IOF kidnaps two Palestinians in W. Bank

IOF kidnaps Palestinian

WEST BANK, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) last night and at dawn Sunday kidnaped two Palestinian citizens in the West Bank.

According to local sources, the IOF stormed at dawn a neighborhood in the west of Nablus City and kidnaped senior official of the Popular Front Husam al-Razza after raiding his home.

In Qalqilya, the IOF kidnaped last night 32-year-old Ahmed Sheteiwi at a checkpoint between Jayyous town and Nabi Elias village.

The IOF raids homes and kidnaps citizens during campaigns or at checkpoints on a daily basis in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

(Source / 16.01.2022)

Over 100 Palestinians arrested in recent Negev events

Israeli police assault Palestinian

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Hebrew radio on Sunday said that the Israeli police had arrested more than 100 Palestinian citizens, including children, during the events that took place in recent days in the Negev desert.

According to Kan Radio, an Israeli court extended the detention of over 50 of those detainees and released the others into house arrest, while appeals filed by Israeli police and lawyers representing the citizens are being studied by courts.

In recent days, hundreds of local Arabs in the Negev staged protests against the exposure of their lands to appropriation by the “Jewish National Fund,” a Zionist organization that collects money from Jews around the world to seize Palestinian property.

The protests were met with brutal force by the Israeli police, causing several injuries, while many were arrested and jailed.

Last Thursday, in particular, hundreds of local Arabs in Negev staged protests against their land confiscation by this Jewish National Fund.

In a statement, Adalah, the legal center for Arab minority rights in Israel, said that the Israeli police, some disguised in Arab clothes, also arrested a large number of demonstrators.

The police used stun grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the protesters, injuring many local citizens, according to its statement.

It said that Arabs in the Negev had obtained prior permission from the police to organize the demonstration.

The police dispersed Thursday’s demonstration before it started, the statement added.

(Source / 16.01.2022)

Sheikh Salah contracts coronavirus

Sheikh Raed Salah

UMM AL-FAHM, (PIC) – Sheikh Ra’ed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in 1948 occupied Palestine, has announced that he tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Anadolu news agency, Sheikh Salah said in a brief statement that he started to suffer from a cold and a fever after he returned from the Negev protest rallies that took place last Thursday.

Sheikh Salah was released last month from Megiddo jail after serving 17 months in solitary confinement.

(Source / 16.01.2022)

Report: PA committed 2,578 violations in West Bank in 2021

A man stands with his chest bared during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Palestinian security forces in the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on June 26, 2021, following a demonstration against the death of human rights activist Nizar Banat while in the custody of Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces earlier in the week [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images]
A man stands with his chest bared during confrontations between Palestinian protesters and Palestinian security forces in the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on June 26, 2021, following a demonstration against the death of human rights activist Nizar Banat while in the custody of Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces earlier in the week

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has committed 2,578 violations against Palestinians in the West Bank during 2021, the Committee of Families of Political Detainees announced on Friday.

In its annual report, the committee said that 2021 could have been named “the black year of the PA’s suppression of freedoms.”

The report stated that the violations included oppression of people, raids of mosques, dispersing protests in public squares, cancelling elections and using heavy sticks to beat anti-corruption protesters.

According to the report, the PA’s violations caused the deaths of two Palestinians, including activist Nizar Banat, who was kidnapped by the PA security services and beaten to death, and Amir Issa Abu Khaled Al-Ledawi, who died of injuries after his vehicle overturned while being chased by Palestinian Security Services (PSS) forces.

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In addition, the report pointed out that the PA’s violation of national principles continues, including the security cooperation with the Israeli occupation army against the Palestinian resistance and chasing the Palestinian freedom fighters.

The report announced that 592 Palestinian detainees experienced “the worst, psychological, verbal and physical torture inside the PA prisons,” noting that this pushed 43 to go on hunger strike in protest against their detention conditions.

At the same time, the report stated that the violations also included suspension of salaries and defamation against students, university professors, lawyers, engineers, preachers, traders, doctors and even MPs.

Read: Mahmoud Abbas begins 17th year as Palestinian President

(Source / 16.01.2022)

Palestinians married to Israeli citizens excluded from COVID vaccine pass

Video Thumb - Palestinians married to Israeli citizens excluded from Covid-19 vaccine pass [MEMO]

Proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 is required to gain admission to a range of public places

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Despite receiving all required doses of the vaccine Palestinians with legal residency in Israel have reported difficulties acquiring the Israeli Health Ministry’s ‘Green Pass’ – certifying they have been vaccinated against or recovered from the virus.

Proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 is required to gain admission to a range of public places.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel has called on the Health Ministry to urgently look into the issue which could jeopardise the Palestinian residents’ access to employment and other services.

