WAFA: “Palestine Summons Dutch Diplomat Over Ending Funding To Palestinian CSO”

RAMALLAH, Monday, January 10, 2022 (WAFA) – Palestine today summoned a Dutch diplomat over Netherlands’ decision to pull funding from a Palestinian civil society organization.

Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry Amal Jadou summoned the head of Netherlands Representative Office to Palestine Kees van Baar to convey an official letter of protest over the Dutch government’s recent decision to end funding to the Ramallah-based Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC).

UAWC is one of the six major Palestinian civil society organizations that Israel banned as ‘terrorist groups’ last October. It provides hands-on aid to Palestinians, including by rehabilitating land at risk of confiscation by Israel. It helps tens of thousands of farmers in Area C – the more than 60 percent of the occupied West Bank under direct Israeli military control, and where most illegal Israeli settlements and their infrastructure are located.

Jadou expressed Palestine’s shock and dismay over the decision, which will have direct adverse consequences on the lives of tens of thousands of vulnerable families making a living from agro-based income-generating activities besides to thousands of dunums of farmland in Area C while pointing that the outcomes of the external investigation launched by the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation were in favor of UAWC, particularly that the investigation found no evidence that UAWC has any organizational links with PFLP, and thus do not substantiate Israeli allegations against UAWC.

She added that the Dutch government’s decision to pull fund from UAWC fall in line with Israeli systematic and malicious campaign of incitement against UAWC, in particular, and the Palestinian civil society, in general, with such campaigns aimed to defame Palestinian CSOs, especially those providing services to Palestinian farmers and communities in Area C.

The Palestinian diplomat urged the Netherlands to immediately reverse this unjust decision, which sets a dangerous precedent with regard to undermining the work of Palestinian CSOs, which play a key role in reinforcing the steadfastness of Palestinians in their lands in the face of Israeli settler-colonialism and settler violence.

(Source / 11.01.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians In Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, five Palestinians from Beit Sahour city and the Deheishe refugee camp in the Bethlehem governorate, south of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded Beit Sahour, east of Bethlehem city, and abducted two siblings, identified as Bashar and Mohammad Na’im al-Masri.

They added that the soldiers also invaded the Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, searched homes, and abducted Mohammad Eyad al-Masri, 20.

It is worth mentioning that the army has recently escalated its invasions and abductions in Bethlehem, including the Monday invasion into Bethlehem city, Beit Fajjar, and the al-Kader towns, when the soldiers abducted eight Palestinians.

(Source / 11.01.2022)

Army Abducts A Former Political Prisoner In Jenin

Israeli soldiers abducted, Tuesday, a former political prisoner in Bir al-Basha village, south of Jenin in northern West Bank, after ransacking his home, in addition to confiscating cash and mobile phones.

Montaser Sammour, the head of the Jenin office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the soldiers stormed and ransacked the home of Wisam Walid Khassan, causing damage, before assaulting and abducting him.

He added that the soldiers also confiscated three thousand Shekels from the property in addition to four mobile phones.

It is worth mentioning that Khashan is a former political prisoner who was held by Israeli for six years.

Also at dawn, the soldiers abducted five Palestinians from Beit Sahour city and the Deheishe refugee camp in the Bethlehem governorate, south of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

It is worth mentioning that the army has recently escalated its invasions and abductions in Bethlehem, including the Monday invasion into Bethlehem city, Beit Fajjar, and the al-Kader towns, when the soldiers abducted eight Palestinians.

(Source / 11.01.2022)

Israeli Forces Shoot at Fishermen, Farmers in Gaza, Damage One Boat

Israeli forces opened fire, on Tuesday, towards Palestinian farmers in the central Gaza Strip and fishermen off the coast of Gaza City in the northern besieged enclave, according to local sources.

Correspondent for the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA) stated that occupation soldiers opened live fire towards farmers along the eastern border of Deir al-Balah city, in the central besieged Gaza Strip.

The farmers were on their way to tend to their agricultural lands when the army opened live fire at them, terrorizing them and causing them to abandon their daily work which is their only means of providing for their families.

Furthermore, the Israeli Navy opened live fire and water cannons towards Palestinian fishermen who were sailing at three nautical miles, off the al-Sudaniya shore, west of Gaza City in the northern coastal enclave, damaging one boat, and forcing the fishermen back to shore.

The fishermen were forced to abandon their work, which is their only means of providing for their families.

No injuries were reported in either shooting incident.

