Israeli Government Announces Plan to Forcibly Remove Palestinian Village

A new report released Tuesday found that the Israeli government has  developed a plan to forcibly remove the 200 residents of the village of Khan al-Ahmar in order to expand Israeli colonization onto the land

According to the report by Israeli Channel 12 news, the Israeli government has drawn up a new plan aimed at evacuating the village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of occupied Jerusalem, and forcibly displacing its residents during the coming period.

The plan calls for the evacuation of Khan al-Ahmar and the rebuilding of the village later in a neighboring area about 3 kilometers from the original site of the village, and the transfer of the residents to this new location.

This forced displacement of the residents is a direct violation of international law, and in the case of Khan al-Ahmar, is a violation of the International Criminal Court’s assertion that the deportation of the villagers of Khan al-Ahmar amounts to a “war crime.” The case of the village of Khan al-Ahmar was brought to the International Criminal Court six months ago, and the Israeli government had backed off on its attempts to forcibly remove the residents.

But now, the newly-revealed report shows, the Israeli government has re-launched plans to displace the village and all of its residents.

The Channel 12 report indicated that the new plan was discussed in the corridors of the Israeli cabinet, between members of the National Security Council affiliated with the office of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

The new plan comes ahead of the session of the Israeli High Court, which is scheduled to hear the case of Khan al-Ahmar on March 6th. The residents had requested to postpone the eviction and displacement from their homes.

The Israeli authorities claim that the village of Khan al-Ahmar is built on what is called “state land”, and that it was built without a permit.

On September 29, the so-called “Israeli Supreme Court” agreed to postpone the deportation and eviction of the residents of the village of Khan al-Ahmar for an additional six months, in light of the continued pressure of the international community.

The village of Khan al-Ahmar is surrounded by a number of Israeli colonial settlements, and is located within the lands targeted by the Israeli occupation to implement its “E1” settlement project.

About 200 Palestinians live in the village, 53% of whom are children, and 95% of whom are refugees registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). The land in question also houses a school serving 170 students, from several places in the area.

In May 2018, the occupation authorities decided to demolish the village and displace its residents, but that attempt failed because of the steadfast, nonviolent resistance of the villagers, and also because of a decision issued by the International Criminal Court, which warned the Israeli government against displacing or demolishing the village and the surrounding communities in the area called ‘E1’.

It is noteworthy that the implementation of the process of displacing and demolishing the residents of the village of Khan al-Ahmar would pave the way for the establishment of settlement projects isolating occupied Jerusalem from its surroundings, and dividing the West Bank into two parts.

(Source / 27.01.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Invade Coffeeshop In Jerusalem, Abduct 30 Young Men

Many Israeli soldiers and police officers invaded, on Wednesday at night, a coffee shop in the at-Tour neighborhood, in occupied Jerusalem, and abducted at least thirty young men, in addition to summoning the owner for interrogation, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) said.

The shop owner told Slwanic that soldiers invaded his shop, started questioning him about why his shop was open, and told him that he needed to close it, and head to a police station for interrogation, without providing a reason or justification.

He added that the soldiers and the police abducted at least thirty young men in the coffee shop, and in front of it and took them to an interrogation facility.

The military and the police provided no credible justification for their invasion, the closure of the shop, and the abduction of the young men.

The shop owner said that many Palestinians were outside the shop, happy with the failing snow and playing in the snow, just having fun before the soldiers and the police invaded the area.

“I don’t know why the soldiers and the police did this, I don’t know why they invaded my shop,” he added, “I have no clue to why they also abducted those thirty young men, especially since they were just sitting in the shop and playing in the snow…”

The invasion and abduction led to protests in at-Tour, Bab al-‘Amoud, and several parts of the occupied city before the soldiers attacked the protesters with rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

(Source / 27.01.2022)

60 international groups call Netherlands to resume funding to Palestinian NGO outlawed by ‘Israel’

A man wearing a Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) t-shirt harvest an olive tree in a Palestinian village occupied West Bank, October 2020

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- 60 civil society organisations based in Europe and elsewhere, have called the Dutch government to resume its funding to the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), one of the six Palestinian NGOs controversially outlawed by ‘Israel’ in 2021.

