The army frequently attacks farmers, shepherds, workers, and fishermen across the eastern parts of the coastal region and in Palestinian territorial waters, leading to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to preventing the Palestinians from tending to their lands and from fishing to provide for their families.
In March of 2021, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.
In related news, the soldiers shot a young Palestinian man in Deir Jarir village, east of Ramallah, in the central part of the occupied West Bank.
Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, many Palestinians during protests that erupted in Bab az-Zawiya area, in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.
Media sources said dozens of Palestinians marched in Bab az-Zawiya while chanting against the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation and violations before the soldiers attacked them with gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets.
They added that many Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, in addition to cuts and bruises.
In related news, the soldiers injured many Palestinians, including a physician, and caused damage to an ambulance during the weekly procession against the illegal colonies, in Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, dozens of Palestinians during the weekly procession in Sbeih Mountain in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Medical sources said the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs, in addition to rubber-coated steel bullets and concussion grenades, causing dozens of injuries, mainly due to the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency Department at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Nablus, said the soldiers also closed roads and obstructed the work of the Palestinian medics who were rushing to provide the needed treatment to the wounded.
The Palestinians have been holding ongoing processions on their lands in Sbeih Mountain since May of last year after a group of illegal Israeli colonizers installed an outpost atop the mountain. During these protests, the soldiers injured thousands of Palestinians and killed several others, includingchildren.
The Mountain, owned by the Palestinians, has significant strategic importance, especially since if it is occupied by the colonizers the colony would lead to the annexation of 20 Dunams of Palestinian lands, and would also lead to the isolation of a large area of Palestinian lands.
Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and injured four Palestinians including a child and a journalist, in addition to causing many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Morad Eshteiwi, the media coordinator of the popular resistance committee in Kufur Qaddoum, stated that the Palestinians marched from the center of the village while chanting against the illegal Israeli occupation, its colonies, and escalating violations.
He added that the soldiers fired many rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at the protesters.
Medical sources have confirmed that one child, 13, was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the leg, in addition to a reporter, identified as Nasser Eshteyya, who was shot with a similar round in the arm.
Two other Palestinians were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets while dozens suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.
It is worth mentioning that Kufur Qaddoum is subject to constant Israeli invasions and violations due to ongoing protests against the illegal colonialist policies and the annexation of the Palestinian lands.
In 2003, the Israeli occupation authorities closed the main road of the town to local Palestinians and granted full access to the illegal colonial settlers, especially those living in the Kedumim colony which was built on stolen Palestinian lands.
Furthermore, the soldiers injured dozens of Palestinians during the weekly procession in Sbeih Mountain in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- An Israeli firm is developing another way to monitor Palestinians; body cameras with facial recognition technology for Israeli occupation forces to scan Palestinians, even if their faces are obscured.
Built by Yozmot, a strategic planning firm owned by former Israeli forces chief, Dany Tirza, the technology will enable the occupation forces to scan Palestinians and “detect the suspects in real-time, even if their faces are obscured, and build a database of such identities.”
“The policeman will know who he is facing,” Tirza told Agence France-Presse (AFP), saying it is expected to have the body camera finished within a year.
Tirza, the Israeli aparthied wall architect, said he partnered with Tel Aviv-based Corsight AI to develop the body-worn camera that could instantly identify people in a crowd, even if they wear masks, make-up or camouflage, and could match them to photographs dating back decades, which he claimed Australian and British police were already piloting.
However, Corsight CEO, Rob Watts, refused to confirm the collaboration with Yozmot, according to AFP, but said that it was working with some 230 “integrators” worldwide who incorporated facial recognition software into cameras.
Facial recognition in law enforcement has sparked global criticism, with tech giants in the United States backing away from providing the technology to police, citing privacy risks.
The facial recognition industry was worth about $3.7 billion in 2020, according to market research firm Mordor Intelligence, which projected growth to $11.6 billion by 2026.
Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, and IBM have all declared temporary or permanent freezes on selling facial recognition programs to law enforcement.
Last month, France ordered the US-based Clearview AI to delete data on its citizens, saying the company violated privacy when it built a facial recognition database using images “scraped” from the internet.
Watts called Clearview’s actions “abhorrent” and said Corsight AI did not sell to China, Russia or Myanmar because of “human rights and ethics.”
“What we want to do is promote facial recognition as a force for good,” he said.
He said Corsight had hired Tony Porter, the United Kingdom’s former surveillance camera commissioner, as chief privacy officer, and that the software would blur or delete faces deemed not of interest within seconds.
Israeli facial recognition software has encountered criticism.
In November, former Israeli soldiers revealed they had photographed thousands of Palestinians to build a database for a sweeping facial recognition surveillance program in the West Bank city of Hebron.
