Palestinian Prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash Snatches Freedom after 141-day Hunger Striker

Days Of Palestine – Gaza – The Palestinian prisoner in the Israeli jails, Hishaqm Abu Hawash, managed on Tuesday to snatch his freedom after a 141-day hunger strike.

The Israeli occupation court decided his release, knowing that it suspended his administrative detention on December 26, 2021, without releasing him, which was rejected by Abu Hawash.

It is worth noting that the Israeli occupation forces arrested Abu Hawash on October 27, 2021, and issued three administrative detainment decisions, each for six months, against him.

(Source / 04.01.2022)

Israeli Colonizers Attack Palestinian Homes, Cars, Near Nablus

A group of fanatic illegal Israeli colonizers attacked, on Monday evening, several Palestinian homes, and cars, in Burqa and an-Naqoura villages, west and northwest of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, causing damage, before the soldiers attacked the Palestinians, wounding three.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in the northern West Bank, said the colonizers attacked homes in the eastern part of the village, especially the al-Manshara area, leading to property damage.

Daghlas stated that the colonizers also invaded a graveyard before removing flags and posters and added that the same area was attacked, and tombstones were destroyed about two weeks ago.

Many Palestinians intercepted the colonizers, leading to protests before the soldiers invaded the village and started firing gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at the Palestinians.

Medical sources have confirmed that the soldiers shot at least three Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets in the eastern part of the village.

In addition, the colonizers closed the main road near the an-Naqoura village, and attacked many cars, causing damage.

(Source / 04.01.2022)

Under Israeli Orders; Family Completes Demolition Of Its Home In Jerusalem

The Dabash Palestinian family, in Sur Baher village southeast of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, has completed the demolition of its home five days after they started the demolition when the City Council in occupied Jerusalem refused to grant them a permit, despite paying the fees and fines.

The family constructed its home six years ago, however, nearly three weeks earlier, the city council handed them a demolition order, after the family already paid more than 25.000 Shekels in fines and fees.

The family filed numerous appeals with the city but to no avail and was told it must demolish its home at its own expense or pay higher fines and fees in addition to the demolition cost if the city uses its workers and equipment.

Shima’ Dabash said her home consisted of six rooms and provided shelter to eleven family members.

“Our home is just rubble now, we had to demolish it to avoid the excessive fines and fees,” she said, “We don’t even have money to pay rent, my husband is the sole breadwinner in our house, and we have no idea what to do now.”

The husband, Ali, said that the police invaded the home nearly twenty days ago, and handed the demotion order.

“After the city imposed a 25.000 Shekels fine, I started making payment to save my house,” he said, “Yet, they invaded our property and ordered us to demolish it.”

“For many years, we have been filing permit applications and paying fees, however, for us, the Palestinians in Jerusalem, having a construction permit approved is like a miracle.” Ali added, “While the world welcomed the new year with celebrations, we welcome it as a houseless family.”

              Dabash Family

It is worth mentioning that the Land Research Center stated that the Israeli authorities have demolished 950 Palestinian homes and structures, and illegally confiscated more than 24.750 Dunams of privately owned Palestinian lands, in addition to cutting and uprooting 17.740 trees, this year.

Dozens of Palestinian homes and structures have been demolished in occupied Jerusalem, including sixty-nine homes in Silwan town, displacing 342 Palestinians, most of them are children, while Israel also issued demolition orders targeting 172 homes, in addition to standing orders targeting 5600 homes and structures.

Meanwhile, Israel expanded fifty-five illegal colonies, while fifteen new illegal outposts were also installed on Palestinian lands, and twenty-five segregated roads were paved or prepared, leading to illegal colonies and outposts in the West Bank, were paved or prepared.

All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Law.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its civilian population into the territory it occupies.” It also prohibits the “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory”.

(Source / 04.01.2022)

BREAKING| After 141 days, Abu Hawash ends his hunger strike

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails, Hisham Abu Hawash, has ended on Tuesday his hunger strike after 141 consecutive days of starving and suffering in protest against his unfair administrative detention without a charge or a trial.

According to the Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ and ex-Detainees’ Affairs , Abu Hawash broke his hunger strike on Tuesday evening after reaching an agreement with the Israeli occupation authorities to release him on February 26.

41-year-old Hisham Abu Hawash from Dora in occupied Hebron, was arrested on October 27, 2020, and held under administrative detention.

He had been on hunger strike since August 17, 2021 in protest against his administrative detention without a charge or trial by Israeli occupation authorities.

Today, Abu Hawash, a father of five, ended his hunger strike after 141 consecutive days while his health condition has been deteriorating severely.

During the 141 days, Hisham entered a coma, adding that he lost speech, hearing, and sight.

Abu Hawash had also been losing considerable weight, weighing around 39 kilograms.

