Israeli settlers uproot 50 olive saplings from Palestinian-owned land in Salfit

Salfit (QNN)- Extremist Israeli settlers on Tuesday evening uprooted over 50 Olive saplings from a Palestinian-owned land, in Kafr al-Dik village, west of Salfit city in the occupied West Bank.

Local residents and the owner of the land said that extremist Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Alei Zahav uprooted 50 olive saplings from his land in the Kafr al-Dik village.

The settlers also levelled large tracts of the land.

Palestinians plant around 10,000 new olive trees in the West Bank each year, most of which are of oil-pro­duc­ing varieties.

However, Palestinians see the destruc­tion of their trees, stealing, and settlers attacks while harvestin as ways for the occupation to erase Palestinian iden­tity and force them to cede more land to Israel.

According to United Nations mon­i­tors, more than 4,000 olive trees and other tree crops have been burned or removed by Israeli set­tlers and forces in 2020.

The committee against the wall and settlement said Israeli forces uprooted, broke, and damaged 6507 trees in 869 operations in 2020.

The ancient olive trees are regarded by Palestinians as a symbol of their connection to the land. Each year, during the olive harvesting season, such incidents spike across the occupied West Bank.

Olives are Palestine’s most important crop, whose oil is exported around the globe and whose annual harvest is a crucial source of income for thousands of farming families.

Olive cultivation contributes up to $100 million in income for some of the poorest Palestinian communities, OXFAM once said in a report.

Regarding Salfit, the Israeli occupation authorities continue to confiscate more lands of Salfit in order to expand the Ari’el settlement and build dozens of new settlement units on the Palestinian lands.

The occupation authorities and its settlers seized more than 5,000 dunums in order to enlarge the Ari’el settlement and steal the lands of the citizens adjacent to it.

There are 18 Palestinian communities in Salfit compared to 24 Israeli settlements between residential and industrial areas. The percentage of lands allocated for Palestinian construction in the province is only about 6% of the total area while 9% are allocated for the Israeli settlers.

Ari’el is considered one of the largest settlements in the West Bank and it was built on thousands of dunums of Palestinians’ lands.

Salfit is choking from the large number of settlements and industrial zones on its lands, as they exceed the number of villages and towns of the city.

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.

(Source / 05.01.2022)

Israeli forces demolish house in Silwan

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – Israeli municipality bulldozers today, Wednesday, demolished a house owned by the Helissi family in the town of Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Local sources reported that the Israeli occupation forces “cut down” the house of Sultan Helisi in the Wadi Hilweh neighborhood in Silwan, under the pretext of building without a permit.

Halissi said that he has been living in the sixty-square-meter house with his wife and four children, the eldest of whom is 13 years old and the youngest of whom is six, since 2014.

He added that during the past year, the Israeli occupation authorities informed us to self-demolish the house under the pretext of building without a permit, and they refused to implement the order.

Today, the mechanisms of the occupation municipality began to demolish the house and we were charged with the costs of the demolition, knowing that the occupation authorities relied on mowing machines due to the difficulty of bulldozers reaching the house.”

(Source / 05.01.2022)

74th anniversary of Israeli gangs massacre in the Semiramis Hotel in Jerusalem

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – Today marks the 74th anniversary of the Zionist gangs’ bombing of the Semiramis Hotel in Jerusalem, killing at least 20 civilians.

On January 5, 1948, the Zionist terrorist organization “Hagana” blew up the Semiramis Hotel in the Baqa’a neighborhood, a Palestinian residential neighborhood west of the Holy City, killing at least twenty Palestinian civilians and wounding twenty others.

Among the victims of the terrorist bombing were women and children, most of them from one Palestinian family, the Abu Sawan family, whose members took refuge in the hotel because it is located in an area far from the war zone.

For years, the Haganah, with the support of the British Mandate authorities, has been active in carrying out terrorist attacks against Palestinian people aimed at pushing our people to emigrate under the influence of fear and terror.

The “Haganah” is a Zionist military organization that was established in Jerusalem in 1921 and led the battle to occupy Palestine.

It also formed, along with other military Zionist organizations, the Israeli army, and a large number of members of the Jewish Legion, which fought on the side of Britain in the First World War, joined it upon its founding.

Britain allowed the Haganah to form a police force of 22,000 soldiers and helped it establish the Palmach forces, the striking arm of the Haganah, led by Yigal Allon, and the boys and girls teams. This gang has reached a level of organization, armament, and preparation, which allowed it to transform into the army of Israeli occupation.

(Source / 05.01.2022)

Israel demolished 295 Palestinian residential structures in 2021

Israeli occupation demolished 295 Palestinian residential structures in occupied territories in 2021, leaving 895 Palestinians, 463 of them minors, homeless, Israeli rights group, B’Tselem, reported on Tuesday.

According to a report issued by B’Tselem, the demolition of Palestinian homes carried out by the Israeli occupation in 2021 was the highest number since 2016.

“Throughout the year, another 548 non-residential structures were demolished on Israeli authorities’ orders, including cisterns, warehouses, agricultural structures, businesses, and public structures – the highest number since 2012,” B’Tselem said.

The Israeli rights group added: “In East Jerusalem alone, 160 structures were demolished, 96 of which were homes.”

It continued: “In the West Bank, recent years have seen a steady increase in home demolitions: in 2021, Israeli forces demolished 199 structures, as opposed to 151 residential structures in 2020 and 104 in 2019.”

B’Tselem denied the Israeli claims that these demolitions were carried out as a matter of “law enforcement,” pointing out that the “Palestinians who build without permits are not “criminals.”

However, the rights group said: “The Israeli apartheid regime blocks almost all Palestinian development in vast parts of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem – while building massively for Jews.

“This policy leaves Palestinians no choice but to build without permits, so as to have a roof over their heads. At that point, the Israeli authorities issue the structures demolition orders.”

(Source / 05.01.2022)

Occupation soldiers open fire at Palestinian farmers in the southern Gaza Strip

Days Of Palestine – Gaza – Israeli occupation forces opened heavy random fire towards Palestinian farmers in the agricultural lands in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, according to local sources.

Occupation forces stationed at the “Kisofim” military site east of al-Qarara area in the southern Strip opened intensive fire towards agricultural lands, shooting indiscriminately towards the al-Wad area.

No injuries or causalities have been reported.

The occupation forces carry out daily attacks against the eastern and northern borders of the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 05.01.2022)

Palestinian citizen sentenced to two life sentences

Israeli occupation court today, Wednesday, sentenced the Palestinian citizen Muntasir Shalabi to two life sentences. Shalabi is a father of seven children, he was living in the USA for years.

The life sentence in Israeli occupation law is legal, and the most severe punishment is almost implemented only on Palestinians. Life sentence usually serves within the range of 20-30 years.

Shalabi is a businessman has an American nationality who doesn’t accept the injustice, humiliating acts of the Israeli occupation forces against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.

The number of Palestinian freedom fighters sentenced to life terms in Israeli prisons has reached 547 by the end of 2021, today said the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).

It said that Israeli military courts sentenced three Palestinians to life terms last December.

Some prisoners serve multiple life terms, the highest is for Abdullah Barghouti, who is serving 67 life sentences, said the PPS.

Israel is currently holding over 4500 Palestinians in its jails among them children, women, and the elderly for being Palestinians.

Israeli occupation court claimed that Shalabi ran over a heavily armed Israeli soldier near an Israeli military checkpoint north of the West Bank.

(Source / 05.01.2022)