Another Palestinian Family Forced To Demolish Its Home In Occupied Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation authorities in Jerusalem forced, on Sunday evening, a Palestinian family to demolish its home in Sur Baher village, southeast of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Media sources said Palestinians from Abu Kaf local family in Sur Baher village was forced to demolish its home after the City Council threatened to force it to pay 150.000 Shekels in fines and fees if the city carries the demolition out using its workers and equipment.

The home’s owner, Ibrahim Abu Kaf, said that he and his family of seven have been living in their home after constructing it more than eleven years ago.

“Our home was only 120 square/meters, and we have been paying fines that have already cost us at least 65.000 Shekels, we paid the fines in monthly installments and tried to get our paperwork to license our home, but the city kept denying our applications and appeals,” Ibrahim Abu Kaf said.

“A few days ago, the soldiers invaded our neighborhood and handed us a final demolition order, although we have been paying the fines and trying to conduct all needed procedures; we tried all legal means available to us” he added, “All in all, these applications and procedures have cost us more than 30.000 Shekels, yet the city said we had to demolish it before 4 at dawn, Monday.

“This is the tax we pay for living in our city, in occupied Jerusalem,” Ibrahim added.

On Sunday, January 7th, the family of Naim Hmeidan Qara’in, was forced to demolish its home in Silwan town, in Jerusalem.

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.

While Israel continues to build and expand its illegal colonies, Palestinian communities, and towns, in occupied Jerusalem, and various areas in the occupied West Bank, continue to be denied the right to build homes and property. Israel has been issuing dozens of demolition orders against existing Palestinian homes and property, including under-construction structures, and has already demolished many of them.

(Source / 10.01.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eight Palestinians In Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, eight young Palestinian men in Bethlehem city in addition to the towns of Beit Fajjar and al-Khader, south, and west of the city, in the occupied West Bank, after the army broke into and searched several homes.

Local sources said several army jeeps invaded the Saff Street, in the center of Bethlehem city, before abducting Nasser Mohammad al-Wahsh, 25, from his home.

They added that the soldiers also invaded the al-Khader town, west of Bethlehem, and abducted Hazem Jom’a Salah, 46, from his home.

In Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes, before abducting Mohammad Ja’far Taqatqa, 23, Ibrahim Khaled Taqatqa, 17, Mohammad Mahmoud Taqatqa, 20, Ma’moun Akram Taqatqa, 19, Rabea’ Ala’ Taqatqa, 21, and Noureddin Jamal Taqatqa.

On Sunday evening, the soldiers shot a young man with a live round in the chest while walking near the bridge area of Kharbatha al-Misbah village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

(Source / 10.01.2022)

Army Abducts Four Palestinians In Ramallah And Jenin

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, three Palestinians from their homes, near Ramallah, in the central part of the occupied West Bank, and one in Jenin, in the northern part.

Media sources in Ramallah said several army jeeps invaded the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the city, before abducting a former political prisoner, identified as Awab Ahmad Mubarak, in addition to Ala’ Saleh Abu Sharifa.

The sources added that the soldiers also invaded the al-Am’ari refugee camp, south of Ramallah, and abducted Mahmoud Abu ‘Aita, from his home.

The soldiers also invaded Anza village, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, searched several homes, and abducted a young man, identified as Abdul-Rahman Mohannad Sadaqa.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Be’er al-Basha village, south of Jenin, before storming and ransacked the family homes of a political prisoner, identified as Yacoub Qadri, and former political prisoner, Sami Mohammad Ghawadra, in addition to the home of Sami’s brother, Marwan.

It is worth mentioning that Yacoub was among the six detainees who managed to escape from the high-security Gilboa prison in September of 2021 before they were recaptured a week later.

The soldiers also invaded the villages of Arranah and al-Jalama, while many military jeeps were extensively deployed in various areas south of Jenin.

Also at dawn, soldiers abducted eight young Palestinian men in Bethlehem city in addition to the towns of Beit Fajjar and al-Khader, south, and west of the city, in the occupied West Bank, after the army broke into and searched several homes.

(Source / 10.01.2022)

500 Palestinian administrative detainees boycott Israeli Military Courts

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Nearly 500 Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli prisons have been boycotting Israeli Military Courts for the 10th day in a row, in protest of their indefinite detention without charges or trial.

The Palestinian prisoner advocacy groups said that in protest against their administrative detention without charges or trial by the Israeli occupation authorities, 500 Palestinian administrative detainees have been boycotting the Israeli Military Courts since January 1, 2022.

