Israeli Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinian Children, Injure One, In Hebron

On Tuesday at dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted five Palestinian children and injured one from Hebron in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. The army also caused many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Media sources said many army jeeps invaded the Jabal Abu Rommana area in Hebron city before storming and ransacking homes and abducted Yamen Husam Abu Aisha, 14, and his brother Tamer, 13, in addition to Mohammad Nidal Abu Aisha, 15.

During the invasion, the soldiers fired gas bombs and concussion grenades, wounding a child in the leg and causing several Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

In Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, the soldiers invaded al-Qurna and Qaa’ al-Hara areas before storming and ransacking homes, and abducted Mohammad Khaled Sleibi, 15, and Abdul-Rahman Nassim Za’aqeeq, 14.

In related news, the army invaded the al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, leading to protests, before the soldiers fired gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

(Source / 15.02.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Eighteen Palestinians, Including Children, In West Bank

On Tuesday at dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted eighteen Palestinians, including many siblings and children, and injured many others during invasions into several communities across the occupied West Bank.

Media sources in Jenin, in northern West Bank, said several army jeeps invaded the city and surrounding areas, leading to protests.

They added that Palestinian resistance fighters also exchanged fire with the soldiers during the invasion into Jenin.

The soldiers stormed and ransacked dozens of homes across the occupied West Bank, causing damage, interrogated dozens of residents before abducting at least eighteen, including children.

In addition, the soldiers injured many Palestinians mainly due to the effects of tear gas inhalation during protests that took place after the army invaded the al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank.

The soldiers also invaded Hebron city fired gas bombs and concussion grenades, wounding a child in the leg and causing several Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The abducted were identified as:

  1. Abdul-Jabbar Jarrar, Jenin.
  2. Amjad Jarrar, Jenin.
  3. Jihad Jaradat, Jenin.
  4. Mohammad Mashayikh, Nablus.
  5. Mohammad al-Qatari, al-Am’ari refugee camp, Ramallah.
  6. Abdullah Sami Shabana, Sinjil town, Ramallah.
  7. Sa’id Eshteiwi, Kufur Qaddoum, Qalqilia.
  8. Mohammad Rafat Deeriyya, 16, Beit Fajjar, Bethlehem.
  9. Saqer Mohammad Taqatqa, 16, Beit Fajjar, Bethlehem.
  10. Mosallam Nasr Abdullah, Deir Ballout, Salfit.
  11. Mohsin Nasr Abdullah, Deir Ballout, Salfit.
  12. Yamen Husam Abu Aisha, 14, Hebron.
  13. Tamer Husam Abu Aisha, 13, Hebron.
  14. Mohammad Nidal Abu Aisha, 15.
  15. Mohammad Khaled Sleibi, 15, Beit Ummar, Hebron.
  16. Abdul-Rahman Nassim Za’aqeeq, 14, Beit Ummar, Hebron.
  17. Abdullah Taiseer Arouri, Aroura, Ramallah. (Former political prisoner)
  18. Adel Mohammad Khaseeb, Aroura, Ramallah. (Former political prisoner)

(Source / 15.02.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian In Nabi Saleh

On Tuesday afternoon, Israeli soldiers killed a young Palestinian man after shooting him with live fire in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, in the central part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the young man from Kafr Ein nearby village was shot in the abdomen and was rushed to the Istishari Hospital in Ramallah but succumbed to his serious wounds.

The slain young man was later identified as Nihad Amin Barghouthi, 24, who was also a former political prisoner, and a while back was shot and injured by the soldiers. His father is a retired Palestinian Intelligence officer.

An off-duty medic who lives nearby told Quds News Network (QNN) that the young man was not among the protesters but was walking in the area when the soldiers fired two rounds at him, hitting him with one.

“I rushed to help him and tried to talk to him, but he wasn’t alert, although he was still conscious…” the medic said, “We live in a village, no medical center or a hospital nearby, and then some Palestinians rushed to help before we took him in a civilian car to the hospital…”

Local activist Bilal Tamimi said the soldiers attacked Palestinian protesters at the village’s main entrance.

