Israel allows police to storm Palestinian homes without warrants

Israeli police in Jerusalem on October 13, 2021. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
Israeli police in Jerusalem on October 13, 2021

Israel’s Knesset yesterday passed a bill that would allow the occupation police to storm and search Palesinian homes and confiscate cameras without court orders.

Haaretz reported that the law’s objective was “to combat crimes in the Arab community,” explaining that the bill would allow the police “to search Arab buildings without a warrant.”

The newspaper quotes sources as saying that the law could be “exploited by police in hiding evidence.”

Human rights advocates criticised the law, warning that it could “harm the Arab society.”

In a similar context, the Knesset’s Joint List – a political alliance of Arab-majority political parties in Israel – described the law as “dangerous,” adding that it “gives the Israeli police and army full powers to storm homes without a court warrant.”

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The statement pointed out that the law was being proposed “under the cover of combating violence and crime so that Arab homes’ sanctity could be violated as the police and army see fit.”

The explanatory notes to the bill state: “The proposed amendment is designed to provide the police with an effective enforcement tool and assist in the police’s ability to solve cases and obtain evidence in its battle against serious crime, and particularly serious crime in Arab society.” “In recent years, crime has surged in Arab society, and it exacts high costs in human lives, both of criminal elements and of innocent bystanders. Among the characteristics of this crime are the possession of illegal weapons, extortion (including by means of illegal collection of debts, ‘protection’) and shootings in residential locations.”

The Bill to Amend the Criminal Procedure Ordinancevote passed in its first reading with 60 members of the Knesset supporting it versus 58 who opposed it. It will now be turned over to the House Committee to decide which committee will discuss the bill.

Arab community leaders in Israel accuse the police of being responsible for the spread of crime within their society, accusing them of “turning a blind eye to the residents’ complaints on the matter.”

(Source / 15.12.2021)

Efforts ongoing to release Palestine prisoners from Saudi jails, Hamas says

Exiled Chief of Hamas' Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal speaks during conference in the Qatari capital, Doha on 1 May 2017. [KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images]
Chief of Hamas’ Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal speaks during conference in the Qatari capital, Doha on 1 May 2017 

There are ongoing efforts to release Palestinian detainees being held in Saudi Arabia, head of Hamas’ foreign political bureau Khaled Meshaal has said according to the Palestinian Information Centre.

Speaking to TRT Arabi, Mishaal said that his movement seeks through the current Arab-Arab and Arab-Muslim rapprochement to find a fair solution to the issue of its detainees in Saudi Arabia.

He also urged the Saudi leadership to order their release because they did not harm or offend the kingdom in which they have lived, served and shown loyalty.

“They were working for their cause according to the law and under the roof of the state, without offending anyone,” he said.

In 2019, more than 60 Palestinians and Jordanians residing in the kingdom were arrested by the Saudi state security apparatus under the pretext of financially supporting Palestinian factions.

They included 82-year-old Mohamed Al-Khodari and his son Hani. He suffers from prostate cancer and needs medical care which has not been provided to him in prison.

In April, security forces raided his house and interrogated his 70-year-old wife, Wejdan, forcing her to sign an undertaking that prevents her from talking about her husband’s condition to the media and confiscating her phone.

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(Source / 15.12.2021)

Hamas launches military drill in Gaza

Armed fighters take part in a military drill by Hamas and other Palestinian armed factions on a beach in Gaza City on December 29, 2020 [MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images]
Armed fighters take part in a military drill by Hamas and other Palestinian armed factions on a beach in Gaza City on December 29, 2020

Palestinian resistance group, Hamas, launched a military drill in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday to raise “combat readiness”, Anadolu News Agency reports.

“We announce the start of Al-Quds Shield manoeuvres that simulate different scenarios,” the group’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, said in a statement.

The group said the training is “part of a series of continuous military exercises to simulate various forms of combat operations.”

The last confrontation between Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza and Israel took place in May, during which more than 230 Palestinians were killed and thousands injured, in the worst wave of violence in years. Thirteen Israelis were also killed in Palestinian rocket fires from Gaza.

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Police investigating Christmas tree arson in West Bank

A child poses for a picture before the giant Christmas tree in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 15, 2021 [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images]
A child poses for a picture before the giant Christmas tree in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 15, 2021

A Christmas tree was set on fire in the village of Al-Rama, based southwest of occupied Jenin, ​​Arab48 reported.

Local residents of Al-Rama expressed serious concerns and demanded that the security forces investigate and arrest the perpetrators as soon as possible to bring them to trial.

The head of the local council in Al-Rama, Shawqi Abu Latif, issued a statement condemning and denouncing the attack on the Christmas tree.

He said: “A group of young men tried to ignite the fire of ignorance and hatred with the glorious Christmas tree, and sow discord and backwardness to create a suffocating and abhorrent atmosphere in our beloved town of Al-Rama.”

Palestinian towns and villages in the occupied West Bank have repeatedly come under attacks by illegal settlers. Such incidents have increased in frequency with rights groups saying attackers are rarely brought to justice and often carry out their crimes while occupation forces watch on.

READ: Settlers cut down 45 olive trees near Nablus

(Source / 15.12.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Shoot A Palestinian Child Near Tulkarem

Israeli soldiers shot, on Tuesday evening, a Palestinian child near Ennab military roadblock, east of Tulkarem, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers shot the child, only 14 years of age, with a live round in the thigh.

