Settlement Expansion in Occupied West Bank City Increase by 200% in 2021

DAYS OF PALESTINE – WEST BANK – Settlement expansion in Salfit city in the occupied West Bank is increasing and reaching unprecedented levels, Dr. Khaled Maali, researcher in settlement affairs said.

“Expansion and settlement activity exceeded 200% in 2021 compared to 2020, especially in the north areas of Salfit city in Wadi Abd al-Rahman, and in Jabal al-Ras, west of the city.” Khaled Maali said.

Maali pointed out that the Israeli occupation announced a plan in 2021 that will seize 4,000 dunams in al- Ras area west of Salfit, 2,000 dunams in Wadi Abd al-Rahman, north of Salfit, and other lands in villages and towns in the governorate.

Maali indicated the intention to open a road to link “Ariel” settlement with the industrial zone, and to establish a railway linking “Ariel” settlement to Tel Aviv, crossing with the stolen Palestinian lands.

“The Israeli occupation has transferred Salfit Governorate from Al-Zaytoun Governorate to the Settlement Governorate.” Maali added.

(Source / 14.02.2022)

Israeli Settlers Raze Palestinian Lands, Uproot 40 Olive Trees in Salfit

Days of Palestine – Salfit – Hardline Israeli settlers razed on Monday areas of lands of the village of Shufa and uprooted dozens of olive trees for Palestinian farmers southeast of Tulkarm in the occupied West Bank.

Local sources said that the lands and olive trees belong to the Hamed family from the village.

Tahseen Hamed, an activist in the field of land defense in Shufa, said that they were surprised this morning when they went to work on the land, with razing operations about a kilometer long and opening a road towards the settlement of Avni Hefetz, which is built on the lands of the villages of Shufa, Kafa, Kafr al-Labad, and al-Hafasi.

“More than 40 olive trees were uprooted, indicating that the bulldozing operations took place in the cover of darkness,” he added.

Although violence and vandalism by Israeli settlers are commonplace throughout the year, attacks and acts of vandalism by Israeli settlers intensified during the past three months across the occupied West Bank, especially in the north of the territory.

Israeli settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli occupation authorities.

There are over 650,000 Israeli settlers living in colonial settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in violation of international law and consensus.

(Source / 14.02.2022)

Israeli Occupation Forces Kidnap 10 Palestinians in Occupied West Bank, Jerusalem

DAYS OF PALESTINE – Israeli occupation forces kidnapped, on Monday, at least ten Palestinians from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

The Israeli soldiers invaded Balata refugee camp, east of the city, searched homes and abducted the Palestinian Ahmad Abdul-Qader Sour.

The occupation forces invaded Salfit city in occupied West bank, searched homes and abducted the Palestinians Saqer Talhami Rayyan and Qassam Abdullah ad-Deek.

In Abu Dis town, southeast of the occupied Palestinian capital Jerusalem in the West Bank, the soldiers abducted the Palestinian Adam Bahar from his home.

The soldiers also invaded Beit Anan town northwest of Jerusalem and kidnapped Mohammad Mousa Jomhoor from his home.

Israeli occupation forces shot a Palestinian with a live bullet in the shoulder during protests that took place after the army invaded Abu Dis, Medical sources said.

The soldiers also abducted four Palestinians, including a teenage boy, from their homes in the Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

In related news, the Israeli occupation forces killed a Palestinian teen and injured at least 20 Palestinians during protests that erupted after many Israeli army vehicles invaded Silat al-Harithiya town, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

(Source / 14.02.2022)

IOF Attack Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah, Injure 29 Citizens

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) attacked Sunday Palestinian citizens in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, injured 29 Palestinians during scuffles that broke out after the hardline a far-right Religious Zionist illegally opened a parliamentary office in the neighborhood.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Jerusalem stated that among the injuries were three paramedics, two foreign solidarity activists, and a child.

They added that the injuries varied between rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs that caused burns, beatings, and pepper gas spray, noting that 6 of the injured were taken to hospital.

The IOF continued their attacks on the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, east of occupied Jerusalem, closing its western entrance with iron mounds.

IOF also chased out the solidarity activists present in the vicinity of the Salem family’s house, threatened with imminent expulsion, and evacuated its surroundings for settlers and extremist Knesset member Itamar Ben Gvir, assaulting the families and solidarity activists with rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas and sound bombs, which led to the injury of dozens, and the arrest of seven people.

