‘Israel’ forces Palestinian family to self-demolish two apartments in occupied Jerusalem

 Jerusalemite family of Obeid stands on the ruins of its demolished house in Al-Issawiya neighborhood

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation authorities on Monday morning forced a Palestinian family to self-demolish its own house in the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Al-Issawiya, under the pretext of building without a permit.

At the order of Israeli municipality in the occupied city of Jerusalem, the Jerusaelmite family of Obeid forcibly self-demolished its house which consists of two apartments in the Al-Issawiya, displacing 7 residents.

Among the displaced are a new groom and his wife who own one of the apartments. The other apartment is a shelter for a family of five; the brother of the new groom, his wife and three children.

The occupation municipality ordered the two apartments to be self-demolished. Otherwise they have to pay exorbitant fines of the demolition costs to the municipality if it carries out the demolition.

Translation: The ruins of the house of the Obeid family after the family was forced to demolish it by Israeli occupation authorities.

Earlier today, and under the pretext of building without a permit, the Israeli occupation municipality also forcibly ordered two Jerusalemite brothers, Dawood and Mahmoud Shokirat, to self-demolish their houses, in the Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood, south of the occupied city of Jerusalem, displacing 12 residents.

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 municipality and the occupation government built tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in occupied Jerusalem for Jews with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favor of the Israeli settlers in the occupied city.

The Israeli municipality prevents native Palestinians from building new houses or restoring old ones in occupied Jerusalem, while it increases illegal settlement in the holy city and the West Bank.

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 / 31.01.2022)

Israeli forces arrest four Palestinians, violently beat two of them in occupied Jerusalem

Israeli special forces unit attack two Palestinian youths and their vehicle in Qatanna village before arresting them

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces arrested on Monday morning four Palestinian youths, after violently beating two of them, in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Local sources said an Israeli special forces unit stormed the village of Qatanna, to the northwest of occupied Jerusalem, and arrested two Palestinian youths after brutally attacking their vehicle, assaulting and beating them as traces of blood could be seen on the vehicle which has also been damaged.

One of the two youths has been identified as Jasem Al-Haj while the other has not been identified, yes.

Another Palestinian youth was also arrested from the same village after violently raiding his house, searching it and turning it upside-down.

In Beit Anan town, northwest of Jerusalem, the Israeli occupation forces stormed the house of Ahmed Bakr Rabie and gave his family a written summons to review Israeli intelligence at Beit Iksa checkpoint today. The forces searched his family house and turned it upside-down.

Photo of Jerusalemite Ahmed Bakr Rabie and the written summons to review Israeli intelligence

The Israeli forces also arrested the young man, Muhammad Abd al-Salam Rabei, after storming his house at dawn in the Beit Anan town.

Photo of Jerusalemite Muhammad Abd al-Salam Rabei who was arrested by Israeli forces after storming his house in Beit Anan town

On Sunday morning and Saturday night, 13 Palestinians were arrested by the Israeli occupation forces in a large-scale military campaign in the occupied city of Jerusalem and its outskirts.

Israeli occupation forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank and Jerusalem on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.

In the year of 2021, Israel’ arrested nearly 8000 Palestinians, including 1300 minors, all under the age of 18, and 184 women.

There are now 4600 Palestinians held in Israeli occupation jails, including 34 women, 160 minors, and 500 administrative detainees held without charge or trial.

(Source / 31.01.2022)

Disclosure of an Israeli Plan to Militarily Take Over the Naqab

An investigation published by Haaretz newspaper, today, Monday, revealed an organized Israeli government plan with the aim of controlling the Naqab and displacing its Palestinian Bedouin residents.

According to the lengthy investigation revealed by Professor Gadi Al-Ghazi, a lecturer in the Department of History at Tel Aviv University, the plan refers to a military operation led by Moshe Dayan when he was commander of the Southern District in the Israeli army, and its goal, according to the documents, is to forcibly isolate the Bedouins from their lands.

Dayan sent a message to the military and political administration at the time, that if the Bedouins were not voluntarily removed from their lands, the occupation army would have to move them by force. Al-Ghazi believes that although the Israeli Ministry of Justice considers this case to be over, like its predecessors, there is still a chance that these articles, which he described as “historic,” will become a legal precedent.

In his investigation, Al-Ghazi reveals for the first time the operation that began in November 1951, a large-scale operation carried out by the southern region of the Israeli army, with the approval of the Chief of Staff at the time, Yigael Yadin, to evacuate the Bedouins and transfer them to another area in the Naqab.