They added that there were no protests in the area and that the soldiers fired live rounds at several children who gathered in the area to force them away, wounding the child.

Medical sources said the child was rushed to a hospital in Tulkarem and described his wounds as moderate.

In Ramallah, the central West Bank, the soldiers invaded Bil’in village, west of the city, leading to protests, and fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing several injuries.

Furthermore, the soldiers injured several Palestinians at the main entrance of the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

In addition, the soldiers uprooted 120 Palestinian trees on three Dunams of lands, and demolished a well, south of Hebron.

(Source / 15.12.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Sixteen Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, at least sixteen Palestinians in several parts of the occupied West Bank, after the army invaded many communities and ransacked dozens of homes.

The Ramallah, in the central West Bank, the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes in several parts of the governorate, before abducting Nawwar Mizhir Tamimi, 16, from Beit Nitham village, Mohammad Zahran, 41, and Nidal Ibrahim al-Beidh, 32, from Deir Mashal town, in addition to Aseed Abu ‘Aadi, from Kafr Ni’ma.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers abducted Jihad Mousa Shalalda and Mohammad Kawazba, from their homes in Sa’ir town, in addition to Mohammad Yousef Warasna and Qassam Halayqa from Shiokh town, and Hasan Mazen Abu Dabbous, from Tarqoumia town.

In Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Ali Barghouthi, from Tulkarem city, Fadi Abdul-Fattah Khattab from Kar al-Lubbad town, in addition to Omar Assaf and Haitham Yacoub from Far’un town.

In Nablus, also in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Ali Owais from the al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya town, after the locals intercepted illegal Israeli colonialist settlers trying to invade a local school for girls and forced them away.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Orabi Mahmoud al-Jawareesh, 25, from Jabal al-Mawaleh area in the city, and Mousa Mohammad Abed-Rabbo, from the al-Walaja town, west of the city.

(Source / 15.12.2021)

Israeli Army Abducts Eleven Palestinians in Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday evening, at least eleven Palestinians, including children and a woman, in several parts of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) said the soldiers invaded Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and searched homes, before abducting two children, identified as Yaza al-Husseini and Mohammad Mahmoud al-Haj.

Silwanic added that the soldiers also abducted Saleh Obeid and Hamza Obeid in the al-Isawiya town.

Another Palestinian, identified as Nafeth Bkearat, was abducted from the Industrial Zone area in Atarot.

Also, the army abducted two children, identified as Yazan al-Kaloty and Adam Ghrab, from Silwan, and released them later under the condition of forbidding them from entering the Old City of Jerusalem for ten days.

In addition, the soldiers abducted a woman, identified as Mariam Abu Sneina near the Bab al-Magharba area in Silwan.

On Tuesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted Qussai Oleyyan, in addition to Mohammad Siyam Majd Siyam and Jamal Hawwas.

On Tuesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted sixteen Palestinians in several parts of the occupied West Bank, after the army invaded many communities and ransacked dozens of homes.

Also Tuesday, the soldiers demolished two homes and the foundation of one home in occupied Jerusalem, in addition to shooting a child near Tulkarem, and wounding several Palestinians in Hebron.

The soldiers also uprooted 120 Palestinian trees, and demolished a well, in Hebron.

(Source / 15.12.2021)

Soldiers Invade Bil’in, Injure Several Palestinians, Including Elderly Woman

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at night, the village of Bil’in, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and fired dozens of live rounds and gas bombs, wounding several Palestinians, including an elderly woman.

Local freelance photographer and filmmaker, Haitham Khatib, said several army vehicles invaded Bil’in, and fired many live rounds in the air, in addition to gas bombs targeting homes and streets in the village.

Medical sources said several Palestinians, including an elderly woman, suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers closed several streets near the village and prevented the Palestinians from crossing.

(Source / 15.12.2021)

WAFA: “Israeli Forces Storm University Campus North Of Ramallah”

RAMALLAH, Tuesday, December 14, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday dawn stormed the campus of Birzeit University, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah, according to local sources.

They said that Israeli forces cordoned off the university campus, located in Birzeit town, blocking all of its entrances before breaking into the campus.

The university administration said in a press release that the soldiers assaulted the university guards during the raid and tampered with the university and students’ possessions.

It condemned the raid as a “blatant attack on the norms and covenants that prohibit attacks on academic and health facilities.”

The raid triggered confrontations in the vicinity of the campus, where the soldiers opened fire to disperse local protestors.

Attacks on education by Israeli military forces and Israeli settlers in the Palestine constitute grave violations of right to education and development. These attacks are particularly prevalent in the most vulnerable areas of the West Bank – Area C, H2 and Jerusalem.

(Source / 15.12.2021)

Soldiers Invade Many Areas In Jenin, Install Roadblock

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, many communities in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, searched and ransacked homes, and installed a roadblock.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded Ya’bad town, before storming and searching homes, including the home of a political prisoner, and interrogated the families.

They stated that the soldiers invaded the home of Monadel Yacoub Enfei’at, and ransacked the property while interrogating the family.

It is worth mentioning that Monadel was among the six Palestinian detainees who managed to escape from the heavily fortified Gilboa Israeli prison, in September of this year before they were recaptured a week later.

In addition, the soldiers installed a roadblock at the eastern road of Ya’bad, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

On Tuesday at night, the soldiers invaded the village of Bil’in, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and fired dozens of live rounds and gas bombs, wounding several Palestinians, including an elderly woman.

(Source / 15.12.2021)