Israel Forces An Elderly Palestinian To Demolish His Home In Silwan

The Israeli authorities in the occupied capital, Jerusalem, forced an elderly Palestinian man to demolish his home, Friday evening, in Ras al-Amoud in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Al-Qastal News said the soldiers forced Mahmoud Abu Thiab, 78, to demolish his home after his appeals were denied. The small, destroyed home provided shelter for the elderly man and his wife.

The Palestinian was informed that he either demolishes his home at his own expense or be forced to pay 50-60 thousand shekels in fines and fees if the city uses its workers and equipment to destroy the property.

With tears in his eyes, Mahmoud told Al-Qastal News: “Where are we supposed to go?!, What are we supposed to do…?! We have nobody to take care of us, we are elders, and we have no place to live…, Israel has no mercy and knows no compassion….”

“What else can I say? We are just homeless now… I don’t have money; I am a poor elderly man, and my wife too… Where are we supposed to go, enough is enough, they told me you either demolish your home or we will, I have no resources, I cannot pay those expenses and fines…” he added.

Dozens of Palestinians face the same fate and are forced to demolish their homes and property to avoid these excessive fines.

While Israel continues to build and expand its illegal colonies, Palestinian communities, and towns, in occupied Jerusalem, and various areas in the occupied West Bank, continue to be denied the right to build homes and property, under various allegations meant to prevent the expansion of Palestinian towns and neighborhoods.

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 Humanitarian Law.

In 2021, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) revealed that Israel demolished 937 homes and structures that year, displacing 1,119 Palestinians and affecting 12,658 others.

(Source / 12.02.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Close Main Intersections In Jenin

Israeli soldiers installed, earlier Saturday, many military roadblocks, closing main sections south of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, before stopping and searching many cars.

Media sources said the soldiers installed several roadblocks at the junctions of ‘Arraba town, the village of Kafrit, on the main road in Be’er al-Basha village, south of Jenin.

They added that the soldiers stopped and searched dozens of vehicles, causing extended traffic jams and delays, in addition to interrogating many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

On Friday night, protests took place at Arraba junction, leading to the main Jenin-Nablus Road before the soldiers fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

It is worth mentioning that protests against the Israeli escalation have been ongoing across the occupied West Bank, especially after three young men were assassinated by undercover Israeli soldiers in Nablus, in northern West Bank, Tuesday.

(Source / 12.02.2022)

Palestine NGO sends aid convoy to Syria refugees

Palestinian charity KindHearts has sent 80 truckloads of humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in the north of the war-torn country, Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.

Deputy Governor of Gaziantep Bulent Uygur confirmed that he is following up closely on the ordeal of the “oppressed” Syrians, whether in Turkey or the “safe refugee camps” in the north of Syria.

“Palestine is the bleeding wound of every Muslim,” Uygur expressed, “but the Palestinian brothers insisted on putting their wounds aside and helping the brothers in Syria. It is an important step.”

Meanwhile, Director of KindHearts Raed Badr said that Turkey played a big role in arranging the aid convoy.

Badr thanked the donors and those who worked hard to ensure the aid convoy arrived at the Syrian refugee camps.

Director of Ataa Humanitarian Relief Association Khaled Issaoglu affirmed that the Palestinian aid convoy is considered a “wonderful example” of solidarity with Syrian refugees.

The Palestinian aid convoy consisted of 80 truckloads of commodities, including 1,289 tonnes of fuel, 300 tonnes of flour, 3,000 insulators for tents, 2,000 blankets, 2,000 hygiene material parcels, winter clothes and around 1,000 food parcels.

(Source / 12.02.2022)

IOF Drones Drop Tear Gas on Gaza Farmers, Bird Hunters

Days of Palestine – Gaza – Israeli occupation forces deployed their drones on Friday to drop tear gas bombs on Palestinian farmers and bird hunters in Gaza Strip, causing several injuries, local sources said.

Meanwhile, the IOF navy ships attacked Palestinian fishing boats.

Local sources stated that the IOF drones 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, IOF 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.

