MEDICS: 17 Palestinian shot, wounded by Israeli soldiers in West Bank

Agencies: clashes in Kafr Qaddum

Agencies-Gaza Post – Local sources reported that the Israeli occupation military shot at least 17 Palestinians on Friday during weekly protests against colonial Israeli settlement expansion in the villages of Kafr Qaddum and Beit Dajan in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli occupation troops shot rubber-coated rounds and stun grenades at anti-colonization demonstrators in Beit Dajan village, Nablus district, injuring at least 12 of civilians and inflicting many incidents of asphyxia from teargas inhalation. Local medics handled all of the injured on the spot.

During conflicts with the Israeli occupation force in the hamlet of Kafr Qaddum in Qalqilia governorate, five Palestinians were wounded by Israeli rubber-coated shells. Asphyxiation from teargas exposure has also been documented in other cases.

Meanwhile, two Palestinians were wounded by Israeli occupation soldiers in Hebron, south of the occupied West Bank, and others were suffocated by teargas during confrontations in the city’s Bab al-Zawiya district. The two injured were sent to a treatment center.

(Source / 07.01.2022)

Palestinian prisoners enter 40th year in Israel detention

Karim Younis, the longest-serving political prisoner who has been incarcerated by Israel since 1983 [Ma'an News Agency]
Karim Younis, the longest-serving political prisoner who has been incarcerated by Israel since 1983

The two longest-serving Palestinian freedom fighters incarcerated in Israel have entered their 40th and last year behind bars, Palestinian Wafa news agency reported citing the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) yesterday.

According to PPS, Karim Younis, 63, and his cousin, Maher Younis, 64, both from the Arab-Israeli town of Ara in northern Israel, were detained on 6 January 1983 for their resistance of the Israeli occupation and sentenced to life in prison, which was later commuted to 40 years.

PPC said the Younis cousins were supposed to have been freed in 2014 in a deal brokered by then-US Secretary of State John Kerry in which Israel was supposed to free all Palestinian prisoners detained before the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords that launched the peace process between the Palestinians and Israel.

The prisoners were due to be released in four batches. However, Israel did not fulfil its obligations, releasing only the first three batches which included mainly

Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Detains from occupied East Jerusalem and Israel were not released.

In a previous interview with Arab48, Karim’s mother, Sobhia Younis, who is over 80 years old, said the most painful moments during his decades of captivity, was in 1985 when Karim was supposed to be released as part of a prisoner swap deal and Israeli authorities decided to detain him just as he was walking out of prison.

Both prisoners are due to be released in a year’s time, PPS said.

READ: Will 2022 be the ‘Year of the Palestinian Prisoners’?

(Source / 07.01.2022)

WAFA: “Journalist injured by Israeli gunfire in Al-Biereh”

RAMALLAH, Friday, January 07, 2022 (WAFA) – A Palestinian photojournalist was injured by an Israeli rubber-coated round today while covering from the north entrance of Al-Biereh city in the center of the occupied West Bank, according to witnesses.

WAFA correspondent said Mutasem Saqf el-Heit, a freelance photojournalist, was injured in the chest with a rubber-coated round shot at him by Israeli soldiers during clashes between Israeli occupation soldiers and Palestinian protesters at the entrance to Al-Biereh.

The clashes erupted amid reports of deteriorating health conditions of Palestinian prisoner Nasser Abu Hmaid, a patient of cancer who is serving seven life sentences in Israeli jails.

Other protesters also sustained suffocation from gas inhalation as soldiers attacked them with teargas in the scene of the clashes.

(Source / 07.01.2022)

Palestinian Forced To Demolish A Section Of His Home In Jerusalem

The City Council in occupied Jerusalem forced, on Friday, a Palestinian to demolish a section of his home in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

The WAFA Palestinian News Agency said the Palestinian, Naim Hmeidan Qara’in, was forced to demolish a room in his home in the Ras al-Amoud neighborhood in Silwan.

