Israeli occupation forces crack-down on pro-hunger striker protest

Israeli occupation forces have launched a violent crackdown on a demonstration in support of a Palestinian detainee who has been on hunger strike for 140 consecutive days.

Palestinians staged a demonstration in the city of Umm al-Fahem on Sunday night to express solidarity with Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawwash, who has been on hunger strike for 140 consecutive days in protest against Israel’s so-called administrative detention policy.

The protesters called for the release of the hunger striker following reports of a severe deterioration in his health condition.

The Israeli occupation troops physically assaulted the protesters and detained four of them.

Earlier on Sunday, a similar protest took place in the West Bank province of al-Khalil (Hebron) demanding the immediate release of Abu Hawwash.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Sunday expressed serious concern about the situation of Abu Hawwash, stating, “Every effort must be made to find a solution to avoid irreversible health consequences and possible tragic loss of life… Every detainee must be treated humanely and with dignity.”

Abu Hawwash, a father of five children, was arrested in October 2020 and held in an Israeli jail under administrative detention, a form of imprisonment in which the individual is never tried and can be held indefinitely.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) attorney, Jawad Boulos, has already said the doctors have confirmed that Abu Hawwash is facing the risk of sudden death at any moment.

The Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs has also added the health condition of Abu Hawwash has reached a critical stage and could face irreversible health consequences at any moment, calling for his immediate release.

There are thousands of Palestinians held in Israeli jails. Human rights organizations say Israel violates all the rights and freedoms granted to prisoners by the Geneva Convention.

Israeli jail authorities keep Palestinian prisoners under deplorable conditions lacking proper hygienic standards.

Palestinian inmates have also been subjected to systematic torture, harassment, and repression.
According to the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), Israel issued 1,595 administrative detention orders against Palestinians in the occupied territories in 2021.

(Source / 03.01.2022)

Israeli settlers raze property near Bethlehem for road building

BETHLEHEM, Monday, January 03, 2022 – Israeli forces today razed Palestinian land belonging to the villagers of al-Khader, south of Bethlehem, to make room for a new settler-only road, according to a local official.

Hassan Breijah, an anti-settlement activist, said that settlers from the colonial settlement outpost of Sidi Boaz started leveling some 40 donums of the villagers’ lands, known as Ein al-Qassis area, west of the town, for the construction of a road that will lead to the outpost.

He added that the move came several days after the Israeli occupation authorities issued a military order to install metal gates in the same area, denying the villagers access to and isolating scores of donums of their land.

Located 4 kilometers to the west of Bethlehem city, al-Khader has a population of some 12,500 and occupies a total area of 8,280 dunams.

Under the Oslo Accords, an agreement made 25 years ago that was supposed to last just five years towards a self-governing country alongside Israel, the Palestinian Authority was given limited control over a small pocket of land occupying some 1,200 dunams, accounting for almost 14.5 percent of the village’s total area.  In contrast, Israel maintains control over the remainder, classified as Area C.

Since the start of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank in 1967, like so many other villages in Palestine, al-Khader has been subjected to almost continual land theft for Israeli settlements, bypass roads, and military installations.

Israel has constructed Efrat and Neve Daniyyel colonial settlements on an area of 6,329 dunums of Palestinian land, including a portion confiscated from al-Khader. It has also constructed a section of the apartheid wall, isolating some 5,620 dunums of the town’s land for colonial settlement activities and pushing the villagers into a crowded enclave, a ghetto, surrounded by walls, settlements and military installations.

(Source / 03.01.2022)

In the West Bank, Israeli soldiers detain eighteen Palestinians

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, eighteen Palestinians, including former political prisoners, and children, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) stated that the soldiers broke into and ransacked dozens of homes across the occupied West Bank, interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards, and abducted thirteen Palestinians.

In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Silat al-Harithiya town, northwest of the city, searched homes, and abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Omran Sadeq Tahaina, in addition to Mohammad Yassin Jaradat and Khaled Mohammad Jaradat.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers abducted Soheib Sharabati and Emad Haitham al-Qawasmi, 21, from their homes.

In Ramallah, in the central West Bank, the soldiers abducted Omar Nazzal, and two former political prisoners, Ahmad Zeid Nabali and Najib Mafarja, from their homes in the al-Masayef neighborhood in the city, in addition to Mohammad Saleh Mousa from his home in Beit Liqya town, southeast of Ramallah.

The soldiers also invaded Husan village, south of Bethlehem city in the West Bank, and abducted Shadi Hamamra, 20, from his home.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Adnan Jaber and Omar Hisham Abu Kamla, from their homes in Anabta town, east of Tulkarem, in northern West Bank.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted three children, identified as Ahmad and his brother Mahmoud Shweiki, in addition to Nassim Dmeiri, from Silwan town.

(Source / 03.01.2022)

Israeli Settlers Install New Outpost On Palestinian Lands Near Jericho

A group of Israeli settlers installed, on Sunday evening, an outpost on stolen Palestinian lands near Jericho city in the northeastern part of the occupied West Bank.

Fares Ka’abna, a local media activist in Jericho and the Jordan Valley, said the colonizers of the illegal “hilltop youth movement,” installed several tents on the Palestinian lands.

He added that the area is known for its fertile nature and grazing fields the Palestinian shepherds and farmers use.

Ka’abna stated that the colonizers have been trying to take over large areas of grazing lands and fertile fields and that they brought several water tanks, tents, sheep, and various sorts of supplies to install the outpost.

It is worth mentioning that several outposts have recently been installed on Palestinian lands by the “hilltop youth” colonialist group, especially near the villages of Taybeh, Deir Jarir, and Kafr Malek, east of the Ramallah governorate, in the central West Bank.

Also, the Jordan Valley is subject to constant Israeli violations, including the theft of fertile Palestinian lands, the demolition of homes and various Bedouin communities, in addition to many areas that are used as live-fire training grounds for the Israeli army, which also includes displacing many families and the devastation of Palestinian agricultural lands, and have led to many casualties, including fatalities.

(Source / 03.01.2022)

Israeli Settlers Conduct Provocative March In Jerusalem’s Old City

A large group of fanatic illegal Israeli colonizers conducted, on Sunday evening, a provocative march in front of Palestinian homes, in the Old City of the occupied Palestinian capital Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Media sources said the colonizers marched accompanied by many soldiers who imposed restrictions on the movements of the indigenous Palestinians in the city.

They added that the colonizers invade the al-Qattanin historic market area in the Old City and started dancing in the streets while chanting racist slogans. During the match, Israeli helicopters hovered over the entire area.

Many Palestinians protested the march, and launched fireworks towards the marchers, while Israeli soldiers fired gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets at the Palestinians.

In related news, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that the soldiers also abducted a Palestinian child, identified as Nasim Damiri, from the Ein al-Louza neighborhood in Silwan town, in Jerusalem.

(Source / 03.01.2022)

VIDEO: Israeli occupation aircraft strike Gaza

Days Of Palestine – Gaza – Israeli occupation conducted airstrikes late Saturday on different sites in Gaza strip.

Aircraft targeted the al-Qadisiyyah installation belonging to the Palestinian resistance, located in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza.

Witnesses said at least 10 airstrikes hit the area.

The Palestinian Health Ministry did not report fatalities or injures.

(Source / 03.01.2022)