Soldiers Shoot A Palestinian Man And His Son, Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers shot, on Wednesday evening, a Palestinian father and his child after the army opened fire at their car in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Local activist, Mohammad Ayyad Awad, stated that the soldiers fired a few live rounds and rubber-coated steel bullets at the car, wounding Montaser Sa’id Awad, and his child, Thiab, 2.5 years of age, with shrapnel before they were rushed to a medical center in Beit Ummar.

He added that the soldiers targeted the car just as it approached an area where protests were taking place. The soldiers also caused many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The incident took place when the soldiers attacked many Palestinians who were marching in Beit Ummar to demand the army to release the corpse of Aahed Abdul—Rahman Ekhlayyel, 24, who was killed by the soldiers a year ago, January 4h 2021.

The Israeli army also closed the iron gate at the main entrance of Beit Ummar and prevented the Palestinians from entering or leaving the town.

(Source / 06.01.2022)

Israel Approves 3557 New Colonialist Units In Occupied Jerusalem

The Israeli Peace Now Movement has reported that the “Construction and Planning Committee” of the City Council in occupied Jerusalem, has approved, Wednesday, new plans for the construction of 2557 new units in illegal colonies in occupied East Jerusalem.

“The local committee for planning and construction of the Jerusalem Municipality approved today, 5/1/22 five new plans beyond the Green Line in Jerusalem for 3,557 new housing units. One plan is between Har Homa and Givat Hamatos, and the other plans are on the edge of French Hill towards Mount Scopus.” Peace Now said.

It denounced the new plans are dubbed them as “bad news for the stability Jerusalem, and the changes for peace”, and added that “the most harmful plan in terms of the possibility to reach two states, is the plan known as the ‘lower aqueduct plan’ south of Kibbutz Ramat Rachel near Givat Hamatos and Har Homa, for the construction of a new neighborhood with 1,465 housing units. The new neighborhood is intended to connect the settlement of Har Homa with Givat Hamatos and complete the Israeli southern ring that will block the potential Palestinian continuum between the Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and Bethlehem.”

It is worth mentioning that recent reports by the Palestinian Foreign Ministry have revealed that Israel approved the construction of 12.000 units and demolished 117 Palestinian buildings in the year 2021.

Read Full Report by Peace Now

(Source / 06.01.2022)

Updated: Elderly Man Critically Injured After Israeli Military Truck Ran Over Him Near Hebron

An elderly Palestinian activist suffered a critical skull fracture, on Wednesday, after an Israeli tow truck ran him over in the Um al-Khair area of Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA) reported.

Sheikh Suleiman al-Hathalin, 75, a well-known activist, was rammed with a military truck during nonviolent protests that took place after the soldiers invaded Masafer Yatta, causing him to suffer a critical skull fracture.

Fouad al-Amour, the Coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committees in Masafer Yatta, stated that the army invaded the area, accompanying a tow truck, and seized several Palestinian-owned vehicles, leading to protests.

Local Palestinians gathered in the area to stop the Israeli army from confiscating their privately-owned vehicles when the tow truck drove over the elderly man.

Al-Hathalin was transferred to the hospital in Hebron, where he remains in a life-threatening condition at the Intensive Care Unit.

It is worth mentioning that Suleiman is well known for his activist and nonviolent resistance against Israel’s illegal colonialist activities, including the theft of Palestinian lands, and has been frequently assaulted by soldiers and colonizers, in addition to being repeatedly detained by the army.

He is a prominent figure and has been part of ongoing protests, especially after Israel confiscated Palestinian lands in the 1980s, and built the illegal Carmiel colony.

After the colony was built on the stolen lands, the Palestinians were denied the right to build homes in the area, an issue that forced them to live in tin houses and tents that have been demolished more than fifteen times.

(Source / 06.01.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian In Nablus

Israeli soldiers killed, on Thursday at dawn, a young Palestinian man near Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that the slain young man is Bakeer Mohammad Hashash, 21, and added that he was shot with live fire.

Media sources said protests took place after many Israeli army vehicles invaded the area and added that Palestinian resistance fighters also exchanged fire with the invading soldiers.

