Gaza-Gaza Post – The Elections Committee of the Democratic Reformists within Fatah Movement in Gaza continued on Saturday to count the votes of the voters at the Fatah onference to choose the movement’s leadership in Gaza City.
Spokesman for the organizational conference of the Fatah movement, Dr. Azzam Shaath, on Friday night, announced the close the ballot boxes, and the completion of the voting process for the election of the Council and the leadership of Gaza.
He confirmed the closure of the funds at five o’clock, by voters reached 95.6% of Numbers of members of the organizational conference of the Fatah movement in Gaza.
It is noteworthy that the polls closed at five o’clock on Friday evening, to elect the members of the Fatah movement’s council and leadership in Gaza, which started on Friday morning.
The 95.6% included 621 members of the Organizational Conference, and 125 candidates, including 29 women, will be nominated for 64 seats in the leadership council, and the process of counting is scheduled to begin shortly.
The leaders of the Democratic Reformists within Fatah Movement confirmed that the success of the election of members of the Fatah movement’s council and leadership in Gaza is an indication of the success of the democratic ,which headed by leader Muhammad Dahlan.
Jerusalem – Gaza Post – Dozens of Palestinians on Friday evening were attacked in the Old City of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank, by a group of extremist Israeli settlers, local sources reported.
According to local sources, colonists attacked Palestinians in the Old City’s al-Wad Street, and the attackers were armed.
According to them, a large number of young Palestinian males rushed to the rescue of the battered civilians and were successful in forcing the Israeli attackers to flee.
Instead of removing the invading invaders, dozens of soldiers invaded the area and forced the Palestinians to flee.
It’s worth noting that several attacks and violations against Palestinians and their property occurred across the West Bank on Friday, resulting in numerous injuries.
Sources said that Israeli settlers set up a new outpost on privately-owned Palestinian lands near the illegal Kiryat Arba colony, located east of Hebron city in the southern occupied West Bank.
On Friday at dawn, Israeli settlers assaulted many Palestinian cars and broke into a car repair facility near the main entrance of Sebastia town, north of Nablus, in northern West Bank.
Besides, at dawn, dozens of settlers attacked many houses in Qaryout town, south of Nablus, and injured several Palestinians, in addition to attempting to abduct one man.
Israeli settlers targeted multiple Palestinian automobiles late Thursday night near Sielet at-Thaher town, south of Jenin in the northern West Bank before Israeli forces stormed and searched homes and shops, confiscating surveillance equipment.
In recent days, Israeli forces enforced a tight blockade on the Nablus governorate on Thursday night, while Israeli colonizers targeted a number of cars near Nablus, including the convoy of the Palestinian Agriculture Minister.
After Palestinians opened fire on his automobile near the vacated Homesh colonialist outpost, erected on Palestinian territories north of Nablus, an Israeli colonizer, named Yehuda Dimantman, 20, was murdered and two others were injured on Thursday night.
The Palestinian secular group Fatah on Friday called on Palestinians to unite and defend their land, homes and properties against the terrorism of the Israeli occupation army and settlers .
Wafa News Agency reported Fatah Spokesperson Osama Al-Qawasmi stating: “Israel and its settlers have escalated aggression and terrorism against Palestinians.”
The member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council described the settlers as “Israel’s tools of terror”, stressing that Palestinians: “Must defend their land and holy places, particularly Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Al-Qawasmi held the Israeli government fully responsible: “For the dangerous ongoing escalation carried out by the Israeli Jewish settlers against everything that is Palestinian.”
On Wednesday, The Times of Israel reported Israeli security officials stating that this year has seen a drastic spike in violence by Jewish extremists in the West Bank.
The Israeli daily added: “In 2020, the Shin Bet registered 272 violent incidents in the disputed (occupied) territory; so far in 2021, the domestic security agency has recorded 397, with two weeks still to go before the year’s end.”
Tens of Israeli settlers on Friday raided the town of Burqa, north of the West Bank city of Nablus, and torched and opened fire on Palestinian homes, eyewitnesses and activists reported.
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the northern West Bank, said that scores of armed settlers attacked Burqa, indiscriminately opened live fire on the residents, attacked houses and set a shack on fire.
Palestinian residents made a distress call to Palestinians in the surrounding villages and towns to help them repel the settler attack. They fended off the attack and managed to put out the fire.
Daghlas reported that a Palestinian youth sustained a head injury, and dozens of others were treated at the scene for tear gas suffocation.
Meanwhile, Israeli settlers gathered on Nablus-Ramallah Road near Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village to the south of Nablus and attacked Palestinian vehicles with stones, causing damages to cars.
Aref Jaber, a local anti-settlement activist, explained that scores of settlers gathered close to the Israeli settlement of Kharsina, east of Hebron, and hurled stones at Palestinian vehicles, causing damage to them.
Jaber also indicated that Israeli settlers closed the main road connecting Hebron with Bani Neim, Sammoa’ and Yatta.
At the same time, dozens of Palestinians suffocated from tear gas fired by the Israeli occupation forces during clashes that broke out in the Bab Al-Zawyeh area in Hebron.
Israeli forces stationed at Al-Shuhada Street checkpoint stormed central Hebron amid the firing of tear gas canisters and stun grenades towards residents and shops in the area, spurring clashes with residents. Dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
This followed the killing of an Israeli settler near the settlement outpost of Homesh, north of Nablus, on Thursday night.