“My wife hasn’t lived [in the occupied Palestinian territories] since 2004…The Health Ministry is washing its hands of us.” says Adam Ziadna, Palestinian citizen of Israel. He added:

We feel humiliated and discriminated against after so many months of trying to issue a Green Pass so we can live like normal people in Israel.

(Source / 16.01.2022)

Several U.S. lawmakers demand probe into Israeli forces’ killing of 80-year-old Palestinian American

 Elderly Palestinian man Omar Abul-Majid As’ad who died after being violently detained and beaten by Israeli occupation soldiers

Washington (QNN)- Several U.S. lawmakers have demanded a thorough investigation into the killing of the elderly Palestinian-American resident of the West Bank, Omar Abul-Majid As’ad, after being detained and brutally beaten by Israeli occupation forces during a military raid last week.

On January 12, the 80-year-old Palestinian-American Omar Abul-Majid As’ad died after being detained and brutally beaten by Israeli occupation forces who also blindfolded and handcuffed him during a nighttime military raid on the village of Jiljilyya, north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

The elderly man died of a heart attack, as the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed in a statement.

Local residents explained that an Israeli occupation force raided the village of Jiljilyya after midnight and started assaulting all the Palestinian passers. As’ad was violently detained and beaten by the Israeli occupation soldiers when he was coming back home after visiting his relatives.

The occupation soldiers stopped his vehicle and pulled him out of it. They blindfolded and handcuffed him before starting to drag him on the ground and brutally beating him, leaving him in an under-construction building in the village of Jiljilyya.

The residents added that at about 4:30 AM, the Israeli occupation soldiers had left the village and As’ad was later found dead by a resident walking in the village near the building.

Photographs circulating on social media showed a black plastic tie around at least one of his wrists.

As’ad had a history of cardiac and respiratory illness, according to his family, who also said he had lived in Milwaukee for decades before returning to the occupied West Bank about 10 years ago.

The United States has asked ‘Israel’ for a clarification and expressed its “condolences about this tragedy.”

Asked for comment on the matter during a daily press briefing last Wednesday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price began by confirming that the elderly Palestinian man was an American citizen.

“We have been in touch with Mr. As’ad’s family to express our condolences about this tragedy. We’re providing all of the consular assistance to the family at this time,” Price said.

“We’ve also been in touch with the government of Israel to seek clarification about this incident, and as you may have seen the Israeli Defense Forces have indicated that there’s an ongoing investigation into the matter.”

“We support a thorough investigation into the circumstances of this incident,” Price added.

At least five U.S. lawmakers have also demanded a probe into the killing of the elderly Palestinian-American man.

“Two days ago, Israeli troops stopped a car driven by 80-year-old Palestinian-American Omar Abdulmajeed Asaad. They dragged him from the car, beat him, and left him on the ground to die,” tweeted Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the first and lone Palestinian-American serving in Congress and was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents. “This is outrageous!” she added, calling on the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, to investigate the incident.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who represents As’ad’s state of Wisconsin, called the incident a “horrible tragedy that demands a thorough investigation.” She extended her condolences to his family, “including those in Wisconsin who are mourning this tragic loss and deserve answers.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar also shared an Instagram Story regarding the incident, posting “Life taken under the cruelty of occupation. When will these victims get accountability?”

Rep. Debbie Dingell joined the call for a full and thorough investigation, calling the circumstances surrounding his death “gravely concerning.”

Rep. Betty McCollum, long one of Congress’ more outspoken critics of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, called As’ad “another victim of this cruel occupation.”

Rep. Marie Newman, the first-term lawmaker who has quickly fashioned herself into a leading advocate for Palestinians, said she was “deeply disturbed” and echoed the State Department’s support of an investigation into the incident.

His Congresswoman, Rep. Gwen Moore, also tweeted, “I’m saddened to learn of Omar Abdalmajeed As’ad’s death and send my deepest condolences to his family. We need an investigation to understand what led to this tragedy.”

(Source / 16.01.2022)

To be demolished, Jerusalemite family empties house of contents at order of Israeli municipality

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- A Palestinian family from the Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood, south of the occupied city of Jerusalem, has emptied its house of its contents since Saturday night, in preparation to be demolished at the order of the Israeli occupation municipality.

Since last night and in spite of the heavy rain, the Jerusalemite family of Ibrahim Bashir has emptied its house in the Jabal al-Mukabber of contents and furniture, as the Israeli occupation municipality ordered the house to be demolished within the next few days, under the pretext of building without a permit.

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In December 2021, the Israeli occupation municipality also ordered the house of one of the sons of Ibrahim Bashir from the same neighborhood to be demolished. It was demolished by the Israeli occupation municipality staff and the family members were displaced.