The 60 international civil society organisations sent a letter on January 26, 2022, to Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, calling to “resume Dutch funding for UAWC” and rejecting “Israel’s designation of Palestinian NGOs”

On January 5, 2022, the Dutch government announced it formally ended its funding to the UAWC, saying “the Netherlands will no longer fund the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, or transfer the organization the last tranche of an already budgeted Dutch grant.”

On 19 October 2021, Israeli War Minister, Benny Gantz, designated six leading Palestinian human rights and civil society groups as “terrorist organizations” under Israel’s domestic Counter-Terrorism (Anti-Terror) Law (2016).

The Israeli War Minister office claimed that the six groups were “part of a network of organisations operating undercover in the international arena” on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Marxist-Leninist Palestinian resistance group, which was listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation in 1997 by the US State Department.

The six groups are: Addameer, Al-Haq, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defence 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”.

Several UN human rights experts, civil society and development organizations, academics and more from around the world have condemned, over the past months, Israel’s designations, standing in solidarity with the six Palestinian groups and increasing their support for the Palestinian cause.

The Dutch government’s review found no evidence that the UAWC had done so.

“The external review shows that no evidence has been found of financial flows between the UAWC and the PFLP. Nor has any proof been found of organization unity between the UAWC and the PFLP or of the PFLP’s providing direction to the UAWC,” wrote Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Knapen and Foreign Trade Minister Tom de Brujin in a joint letter.

The external investigators did, however, find some overlap between the two organizations’ membership.

“There were ties at the individual level between UAWC staff and board members and the PFLP for some considerable time. The great number of UAWC board members with roles in both organizations gives particular cause for concern,” the two Dutch ministers wrote.

The external investigators hired by the Dutch government determined that the UAWC was likely unaware of members’ political affiliation.

But in their letter, the Dutch diplomats said it was “reasonable to assume” that the organization knew of board members’ PFLP ties.

The Netherlands had already suspended its funding for the nonprofit in July 2020 after two UAWC employees were arrested by ‘Israel’ for alleged involvement in a bomb explosion near an Israeli settlement. Both Abed al-Razeq Farraj (57) and Samer Al-Arbid (45) have suffered physical and psychological torture during interrogation.

The investigation by the Dutch determined that their funding had helped pay for the two employees’ salaries, although neither had managed Dutch-backed development projects.

The UAWC is considered as one of the largest agricultural development institutions in Palestine as it was established in 1986 by a group of agronomists. When established, UAWC depended on volunteers completely and formed agricultural committees in the West Bank and Gaza to set the priorities of farmers and help the Union in implementing its programs and community activities. According to its director, some 25,000 Palestinian families benefit from the group’s work.

In their letter, the 60 groups said that the Dutch government “decision to end its funding for UAWC comes at the most vulnerable hour for Palestinian civil society” after Israel’s oulawing of the six leading Palestinian NGOs.

“This designation is the culmination of years of aggressive campaigns by the Israeli government and groups affiliated with it, relentlessly targeting Palestinian civil society,” they added.

“The agenda behind these campaigns is entirely clear. They seek to shield Israel from exposure and accountability for its grave violations of international law and human rights, enabling it to entrench its occupation, expand its annexation and deepen its apartheid in Palestine – and all of that with impunity.”

The groups also noted in the letter that such “campaigns amount to political persecution, inflicted on an oppressed population, in order to break its lawful resistance against a foreign occupation characterized by decades of collective dispossession and imprisonment.”

For many years, the 60 internatioanl NGOs said, the “Netherlands has been a leading partner and donor of Palestinian civil society in its struggle for freedom, dignity and justice.”

“It was one of four European countries funding the International Human Rights and International Law Secretariat – until this vital civil society mechanism disintegrated in 2018 after years of Israeli attacks and smear campaigns.”

