Israeli soldiers rearrested, Thursday, two Palestinians from Jabal al-Mokabber, in occupied Jerusalem, immediately after their release from prison after spending eight years behind bars.
Media sources said the two detainees have been identified as Anas Oweisat, 28, and Bassel Obeidat, 28, from Jabal al-Mokabber town, east of occupied Jerusalem.
The two were rearrested the moment they walked out of the main gate of the Negev detention camp and got into a Palestinian car.
They added that the two political prisoners served an eight-year prison sentence and were held in several prisons and detention camps during those years. They were both taken prisoner by the Israeli soldiers on December 14, 2014.
Their families and friends were preparing to celebrate their release in Jabal al-Mokabber, especially since they served their prison sentences, and were legally supposed to be released.
According to the Palestinian TV, the two detainees were later released, however, they were not allowed to go home but instead were forbidden from entering Jerusalem, before being sent to Beit Sahour city, east of Bethlehem.
RAMALLAH, Thursday, January 13, 2022 (WAFA): A Palestine TV crew was today attacked by Israeli settlers who blocked West Bank roads east of Ramallah, reported WAFA correspondent.
He said the crew composed of three people was returning from a filming assignment in the Jordan Valley when their vehicle was stopped and attacked by settlers near the village of Beitin, east of Ramallah in the central West Bank.
The crew, who were bruised in the attack, said Israeli soldiers were in the area but did nothing to stop the settlers or reopen the roads.
The settlers have been waging daily attacks against Palestinian commuters on West Bank Road, attacking cars with stones, injuring people, and damaging vehicles. None of the settlers has been arrested.
#صور من تعرض طاقم تلفزيون فلسطين لاعتداء المستوطنين بالضرب ورش غاز الفلفل قرب بلدة بيتين برام الله بدعم من جيش الاحتلال وأصيب في الاعتداء الزملاء محمد عمري ودعاء أبو سنينة وعبد الكريم أبو شريفة وذلك أثناء عودتهم من مهمة تصوير في منطقة الجفتلك
She said that Jamal Mohammad Ali tore down his commercial store, which had an area of 150 square meters and was still under construction, purportedly for being built without a license.
Ali received a demolition order nine days ago, whereby the Jerusalem municipality gave him the choice to carry out the demolition himself or pay exorbitant fines if the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem carries out the demolition on its own.
Using the pretext of illegal building, Israel demolishes houses on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.
At the same time, the municipality and government build tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in East Jerusalem for Jews with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favor of the Jewish settlers in the occupied city.
Although Palestinians in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian Territory that has been subject to Israeli military occupation since 1967, they are denied their citizenship rights and are instead classified only as “residents” whose permits can be revoked if they move away from the city for more than a few years.
They are also discriminated against in all aspects of life including housing, employment, and services, and are unable to access services in the West Bank due to the construction of Israel’s separation wall.
According to a report by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, the Israeli High Court could be liable for war crimes for their policies that led to the dispossession of Palestinians from their properties in Area C of the West Bank.
The report, Fake Justice, shows that the court’s support of Israeli planning policy is tantamount to support for dispossession and forcible transfer of Palestinians, a war crime under international law.
Israeli soldiers injured, on Thursday evening, dozens of Palestinians in Bazaria and Burqa villages, north and northwest of Nablus city, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank. Illegal Israeli colonizers invaded homes near Hebron, in southern West Bank.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the soldiers invaded Bazaria village, leading to protests at its main road.
He added that the soldiers fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades at the Palestinians, causing many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, including several residents in their homes.
Daghlas also said that the soldiers fired concussion grenades at several shops, causing damage, and forcing them to close.
In addition, the soldiers invaded Burqa village, leading to protests, before shooting seven Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, in addition to causing at least 34 to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Also, the soldiers attacked a nonviolent procession against the escalating assaults by the illegal Israeli colonialist settlers, including the constant attempts to annex their lands, in several areas of the Nablus governorate.