In 2020, Microsoft divested from Israeli facial recognition firm AnyVision, now renamed Oosto, over the company’s involvement in surveilling Palestinians.
Palestinian digital rights activist Nadim Nashif said the use of facial recognition technology entrenched Israel’s “control” over Palestinians and added to a “domination” of physical spaces.
Nablus (QNN)- At least 26 Palestinian protesters were injuried by Israeli occupation forces on Friday in Beita and Beit Dajan villages in Nablus in the occupied West Bank while participating in the weekly anti-occupation protests.
The Palestinian Red Crescent said at least 26 Palestinians were injuried by the Israeli occupation forces during the peaceful protests against Israel’s occupation in Beita and Beit Dajan villages.
The forces attacked the protesters by intensively firing rubber-coated metal bullets and sound bombs to disperse them.
Beit Dajan and Beita villages are the site of weekly protests against the Israeli occupation and settlement expansion, which are often suppressed by Israeli forces.
While Beit Dajan village 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.
Regarding Beita, in May 2021, a group of Israeli settlers set up caravans on Jabal Sabih, which lies on the southern outskirts of Beita, and comprises an estimated 30 percent of Beita’s entire land area, with the help of Israeli forces, who have since prevented any Palestinian access to the area.
Within days, settlers installed mobile houses, built roads and raised an Israeli flag over the settlement of Evyatar in Beita.
Later, the occupation authorities evacuated dozens of Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement after a deal was reached between a settler leader and the occupation’s new government.
Yossi Dagan, head of settler organization the Shomron Regional Council, struck a deal with Israel’s War minister, Benny Gantz, and interior minister Ayelet Shaked, turning the illegal outpost into a religious school and a military base for the Israeli forces.
‘Israel’ will keep about 50 caravan houses settlers, installed last May on Palestinian lands, while settlers would “return” to the land when Israeli occupation authorities designate it as “state-owned.”
The livelihoods of at least 17 Palestinian families – more than 100 people – are threatened as they depend on harvesting their olives on land they have owned for generations.
Since then, Beita has witnessed several protests and night-confusion activities against the new settler outpost of Evyatar on Jabal Sabih. Palestinians worshippers also perform the Friday prayer near the village as a sign of protest.
However, although the protests have been peaceful, Israeli forces have suppressed, detained, and assaulted the protesters, resulting in injuring hundreds and killing others as they have fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters, and live ammunition directly and intensively towards the protesters.
9 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli forces during the peaceful protests: Issa Barham, Tariq Sanbar, Ahmed Bani Shams, Shadi Shurafa, Emad Dweikat, Mohammed Hamayel, Zakaria Hamayel, Mohamed al-Kabisa and Jameel Abu Ayyash, who was shot dead last Friday.
12 August 2021, marked the 100th day of protests and resistance against Israeli occupation and settlement expansion in Beita.
In addition to Jabal Sabih, Israeli forces erected another colonial settlement outpost atop Jabal Al-Arma, north of Beita, a few months ago.
Both of the mountains enjoy a strategic location as they overlook the Jordan Valley, a fertile strip of land running west along the Jordan River which makes up approximately 30% of the occupied West Bank.
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces arrested during the past two days 54 Palestinians from Occupied Jerusalem for enjoying the snowfall and raising the flag of Palestine.
From Wednesday evening till Thursday evening, the Israeli occupation forces arrested 54 Palestinians from several areas across the occupied city of Jerusalem, including ex-detainees in Israeli prisons, for enjoying the snowfall by playing in the snow and for raising the flag of Palestine.
The Israeli occupation forces, however, claimed the Palestinians were arrested for allegedly throwing snowballs and rockets at the soldiers and settlers.
On Wednesday alone, 22 Palestinians were arrested. Among the arrested is a fourteen-year-old boy from Isawiyah neighborhood, as he was arrested for allegedly throwing stones at an Israeli police car. According to local residents, the boy was lightly injured by rubber-coated metal bullets fired by Israeli soldiers towards the Palestinians.
Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem woke up Thursday to a blanket of white after a rare storm saw around 20 centimeters of snow settle on the city overnight, delighting adults and children alike.
An aerial view shows occupied Jerusalem’s old City covered in snow, today.
However, the Palestinians’ joy vanished after the occupation forces decided to harass, attack, arrest, and assault them for simply playing in the snow and raising the flag of Palestine.
Israeli occupation forces clamp down on Palestinians playing with snow in the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied #Jerusalem, today.
The Palestinians were seen making snowballs and throwing them at each other and making snowmen decorated and covered with the flag of Palestine and others with the Palestinian keffiyeh.