He added that the army fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at the Palestinians, causing several injuries.

In addition, the soldiers caused many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation after the army invaded the area surrounding the Al-Quds University in Abu Dis town, southeast of the occupied capital, Jerusalem.

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The invasion was carried out after the students organized a nonviolent procession in solidarity with the Palestinians Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem, subject to seriously escalating violations by the soldiers and the colonialist settlers.

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In related news, the soldiers attacked protesters in the Bab az-Zawiya area, in the center of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

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Eyewitnesses said the soldiers invaded the area, fired many concussion grenades and gas bombs at Palestinians who protested the attack and added that the army forced all stores to close.

Earlier Tuesday, the soldiers injured many Palestinians in the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.

(Source / 15.02.2022)

Anger Mounts in West Bank at Increasingly Under-Fire Mahmoud Abbas: Investigation

Angry demonstrators carry pictures of Nizar Banat, an outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority, and chant anti-PA slogans during a rally protesting his death, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, June 24, 2021. Banat who was a candidate in parliamentary elections called off earlier this year died after Palestinian security forces arrested him and beat him with batons on Thursday, his family said

DAYS OF PALESTINE – WEST BANK – France 24 has published an investigation into the Palestinian Authority’s killing of Palestinian activist Nizar Banat after his arrest, and the repercussions that this has caused among Palestinians.

France 24 reporters travelled around the West Bank, from Hebron to Nablus and from Ramallah to Balata, where more and more Palestinians are expressing their lack of hope. As Nizar Banat’s cousin told the reporters: “We are caught between two occupiers. The Israeli occupier and the occupier that is the Authority of Mahmoud Abbas”.

On June 24, 2021, Palestinian political activist Nizar Banat died after being violently beaten by Palestinian security forces. Banat was a fierce critic of corruption in the Palestinian Authority.

His killing had an immediate effect: Thousands took to the streets in the Palestinian Territories to protest against the ruling Fatah party and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The 86-year-old Abbas is clinging on to his position, having cancelled the first elections in 16 years. Our reporters Gwendoline Debono and Laurent Van der Stockt went to meet Palestinians who are openly denouncing their leadership and who feel abandoned.

In this documentary, Nizar Banat’s family members speak out about the intimidation they say they have suffered in their fight to obtain justice for him. Camp militiamen tell us why they are now joining radical movements. Students in the Hebron region, meanwhile, feel abandoned amid increasing violence from Israeli settlers.

In terms of key political issues, Palestinians do not expect any real changes to follow. The status quo suits both Israel and the PA, Palestinians said in France 24 investigation.

The PLO exists mainly to rubber-stamp Abbas’s controversial decisions, according to the investigation.

After killing of the activists Nizar Banat, the Palestinians have already come out to reject the ruling elite. Amid growing discontent with the status quo, Palestinians know they must unite not only to resist Israel, but also to reclaim their own institutions.

People who have remained on their land and resisted occupation for more than seven decades can surely reclaim their cause from an illegitimate leadership.

Globally, Palestinians need to unite to pressure the current leadership to make way for the next generation, and to push western states to stop supporting the status quo, which gives Israel the cover it needs.

Such calls for change can bring significant pressure on Abbas and his team to step down – and this movement will continue long past the PCC meeting.

(Source / 15.02.2022)

Media Foundation Launch Lifesaving Campaign to Support Palestinian Detainees in Israeli Prisons

DAYS OF PALESTINE – GAZA – Palestinian Media Foundation have launched, early this week, a tweeting campaign to encourage people to support the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli occupation prisons.

The campaign expresses the concerns for the lives of Palestinian suffering from health complications in Israeli prisons, according to campaign’s invitation.

Days of Palestine invited all social media users to join the campaign and condemn Israel’s inhumane treatment of Palestinian prisoners.