He had been suffering from powerful fatigue, exhaustion, serious decline in body fluids and vitamins, and had been vomiting blood.

He also had trouble drinking water and had felt palpitations with every movement.

It was also reported that Hisham is suspected to have blood poisoning and kidney damage, as he is having difficulties in draining urine.

On December 26, Abu Hawash was transferred to the Assaf Harofeh hospital in southern occupied Palestine following a deterioration in his health. Shortly after he was transferred, the occupation authorities decided to freeze his administrative detention amid fears of sudden death. Such a decision is made routinely by Israeli courts, which come only within an Israeli strategy to forcefully end hunger strikes, which demand the end of illegal administrative detentions.

There are now 4600 Palestinians held in Israeli occupation jails, including 34 women, 160 minors, and 500 administrative detainees held without charge or trial.

(Source / 04.01.2022)

BREAKING| Cancer-stricken Palestinian detainee sent to Barzilai hospital following deterioration

Cancer-stricken Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails, Naser Abu Hmeid

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ and ex-Detainees’ Affairs said on Tuesday that the cancer-stricken Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails, Naser Abu Hmeid, has been sent to the Israeli Barzilai hospital following a deterioration in his health condition.

The Commission said that Abu Hmeid was suddenly sent to the hospital.

Two days ago, Abu Hmeid was also sent to the same hospital after he had a fever. The Commission added that he had been being treated with chemotherapy.

The Committee for Detainees and Former Detainees Affairs had previously said that Abu Hmeid’s health condition was concerning as he had severe pain in the left part of his chest in addition to breathing difficulties.

After it turned out that Abu Hmeid had pneumothorax, he got treatment, however, a medical mistake caused him to suffer from more severe pain.

49-year-old Abu Hmeid, from the Al-Amari refugee camp in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, was arrested in 2002 and sentenced to seven lifetimes and 50 years in Israeli prison.

His four brothers are also detained and sentenced to lifetimes and a fifth brother, Abdul Meniem, was shot dead by Israeli occupation soldiers in 1994.

Israeli authorities demolished the house of the family several times and their mother was denied visitation to any of her sons for several years.

(Source / 04.01.2022)

‘Israel’ demolishes house of 11-member Palestinian family in Jerusalem

Jerusalemite Ata Ja’afra from Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood looking at his house while being demolished by Israeli forces

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday demolished a house of a 11-member Palestinian family in Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood, south of the occupied city of Jerusalem, displacing its residents.

Using the pretext of building without a permit, the Israeli forces on Tuesday afternoon continued the demolition of a house owned by Jerusalemite Ata Ja’afra in Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood. The house was built 10 years ago and 11 people live in it.

On 14 December, 2021, the occupation forces demolished Ja’afra’s house and today, the forces continued and completed the demolition operation.

During the demolition of the house, the occupation forces prevented the journalists from documenting the incident.

The Jerusalemite Ata Ja’afra refused to self-demolish his own house. Thus, the Israeli occupation municipality ordered the house to be demolished under the pretext of building without a permit.

“A while ago, the Israeli occupation municipality ordered my house to be demolished, threatening me to self-demolish it. Otherwise I have to pay an exorbitant fine of the demolition costs to the municipality if it carries out the demolition,” Ata Ja’afra told Al-Qastal.

Ata added, “I completely refused to self-demolish my own house. It’s hard to do that. It’s really hard to destroy what you have been building all over the past years for your family and your children and their future.”

Earlier today, the occupation forces also raided the Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood and started demolishing a Palestinian-owned medical center that serves the neighborhood residents.

During the year of 2021, according to the Jerusalem Affairs Ministry, Israeli forces demolished over 173 Palestinian-owned structures in Jerusalem and issued over 200 demolition orders against houses.

Using the pretext of illegal building, ‘Israel’ demolishes houses and structures on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.

At the same time, the Israeli occupation municipality and the occupation government built tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem for Jews with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favour of the Israeli settlers in the occupied city.

‘Israel’ has been moving its citizens into the occupied Jerusalem neighbourhoods since the 1980s. This has resulted in numerous human rights violations, including the forced displacement of Palestinian residents and house demolitions.

Hundreds of Palestinian families are being threatened with forced displacement and house demolitions by illegal settler groups, fully supported by the Israeli government.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

Israeli courts had previously rejected many appeals filed by the residents of Jerusalem to stop demolitions and forced displacement.

(Source / 04.01.2022)

Video| ‘Israel’ demolishes Palestinian-owned medical center in Jerusalem

Israeli forces demolish Palestinian-owned medical center in Jabal Al-Mukabber in Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday morning demolished a Palestinian-owned medical center in Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood, south of the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Under the pretext of building without a permit, Israeli forces earlier today raided the Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood and started demolishing a Palestinian-owned medical center that serves the neighborhood residents.