During the invasion, the soldiers invaded and searched several homes and abducted a young man, identified as Mohammad Salama from Balata al-Balad adjacent town.

After his death, hundreds of Palestinians marched in Nablus calling for ongoing resistance against the Israeli occupation.

His cousin, Mohammad Hashash, said Bakeer recently opened fire at the soldiers during an invasion into Nablus city, and since then, the soldiers have been trying to abduct him.

He added that, approximately at 2:30 at dawn, the soldiers invaded the eastern area of Balata refugee camp, Balata town, and the al-Quds Street, and said that Mohammad exchanged fire with the soldiers for nearly twenty minutes before he was shot and killed.

(Source / 06.01.2022)

Palestinian Killed After Being Rammed By A Colonist’s Car

A Palestinian young man was killed, on Thursday morning, after being rammed by a car driver by an illegal Israeli colonist, while heading to his work in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

The victim, Mustafa Yassin Falna, 25, was from Safa village, west of Ramallah, in the central part of the occupied West Bank.

Mustafa, a married father of an 18-month-old baby, was crossing the street while on his way to work when he was killed, his family said.

The incident took place approximately at six in the morning, on Road #443 near Maccabim roadblock, about thirty kilometers west of Jerusalem.

On Thursday at dawn, the soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man, identified as, Bakeer Mohammad Hashash, 21, with live rounds near the Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank.

Bakeer Mohammad Hashash, 21, shot dead by Israeli soldiers near the Balata refugee camp

On Wednesday, Sheikh Suleiman al-Hathalin, 75, was critically injured after being run over by an Israeli military truck during protests in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, in the southern West Bank.

The elderly Palestinian man suffered a very serious skull fracture and is in hospital in critical condition.

On December 24, 2021, a Palestinian woman, Ghadir Anis Masalma, 63, was killed by an Israeli colonialist settler who rammed her with his car and fled the scene, near the entrance of the town of Sinjil, northeast of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank.

(Source / 06.01.2022)

Updated: “Soldiers Abduct 23 Palestinians, Injure Two, In West Bank

Updated: Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, at least twenty-three Palestinians and injured two, in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources in Ramallah, in the central part of occupied West Bank, said the soldiers abducted Sameh Ahmad Amin Tamimi, Moath Ahmad Hussin Tamimi, Amin Ahmad Amin Tamimi, Baker Abdul-Khaleq Tamimi, Jihad Mohammad Hussin Tamimi, Mohammad Younis Tamimi, Hussin Abdul-Halim Tamimi, Hussein Abdul-Halim Tamimi, and Rami Yahia Tamimi, after invading their homes and ransacking them, in Deir Nitham village, northwest of Ramallah city.

They added that the soldiers detonated the front doors of the invaded homes, before breaking into them and ransacking them, and confiscated more than twenty mobile phones.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded several towns in the southern West Bank governorate of Hebron, searched many homes, and abducted Nour Hatem Qfeisha, 25, Soheib Fares Za’aqeeq, 21, from Beit Ummar town, in addition to former political prisoner Walid al-Mizyin, 39, from the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, and Jihad Mahmoud Obeid, 41, along with his son, Mahmoud, 22, from Yatta town.

In Tubas, in the northeastern West Bank, the soldiers invaded the al-Far’a refugee camp, south of the city, leading to protests, before shooting a young man with live rounds in the lower extremities.

The soldiers also abducted a young man in the refugee camp, identified as Obai Nabil al-Amir, 21, after invading his home and ransacking it.

Also at dawn, the soldiers invaded an area near Balata refugee camp, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and killed a young man, identified as Bakeer Mohammad Hashash, 23.