The family added that the Israeli occupation municipality has also ordered the house of another son to be demolished in the coming months.

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.

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 / 16.01.2022)

For 16th day, 500 Palestinian administrative detainees continue to boycott Israeli Military Courts

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Nearly 500 Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli prisons have been boycotting Israeli Military Courts for the 16th 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 / 16.01.2022)

Rep. Rashida Tlaib urges to investigate Israeli forces’ killing of elderly Palestinian American in West Bank

Palestinian-American congresswoman Rashida Tlaib attends pro-Palestinian protest in US’s Dearborn, Michigan, on 16 May

Washington (QNN)- U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has urged US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, to investigate the killing of elderly Palestinian-American, Omar Abul-Majid As’ad, after being detained and brutally beaten by Israeli occupation forces during a military raid in the occupied West Bank last week.

“Two days ago, Israeli troops stopped a car driven by 80-year-old Palestinian-American Omar Abdulmajeed Asaad. They dragged him from the car, beat him, and left him on the ground to die,” tweeted Tlaib, the first Palestinian Progressive Democrat and was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents.

“This is outrageous!” she added, calling on the US Secretary of State to investigate the incident.

Two days ago, Israeli troops stopped a car driven by 80-year-old Palestinian-American Omar Abdulmajeed Asaad. They dragged him from the car, beat him, and left him on the ground to die. This is outrageous! I call on @SecBlinken to investigate.

On January 12, the 80-year-old Palestinian-American Omar Abul-Majid As’ad died after being detained and brutally beaten by Israeli occupation forces who also blindfolded and handcuffed him during a nighttime military raid on the village of Jiljilyya, north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

The elderly man died of a heart attack, as the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed in a statement.

Local residents explained that an Israeli occupation force raided the village of Jiljilyya after midnight and started assaulting all the Palestinian passers. As’ad was violently detained and beaten by the Israeli occupation soldiers when he was coming back home after visiting his relatives.

The occupation soldiers stopped his vehicle and pulled him out of it. They blindfolded and handcuffed him before starting to drag him on the ground and brutally beating him, leaving him in an under-construction building in the village of Jiljilyya.

The residents added that at about 4:30 AM, the Israeli occupation soldiers had left the village and As’ad was later found dead by a resident walking in the village near the building.

Photographs circulating on social media showed a black plastic tie around at least one of his wrists.

As’ad had a history of cardiac and respiratory illness, according to his family, who also said he had lived in Milwaukee for decades before returning to the occupied West Bank about 10 years ago.

Imagine an 80-year-old man being tied to the back and beaten to death by soldiers as young as his grandchildren…

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The US has also asked ‘Israel’ for a clarification and expressed its “condolences about this tragedy.”

Asked for comment on the matter during a daily press briefing last Wednesday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price began by confirming that the elderly Palestinian man was an American citizen.

“We have been in touch with Mr. As’ad’s family to express our condolences about this tragedy. We’re providing all of the consular assistance to the family at this time,” Price said.

“We’ve also been in touch with the government of Israel to seek clarification about this incident, and as you may have seen the Israeli Defense Forces have indicated that there’s an ongoing investigation into the matter.”

“We support a thorough investigation into the circumstances of this incident,” Price added.

(Source / 16.01.2022)

Under forces protection, extremist Israeli settlers break into Al-Aqsa in occupied Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Dozens of extremist Israeli settlers have broken into the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city of Jerusalem, since the early morning hours of Sunday, provoking Palestinian worshipers.

Over 50 Israeli settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the morning break-in session, under the occupation forces protection, and their incursions to the mosque continue till this moment.

The settlers entered through the Damascus Gate- which Palestinians call Bab al-Amud Gate.

They are now provoking the Palestinian worshipers by performing Talmudic prayers in the courtyards of the holy site.

Israeli occupation authorities have allowed settler incursions to the mosque since 2003, under the forces’ protection.

Since the start of 2021, 34,562 settlers broke into the holy site, setting a new record, as in 2020, 19,000 settlers broke into the mosque and 29,700 settlers in 2019, according to Al-Qastal, a Palestinian network hub for Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem.

There have been repeated objections and warnings by the Palestinian religious authorities as the settlers’ incursions provoke Palestinian worshippers of the mosque.

Israeli forces always facilitate and protect the settlers while preventing Palestinian worshipers from entering it, assaulting and detaining them.

The Al-Aqsa mosque is one of the holiest sites in Islam.

Jews refer to the area as the Temple Mount, claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.

The complex also includes the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the most sacred Christian sites in the world.

(Source / 16.01.2022)