The groups noted that the Dutch government’s decision to end its funding for UAWC marks “a sharp break with this principled engagement and severely harms your country’s credibility and standing vis-à-vis Palestinian civil society.”

The groups called the Dutch government to “widen and increase your political and financial support for Palestinian civil society, which faces an existential crisis, endangering decades of hard work and investments in promoting human rights and providing humanitarian assistance in Palestine.”

They also called it to “firmly rejects” Israel’s designation of the six Palestinian NGOs as “terrorist organisations.”

(Source / 27.01.2022)

Israeli forces allow settlers’ incursions of Al-Aqsa Mosque while harassing Palestinians

 Israeli settlers breaking into Al-Aqsa Mosque 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 Thursday, under protection of occupation forces, who have been harassing Palestinians.

Over 40 extremist 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.

However, dozens of Palestinian worshipers and youths have been harassed by the occupation soldiers to facilitate the settlers’ incursions to the mosque.

The forces obstructed their access to the mosque and searched them.

Since last night, the soldiers have been preventing the Palestinians from enjoying the snowfall.

Al-Qastal reported that a Palestinian youth was arrested earlier today while he was playing in the snow. Last night, over 22 Palestinians were arrested while they were playing in the snow in the occupied Jerusalem.

The forces also fired sound bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets towards the Palestinians whule they were playing in the snow in the Bab Al-Amud plaza, to force them to leave the area. Bab al-Amud- or the Damascus Gate- is one of the main entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem.

The Plaza is a popular spot where Palestinians gather, drink coffee and sing national songs.

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 / 27.01.2022)

‘Israel’ moves 18-year-old Amal Nakhleh from detention to Ramla Clinic Prison

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli occupation authorities have transferred 18-year-old Palestinian administrative detainee, Amal Nakhleh, from detention to the Ramla Clinic Prison due to his serious health condition, which has worsened after testing positive for COVID-19.

Palestinian prisoner advocay groups, including Addameer, reported on Wednesday that Nakhleh has been transferred to the Clinic of the Israeli Ramla Prison, “where he will continue to be subjected to harsh living conditions and the Israeli occupation’s medical neglect,” as the infamous Ramla clinic prison lacks specialists and adequate medical supplies.

Amal was transferred to Ramleh prison clinic, where he will continue to be subjected to harsh living conditions & the Israeli occupation’s medical neglect. He faces an acute risk of developing severe illness due to his pre-existing conditions & lack of vaccination. #FreeThemAll

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On Tuesday, Nakhleh tested positive for COVID-19 while he is held in Israeli military detention.

On Jan. 13, 2022, the Israeli occupation authorities extended Nakhleh’s administrative detention order until May 18, 2022, representing the third renewal and fourth term of his administrative detention order since his arrest.

On Jan. 16, 2022, Amal turned 18. Amal was a child, 17 years old, when he was re-arrested by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) from his home in Al-Jalazon Refugee Camp on 21 January 2021.

Since then, he continues to be held under administrative detention, without charge or trial, despite his age, and more seriously, the precarity of his health condition.

Amal was born three months prematurely and he suffers from myasthenia gravis, a rare neuromuscular disorder causing weakness in the skeletal muscles, which requires specialized medical care, regular medication, and constant monitoring of symptoms to avoid further health complications, according to the DCIP.

Just a few months prior to his detention, Amal underwent surgery to remove a cancerous mass.

Amal was previously arrested by IOF and later released after 40 days of incarceration on 10 December 2020 due to his young age and physical and psychological health.

Still, less than two months after, IOF raided Amal’s home, re-arresting him and placing him under administrative detention due to “secret material,” alleging he poses a “security risk to the region.”

According to medical reports, Amal has since faced new compounding health concerns requiring medical attention.

The severity of his detention, as a child detainee suffering from a multitude of health conditions, further compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, led UN Human Rights experts and Special Rapporteurs to issue a communiqué on 25 February 2021 by expressing concern for Amal’s administrative detention and urging “all necessary interim measures be taken to halt the alleged violations and prevent their re-occurrence…[and] to ensure the accountability of any person responsible.”

