Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian young man in Salfit

A Palestinian young man was shot dead on Friday morning by Israeli occupation forces at Hares junction in the occupied West Bank province of Salfit, according to Israeli reports.

The young man, who was identified as Ameer Rayyan, was reportedly shot and critically injured in the lower abdomen and was announced dead of his wounds about an hour later after Israeli occupation forces denied access of medics to the scene.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed the fatal shooting of the Palestinian young man, who is a resident of Qarawat Bani Hassan town in the province.

Rayyan’s body was evacuated by an Israeli ambulance to a hospital in 1948-occupied Palestine, where the body is still withheld and not handed over to his family.

(Source / 31.12.2021)

Israel to demolish house in Umm al-Rihan

Israeli occupation forces notified today, Friday, a Palestinian citizen of Umm al-Rihan village, to the west of Jenin city in the north of the occupied West Bank, of their intention to demolish his own house within 96 hours, according to local sources.

Majdi Zaid, the mayor of the village, said that the Israeli occupation army notified Mr. Jihad Omar Zaid that they would demolish his house, which is still under construction, within 96 hours under the pretext that the house is lacking an Israeli construction permit.

The village of Umm al-Rihan is located in an area classified as Area C, under full Israeli military and civil control.

Israeli occupation authorities’ destruction of Palestinian-owned structures in Area C of the West Bank on grounds of lack of building permits is preceded by the issuance of demolition orders.

According to the UN-OCHA, together with other policies and practices, the threat of destruction of homes and sources of livelihood for Palestinians in Area C represented by these demolition orders, contributes to the generation of a coercive environment pressuring people to leave their areas of residence.

(Source / 31.12.2021)

Ministry of Health: Hunger-striking prisoner Hesham Abu Hawwash in critical condition

The health condition of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, Hesham Abu Hawwash, is in a critical stage and the worst is expected at any moment, the Ministry of Health had said.

Abu Hawwash has been on hunger strike for almost five months in protest of his indefinite detention without charge or trial by Israel under the so-called administrative detention policy.

An MoH delegation that visited Abu Hawwash at the Israel medical center of Assaf Harofeh said his health condition is seriously dangerous as he suffers blurry vision, significant muscular atrophy, and inability to move and talk.

MoH said its delegation tried to obtain the medical examinations that had been carried out to prisoner Abu Hawash, noting that a December 16 examination for him suggests a critical shortage of potassium salt and an increase in liver enzymes. No other examinations were conducted for Abu Hawwash after that date, MoH added.

MoH pointed out that it had reached out to international human rights organizations to demand that Abu Hawwash be moved to a Palestinian hospital after the serious deterioration in his health condition.

This widely condemned Israeli policy of administrative detention allows the Israeli occupation military to sentence Palestinians up to 6 months in Israeli detention on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial.

This policy has at times forced Palestinian detainees to go on hunger strike as a last resort to demand their freedom.

(Source / 31.12.2021)

US to donate $99m in Palestinian aid to UN

The United States (US) announced yesterday that it will donate $99 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as the organisation suffers a major financial crisis.

According to the US State Department’s Population, Refugees, and Migrations Bureau, the funds will “provide education, health care, and emergency relief to hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children and families during a time of need.”

The organisation currently offers its services to about 5.3 million Palestinian refugees in the occupied territories, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

It has faced severe financial difficulties since the US administration of President Donald Trump stopped donations altogether in 2018. Though some of these funds have been reinstated, they have failed to fill the funding gap.

In an open letter last week, UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said perennial budget shortfalls had forced the agency to introduce austerity measures, stretching the level of aid it could offer Palestinians to the limit.

“For close to a decade now, donor funding to the Agency has stagnated and remained below the amount needed to ensure the continuation of quality services. At the same time, the refugee population has continued to grow while poverty and vulnerabilities have skyrocketed. The financial crisis is of an existential nature,” he said.

He added that the resumption of US funding was too little to make up for the deficit, with other donors pulling out.

The United Arab Emirates sharply reduced its funding of the body in 2020, an UNRWA spokesman revealed earlier this year. Sami Mshasha said that the UAE donated $51.8 million to UNRWA in 2018 and again in 2019, but in 2020 it gave the agency just $1 million.

Meanwhile the UK had more than halved its funds to UNRWA from £42.5 million ($57.2 million) in 2020 to £20.8 million ($28 million) in 2021. The UK was the third largest overall donor to UNRWA in 2020, but its latest cut puts it in the second tier of contributors.

Established in 1949 by the UN General Assembly, UNRWA mission is to help Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight.