The Executive Director of ‘Days of Palestine’ Media Foundation, Eng. Saber Elyan, said that the campaign seeks to make people aware of the situation of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.

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“The Israeli occupation deliberately uses these arbitrary measures against Palestinian prisoners in order to undermine them.” he added.

“We demand proper medical care be provided and, ultimately, their release from prison.” Elyan stressed.

“We need your support of Palestinian prisoners and human rights, and we encourage you to share their stories to put pressure on the occupying government.” Elyan said. “We call on the international community to hold Israel accountable for their actions and to protect the lives of prisoners, under the precepts of justice, human rights, and international law.” Elyan called on the social media users.

Many activists, politicians, journalists and writers participated in the campaign, stressing their continued support for the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli occupation prisons.

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In recent months, several Palestinians have lacked proper medical care in Israeli prisons; many of them are at imminent risk of being murdered by the Israeli government.

(Source / 15.02.2022)

Palestinian Group Helps Gaza Children with Cancer in Jerusalem’ Hospitals

Many Palestinians have lost their lives since 2006, as Israel refuses to issue medical permits for those living in the Gaza strip. Over the past 16 years, Israel has imposed a blockade on the strip after Palestinian resistance group Hamas won the legislative elections.

While children affected with cancer do get medical permits to be treated in Jerusalem hospitals, their parents are not allowed to accompany them. They are either left alone in hospitals or one of the old grandparents is only allowed to attend to them.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency coinciding International Childhood Cancer Day, which is being observed on Tuesday, Nimah Alyan, 22, from Jerusalem, said that to overcome such issues, she has created an initiative to help cancer-affected children and their families.

“We were nine friends at the beginnings, today we are more than 20 volunteers from Jerusalem and its neighborhoods. This experience has made my heart a tender,” she said.

The idea to set up the group came when Alyan met the seven-month-old child Mayar, who had come from Gaza to Jerusalem after being diagnosed with a tumor in the retina. Although her mother was allowed to accompany her to Israeli Hadassah Ain Karam Hospital, she was unable to communicate with anyone in the hospital

“For more than ten days her mother did not know any clear details about her daughter’s health status, because she did not speak Hebrew or English. Because of this, the mother had days and nights of fear, she thought doctors would have surgery to remove her daughter’s eye,” she said.

Meanwhile, the mother herself got sick, as she was pregnant and was not able to take care of her ailing child.

Reeling under pressure, the mother sent a message to one of the social media activists in Jerusalem who forward the message to Alyan. A few hours later, Alyan was at the hospital with that activist.

“We talked to the medical staff there and they clarified for us the details of the situation in Hebrew. Language is one of the major challenges for the Palestinians who come from Gaza,” Alyan told Anadolu Agency.

They take children from the Beit Hanoun military barrier on the north of Gaza to Jerusalem in their cars, escorting them to the hospital and providing support during their chemotherapy and surgical treatment.

“Those who speak Hebrew stay with children to understand and follow up the medical situation for them and give these details for their families in Gaza,” she added.

Alyan highlighted that they are trying to help socially too by keeping the contact between the volunteers and the families of the children and performing supportive activities at the hospital to make these children feel safe and well.

“These children are a part of us, and their stories touch me deeply. For all my life, I can’t forget Mayar’s mother’s facial expressions when we told her that her baby wouldn’t lose her eye,” said Alyan.

In collaboration with Augusta Victoria Hospital’s cancer department, the initiative carries out voluntary entertainment activities frequently and assistance in the provision of accommodation supplies for children.

“When I see the sense of safety and reassurance in these children’s eyes, I realize the importance of what we’re doing, and we have to keep doing this,” she said.

(Source / 15.02.2022)

Israeli Occupation Forces Demolish Palestinian Two-Story Building in West Bank

DAYS OF PALESTINE -WEST BANK – Israeli occupation forces demolished, on Tuesday morning, a Palestinian house in al-Bireh city in the occupied West Bank city.