(Source / 11.01.2022)

Extremist Israeli settlers shut down road near Nablus, attack Palestinian vehicles

Nablus (QNN)- Extremist Israeli settlers on Tuesday shut down Nablus-Jenin road adjacent to the illegal Israeli settlement of Shavei Shomron, near the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank and attacked Palestinian-owned vehicles.

Local sources said that earlier today, dozens of extremist Israeli settlers attacked and vandalized several Palestinian-owned vehicles while shutting down the Nablus-Jenin road adjacent to the illegal Israeli settlement of Shavei Shomron, under the occupation forces protection.

Several of Nablus’s villages have been under Israeli settlers violence and attacks for over a month. The settlers attacked dozens of Palestinian vehicles, burnt Palestinian-owned houses and assaulted residents, leaving hundreds of Palestinian residents injured.

(Source / 11.01.2022)

33 Palestinian female prisoners suffer behind Israeli bars, says watchdog

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Palestinian Commission for detainees and ex-Detainees Affairs said on Sunday that 33 Palestinian female prisoners held in Israel’s Damon prison have been suffering from harsh imprisonment conditions.

The Commission said in a statement that 33 Palestinian female prisoners held in Israel’s Damon prison have been suffering from harsh conditions since the moment of their imprisonment, including medical negligence, denial of education, denial of family visits, including for mothers with young children, solitary confinement, overcrowded cells which are often filled with insects and dirt, and lack natural light.

The female prisoners have been also subjected to some form of psychological torture and ill-treatment throughout the process of their arrest and detention, including various forms of sexual violence that occur such as beatings, insults, threats, body searches, and sexually explicit harassment, according to the Commission.

These techniques of torture and ill-treatment are used not only as means to intimidate Palestinian women detainees but also as tools to humiliate Palestinian women and coerce them into giving confessions.

The Damon prison is located in Northern Palestine in the forests of Carmel in Haifa. It was established during the British mandate, thus it lacks modern day infrastructure. These facilities, designed for and by men, consequently rarely meet the gender-specific needs of women prisoners, the Commission noted.

The Commission said some of the 33 Palestinian female prisoners have been suffering from serious health problems; a study conducted by Addameer in September 2008 revealed that approximately 38% of Palestinian female prisoners suffer from treatable diseases that go untreated.

Among those female prisoners who have been suffering from serious health problems and conditions is 37-year-old Israa Jaabis, who was arrested on October 11, 2015 by Israeli occupation authorities.

Israa, who has a 14-year-old son, was severely injured in a blaze, with 65 percent of her body burned, including major wounds on her face and hands. She needs at least eight surgeries, including a skin graft around her right eye and facial reconstruction.

(Source / 11.01.2022)

Palestinians in Bedouin village of Al-Atrash protest against Israel’s bulldozing of lands

Negev desert (QNN)- Dozens of Palestinians held a vigil on Tuesday morning in the unrecognized village of Al-Atrash in the Negev desert, south of the 1948-occupied Palestine, in protest against Israel’s bulldozing of their lands.

Since the early morning hours of Tuesday, dozens of Palestinians have been protesting in the village of Al-Atrash against Israel’s repeated bulldozing and demolishing of their lands.

Photos | Palestinians take part in a vigil in the village of Al-Atrash in the Naqab desert, south of 1948-occupied Palestine, in protest of Israel’s ongoing bulldozing and demolition works in the village, today.


However, the Israeli occupation forces attacked a tent which was set up by the Palestinian residents to protest against the bulldozing and demolition works, today.

The forces also continued their bulldozing of the village’s lands and attacked residents who tried to prevent them from doing so.

Yesterday, the Israeli forces bulldozed large tracts of a Palestinian land in the unrecognized village of Al-Atrash and 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 / 11.01.2022)

Watchdog: Health condition of cancer-stricken Palestinian detainee is seriously deteriorating

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ and ex-Detainees’ Affairs said on Tuesday that health condition of cancer-stricken Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails, Naser Abu Hmeid, is seriously deteriorating, and he is at a high risk of death.

The Commission said that the Israeli occupation authorities continue to prevent Abu Hmeid’s family, including his mother, and lawyers from visiting him under flimsy pretexts.

The Commission added that there have been continued efforts to pressure the occupation state to transfer him for medical treatment to Jordan or Egypt.

The Commission also noted that it has submitted an appeal on Thursday for the Israeli prison administration for the immediate release of Abu Hmeid due to his serious condition, but it has not yet been answered.