(Source / 31.12.2021)

Number of Palestinians jailed for life by Israeli authorities reaches 547

The number of Palestinians sentenced to life imprisonment by Israeli authorities has surged to 547, a Palestinian rights group working on prisoners’ affairs said on Thursday and reported by Anadolu News Agency.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said in a statement that the figures were reached after Youssef Zuhour was sentenced to life in prison by an Israeli military court in Ofer camp west of Ramallah on Wednesday.

The decision against the 24-year-old Zuhour also included an additional 15 years in prison and a fine of 1.5 million shekels (approximately $483,000), according to the PPS.

Zuhour, a native of Hebron in the southern West Bank, is the third prisoner to be sentenced to life in December, with the other two being Qassem Asafra and Nasir Asafra, both from the same city.

The PPS said all three convicts were arrested in August 2019 and had their homes demolished by Israeli forces as part of a policy of “collective punishment.”

According to the Prisoners Information Office, a Gaza-based NGO, the three were convicted for taking part in an operation in early August 2019 that resulted in the death of an Israeli settler north of Hebron.

There are around 4,550 Palestinian inmates in Israeli prisons, including 32 women, 170 children and 500 administrative detainees, according to institutions concerned with prisoners’ affairs.

Administrative detention permits Israeli authorities to keep a prisoner in custody indefinitely without prosecution or trial.

(Source / 31.12.2021)

Israel settlers aim to terrorise Palestinians out of their land, research finds

“We have no more land left for confiscation. The [Israeli] settlers have turned into an entity organised to terrorise and deport Palestinians,” the head of Palestine’s Land Research Centre (LRC) has said.

In an interview with Quds Press, Jamal Al-Amleh explained that extremist settlers compete to rule Israel, which in turn has unleashed the most spiteful of them to tear up more Palestinian land, demolish more homes and kill more Palestinians. According to the LRC, settlers “carry out systematic attacks against Palestinians to Terrorize them out of their lands.”

“Not only did Israel allocate a budget of 3 million dollars to give Jerusalem a more Jewish- Israeli image, but it recruited rabbis to give religious instructions that encourages killing Palestinians and stealing their properties, and claim that this is a way to get closer to the god,” the organisation said in a publication posted on its website.

Palestinians have to face Israeli Illegal colonists who steal the land and loot the crop, and attack them even during their sleep.

According to data from the Land Research Centre, Israel has demolished about 950 homes and facilities, confiscated about 24,750 dunums (6,116 acres) of land, and cut down and damaged about 17,740 trees in 2021.

Moreover, data shows that as many as 55 existing settlements were expanded, about 15 new illegal outposts were erected this year, 102 plans for settlement expansion were approved, about 25 new colonial roads were established, and factories were opened to Judaize the land.

“These figures mean the paralysis of Palestinians’ movement, the severing of areas of communication, and the prevention of geographical development,” Al-Amleh said, pointed out that out of 240 Palestinian villages in Area C off the occupied West Bank, only 27 have obtained building permits while settlers are free to expand and confiscate more land.

“During the past five years, several [Palestinian] local councils and municipalities have submitted licensing applications for more than 2,550 buildings or structures, of which Israel approved only 24 – less than one per cent. On the other hand, the [Israeli] occupation issued thousands of licences for Jewish settlers,” he added.

Al-Amleh explained that the Israeli actions indicate that this is organised work and confirms that the two-state solution option is now impossible on the ground.

The United Nations recently announced that since the Security Council adopted Resolution 2334 on 23 December 2016, which designated Israeli settlements as a “flagrant violation of international law”, the number of settlers in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, has increased 12 per cent.

Michael Lynk, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory, said in a statement that in 2016, there were an estimated 400,000 settlers in the West Bank, and 218,000 in East Jerusalem, and after five years the figures have increased to 475,000 settlers in the West Bank and 230,000 in East Jerusalem.

(Source / 31.12.2021)

MEDICS: Three Palestinians shot, critically injured by Israeli soldiers in Qalandia

Israeli soldiers shoot Palestinians

Jerusalem – Gaza Post – Palestinian sources stated that three Palestinians were gunned down by real ammunition last night during an Israeli military operation in East Jerusalem’s Kufr Aqab district, one of whom was believed to be seriously wounded.

According to the Ministry of Health, a Palestinian from the Qalandia migrant camp, north of Jerusalem, was taken to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah in serious condition with a gunshot wound in the stomach and was committed to surgery almost away.

Two more people were taken to the hospital with gun shot wounds to their lower limbs, according to the report.