In related news, Israeli colonizers invaded Birin village, south of Hebron city, in the southern part of the West Bank, before storming and ransacking several homes, causing anxiety attacks among many Palestinians, especially the children.
The villagers then gathered in a large group and forced the invading Israeli colonizers out of their community.
Israeli forces detained, at dawn Friday, five Palestinian young men from Zeita town, northeast of Tulkarem city in the northern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA) reported.
It said occupation soldiers stormed Zeita town and invaded several civilian homes before detaining the five young men, identified as; Mahmoud Ahmed Shalaby, 19, Muhammad Nasser Marei, Ahed Ahmed Sharqieh, Hudhayfa Saleh Zubaydah, and Ahmed Khaled Abu Al-Ezz.
According to the latest weekly report by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Israeli forces carried out 132 incursions into the occupied West Bank, during these incursions, 78 Palestinian civilians were detained, including 6 children and 2 women.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Nearly 500 Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli prisons have been boycotting Israeli Military Courts for the 14th 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.
Besieged Gaza Strip (QNN)- Dozens of Gazans held on Friday a vigil in the Rafah city, in the southern Gaza strip, in solidarity with Palestinians in the Al-Naqab desert, who are facing Israeli threat of demolition and bulldozing works in their lands.
In spite of the heavy rain, a large demonstration was held in the Rafah city and organized by the Al-Tarabin Bedouin tribe in solidarity with their people in the Al-Naqab desert, south of the 1948-occupied Palestine, against Israel’s repeated bulldozing and demolition works in their lands.
قبيلة الترابين تنظم وقفة حاشدة في رفح جنوب قطاع غزة نصرةً لأهالي #النقب المحتل.
For over three days, the Palestinians of the Al-Naqab desert have been protesting in several villages of the Al-Naqab.
The Higher Follow Up Committee of Arabs in the Naqab, a local umbrella body that represents Palestinians in the area, announced on Wednesday a general strike in response to Israel’s demolitions.
“We took the decision to undertake proactive measures, beginning with adopting a cumulative resistance programme over a period of six months that will lead to a regional general strike and a massive demonstration outside the prime minister’s office, and the internationalisation of the issue to expose the racist practices [of Israeli authorities] before international institutions,” the committee said in a statement.
The general strike was announced in villages facing the threat of Israeli demolition including al-Atrash, al-Sawa, al-Zarnouq, al-Ruwais, Beir Haddaj and Khirbet Watan.
However, the Israeli occupation forces stormed the Palestinian villages in the Al-Naqab desert and started violently attacking and arresting the peaceful protesters who gathered to denounce the demolition work. During three days, the forces arrested over 130 Palestinians.
The Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs directly and intensively towards the protesters to disperse them, resulting in the suffocation of dozens of them due to gas inhalation. They also used skunk water cannons to disperse the nonviolent protesters.
This all started on Sunday, when the Jewish National Fund (JNF) began several days of the so-called “planting trees” on disputed land in the Al-Naqab.
For over three days, the Israeli bulldozers carried out demolitions on lands of local Bedouins used for cultivation.
The forces closed off the villages and prevented the residents from entering their lands. Thus, the Palestinian residents moved their protests to the entrance of the villages.
The Israeli demolitions in al-Naqab are part of a controversial Israeli plan, led by the JNF, to plant trees in the region.
Last month, Israeli forces attacked Palestinians in six villages: al-Mashash, al-Zarnouq, Bier al-Hamam, al-Ruwais, al-Gharaa, and Khirbet Watan, destroying crops and excavating soil.
The JNF and the Israel Land Authority (ILA) were planning to plant hundreds of trees on lands from the six Bedouin villages, which had all received demolition orders and faced the displacement of thousands of residents “in the name of developing the area.”
‘Israel’ has used the forestation projects as a tactic for land grabs and to prevent Palestinians from returning to lands from which they have been displaced.