Names of the abducted Palestinians at dawn:

  1. Mohammad Salama, Balata al-Balad, Nablus.
  2. Walid al-Mizyin, Al-Arroub refugee camp, Hebron.
  3. Nour Hatem Qfeisha, Hebron.
  4. Hadi Abu al-Ezz, Jenin.
  5. Sameh Ahmad Tamimi, Deir Nitham – Ramallah.
  6. Moath Tamimi, Deir Nitham – Ramallah.
  7. Amin Ahmad Hussein Tamimi, Deir Nitham – Ramallah.
  8. Bakr Abdul-Khaled Tamimi, Deir Nitham – Ramallah.
  9. Jihad Mohammad Hussein Tamimi, Deir Nitham – Ramallah.
  10. Mahmoud Younes Mahmoud Tamimi, Deir Nitham – Ramallah.
  11. Hasan Abdul-Hamid Hasan Tamimi, Deir Nitham – Ramallah.
  12. Rami Yahia Hasan Tamimi, Deir Nitham – Ramallah.
  13. Assem Fawzi Fayez Hasan, Qusra – Nablus.
  14. No’man Abdul-Hamid Hasan, Qusra – Nablus.
  15. Bara’ No’man Hasan, Qusra – Nablus.
  16. Mahmoud Abdul-Rahman Abu Reeda, 70, Qusra – Nablus.
  17. Assem Fawzi Hasan, Qusra – Nablus.
  18. Jihad Hasan Tamimi, Balata al-Balad – Nablus.
  19. Odah Ahmad Askar, Hizma – Jerusalem.
  20. Soheib ash-Shiqdam, Beit Ummar – Hebron.
  21. Ubai al-Amir, al-Far’a refugee camp – Tubas.
  22. Sa’id Shilbaya, al-Am’ari refugee camp – Ramallah.
  23. Daoud Habboub, al-Am’ari refugee camp – Ramallah.

(Source / 06.01.2022)

Netherlands ends funding to one of 6 Palestinian NGOs recently outlawed by ‘Israel’

Amsterdam (QNN)- The Dutch government on Wednesday formally ended its funding to one of six Palestinian civil society organizations that were controversially outlawed by ‘Israel’ in 2021.

“The Netherlands will no longer fund the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, or transfer the organization the last tranche of an already budgeted Dutch grant,” two Dutch ministers wrote in a joint letter.

On 19 October 2021, Israeli War Minister, Benny Gantz, designated six leading Palestinian human rights and civil society groups as “terrorist organizations” under Israel’s domestic Counter-Terrorism (Anti-Terror) Law (2016).

The Israeli War Minister office claimed that the six groups were “part of a network of organisations operating undercover in the international arena” on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Marxist-Leninist Palestinian resistance group, which was listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation in 1997 by the US State Department.

The six groups are: Addameer, Al-Haq, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defence for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P), the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC).

The Israeli military commander also outlawed all six groups under the 1945 Emergency (Defense) Regulations, declaring them “unlawful associations”.

Several UN human rights experts, civil society and development organizations, academics and more from around the world have condemned, over the past months, Israel’s designations, standing in solidarity with the six Palestinian groups and increasing their support for the Palestinian cause.

The Dutch government’s review found no evidence that the UAWC had done so.

“The external review shows that no evidence has been found of financial flows between the UAWC and the PFLP. Nor has any proof been found of organization unity between the UAWC and the PFLP or of the PFLP’s providing direction to the UAWC,” wrote Foreign Minister Ben Knapen and Foreign Trade Minister Tom de Brujin.

The external investigators did, however, find some overlap between the two organizations’ membership.

“There were ties at the individual level between UAWC staff and board members and the PFLP for some considerable time. The great number of UAWC board members with roles in both organizations gives particular cause for concern,” the two Dutch ministers wrote.

The external investigators hired by the Dutch government determined that the UAWC was likely unaware of members’ political affiliation.

But in their letter, the Dutch diplomats said it was “reasonable to assume” that the organization knew of board members’ PFLP ties.

The Netherlands had already suspended its funding for the nonprofit in July 2020 after two UAWC employees were arrested by ‘Israel’ for alleged involvement in a bomb explosion near an Israeli settlement. Both Abed al-Razeq Farraj (57) and Samer Al-Arbid (45) have suffered physical and psychological torture during interrogation.

The investigation by the Dutch determined that their funding had helped pay for the two employees’ salaries, although neither had managed Dutch-backed development projects.