According to sources, troops invaded a clubhouse in Kufr Aqab, a Palestinian community north of Jerusalem that lies beyond Israel’s apartheid wall that encircles the city, in an arrest mission.

Citizens fought soldiers, who used live ammunition to disperse them, wounding three people

(Source / 30.12.2021)

600 Palestinian families live in extreme cold by Israeli forces in 2021

In 2021, 600 Palestinian-owned homes destroyed by Israeli forces

West Bank – Gaza Post – The Land Research Center said that the Israeli military razed around 950 Palestinian-owned buildings in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem in 2021.

Israeli officials razed roughly 950 houses and grabbed nearly 24,750 dunums of land, according to Jamal Al Amleh, the center’s director. 

According to the group, Israeli colonists with the help of Israeli military cut down and destroyed over 17,740 trees.

In the same year, the occupation state spread 55 settlement expansion and built nearly 15 major settlement garrisons, according to Al Amleh. Meanwhile, the Israeli government has approved plans for 100 new settlements.

In a same light, in 2021, the israeli regime built 25 new settlers-only streets for Israeli settlers and military.

(Source / 30.12.2021)

Israeli Colonizers Open Fire At Palestinian Homes In Sheikh Jarrah

Illegal Israeli colonizers fired, on Wednesday evening, many live rounds at Palestinian homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said the colonizers invaded an area close to the illegal Mea Shearim colony and fired many live rounds at the Palestinian homes before fleeing the scene,

They added that Israeli police arrived at the scene and removed the Palestinians who gathered in the area to see if the families were hurt or needed immediate help.

The soldiers also assaulted a young Palestinian man, before abducting him, and moved him to an interrogation facility; no Israeli colonizers were detained or even questioned by the police.

The families in Sheikh Jarrah, who are still facing displacement due to Israel’s illegal policies and colonialist activities, have been subject to escalating violations by the colonizers, who attacked homes and cars, causing damage, in addition to assaulting the residents themselves, leading to many injuries.

The Israeli army also frequently invades the neighborhood, storms homes, and abducts many Palestinians.

In Sheikh Jarrah, eight families of nineteen households of 87 Palestinians, are at imminent risk of forcible transfer, due to the separate case filed against them before Israeli courts by the settler organization Nahalat Shimon International.

Alarmingly, Nahalat Shimon International has previously evicted three Palestinian families of around 67 Palestinians from the neighborhood in 2008 and 2009.

(Source / 30.12.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct 25 Palestinians In Hizma

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, twenty-five Palestinians from their homes in Hizma town, northeast of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

The WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency has confirmed that among the abducted Palestinians are several teachers, fathers, and their sons, in addition to former political prisoners.

It added that the Palestinians were abducted after the soldiers stormed and violently searched dozens of homes in the town and interrogated the residents.

The soldiers surrounded and isolated the town during the invasion, violent searches of homes, and the abduction of the Palestinians.

It is worth mentioning that Hizma is subject to repeated Israeli violations, including abductions, breaking into homes, and field interrogations of the families, especially over the last few weeks.

On Wednesday at night, the soldiers injured three young Palestinian men, including one who suffered life-threatening wounds, in Qalandia refugee camp and abducted two Palestinians in Kafr Aqab, north of Jerusalem.

On Wednesday evening, Illegal Israeli colonizers fired many live rounds at Palestinian homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem.

The Palestinians who were abducted in Hizma town have been identified as:

  1. Salama Odah Khatib (Teacher).
  2. Mohammad Salama Khatib (Salama’s son).
  3. Osama Rabah Salahuddin (Teacher).
  4. Ezzedin Osama Salahuddin (Osama’s son).
  5. Osama Khatib (Teacher).
  6. Abdullah Khatib (Osama’s son).
  7. Awad Ziad Khatib.
  8. Mousa Majdi Khatib.
  9. Mohammad Fawzi Khatib.
  10. Abdullah Morad Khatib.
  11. Mohammad Abdul-Hamid Khatib.
  12. Adel Essam Khatib.
  13. Mohammad Bassam Khatib.
  14. Abdullah Osama Khatib.
  15. Ramzi Farhan Khatib.
  16. Osama Ali Issa Khatib.
  17. Saqer Khail Salahuddin.
  18. Mohammad Roshdi Salahuddin.
  19. Odah Salem Askar.
  20. Zayed Ahmad Kanaan.
  21. Mohammad Tha’er Abu Khalil.
  22. Ra’fat Talal Jouda.
  23. Laith Malek Sbeih.
  24. Abed Bassam al-Omari.
  25. Luay Bassam al-Omari.

(Source / 30.12.2021)