Wissam Jouwailes, the owners of the building, built his house about a year ago, noting that the Israeli occupation forces notified him two months ago to demolish it.

He added that the army raided their neighborhood and demolished his house without any prior demolition notice.

Hundreds of Palestinians face forced displacement and ethnic cleansing from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, other Jerusalem neighborhoods and West bank.

(Source / 15.02.2022)

Israeli Occupation Forces Kidnap 16 Palestinians from West Bank

DAYS OF PALESTINE – WEST BANK – Israeli occupation forces, on Tuesday overnight, kidnapped 16 Palestinians, including three minors, from various parts of the West Bank, according to Palestinian sources.

Israeli occupation forces kidnapped 4 Palestinians after storming their houses in al-Am’ari  refugee camp, south of al-Bireh city and Ramallah.

In occupied Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers stormed al-Eizariya town, southeast of the city, where the soldiers detained another and ransacked his house as well as his brother’s, turning them upside down.

Israeli soldiers kidnapped a Palestinian after storming his house in Beit Sahur city, east of Bethlehem.

Israeli occupation forces also carried out a similar raid in Beit Fajjar town, south of the city, kidnapped two minors.

In Hebron, Israeli soldiers kidnapped three Palestinians, including two 15-old minors, after storming the houses of their families in Jabal Abu Rumman neighborhood.

Israeli occupation forces opened fire towards Palestinians, injured a Palestinian by a concussion grenade in his foot.

In the northern West Bank, the occupation forces stormed Jenin city, re-kidnapped a former prisoner and thoroughly searched his house, turning it topsy-turvy.

The military vehicles also stormed Askar refugee camp, east of Nablus and Kafr Qaddoum village, east of Qalqiliya where the soldiers detained 2 Palestinians.

Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank.

(Source / 15.02.2022)

Israeli Occupation Forces Continue Suppression of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah

DAYS OF PALESTINE – JERUSALEM – Israeli occupation forces arrested 31 Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem, according to Palestinian sources.

Palestinians were protesting against the encroachment of land belonging to a Palestinian family inside occupied Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

The Palestinians were opposing the setting of a “camp” office by an ultra right-wing Jewish member of the Israeli parliament from the Religious Zionism party, Itamar Ben Gvir.

Hundreds of local Palestinians gathered and tried to remove the tents erected by Gvir’s supporters when Israeli security forces fired at them with rubber coated bullets, tear gas and sound bombs.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, at least 31 Palestinians were injured, with six of them hospitalized. The Israeli forces also arrested at least 13 Palestinians.

Local NGOs and rights groups have long pointed to a range of Israeli practices and policies in Jerusalem aimed at altering the demographic ratio in favour of Jews, a goal laid out as “maintaining a solid Jewish majority in the city” in the municipality’s 2000 masterplan.

Unlawful settlement expansion, Palestinian home demolitions, and restrictions on urban development are some of the main ways being used to realize this goal, according to rights groups.

Israel militarily occupied the eastern half of the city in 1967. Only 13 percent is zoned for Palestinian development and residential construction, most of which is already built up.

Some 57 percent of all land in occupied East Jerusalem has been expropriated by the Israeli occupation, including from private Palestinian owners, for both the building of illegal settlements and zoning of land as “green areas and public infrastructure”. The remaining 30 percent comprises “unplanned areas” where construction is also banned.

At least 280 Palestinian households in Jerusalem consisting of 970 people, including 424 children, are at risk of forced displacement by Israeli authorities, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA).

Grassroots al-Quds, a Jerusalem-based Palestinian NGO, said Israel’s actions come as part of “a large-scale plan to empty al-Sheikh Jarrah of its Palestinian residents,” including plans to build new illegal Jewish settlements.

In May, popular Palestinian protests erupted when Israeli authorities attempted to forcibly displace six Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah for settlers to move in.

(Source / 15.02.2022)