Israeli Authorities Approve Confiscation of 49,000 Dunams of Palestinian Land Near Bethlehem

In the village of Kisan, east of Bethlehem, the Israeli government on Thursday approved the theft of 49,000 dunams (21,000 acres) of village land – stretching from the oustkirts of the city of Bethlehem on the west all the way to the Dead Sea on the east.

The confiscation decision had originally been announced last September on 9/21/2021, but the Palestinian landowners had filed objections with the Israeli court. On Thursday, the Israeli authorities announced that the period of the first and second objections had expired – even though the Palestinian landowners had ever had their day in court.

Instead, the Israeli authorities simply dismissed the claims of the landowners and said that the land in question would be transferred to Israeli “state ownership”.

According to Israeli sources, the Israeli authorities plan to turn the area into a so-called “nature reserve” in order to expand Israeli development on the land.

By declaring it a “nature reserve”, they would be allowed by the Israeli government to expand Israeli kibbutzim (agricultural developments under the control of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture).

Thursday’s decision to go ahead with the land confiscation will mean that the Israeli colony of “Ibi Hanahel”, which is built on the lands of Kisan village, will be expanded. The sheds, containers and agricultural barns will be expanded for the benefit of the Jewish Israeli settlers, while the Palestinian farmers will be forcibly displaced from their ancestral land.

This land confiscation is allowed by the Israeli government under the so-called ‘absentee property law’, in which a Palestinian landowner who is not continuously present on their land is subjected to the confiscation of that land by the Israeli government. Such land confiscation is illegal under the international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, but the Israeli government refuses to adhere to its obligations under international law.

Even though multiple united Nations resolutions have condemned the Israeli confiscation of  Palestinian land by force, the Israeli government has flaunted these resoltuions and refused to adhere to them.

In Kisan, local sources report that since the beginning of 2022, work has begun on a section of the confiscated lands in order to expand the southeastern side of the colonial settlement, while the process of preparing the land and preparing it for construction and cultivation will intensify in the coming days.

The occupation bulldozers are already razing large areas of Kisan lands, especially in the “Bir al-Mazrab” area south of the village, to expand construction inside the “Ibi Hanahel” settlement, which will be inhabited next summer by 21 new settler families.

According to the confiscation decision, planning is underway to build an industrial area affiliated with the settlement, more than twice the size of the settlement itself.

The village of Kisan has been the subject of numerous violent assaults by Israeli paramilitary colonial settler forces, including y repeated attacks on sheep herders to drive them away from the lands, and to seize and bulldoze large parts of the village of Kisan.

The Israeli court decision also includes a section allowing the Israeli government to expand the settlement of “Ibi Hanahel” to link it to a planned road network, to expand the intended industrial zone and to build an electronic wall to protect the industrial zone, as well as linking it to the landfill for waste recycling and sorting and turning it into a factory for recycled cardboard and organic materials for the electricity generation plant from Residues and chemical fertilizers for agriculture in the west of the village, between Kisan and Minieh.

During the past three months, the Israeli military government’s bulldozers, under the protection of the Israeli occupation army, have uprooted hundreds of trees, demolished agricultural fences, and started building a settlement road, in mountainous lands overlooking Wadi al-Jahar, northwest of the village.

It is noteworthy that Kisan village lacks roads and infrastructure such as water and electricity networks, education and health, and most of its residents depend on agriculture and livestock. But now, due to the Israeli expansion of the colony of “Ibi Hanahel”, as well as “Khalat al-Qawar and al-Sahel” located adjacent to the settlements of “Amos” and Avi Menachem”, the Palestinian farmers and shepherds are unable to reach their pastures and farmlands.

The occupation forces recently began to construct and put up a fence to prevent farmers and shepherds from entering their lands.

Since 1967, the village has been subjected to successive confiscations of its lands in favor of building the settlements of “Ma’ale Amos and Mitzpe Shalem” and the outpost of “Abi Hanahel”, in addition to constructing bypass roads, in addition to building 428 dunums of land to establish an Israeli military base west of “Shalim” settlement.

This announcement came two days after a group of illegal Israeli colonizers assaulted, on Tuesday evening, an elderly Palestinian man in Kisan village, east of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, causing various wounds.

Local sources said the Israeli assailants came from the illegal Abie Hanahal outpost, installed on stolen Palestinian lands, and assaulted the elderly man, Mohammad Abdul-Fattah Shalalda, in his seventies.