 Al-Ghazi pointed out that this operation denies the allegations made by David Ben-Gurion in the Knesset during that period, about how the process of organized transportation of the Bedouins from the northwest of the Naqab, to a barren area, in order to seize their lands. Al-Ghazi pointed out that this operation was illegal, as evidenced by the exchanged notes between the military administration officers who carried out it at the time, noting that the Bedouins were not given written “transfer” orders at the time and that they were subjected to threats and military violence and tried to hold on to their lands even at the expense of hunger and thirst Reports were transmitted showing that the operation was carried out with a voluntary evacuation of the Bedouin population.

Al-Ghazi’s search led to a letter sent by Dayan on September 25, 1951, to the General Staff, in which he proposed the possibility of transferring Bedouins from the vicinity of “Kibbutz Shoval” to areas south of the Hebron-Beersheba road, which would save 60,000 dunams. To establish Israeli settlements, this will mean that none of the Bedouins will remain on the north of the Hebron-Beersheba road, and in addition to security considerations, their right as landowners will be revoked and they will act as tenants of Israeli government land.

It appears from the documents that the Israeli army used military force in an attempt to expel the Bedouins from their lands, but they resisted and this was later done through some negotiations with representatives of the residents, which was confirmed by local residents of the village of Al-Araqib, whose area was reduced after the seizure of most of its lands in those areas. The years, and that they were subjected to harassment, arrests and repeated attacks when they were trying to return to their lands that were evacuated by agreement to return to it after conducting military exercises there.

Al-Ghazi says that (Israel) instilled in the Bedouins a feeling that the eviction is only temporary, and that it comes for various purposes, including military, including to cultivate the land and others, and that some residents have submitted before the Israeli courts papers from the Israeli military ruler that the evacuation of some of them from their lands will be for a period of 6 months only, and the lands will be returned for them. During court sessions held in recent years regarding attempts to displace Bedouins from the Naqab, representatives of the Israeli public prosecutor objected.

 The opinion of Al-Ghazi, who spoke before the courts about the case, is that the process of displacing the people of the Negev is taking place for civil and not military and security considerations, while “prosecutors and the state” claimed that Moshe Dayan did not know the criteria that were later enacted in the laws.

“Nevertheless, there may be those who argue that Dayan may have been aware of long-term political plans by virtue of his position,” Al-Ghazi says. Al-Ghazi has recently attended court sessions on some cases brought by landowners in the village of Al-Araqib to demand the return of their confiscated lands, and the presence of evidence in their possession confirming their ownership of it.

 Al-Ghazi comments on the ongoing legal efforts by saying: “Those who carried out the operation at that time and knew that it was not legal made sure not to write it down and that with regard to events that occurred 70 years ago, what was revealed only are some documents in the archives of the Israeli army, We are waiting for the day when we can review them all.”

(Source / 31.01.2022)

Israeli Occupation Launches Raids, Arrests in West Bank

Days of Palestine – West Bank – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) carried on Monday at dawn a campaign of arrests and raids in the occupied West Bank affecting several Palestinians.

Local sources said that IOF kidnapped eight Palestinian civilians from Jericho governate who identified as Ma’rouf Faher, Mohamad Abu Asal, Mohamad Al-Saradeeh, Mohamad Balou, Amar Shaqouba, Mohamad Manasra, Oday Abu Sharar, and his brother Quasi.

IOF also broke into separate areas of Ramallah Governate in the middle occupied West Bank and detained five Palestinian youth.

Sources stated that IOF raided Jalzoun camp north of Ramallah and kidnapped the paramedic Zaid Mattar, 26-year-old, after raiding his home. They kidnapped the youth, Majdy Abu Thaher, 27-year-old, as well.

Meanwhile, the IOF kidnapped three Palestinian youth after raiding their homes by breaking into the village of Shaqba in the west of city of Ramallah. They identified as Ibraheem Al-Masry, Qusi Al-Masry and Fares Shalash.

IOF kidnapped two Palestinian youth from Jenin, one from Hebron and another one from occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 31.01.2022)

Israeli Occupation Opens Fire at Fishermen, Farmers South of Gaza Strip

Days of Palestine – Rafah – Israeli occupation forces opened on Monday its fire at Palestinian fishers and farmers who were working in their lands south of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

Local sources said that the IOF stationed in military towers opened its fire at farmers and shepherds east of Al-Qarra and Abasan townships forcing them to leave the area fearing for their lives.

They added that the Israeli gunboats shot at fishers’ boats in the Rafah sea and chased a number of them, forcing them to leave the sea, fearing their lives as well.

The border area of the besieged Gaza Strip is exposed to Israeli occupation crimes on a daily basis.

(Source / 31.01.2022)