Due to his health conditions, Amal cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 and must take immune-suppressants, meaning that his life now is at high risk as he has contracted COVID-19.

As is well known, Israeli prison settings are not appropriate for treating and monitoring autoimmune diseases, let alone providing adequate protection against COVID-19.

“Amal Nakhleh’s case highlights the Israeli apartheid regime’s systematic targeting of Palestinian children, demonstrating that no one is exempt from Israel’s arbitrary policy of administrative detention and deliberate medical neglect, not even vulnerable Palestinian children or when grave health conditions emerge,” the Palestinian prisoners rights organization Addameer said.

Neither Amal nor his family are aware of the charges against him and have been informed by the Israeli occupation authorities that it is a “confidential administrative case.”

Amal’s legal team stated that this is one of the most prolonged cases of administrative attention of a child that they have come across.

Last week, following the extension of his administrative detention, UNICEF, UNRWA and OHCHR called upon the Israeli occupation authorities to immediately release Amal Nakhleh.

“The administrative detention imposed on Amal without charges and based on classified evidence is a form of arbitrary detention not permissible under public international law. It deprives him of the appropriate care required by his underlying medical condition, exposing him to increased risks of aggravation of his health,” said the UN agencies in a statement.

(Source / 27.01.2022)

Palestinian Infant Dies of Freezing Due to Power Shortage Caused by Israeli Siege on Gaza

Days of Palestine – Gaza – A one-month-old infant died due to the intense cold weather in the besieged Gaza Strip over the weekend, local sources reported on Thursday.

They said that the child, Murad Al-Bayouk, who is only a month old, arrived at Nasser Hospital, dead.

Medical sources confirmed that the child died of heart failure due to the severe cold that Palestine has been exposed to since Wednesday.

Sources added that the child was in a very cold room and showed signs of blueness and freezing, and when he was transferred to Mubarak Hospital, it was found that the child died as a result of the severe cold that the city was exposed to during the last night.

They indicated that the family lives in extreme poverty, and needs urgent help.

It is reported that the baby’s house is constantly being flooded, and last night, civil defense crews made attempts to save the house.

The delays in the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, devastated in last May’s Israeli aggression, left tens of thousands of people without adequate shelter during the rain and cold.

About 13,000 buildings or structures were damaged in the last Israeli aggression on the besieged Gaza Strip in May 2021. The UN says this includes over 1447 housing units that were entirely destroyed.

(Source / 27.01.2022)

Extremist Jewish Settlers Assault Palestinian Family, Attack Cars in Northern Nablus

Days of Palestine – Nablus – A horde of extremist Jewish settlers assaulted on Wednesday morning a Palestinian family and attacked Palestinian vehicles in Sebastia town, northwest of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

Sebastia mayor Mohamed Azem said that a group of settlers attacked the house of Ahmed Ghazal in the town and wounded some members of his family.

Azem added that the Israeli occupation forces reclosed the Shavei Shomron road barrier near the town and allowed settlers to throw rocks at Palestinian cars traveling on the road.

There was no information about damaged cars in the settler attack.

Since mid-December, the Israeli army has repeatedly closed the Shavei Shomron barrier, which is considered the main artery for the Palestinians traveling between Nablus and Jenin.

(Source / 27.01.2022)

Israeli Settlers Sabotage Palestinian-Owned Land in Salfit

Days of Palestine – Salfit – Israeli settlers Wednesday broke into Palestinian-owned lands in the village of Kufr al-Dik, west of the occupied West Bank city of Salfit, and sabotaged it, according to a local source.

Kufr al-Din mayor, Mohammad Naji, said that settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Pdu’el sabotaged a 60-dunum plot of land owned by a local resident and located to the west of the town.

He said the settlers cut off the fence surrounding the land, blocked with rocks access roads leading to it, and put a warning sign barring the landowner from accessing it.

(Source / 27.01.2022)