During the year of 2021, according to the Jerusalem Affairs Ministry, Israeli forces demolished over 173 Palestinian-owned structures in Jerusalem and issued over 200 demolition orders against houses.

Using the pretext of illegal building, ‘Israel’ demolishes houses and structures on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.

At the same time, the Israeli occupation municipality and the occupation government built tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem for Jews with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favour of the Israeli settlers in the occupied city.

‘Israel’ has been moving its citizens into the occupied Jerusalem neighbourhoods since the 1980s. This has resulted in numerous human rights violations, including the forced displacement of Palestinian residents and house demolitions.

Hundreds of Palestinian families are being threatened with forced displacement and house demolitions by illegal settler groups, fully supported by the Israeli government.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

Israeli courts had previously rejected many appeals filed by the residents of Jerusalem to stop demolitions and forced displacement.

(Source / 04.01.2022)

Under forces protection, extremist Israeli settlers break into Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem

Israeli settlers breaking into Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Dozens of extremist Israeli settlers have broken into the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city of Jerusalem, since the early morning hours of Tuesday, provoking Palestinian worshipers.

Over 50 Israeli settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the morning break-in session, under the occupation forces protection, and their incursions to the mosque continue till this moment.

The settlers entered through the Damascus Gate- which Palestinians call Bab al-Amud Gate.

They are now provoking the Palestinian worshipers by performing Talmudic prayers in the courtyards of the holy site.

Israeli occupation authorities have allowed settler incursions to the mosque since 2003, under the forces’ protection.

Since the start of 2021, 34,562 settlers broke into the holy site, setting a new record, as in 2020, 19,000 settlers broke into the mosque and 29,700 settlers in 2019, according to Al-Qastal, a Palestinian network hub for Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem.

There have been repeated objections and warnings by the Palestinian religious authorities as the settlers’ incursions provoke Palestinian worshippers of the mosque.

Israeli forces always facilitate and protect the settlers while preventing Palestinian worshipers from entering it, assaulting and detaining them.

The Al-Aqsa mosque is one of the holiest sites in Islam.

Jews refer to the area as the Temple Mount, claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.

The complex also includes the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the most sacred Christian sites in the world.

(Source / 04.01.2022)

Israel orders demolition of 10 Palestinian structures in West Bank

Days Of Palestine – West Bank – Israeli occupation forces have issued demolition orders for 10 Palestinian homes, including a mosque, in the occupied West Bank, according to a local official on Monday.

Salah Fanoun, the mayor of Nahalin village, west of Bethlehem, said Israeli occupation authorities cited so-called lack of building permits in occupied West Bank for the demolition orders.

“Four inhabited houses and a mosque are among the list of structures to be demolished,” he said.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), a total of 768 Palestinian structures in Area C and the occupied East Jerusalem have been demolished by Israel between January and November 2021.

(Source / 04.01.2022)

Why Israel wants a state of permanent war

By Joseph Massad


Over the last few decades, Israel has been threatening war against Iran incessantly. Theatrical performances have been staged at the United Nations, such as in 2012, when former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a cartoonish diagram of a bomb symbolising Iran’s alleged nuclear threat; or when, in 2018, he brandished an amateurishly labelled Google map of an alleged Iranian nuclear site.

Such Israeli propaganda has been accompanied by much huffing and puffing by the country’s military and civilian leaderships, which have been interchangeable at least since General Yigal Allon became acting prime minister in 1969 (although earlier Israeli prime ministers, including David Ben-Gurion and Levi Eshkol, also played major military roles).
Yet it is Israel, not Iran, that has been in possession of nuclear bombs since the 1960s – and it is Israel that allegedly had plans to use them during the June 1967 war, and again when it was losing in the early days of the October 1973 war.

Israel had acquired the ability to make nuclear weapons from none other than France, which conspired with Israel in the latter’s 1956 invasion of Gaza and the Egyptian Sinai, in return for which the Israelis demanded that France build them a nuclear reactor at Dimona.

In 1973, Israel reportedly loaded 13 nuclear bombs and was ready for them to be dropped on Egypt and Syria, had the US not come through with an air bridge of weapons that turned the war in Israel’s favour.

The irony of Israel, which is a nuclear menace and major aggressor in the Middle East region, portraying itself as a victim of its neighbours cannot be overstated. One of the most remarkable features of the establishment of this settler-colony in 1948 was its insistence on establishing a state of permanent war in order to expand its territory for further zionist colonisation and to safeguard its colonists from anti-colonial resistance.

Ongoing persecution
Many western countries that supported the 1947 UN Partition Plan, which gave Israel its birth certificate, claimed that in supporting Israel’s creation, they aimed to avert war and the persecution of Jewish colonists if Palestine’s Arab majority achieved independence in one state.