They added that the elderly man suffered fractures in addition to various cuts and bruises before he was rushed to the al-Ahli hospital in Hebron city.

The Palestinian was injured when the colonizers assaulted him and several other residents in the al-Kanoub area in Kisan.

(Source / 11.02.2022)

Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian In Hebron

On Friday morning, Israeli soldiers abducted a Palestinian in Hebron city in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Local sources said several army jeeps invaded the southern area of Hebron, stormed into and ransacked one home, and abducted Hani Abu Sneina.

The soldiers also invaded and searched a few homes in Hebron and the al-Arroub refugee camp, north of the city.

On Thursday evening, protests took place at the main entrance of the refugee camp after the soldiers invaded the area and searched homes.

On Thursday night, a group of fanatic illegal Israeli colonizers attacked several Palestinians near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern West Bank city of Hebron before the soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man.

(Source / 11.02.2022)

Israeli Army Abducted Five Palestinians In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Friday morning, five young Palestinian men and assaulted at least one of them near Bab al-Qattanin, one of the gates leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers stopped the young men while trying to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque for Friday prayers.

They added that the soldiers abducted the five young men and assaulted at least one of them.

The young men, who remained unidentified at the time of this report, are from Nablus in northern West Bank. The army claimed they did not have permits to enter Jerusalem.

Also, Israeli soldiers abducted a Palestinian in Hebron city in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

On Friday at dawn, the soldiers abducted two young Palestinian men from Anza village, south of Jenin, in the West Bank’s northern part.

On Thursday night, a group of fanatic illegal Israeli colonizers attacked several Palestinians near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern West Bank city of Hebron before the soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man.

(Source / 11.02.2022)

Israeli Colonizers Attack A Palestinian Shepherd In Kisan 

On Friday, illegal Israeli colonizers attacked a Palestinian shepherd in Kisan village, east of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, before Israeli soldiers abducted him instead of removing the assailants.

Local nonviolent activist, Ahmad Ghazal, stated that the colonizers came from the illegal Maale Amos colony, built on stolen Palestinian lands.

He added that the colonizers assaulted Obeidallah Mahmoud Obeyyat, 28, while herding his sheep and maced him with pepper spray.

Ghazal also said that Israeli soldiers arrived at the scene and abducted Obeidallah instead of detaining the colonizers who assaulted him.

It is worth mentioning that Kisan is subject to escalating Israeli violations, including an attack that injured two women, identified as Fatima and Nayfa Obeyyat, two days earlier.

On Thursday, the Israeli government approved the theft of 49,000 dunams (21,000 acres) of Kisan’s land.

On Tuesday evening, a group of illegal Israeli colonizers assaulted an elderly Palestinian man in Kisan, causing various wounds.

All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Law.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” It also prohibits the “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory.”

(Source / 11.02.2022)

Israeli Drones Fire Gas Bombs At Palestinians In Gaza

On Friday, Israeli military drones fired many gas bombs at Palestinian farmers and bird hunters in Gaza, causing several injuries. Israeli navy ships also attacked Palestinian fishing boats.

Local sources said the drone fired several gas bombs at the Palestinians east of the Tuffah neighborhood, northeast Gaza city, causing injuries.

They added that the drones also fired gas bombs at farmers on their lands east of Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

In addition, Israeli navy ships fired many live rounds at Palestinian fishermen in the Sudaniyya Sea area, northwest of Gaza city, forcing them back to the shore without fish to provide for their families.

The army frequently attacks farmersshepherds, 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 last year, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.

(Source / 11.02.2022)

Army Injures Dozens of Palestinians in Beit Dajan

Israeli forces attacked, on Friday, non-violent protestors at the weekly demonstration in the northern West Bank village of Beit Dajan, east of Nablus city, injuring dozens, according to medical sources.

Ahmed Jibril, the director of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society emergency and ambulance services, stated that Israeli soldiers opened fire with rubber-coated steel rounds and tear gas canisters, shooting eight young men with rubber-coated steel rounds while 37 suffered the toxic effects of tear gas inhalation.

Two journalists who were attempting to provide coverage for the peaceful demonstration were among those who suffocated on tear gas.

(Source / 11.02.2022)

For 42nd day, 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 42nd day in a row, in protest of their indefinite detention without charges or trials.