The UAWC is considered as one of the largest agricultural development institutions in Palestine as it was established in 1986 by a group of agronomists. When established, UAWC depended on volunteers completely and formed agricultural committees in the West Bank and Gaza to set the priorities of farmers and help the Union in implementing its programs and community activities. According to its director, some 25,000 Palestinian families benefit from the group’s work.

(Source / 06.01.2022)

Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian youth during dawn raid near Nablus city

21-year-old Bakeer Hashash was shot dead by Israeli forces during raid on Balata Refugee Camp

Nablus (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces shot dead a Palestinian youth during raid at the dawn of Thursday, on Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank.

21-year-old Bakeer Hashash succumbed to wounds he sustained after being shot by the Israeli occupation soldiers during a dawn raid on Balata refugee camp.

He was rushed to a hospital to get urgent medical treatment and to save his life. However, he was announced dead, hours later.

Israeli forces have killed thousands of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories over the years, and several international human rights groups say Israeli forces have used excessive force in attacking and subduing Palestinians.

“This policy [opening fire] reflects deep disregard for Palestinian lives and property and enables the continued use of lethal force, crucial to enabling Israel to retain its violent control over millions of Palestinians,” said Israeli human rights group, B’Tselem.

(Source / 06.01.2022)

BREAKING| Israeli settler kills Palestinian youth after running over him in Ramallah

 Palestinian youth, Mostafa Salama, who was killed by Israeli settler after running over him by his car in Ramallah

Ramallah (QNN)- A Palestinian youth was killed on Thursday morning while heading to his workplace after an extremist Israeli settler ran over him by his car, near Palestinian village of Beit Sira, west of Ramallah.

Local sources reported that 25-year-old Mostafa Salama was run over by an extremist Israeli settler near the military checkpoint in Beit Sira village, killing him before he fled the scene.

Salama, from the village of Safa, west of Ramallah and a father of a one-year-old and a half girl, was heading to his workplace in the 1948-occupied Palestine before an extremist settler ran over him by his car and ended his life.

(Source / 06.01.2022)

Video| Masked Israeli settler violently attacks Palestinian photojournalist in 1948-occupied Palestine

 Palestinian photojournalist Faiz Abu Rmeleh outside Assaf Harofeh Hospital after being attacked by Israeli settler 

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- A masked Israeli settler violently attacked on Wednesday a Palestinian photojournalist outside Assaf Harofeh Hospital, in 1948-occupied Palestine, where dozens of settlers are protesting against Israel’s decision to end detention of Palestinian who had been on hunger strike for 141 days.

Video footages of the incident that went viral on social media show an extremist masked Israeli settler brutally assaulted and beat the Palestinian photojournalist Faiz Abu Rmeleh outside the Assaf Harofeh Hospital, where Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails, Hisham Abu Hawash, is hospitalised to recover after 141 days of hunger strike in protest against his administrative detention without a charge or trial by Israeli occupation authorities.

Abu Rmeleh, a Member of Activestills Collective and Anadolu Agency Photojournalist, was covering dozens of Israeli settlers, led by far-right Israeli MK Itamar Ben-Gvir, protesting outside the hospital against Israel’s decision to end Abu Hawash’s administrative detention following a serious deterioration in his health and amid international calls to release him.

Shortly after, the settlers and Ben-Gvir have broken into the Assaf Harofeh Hospital under the occupation forces protection, trying to storm the hospital room of Abu Hawash to attack and harass him while he is recovering there.

Witnesses: “Far-right Israeli politician Itamar Ben-Gvir breaks into Assaf Harofeh Hospital in order to attack Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawwash who’s hospitalized there.”

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Yesterday, the Knesset member also tried to break into the hospital room of Abu Hawash and tried to attack solidarity activists and family members of Abu Hawash, but they successfully blocked his way.

Ben-Gvir, well-known for provoking and insulting Palestinian prisoners and their families, called them terrorists and other ugly names and he even pushed one of the activists who was replying to his insults.

On Tuesday evening, after 141 days, Abu Hawash broke his hunger strike after reaching an agreement with the Israeli occupation authorities to release him on February 26, following a serious deterioration on his health as he was at a high risk of death.

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.

On December 26, Abu Hawash was transferred to the Assaf Harofeh hospital. Later, 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 / 06.01.2022)