But in supporting the creation of a settler-colonial state, they inflicted on the Middle East as a whole a state of permanent war and ongoing persecution of Palestinians and other Arabs whose territories Israel conquered.

To legitimise the state of permanent war, Israel sought early on to portray its citizens as actual or potential victims of wars and persecution inflicted by Palestinian resistance and Arab states, which in turn necessitated Israel’s use of permanent war and persecution as “retaliation”.

Israeli propagandists insist that Israel is merely ‘defending’ itself against the aggression of those it oppresses, colonises and invades

This was clear to Israel’s western supporters as early as 1948. The Israeli expulsion of the Palestinian population, along with Israel’s territorial encroachment upon their UN-designated territories, became the casus belli for weak and ill-equipped neighbouring Arab armies to intervene in May of that year to put a stop to the ongoing ethnic cleansing and colonisation. The weakness of the Arab armies, however, was well-known to the Americans and the Zionists.

Former US Secretary of State George Marshall’s assessment was as follows: “whole govt structure [of] Iraq is endangered by political and economic disorders and Iraq Govt can not at this moment afford to send more than [the] handful of troops it has already dispatched. Egypt has suffered recently from strikes and disorders. Its army has insufficient equipment because of its refusal of Brit[ish] aid, and what it has is needed for police duty at home.

“Syria has neither arms nor army worthy of name and has not been able to organize one since [the] French left three years ago. Lebanon has no real army while Saudi Arabia has [a] small army which is barely sufficient to keep tribes in order. Jealousies between Saudi Arabs and Syrians on one hand and Hashemite govts of Transjordan and Iraq, prevent Arabs from making even best use of existing forces.”

‘Threat to international peace’
A member of the US delegation to the UN observed on 4 May 1948 – just days before Arab armies intervened – that the Security Council would soon be confronted with the question as to “whether Jewish armed attack on Arab communities in Palestine is legitimate or whether it constitutes such a threat to international peace and security as to call for coercive measures by the Security Council”. The draft memorandum noted that if Arab armies entered Palestine this would lead Jewish forces to claim “that their state is the object of armed aggression and… use every means to obscure the fact that it is their own armed aggression against the Arabs inside Palestine which is the cause of [the] Arab counter-attack”.

When Israel conspired with France to invade Egypt in October 1956, it was part of the cycle of permanent war it sought. The Israelis occupied Gaza and the Sinai and refused to withdraw for four months, despite UN and US condemnation. Israel finally had no choice but to withdraw and try again a decade later.
In 1967, Israel would claim that it had to invade three Arab countries pre-emptively before they attacked it, deploying the very same arguments as in 1948. It occupied more lands and persecuted more Palestinians, Syrians, and Egyptians. This would be followed by its unceasing war against Lebanon, which began in the form of periodic raids in the late 1960s to outright invasions in 1978 and 1982, and more occupation and persecution of the Lebanese and Palestinian peoples.

In 1973, Israel shot down a Libyan civilian airliner over the Sinai, killing all 106 people on board. Israel’s 1981 attack on a nuclear reactor in Iraq, which was still under construction by France, was also justified with Israel’s claim that “we were therefore forced to defend ourselves”.

Over the decades, in addition to killing tens of thousands of Arab civilians and creating millions of Palestinian refugees, Israel displaced a million Egyptians during the War of Attrition in the late 1960s, and hundreds of thousands of Lebanese people through its invasions of Lebanon since 1978.
Killing machine
Under the pretext of defence, in the last few years, Israel has periodically bombed Syria, Lebanon, and Gaza. Meanwhile, its killing machine and military persecution, along with its colonial settlers, continue to target Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, as well as Syrians in the Golan Heights.

Israel’s racist police and legal apparatus unceasingly target Palestinian citizens of Israel. Yet, Israeli propagandists insist that Israel is merely “defending” itself against the aggression of those it oppresses, colonises, and invades.
Israel’s ongoing attack on the Palestinian neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, triggered by its theft of Palestinian homes; its continued racist persecution of Palestinian citizens of Israel; and its jailing of two million Palestinians in Gaza triggered massive Palestinian resistance this past May.

This year, the Palestinians’ ability to bring the state of permanent war home to Israel was unprecedented, transforming the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation and the regional military equation in major ways.

Since its founding, Israel has invaded Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Syria; bombed Iraq, Sudan, and Tunisia; taken an aggressive posture towards Iran, Libya, Yemen, Morocco, and Algeria; and is the only country in the region that possesses and threatens to use nuclear weapons. Yet, Israel continues to claim unabashedly that it is the victim.

It is clear that Israel’s pretexts and justifications for its continued aggression and imposition of a state of permanent war on the region still rely on the very same arguments, and aim to achieve the very same goals, that it set for itself at the moment of its birth.

(Source / 04.01.2022)