WAFA added that the room was barely twenty square meters and that the City Council refused to grant him a permit despite all efforts to do so.

The Palestinian said he has been paying fines for several years and trying to resolve the licensing issue without resorting to demolition, but the city rejected his appeals.

Naim said he resorted to demolishing the room himself to avoid more hefty expenses and fines if the City Council carried the demolition out using its workers and equipment.

On Wednesday, January 5th, the army demolished a Palestinian home in Silwan, while on January 1st, two other Palestinians were also forced to demolish their homes in the town.

(Source / 07.01.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians, Including One Woman, In Jericho

Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, the Palestinian city of Jericho, in northeastern West Bank, before storming a hotel, and abducted three Palestinians, including one woman.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers invaded a hotel in the city, before abducting a husband, his wife, and another young man.

The soldiers surrounded the area of the hotel before invading it and prevented the Palestinians from entering or leaving.

The army then took the abducted Palestinians to a military base outside of Jericho city.

It is worth mentioning that, on Thursday at dawn, the soldiers abducted at least twenty-three Palestinians, and injured two, in several parts of the West Bank.

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

On Thursday morning, a Palestinian man, Mustafa Yassin Falna, 25, from Safa village, west of Ramallah, in the central part of the West Bank, was killed after being rammed by a car driver by an illegal Israeli colonist, while heading to his work in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem.

(Source / 07.01.2022)

Adalah: Israel Refuses to Reveal the Evidence Against the Six Palestinian Organizations it Has Designated as “Terrorist Organizations”

Report By Adalah (The Legal Center For Arab Minority Rights In Israel):  06/01/2022: In response to the organizations’ demand, the Military Attorney replied that the “core of the designations” is based on classified material that would remain secret.

Following the demand of the six Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations that Israel designated as “terrorist organizations”, the Military Attorney responded this week that it would allow the groups to review only the unclassified information that underlies the bases of the designations. The military stated in its response that “the core of the declarations is based on classified, cross-checked and reliable intelligence information that cannot be disclosed” as it may harm national security. According to the Military Attorney, these confidential materials indicate that the organizations “are in fact an arm of a terrorist organization.”

This response indicates that the organizations will not be provided with the evidence directed against them, and thus, they are afforded no due process rights. This response also reinforces the organization’s argument that the Israeli authorities have no evidence linking them with illegal acts and that this move amounts to the political persecution of human rights defenders.

CLICK HERE to read the response from the Military Attorney [English Translation]

CLICK HERE to read the response from the Military Attorney [Hebrew]

On 16 December 2021, the organization’s legal team sent a letter to the military demanding the disclosure of all the evidence that forms the basis for the designations. In its response, the Military Attorney’s office added that the military commander had extended the deadline for submitting an appeal against declaring them “unlawful associations” until 18 January 2022.

CLICK HERE to read Adalah’s letter [English Translation]

CLICK HERE to read Adalah’s letter [Hebrew]

In response, Adalah stated:

“The Israeli security apparatus has declared in its response, that the process, by which it outlaws human rights and civil society organizations, is entirely based on secret material, and thus, these groups do not have any possibility to defend themselves. There is no stronger evidence that this persecution contradicts all basic principles of due process and fairness and is carried out by means that characterize repressive authoritarian regimes.

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Background

On 19 October 2021, Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz designated six leading Palestinian human rights and civil society groups as “terrorist organizations” under Israel’s domestic Counterterrorism (Anti-Terror) Law (2016). The six groups are Addameer, Al-Haq, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defense 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”.

The six organizations are currently represented by Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Attorney Michael Sfard, and Attorney Avigdor Feldman.

(Source / 07.01.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at dawn, Beita village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and abducted three Palestinians from their homes.

Media sources said more than ten military vehicles invaded the town before the soldiers stormed and ransacked homes in the ar-Ras area where they abducted one Palestinian and two others of the western neighborhood.

They added that the abducted Palestinians have been identified as Jihad Hilan Bani Shamsa, 50, Daoud Bani Shamsa, 44, and Monir Mahmoud Abu Thiab, 38.