On the same day, Thursday, Wafa News Agency reported that the Israeli occupation forces killed a Palestinian and wounded 70 others in Beita village in Nablus during a protest against Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Killing a Palestinian and wounding 70 others came just a few days after shooting and killing another man in Nablus following a raid on his home. Another two were injured after being run down by an Israeli military vehicle.
Israeli human rights group B’Tselem stated: “The [Israeli] military avoids confronting violent settlers as a matter of policy, although soldiers have the authority and duty to detain and arrest them.”
The statement elaborated: “Groups of armed Jewish terrorists, protected by Israeli occupation forces, opened live fire with the intention to kill unarmed Palestinian citizens. They raided homes, inspected them and attempted to kidnap Palestinians.”
The ministry attributed Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with “full and direct responsibility for the settler violence and terror, as well as “the dangerous consequences and repercussions on the situation in the region.”
Concluding its statement, the PA’s ministry said that it has been cautious about the increasing violence of the Israeli settlers and raised this with several parties, “but no deterrence has been implemented.”
In related news, Israeli soldiers imposed on Thursday at night, a tight siege on the Nablus governorate, while Israeli colonizers attacked many cars, including the convoy of the Palestinian Agriculture Minister, near Nablus.
On Thursday at night, an Israeli colonizer, identified as Yehuda Dimantman, 20, was killed and two others were injured after Palestinians opened fire at his car, near the evacuated Homesh colonialist outpost, built on Palestinian lands north of Nablus.
Ibrahim al-A’raj, a member of the Follow-Up Committee for homes threatened by Israel demolition orders, stated that half of the homes in the Ein Jweiza neighborhood in al-Walaja, northwest of Bethlehem, are facing the threat of demolition by the Israeli occupation authorities.
Al-A’raj added that there are standing demolition orders against fifty homes in Ein Jweiza, including 38 homes that received a temporary injunction from the Israeli High Court, halting, but not stopping, the demolition for three years.
He added that many of the threatened homes received demolition orders a few years ago, and the appeals are still pending.
“The Palestinians have been appealing the Israeli court to provide a structural map of their town so that they can go through the legal procession of filing and obtaining permits for their properties,” Al-A’raj said, “However, the so-called Regional Committee in Jerusalem, denied the appeals in the year 2018, and set December, 26th 2021, as the date for a final ruling that could determine the fate of the Palestinian homes.”
“Implementing the demolition orders means destroying half of the homes in Ein Jweiza, and therefore, displacing and removing of the Palestinians, “he said, “This is similar to the constant violations against the Palestinians in al-Khan al-Ahmar, and in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem, where at least forty homes are facing the threat demolition or confiscation.”
While Israel continues to build and expand its illegal colonies in occupied Palestine, in direct violation of International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, and various international resolutions, the Palestinians in and around East Jerusalem, and the rest of Area C %61 the occupied West Bank), continue to be denied construction permits, in addition to the excessively prohibitive costs of the applications.
The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported that Hisham Abu Hawwash, 40, held by Israel under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges, is ongoing with the hunger strike he started 124 days ago, despite his life-threatening condition.
The Committee stated that Abu Hawwash is at the infamous Ramla prison clinic that lacks basic supplies and physicians, especially specialists, and is in a serious condition.
It added that Abu Hawwash suffers a serious weight loss, constant fatigue, pain, dizziness, migraine, and cannot stand or even sit in addition to several other complications.
The Committee expressed fears that Abu Hawwash could suffer a serious heart defect, irreversible complications in the nervous system, in addition to kidney and liver failure, collapsed lungs, and even death.
The detainee is determined to continue his strike demanding freedom, especially since he is not facing charges, yet Israeli courts did not only deny appeals for ending his detention and releasing him but also issued a new order keeping him under Administrative Detention for four additional months that can be renewed.
Abu Hawwash, a married father of five children, from Doura town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, was abducted on October 27th, 2020, and was slapped with three Administrative Detention orders, each for six months, however, his latest order was reduced to four months that could be renewed.
He is also a former political prisoner who was frequently abducted and imprisoned by Israel since the year 2003 and spent a total of eight years in prison, including 52 months under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders.
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Friday at dawn, a former political prisoner, and continued the extensive and violent searches of homes and property in the Jenin governorate, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
Media sources in Jenin said dozens of soldiers invaded Ya’bad town, south of Jenin, before breaking into and ransacking many homes, stores, and buildings, causing extensive damage.
They added that the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Ezzeddin Taleb Atatra, after invading his home and ransacking it, in Ya’bad town, south of the city.
The soldiers also invaded the towns of Qabatia and Kafr Ra’ey, south of Jenin, searched several homes, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
It is worth mentioning that the soldiers invaded many shops and homes in Jenin, and Burqa village along with several surrounding communities in Nablus, in northern West Bank, before violently searching them and confiscating surveillance recordings and equipment.
The invasions led to protests across Jenin and Nablus before the soldiers fired several live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs.
Furthermore, the Jenin-Nablus Road remained blocked by the soldiers for the second day, preventing the Palestinians from crossing and isolating many villages and towns.
The Israeli army said it is ongoing with its operations to locate the Palestinians who killed, on Thursday at night, a colonialist settler, identified as Yehuda Dimantman, 20, near the evacuated Homesh colonialist outpost, built on Palestinian lands north of Nablus.