Abu Hmeid has been in a coma since January 4, and he was transferred to the Israeli Barzilai hospital following a deterioration in his health, two week ago.

It added that Abu Hmeid has been put on a ventilator and suffers from a serious inflammation on the lungs.

Several Palestinian prisoner advocacy groups 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.

In August 2021, a cancerous tumour was detected in his lungs. Israeli prison services stalled his treatment, causing his health to decline, according to the groups.

After a series of protests organised by Palestinian detainees in Ashkelon prison, where he was being held, Naser was then transferred to the city’s Barzilai hospital, where he underwent surgery to remove his tumour.

However, the prison administration transferred him back to jail before he recovered, the groups said.

He was the victim of a medical mistake during the implantation of a tube to empty the air from his lungs, causing the latest health complications, including a severe rise in his temperature.

Despite the proximity of Ashkelon prison to Barzilai hospital, the prison administration delayed transferring him again until after his health deteriorated significantly.

According to the Palestinian prisoner advocacy groups, Israeli occupation authorities have also refused to reveal details of his condition.

On Friday, his family was finally allowed to visit their son while being held in the Barzilai hospital. At the order of the Israeli occupation authorities, the visit lasted for 10 minutes, and they were not allowed to closely see him, under the pretext of the COVID-19 restrictions.

However, the family insisted on checking up on him. After a long time of procrastination, they were allowed to meet the doctor who told the family that Naser is currently in a coma due to acute respiratory infections caused and developed by a bacterial infection which weakened his immune system.

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 life sentences and 50 years in Israeli prison.

Four other brothers of Naser are in Israeli prisons: Nasr, 47, Sharif, 45, Mohammad, 38, and Islam, 35. All of them are sentenced to life. A fifth brother, Abdul Meniem, was also shot dead by Israeli occupation soldiers in 1994.

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

The Palestinian prisoner advocacy groups said ‘Israel’ adopts a deliberate medical negligence with Palestinian prisoners as a part of its policy to weaken them.

Since 1967, 227 Palestinian prisoners have died inside the Israeli jails, 72 of them have died due to the deliberate medical negligence.

The number of Palestinian prisoners with tumours is approximately 18; four of them have been classified as cancerous and are in an advanced stage, including Abu Hmeid.

According to the Palestinian prisoner groups, the 18 are among 550 prisoners who are classified as sick in various prisons, particularly in Ramleh, Ashkelon and Beersabe’, and their numbers are rising.

(Source / 11.01.2022)

Israeli Occupation Assault Palestinian Students in Birzeit University

DAYS OF PALESTINE – WEST BANK – The Independent Commission For Human Rights (ICHR) issued a statement, Monday, denouncing the serious Israeli violation against Birzeit University near Ramallah, in the central part of the occupied West Bank, which resulted in injuries and abductions of students.

The ICHR described the invasion, which also included undercover units, as a serious crime against civilians and their educational facilities, and strongly denounced the army’s use of live fire.

It said the soldiers fired many live rounds at random inside the college campus, causing many injuries among the students.

“This is a blatant and a serious violation targeting educational facilities, and is part of Israel’s onslaught on Palestinian cultural, educational and civil society institutions,” the ICHR said, “This is not a random assault, but is part of the constant and seriously escalating Israeli crimes and violations, against the civilian population, including the students and their educational facilities.”

(Source / 11.01.2022)

Gaza Farmers, Fishermen Come Under Israeli Gunfire

DAYS OF PALESTINE – GAZA – Israeli occupation forces (IOF), on Tuesday, targeted Palestinian farmers east of Deir al-Balah city in the central Gaza Strip and fishermen in the north of the sea enclave, according local sources.

IOF stationed along the border, east of Deir al-Balah, opened fire towards a group of farmers who were attempting to reach their groves.

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation navy opened fire and water hoses at Palestinian fishermen sailing three nautical miles off west of Gaza shore, causing damage to at least one boat and forcing the fishermen to return.

No casualties were reported, however, in either attack.

Two million Palestinians live the Gaza Strip, which has been subjected to a punishing and crippling Israeli blockade for 14 years and repeated onslaughts that have heavily damaged much of the enclave’s infrastructure, destroyed the economy, strangled Palestinian livelihoods, plunged them into unprecedented rates of unemployment and poverty, and cut them off from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories and the wider world.

(Source / 11.01.2022)