The boycott includes the initial hearings to uphold the administrative detention order, as well as appeal hearings and later sessions at the Supreme Court.

Under the banner, “Our decision is freedom … no to administrative detention,” administrative detainees said in a statement their move comes as a continuation of longstanding Palestinian efforts “to put an end to the unjust administrative detention practiced against our people by the occupation forces”.

They also noted that Israel’s use of the policy has expanded in recent years to include women, children and elderly people.

“Israeli military courts are an important aspect for the occupation in its system of oppression,” the detainees said, describing the courts as a “barbaric, racist tool that has consumed hundreds of years from the lives of our people under the banner of administrative detention, through nominal and fictitious courts – the results of which are predetermined by the military commander of the region”.

Since March 2002, the number of Palestinians in administrative detention has never fallen below 100.

According to the Palestinian prisoner advocacy groups, there are now 4,600 Palestinians held in Israeli occupation jails, including 34 women, 160 minors, and 500 administrative detainees held without charge or trial.

The groups said in a recently-issued report that during the year of 2021, ‘Israel’ issued 1,595 administrative detention orders against the Palestinians while 1,114 administrative detention orders were issued in 2020.

The director of the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, attorney Sahar Francis, told Haaretz that “the authorities of the occupation are not honoring the limitations that international law has set on imposing administrative detentions and they are being done arbitrarily, something that is a war crime according to the occupation laws.”

According to Francis, the decision to boycott the legal system was made after many efforts were made to battle the administrative detention policy, including hunger strikes led by a few prisoners in recent months.

(Source / 10.01.2022)

Israeli forces brutally assault Palestinians and journalists in Bedouin village of Al-Atrash

Israeli forces brutally assaulted and detained Palestinian residents and journalists in the unrecognized village of Al-Atrash in the Negev desert

Negev desert (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces on Monday bulldozed large tracts of a Palestinian land in the unrecognized village of Al-Atrash in the Negev desert, south of the 1948-occupied Palestine, before assaulting and detaining residents and journalists.

Earlier today, the Israeli occupation forces stormed the village of Al-Atrash, where over 4,500 residents live, and demolished large tracts of a Palestinian-owned land. They also demolished a tent used by the Atrash family in al-Ruwais village as a shelter.

The Israeli occupation soldiers, however, brutally attacked and detained a Palestinian journalist while he was covering the bulldozing works carried out by the forces in the Al-Atrash village.

The forces also attacked the Palestinian residents who tried to prevent them from bulldozing their lands, detaining one of them.

There are almost 100,000 Palestinians live in 35 Bedouin villages in the Negev and are unrecognized by the Israeli occupation government who views the Bedouin residents of these villages as illegal squatters and does not provide them with basic services or infrastructure, including electricity, water, sewage systems, roads, schools or hospitals.

The Israeli occupation government considers those Palestinian villages “unrecognised,” and therefore they are under threat of demolition.

(Source / 10.01.2022)

Displacing 8 people, ‘Israel’ forces Palestinian family to self-demolish house in Jerusalem

‘Israel’ forced Palestinian family of Abu Kaf to self-demolish its house in the Sur Baher neighborhood

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation authorities forced on Sunday an 8-member Palestinian family to self-demolish its own house in Sur Baher neighborhood, southeast of occupied Jerusalem.

Using the pretext of building without a permit, the Palestinian family of Abu Kaf was forced yesterday to self-demolish its house in the Sur Baher neighborhood at the order of the Israeli municipality.

The family consists of 8 people and have been living in their house for 10 years.

“We have no place to live in now, and we don’t even know what will happen next,” the family told Al-Qastal, adding that although the Israeli municipality ordered them to pay an exorbitant fine amounting to 65,000 Shekels, the municipality ordered them days ago to self-demolish their house.

The family said that the occupation municipality ordered them to carry out the demolition by itself or pay an additional exorbitant fine of the demolition costs to the Israeli municipality (the staff and the police) if it carried out the demolition.

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 home 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.

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

(Source / 10.01.2022)

Video| Israeli forces demolish Palestinian-owned commercial structure in occupied Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces on Monday morning demolished a Palestinian-owned commercial structure in the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Al-Issawiya.

At the order of Israeli municipality in the occupied city of Jerusalem, the Israeli forces earlier today raided the al-Issawiya neighborhood and demolished a Palestinian-owned carwash, under the pretext of building without a permit.

Israeli occupation forces demolish a Palestinian-owned car-wash workshop in the neighborhood of al-Isawiya in occupied #Jerusalem, today.