The Palestinian prisoner advocacy groups said that in protest against their administrative detention without charges or trial by the Israeli occupation authorities, nearly 500 Palestinian administrative detainees have been boycotting the Israeli Military Courts since January 1, 2022.

Among the 500 administrative detainees are 3 minors and a female.

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.

The Head of the Commission of Detainees’ Affairs, Qadri Abu Baker, also confirmed the importance of supporting the administrative detainees in their struggle, represented in boycotting the military courts of the occupation.

He also stated that the policy of administrative detention has been practiced increasingly against Palestinians, where it depends on Mock trials and based on “confidential files” without taking into consideration the standards of fair trials, and the detainee and his lawyer are prevented from knowing the cause of detention.

According to Palestinian prisoner advocacy groups, in 2020 only, the Israeli occupation authorities issue 1,114 administrative detention orders while in 2021, 1595 administrative detention orders were issued.

(Source / 11.02.2022)

Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons protest against repressive measures

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said on Thursday that Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons plans to protest against Israel’s repressive measures.

Protests are staged on Friday and Monday, the PPS said.

The PPS said the detainees refused to leave their cells for daily checks and to go to the prison yards for a sixth day this week amid mounting tensions.

On Saturday, the Israeli Prison Service reduced the duration of inmates’ outdoor time, in violation of arrangements already in place.

Previously, prisoners from different sections were allowed to be in the yards together for about six hours a day, divided into two shifts, the first roughly between 8am and 11am and the second between 3pm and 5pm.

Now, both the duration and the number of those allowed outdoors at the same time has been scaled back.

The Palestinian prisoners’ movement said on Sunday that all Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons from across the political spectrum announced the state of general alarm, in protest against repressive measures taken by Israel Prison Service (IPS) against the detainees.

On Monday, the detainees announced the dissolution of their regulatory bodies that coordinate with Israeli prison administration, meaning that each prisoner is free to do what they want to voice their grievances.

On Wednesday, special forces stormed prison cells in Ofer military prison, assaulting detainees and threatening them with more punitive measures, after a purported escape plan was allegedly uncovered earlier in the week.

Yesterday, Israeli prison administration in Nafha prison informed the Palestinian detainees in all sections that they will be checked when they are ready to perform the Friday prayer in the prison yards. However, the detainees have refused and decided to perform the prayer inside their cells.

The Palestinian commission of detainees and ex-detainees affairs said today that specialised police and counter-riot units are deployed to control the situation after the prayer amid fears of any potential unrest.

The Commission noted that such a move has been taken in protest against the punitive and repressive measures taken by the Israeli prisons’ administration as it has stepped back on the demands reached with the detainees last year, following Gilbou’s prison break.

Last year, the Israeli special units and prison administration cracked down on several prisons for over five days in a row, including Ketziot’s Section 6 in the Negev and Ramon Prison, in an attempt to disperse some 400 Palestinian prisoners from the Islamic Jihad in a number of other jails.

Thus, all Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons announced general alarm and insurgency against Israeli laws, in response to the Israeli repression and punitive measures.

The Palestinian prisoners in the Negev and Ramon prisons also set fire in the sections of the prisons, as a part of their protest against the Israeli laws.

The occupation authorities canceled the family visits for the Palestinian prisoners in its jails until the end of September.

Such tensions came after the heroic act of six Palestinian prisoners who managed to free themselves on September 6 2021, from Gilbou prison, a high-security Israeli prison, through a secret tunnel they had reportedly dug beneath the prison, and they were re-arrested later after over a week of large-scale sweep operations throughout occupied Palestine using high-tech systems.

Thus, the planned relocation of the prisoners belonging to the Islamic Jihad was part of a set of punitive and repressive measures taken by the IPS following the Gilbou’s prison break.

That time, the detainees demanded the Israeli prisons’ administration to end its policy of repression, abuse, and arbitrary transfers, end the repressive measures imposed on the detainees, release isolated prisoners to regular sections, return detention conditions to what they were before September 6, and to end the policy of arbitrary administrative detention and stop the renewal policy for administrative detainees, among other demands.

There are now 4,500 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, including 500 administrative detainees held without charges or trials, 180 children and 34 women.

(Source / 11.02.2022)

MAB condemns far-right Israeli MK entry to UK

London (QNN)- The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) issued a statement on Thursday condemning the entry of far-right Israeli MK Bezalel Smotrich to the United Kingdom.