The soldiers cuffed and blindfolded the abducted Palestinians, before taking them to the Huwwara military base, south of Nablus.

(Source / 07.01.2022)

Army Invades Town Near Bethlehem, Confiscate Surveillance Recordings

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at dawn, the town of Teqoua’, east of Bethlehem city in the occupied West Bank, before invading a home and confiscating surveillance recordings.

Local sources said the soldiers invaded the Khirbat ad-Deir area in the center of the town, before storming and searching a home, owned by Samih Tanno, and confiscated surveillance recordings from the property.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers frequently invade homes and break into stores and buildings to look for surveillance recordings in an attempt to identity Palestinian protesters and activists.

Also dawn, the soldiers Beita village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and abducted three Palestinians from their homes.

(Source / 07.01.2022)

PPS: 25 Palestinian prisoners tested positive for COVID-19 in Israel’s Negev prison

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Five new cases of COVID-19 were recorded among Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s Negev prison, raising the total number of Palestinian prisoners who contracted the virus inside the prison to 25.

The Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said on Friday in a statement that 25 Palestinian prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19 in the section 25 in Israel’s Negev prison.

The prisoners held in section 25 have been isolated from the rest of the prisoners, said the PPS, adding it has not yet been provided details about the situation of the prisoners.

Located in the Negev desert, the PPS noted that the Negev prison is one of the largest and most harsh prisons where more than 1200 Palestinian prisoners are held, raising serious concerns as the number is set to rise with the deliberate procrastination by the Israeli administration of prisons in providing the necessary preventive measures inside sections of prison which is the reason behind the spread of the virus.

388 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails have tested positive with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, the PPS said.

According to Palestinian estimates, there are 4600 Palestinians held in Israeli occupation jails, including 34 women, 160 minors, and 500 administrative detainees held without charge or trial.

(Source / 07.01.2022)

Old Palestinian man in serious condition after being run over by Israeli truck

Al-Haj Suliman al-Hathalin, from Palestinian community of Umm al-Khair, defending his land against Israeli threat of displacement

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- 65-year-old Palestinian Al-Haj Suliman al-Hathalin, from Palestinian community of Umm al-Khair, is in a serious condition, after he was run over and critically injured by an Israeli truck on Wednesday.

According to local sources, Al-Haj Suliman al-Hathalin, from the Palestinian community of Umm al-Khair in the Masafer Yatta, was taken to a hospital in Hebron last night after he was badly injured when he was run over by a truck that was towing a Palestinian-owned vehicle confiscated by the Israeli occupation authorities.

He is in serious condition and is currently in an induced coma, on a ventilator, after having undergone surgery to stop a brain hemorrhage.

He also has fractures in his skull, spine, chest and pelvic area and the doctors are fighting for his life, the sources said.

Al-Haj Suliman has been known as a slender, elderly man who gives every visitor to the community a passionate history lesson, complete with maps and aerial photographs showing the historical presence of Palestinians there and how the illegal settlement of Carmel, established right next to the community, has taken over their land.

Just a stone’s throw away from the village is the Israeli settlement of Carmel, built in the 1980s on land belonging to the al-Hathalins, its lush gardens, electricity and piped water, standing in stark contrast with the barrenness of Umm al-Khair, where the community is forced to live off the grid and buy tanks of water at exorbitant prices.

The community has faced a constant threat of displacement ever since the settlement was built and it continues to expand on to their land.

Masafer Yatta is one of the most remote and sparsely populated areas of the occupied West Bank – completely in Area C, and under full Israeli military and civil control.

Seventeen small Palestinian villages are included in the area with a population of approximately 1,100.

Israeli settlers began constructing settlements in the area in the 1980s and there are now more than a dozen settlements and outposts there, as well as Israeli military installations.

Residents of Umm al-Khair and surrounding villages nonviolently resist Israeli settler violence and military occupation, by continuing to live on and work their land.

(Source / 07.01.2022)