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

The Israeli municipality prevents native Palestinians from building new houses or restoring old ones in occupied Jerusalem, while it increases illegal settlement in the holy city and the West Bank.

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.

(Source / 10.01.2022)

Abu Mazkour: No Umrah or Hajj for the Gazans in 2022

The head of Hajj and Umrah companies in Gaza, Awad Abu Mazkour, confirmed that there is no official information yet regarding granting Palestine to participate in the Umrah and Hajj season for this year 2022.

Abu Mazkour said that until now, it has not been agreed whether Palestine will participate in the Umrah and Hajj season for this year due to the Corona pandemic.

He added that the Hajj and Umrah companies in the Gaza Strip are ready to resume work and conclude contracts with Saudi Hajj companies, but so far there is no official information on that.

About three thousand pilgrims are registered to perform the Hajj every year with Hajj and Umrah companies in the Gaza Strip, while about 70 Hajj and Umrah companies in the Strip suffered losses estimated at two million dollars after the failure of the Hajj season last year.

(Source / 10.01.2022)

Ministry of Works: We are studying the reconstruction of the destroyed towers

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Public Works and Housing in Gaza, Naji Sarhan, said that his ministry has started paying compensation to the owners of partial damages in the housing sector, 50% of them have been completed, and 25% are under implementation.

He explained in a phone call that the Qatari committee has begun to rebuild the full damages from the housing sector, and it is expected that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Refugees will disburse the first batch to those affected by the recent aggression, during the current month.

Sarhan stressed that the process of rebuilding the Gaza Strip is going well, and the Qatari funds are being transferred without hindrances after the Israeli occupation lifted the veto imposed on the transfer of funds.

According to him, the towers that were destroyed in the recent Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, there is no funding for their reconstruction until this moment.

Sarhan pointed out that the Ministry of Works is studying the file of rebuilding the destroyed towers in the Gaza Strip with the Egyptian side, to include them within the Egyptian grant and to give it a priority in construction.

He pointed out that the Egyptian side began implementing the grant in Corniche Street, and the first city of the Egyptian cities in the Beit Lahia area, with an area of ​​40 acres, which includes more than 600 housing units.

He pointed out that preparations were made to build the bases in the first Egyptian city, and the tender was launched two weeks ago, and it is expected to start this week. The bids will be settled on the Palestinian companies.

It is worth noting that as a result of the recent Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, 1650 housing units were completely destroyed, 69 thousand partially, between medium and slight, in addition to the industrial, agricultural, economic and infrastructure sectors.

(Source / 10.01.2022)

Health Ministry Warns of Rapid Wave of Omicron Variant in Gaza

Palestinian Health worker takes samples for Coronavirus at a health center in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on February 4, 2021

Days of Palestine – Gaza – Cautioning that some cases of Omicron infection have been reported in the Gaza Strip, the Health Ministry on Monday warned a fast-spreading of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

In light of the continued obstruction of the entry of necessary medical devices by the Israeli occupation, the Ministry said in a statement that the fears lie in the recording of a large number of cases of the new COVID-19 mutation, which needs health care above the level of medical capabilities.

The Ministry appealed to human rights and international organizations to intensify their pressure on the occupation to allow the entry of the necessary medical devices and equipment to confront the new mutator.

It is noteworthy that the “Omicron” mutant was discovered for the first time in South Africa, in late November 2021, and it continues its rapid spread in the countries of the world, becoming the dominant one in “Corona” cases instead of the “Delta” mutant.

In late December 2021, the Ministry of Health in Gaza announced the first case of Omicron coronavirus variant had been identified in the coastal enclave.

“We are on the brink of difficult days. We will certainly see a fourth wave, and as in the rest of the world, we believe it will be a severe one,” senior Gaza health official Majdi Their said.

According to Dheir, the infected Gazan had not recently traveled outside the enclave — meaning the variant was likely already beyond their capacity to contain.

“This means that the strain is here and spreading in Gaza right now,” Dheir said.

In the West Bank, Palestinian Authority health officials have identified 23 cases of the Omicron variant. Neither the West Bank nor Gaza has yet seen a corresponding rise in active infections, however, which have hovered around 4,000 for the past few weeks.

The Omicron strain has sent infections shooting up around the world, grounding flights and returning tighter restrictions on gatherings.

Israel and Egypt have imposed a brutal blockade on Gaza Strip since 2007, which is one of the most densely populated places on earth.

(Source / 10.01.2022)