The number of people detained in the neighborhood since last night has reached thirteen.

The neighborhood residents reportedly performed the Maghrib (sunset) prayers in the neighborhood after calls to remain alert to respond to the attacks of settlers, who tried to obstruct the performance of the prayer by standing in front of the worshipers and playing loud music.

(Source / 14.02.2022)

Israeli Bulldozers Conduct Incursions East of Gaza

DAYS OF PALESTINE – GAZA – Israeli occupation army bulldozers carried out on Monday morning a limited incursion into the east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip.

The bulldozers moved from a military post behind the isolation fence into a border area in the east of Khan Yunis and started leveling farms and properties of Palestinians farmers in the area, eyewitnesses said to Days of Palestine.

The Israeli occupation forces opened fire at farmers working in their lands in the east of Khan Yunis. Palestinian medical resources reported no casualties in the incident.

The eastern border areas of Gaza are repeatedly exposed to Israeli military incursions and gunfire attacks, which are seen as violations of the last ceasefire understandings between the Palestinian resistance and Israeli occupation forces.

(Source / 14.02.2022)

Israeli Occupation Forces kill Palestinian Teen in West Bank

DAYS OF PALESTINE – WEST BANK -Israeli occupation forces have shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian during the Israeli occupation forces’ storming of Jenin refugee camp, Palestinian sources reported.

The Palestinian health ministry said Israeli occupation forces killed the Palestinian teen Mohammad Abu Salah during Israeli operation to demolish the Palestinian prisoner “Mahmoud Jaradat ” in Silat al-Harithiya village in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli occupation forces attacked the Palestinians before the explosion to disperse them, which led to the killing of the Palestinian child on the spot, according to eyewitnesses.

Israeli occupation regularly destroys the homes of Palestinian prisoners, in occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

The practice has been condemned by international law as a form of collective punishment.

(Source / 14.02.2022)

Pro-Israel Smear Campaign Target in Dutch Organisation after Freedom of Information Request Leak

DAYS OF PALESTINE – The Rights Forum in the Netherlands said on Friday that it has been subjected to a “smear campaign” after a request to Dutch universities for information on ties to Israel and pro-Israel organisations was leaked.

The Rights Forum said it submitted the WOB request, the equivalent of a Freedom of Information request, to the universities “a few weeks ago”.

“In the WOB request submitted, universities are asked for information about their organisational ties with Israeli academic institutions and companies, as well as with organisations in the Netherlands and abroad that are known for their active and unconditional support for Israel’s domination of the Palestinians,” the Rights Forum said in a statement.

The group said that their request was leaked by an employee at one of the universities to a pro-Israel organisation, then to De Telegraaf, one of the Netherlands’ biggest newspapers.

“In no time, a smear campaign was launched in which The Rights Forum is accused… of anti-Semitism. Our office was inundated with abuse and hate messages by phone and email,” the group said.

The group blamed the campaign on high-profile pro-Israel figures and columnists, who had accused the request and the organisation of being anti-Semitic.

As a result of the request, more than a dozen Dutch universities asked their staff to list interactions they have had with Israeli and pro-Israel organisations, The Israeli media reported on Saturday.

The Israeli media said some of the organisations listed by The Rights Forum are “mainstream Jewish entities from the Netherlands and beyond that do not define themselves as Israeli or solely focused on Israel”.

The Rights Forum said it had put in the WOB request on behalf of a group of pro-Palestine staff and academics who feared they would be subject to a smear campaign if they submitted the request themselves.

“The academics and students approached us in December with the request to submit the WOB request they had drawn up to the universities. They feared damaging consequences for their careers if they did so themselves,” The Rights Forum said.

Last month, the London-based Amnesty International joined the New York-based Human Rights Watch and the Jerusalem-based B’Tselem in calling Israel’s abusive and cruel system of domination over the Palestinians an apartheid, which amounts to a crime against humanity.

Predictably, Israel and its supporters condemned the report and rejected its detailed and well-documented findings as biased distortions. And like the two reports by B’Tselem and Human Rights Watch, it seems none of the critics bothered to read the 280 pages Amnesty produced, let alone argue against the airtight case in them.

(Source / 14.02.2022)