The Muslim Association of Britain has said it is “appalled to learn” that Smotrich has been allowed entry to the UK.

“Smotrich is a racist hate preacher that has openly called for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and said David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, should have “finished the job” and thrown out all the “Arabs” in 1948. The party he leads promotes abhorrently racist views, advocates for Jewish supremacy and calls for the eradication of all non-Jews,” the MAB said in the statement.

“That a man who has expressed such abominable views was allowed to not only enter the UK freely but to conduct a hate tour where he can continue to spread his fascist views calls into question the rigor of the Home Office’s security checks and exposes their double standards,” it added.

MAB welcomed the “alignment across the majority of the British Jewish community who have rightly condemned these abhorrent views,” and welcomed “the Board of Deputies of British Jews’ tweet on this matter.”

MAB also called for all such views supporting “genocide of Palestinians to be similarly rejected, including those of the Israeli Ambassador’s, Tipi Hotovely, for whom the Board of Deputies
has unfortunately provided numerous platforms.”

Smotrich’s presence in the UK, MAB said, poses a severe threat to community harmony and therefore, to public safety.

MAB called on him to be “immediately expelled from the UK and for the UK government to explain how it allowed such a dangerous hate preacher entry into the UK.”

Smotrich arrived in the UK on Wednesday and he is currently on a tour of the United Kingdom and France to rally opposition to the Israeli government’s plans to reform conversion to Judaism, citing assimilation concerns.

This started with the Board of Deputies (BoD), the community’s mainstream umbrella organization, telling the far-right Israeli MK that he is not welcome in the UK, and urged British Jews to “show him the door”.

“We reject his abominable views and the hatred ideology of Bezalel Smotrich and call on all members of the British Jewish community to show him the door,” the top UK Jewish body tweeted in Hebrew on Wednesday in an unprecedented intervention.

“Get back on the plane Bezalel and be remembered as a disgrace forever,” it added while tagging a number of prominent Israeli media outlets and journalists in a subsequent tweet.

In response, Smotrich tweeted: “British Jews: I love you. All of you.”

Bezalel Smotrich, who belongs to the controversial Religious Zionist Party, is a political ally of former Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

He is a notorious racist, homophobe and Jewish ultra-nationalist.

Smotrich has a long history of making inflammatory and outlandish statements.

In April 2021, he said during remarks at a faction meeting that “Arabs are citizens of Israel, for now, at least. They have representatives, MKs, for now at least.”

During a heated exchange in the Knesset on October 13, 2021, he said that Palestinians exist in ‘Israel’ because Israel’s first prime minister and the architect of the Nakba, David Ben Gurion, did not “finish the job” of clearing out the territory of its indigenous populations.

Smotrich said to the Arab Knesset members, “I am not talking to you, anti-Zionists, terror supporters, enemies. You’re here by mistake because Ben Gurion didn’t finish the job and didn’t throw you out in 1948.”

He is also a staunch supporter of the construction of illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian-owned lands.

Describing himself as a “proud homophobe”, he organised a “parade of beasts” to counter Gay Pride, marching donkeys and goats through the streets of occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 11.02.2022)

‘Israel’ holds 4,500 Palestinians in prisons, including 180 children and 34 women

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli occupation authorities are holding 4,500 Palestinians in its prisons, including 500 administrative detainees held without charges or trials, by the end of January 2022.

In a report released this week, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association documented that there are 4,500 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons by the end of January 2022.

Among them are 500 administrative detainees held without charges or trials, 180 children and 34 women.

The number of Palestinian prisoners serving a sentence above 20 years is 499 while the number of prisoners serving life sentences is 547.

There are 122 Palestinian prisoners serving more than 20 years of sentence and 25 Palestinian prisoners before Oslo.

There are 70 prisoners from the 1948 occupied territories, 500 Jerusalemite prisoners and 230 Gaza prisoners.

In 2020 only, the Israeli occupation authorities arrested 4,634 Palestinians, among them 543 children and 128 women, in addition to issuing 1,114 administrative detention orders.

In 2021, the Israeli occupation authorities arrested over 8000 Palestinians, including 1300 minors, all under the age of 18, and 184 women, in addition to issuing 1595 administrative detention orders.

(Source / 11.02.2022)