IOF 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 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 / 12.02.2022)

Palestinian Detainee Abu Hameed Suffers from Critical Health Condition

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – The commission of detainees’ affairs said on Saturday that the health conditions of the Palestinian prisoner, Nasser Abu Hameed (49) years old, who suffers from cancer, as where the prison service and prison’s clinic is purposely delaying transferring the sick detainee to get his chemotherapy (12) session as his health condition is getting worse each day.

It is worth the mention that the detainee Abu Hameed had surgery where the doctors removed a cancer tumor in his lungs last October, where 10 cm of the tumor were removed, and then he was transferred to Ashkelon prison before getting full recovery from the surgery. He still suffers from pains at the place of the surgery, meanwhile, the prison service satisfied in giving him some pain killers which doesn’t work.

The detainee stated, through the commission’s lawyer, that “he refused to be transferred to Ramla prison’s clinic (Almarash) to get checkups, due to the difficult and inhumane conditions. He asked to have checkups in Berzalai hospital where it’s closer to him.

It is worthy to mention that the detainee Nasser Abu Hameed from Amary camp, Ramallah, is detained since 2002 and sentenced to7 life sentences and 50 years, where he is 1 of 5 brothers who are sentenced to life imprisonments. Their house was demolished a couple of times by the Israeli forces, and their mother was deprived of visiting them for many years.

(Source / 12.02.2022)

Israeli Occupation Forces Abuse Palestinians, Kidnap 2 in Occupied Jerusalem

DAYS OF PALESTINE – JERUSALEM – Israeli occupation forces kidnapped, on Saturday morning, two young Palestinian men from the old city in occupied Jerusalem.

The occupation forces kidnapped two Palestinians from Hebron city in occupied West Bank, as they were coming to pray in the blessed (Al-Aqsa Mosque), according to Palestinian sources.

The sources added that Israeli soldiers confine buses carrying Palestinians from the West Bank to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The occupation forces confined the buses and freed the Palestinians who were detained through Zaytouna checkpoint in occupied West Bank – an occupation checkpoint-which separates Al-Tur, Al-Azariya and Abu Dis towns-.

The Palestinians of Jerusalem came to the aid of the people who was held at the checkpoint, and helped them to return to their towns.

(Source / 12.02.2022)

Prisoner Advocacy Groups: Israel Arrested 502 Palestinians in January

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested 502 Palestinians in January, prisoner advocacy groups said in a joint statement yesterday.

The Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees’ Affairs, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and Wadi Hilweh Information Centre said the detainees included 54 children, one of whom was under 12 years old, and six women.

“The number of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons has reached around 4,500 by the end of January, including 34 women, 180 minors, and about 500 under administrative detention,” the statement pointed out, in reference to Israel’s policy of holding Palestinians without charge or trial.

The statement added that the Israeli occupation authorities were continuing “to target Palestinian university students over their university activities.”

The rights groups noted that COVID-19 was “spreading in all Israeli prisons, especially Ofer Prison, where the number of infections had exceeded 500 cases.”

(Source / 12.02.2022)

Israeli Occupation Forces Suppress Rallies, Injure 165 Palestinians in Occupied West Bank

DAYS OF PALESTINE – WEST BANK – At least 165 Palestinians sustained injuries on Friday as Israeli occupation forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas shells to disperse rallies in different areas in the occupied West Bank.

In a statement, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society and field activists said medical teams treated 165 Palestinians in protests held in the West Bank cities of Nablus and Qalqilia.

In Beit Dajan town, Nablus, the medical staff dealt with 45 injuries, including “eight with rubber bullets, including two paramedics and a journalist, and 37 cases of gas suffocation, including two journalists.”

In Kafr Qaddoum, east of Qalqilya, 11 Palestinians were wounded by rubber bullets during confrontation with the occupying army.

On weekly basis, Palestinians hold demonstrations against illegal Jewish settlements in different parts of the West Bank, especially in Beita, Beit Dajan, and Kafr Qaddoum villages.

Israeli and Palestinian estimates indicate there are about 650,000 settlers living in 164 settlements and 116 outposts in the West Bank, including in occupied Jerusalem.

Under international law, all Jewish settlements in occupied territories are considered illegal.

(Source / 12.02.2022)