The residents say that such policies are an attempt to pressure them into being internally displaced despite Bedouins having lived on or near these lands prior to Israel’s establishment in 1948.
There are almost 100,000 Palestinians live in 35 Bedouin villages in the Al-Naqab and are all 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.
Nablus (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces attacked on Friday dozens of Palestinian protesters in Beit Dajan village in Nablus in the occupied West Bank.
The occupation forces fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters towards the peaceful protesters in the village of Beit Dajan.
Beit Dajan has seen weekly protests against the Israeli occupation, as lands spread across approximately 6,650 acres, according to the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem, large swathes of territory east of the village have been confiscated by the occupation state, labelled military zones and turned into the site for military bases and settlements, which are illegal under international law.
A large part of the village lands were seized for the construction of Al-Hamra and Mekhora (Mehola) illegal settlements, east and southeast of the village, in 1971 and 1973.
Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Dozens of Palestinians held on Friday several vigils across the occupied West Bank in solidarity with cancer-stricken Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails, Naser Abu Hmeid, whose health is seriously deteriorating and at a high risk of death.
Several vigils were held across the occupied West Bank, including Jenin and Qalqilya in the town of Kafr Qaddum.
The peaceful protesters were holding Abu Hmeid’s pictures and banners that read, “Freedom to the Palestinian detainee and cancer-striken hero in Israeli occupation jails, Naser Abu Hmeid.”
They were also chanting slogans in solidarity with Abu Hmeid, calling for the immediate release of him.
A vigil was held in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, in support of cancer patient prisoner Nasser Abu Hmaid, whose health condition is deteriorating in the Israeli prisons due to the Israel’s deliberate medical neglect. #FreeThemAll
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.
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.
He has been put on a ventilator and suffers from a serious inflammation on the lungs, according to Palestinian prisoner advocacy groups. 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.
The Israeli occupation authorities continue to prevent Abu Hmeid’s family, including his mother, and lawyers from visiting him under flimsy pretexts, the groups noted.
The groups added that there have been continued efforts to pressure the occupation state to transfer him for medical treatment to Jordan or Egypt.
They noted that an appeal was submitted last week for the Israeli prison administration for the immediate release of Abu Hmeid due to his serious condition, but it has not yet been answered.
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.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) confirmed on Thursday that Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails, Hisham Abu Hawash has tested positive for COVID-19, after 12 days only of ending his hunger strike which lasted for 141 consecutive days in protest against his administrative detention without a charge or a trial by Israeli occupation authorities.
The PPS said that Israeli Assaf Harofeh Hospital, where Abu Hawash is hospitalized to recover, told Hisham’s wife that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and ordered her to leave the hospital.
The PPS added that Hisham was transferred to the COVID-19 specialized section.
The family of Abu Hawash accused the administration of the Assaf Harofeh hospital of medical negligence against their son as he was placed with a number of patients and was not isolated in a room as his health situation requires specialized medical care after 141 days of starving and suffering, especially he has become infected with Bacteraemia when he was in Israel’s Ramleh Prison Clinic.
The family has urged Hisham to be transferred to a Palestinian hospital in the West Bank so that he can get the needed medical care.
The PPS said that the Israeli occupation authorities are fully responsible for Hisham’s life and the lives of all Palestinian detainees in its prisons.
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 January 4, 2022, Abu Hawash, a father of five, ended his hunger strike after 141 consecutive days while his health condition had been deteriorating severely, after reaching an agreement with the Israeli occupation authorities to release him on February 26.
During the 141 days, Hisham entered a coma, adding that he lost speech, hearing, and sight.
Abu Hawash had also been losing considerable weight, weighing around 39 kilograms.
He had been suffering from powerful fatigue, exhaustion, serious decline in body fluids and vitamins, and had been vomiting blood.
He also had trouble drinking water and had felt palpitations with every movement.
On December 26, Abu Hawash was transferred to the Assaf Harofeh hospital in southern occupied Palestine following a deterioration in his health. Shortly after he was transferred, 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.