the Friday prayer near the village as a sign of protest.

However, although the protests have been peaceful, Israeli forces have suppressed, detained, and assaulted the protesters, resulting in injuring hundreds and killing others as they have fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters, and live ammunition directly and intensively towards the protesters.

9 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli forces during the peaceful protests: Issa Barham, Tariq Sanbar, Ahmed Bani Shams, Shadi Shurafa, Emad Dweikat, Mohammed Hamayel, Zakaria Hamayel, Mohamed al-Kabisa and Jameel Abu Ayyash, who was shot dead last Friday.

12 August 2021, marked the 100th day of protests and resistance against Israeli occupation and settlement expansion in Beita.

In addition to Jabal Sabih, Israeli forces erected another colonial settlement outpost atop Jabal Al-Arma, north of Beita, a few months ago.

Both of the mountains enjoy a strategic location as they overlook the Jordan Valley, a fertile strip of land running west along the Jordan River which makes up approximately 30% of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 12.12.2021)

During November 2021, ‘Israel’ arrested 402 Palestinians, including 66 children

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli occupation authorities arrested 402 Palestinians during the month of November only, including 66 children and 3 women.

In a report released on Saturday by Palestinian prisoners groups, including Addameer, Palestine Prisoners’ Society and the Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ and ex-Detainees’ Affairs, the groups said that ‘Israel’ arrested 402 Palestinians during November 2021.

Among those arrested are 66 children, all under the age of 18, and 3 women.

During the month of November, ‘Israel’ arrested 160 Palestinians from occupied Jerusalem only, 54 of those arrested are children.

‘Israel’ also issued 123 administrative detention orders: 39 new orders and 84 renewal orders.

There are now 4550 Palestinians held in Israeli occupation jails, including 32 women, 170 minors, and 500 administrative detainees held without charge or trial.

There are also 70 Palestinian prisoners from the 1948-occupied-territories, 350 Jerusalemite prisoners, and 230 Gaza prisoners.

Among the prisoners are 25 Palestinian prisoners, who were arrested before the Oslo Accords, 499 prisoners serving sentences above 20 years, 544 prisoners serving life sentences, and 104 prisoners serving more than 20 years.

Since 1967, the groups said, 72 Palestinian prisoners died inside Israeli jails due to deliberate medical negligence.

In 2020 only, the Israeli occupation forces arrested 4,634 Palestinians, among them 543 children and 128 women, in addition to issuing 1,114 administrative detention orders.

In June, 615 Palestinians, including 92 minors and 24 women, were detained by the Israeli occupation, while 100 administrative detention orders were issued.

In July, ‘Israel’ arrested 513 Palestinians, including 47 children and 17 females, and issued 98 administrative orders.

In August, ‘Israel’ arrested 345 Palestinians, including 46 children and 8 females, and issued 91 administrative orders.

In September, ‘Israel’ arrested 424 Palestinians, including 67 children and 12 females, and issued 121 administrative orders.

(Source / 12.12.2021)

Rights group says killing of a Palestinian man in Beita a result of Israel’s use of excessive force

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said in a report today that the murder of Palestinian youth Jamil Abu Ayyash, 31, in the occupied West Bank village of Beita on Friday was a result of the excessive use of force by the Israeli occupation army, amounting to a war crime.

According to PCHR’s investigations, the Israeli occupation army directly targeted the Abu Ayyash in the head at a close range of 50 meters, without any justification or posing threat to the soldiers’ lives, which, according to the report, proves unjustifiable lenient shooting standards in the Israeli army in disregard of Palestinian civilians’ lives.

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According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 12:15 on Friday, 10 December, a peaceful protest took off in the Beita Park, east of the village, where IOF established “Avatar” settlement outpost 8 months ago. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and settlers. When they arrived, they were surprised with Israeli soldiers taking their positions near the Mount. The soldiers immediately fired teargas canisters at the protesters, and clashes broke out.

The protesters threw stones at the soldiers, who continued to fire live and rubber-coated bullets as well as teargas canisters at the protesters, and the clashes expanded to reach the area surrounding the Mount. During the clashes, which continued until around 15:00, Abu Ayyash was shot with a bullet in the head and sustained critical wounds while others suffocated due to teargas inhalation. As a result, the man was taken to the field hospital in Beita village and then moved to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus, where he was announced dead at 16:00.  

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This victim is the ninth Palestinian shot dead by Israeli troops during suppression of peaceful protests in Beita village since the establishment of the settlement outpost.

“These crimes reflect the excessive use of force in circumstances where there was no imminent threat to the soldiers’ lives and prove Israeli lenient shooting standards against the Palestinian civilians,” the report said.

PCHR urged the international community to act immediately to stop the Israeli crimes, and renewed its call on the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e. to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention and guarantee Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the occupied Palestinian Territory.

(Source / 12.12.2021)