After over 4 months, ‘Israel’ to release body of Palestinian teenager killed by settler

Omar Ibrahim Ayoub Abu Assab, 16, who was shot and killed by an Israeli settler in Jerusalem’s Old City on November 17

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation authorities have decided to return the body of a slain Palestinian teenager who was shot dead last september by Israeli soldiers in Occupied Jerusalem.

After holding his body for over four months, ‘Israel’ decided to hand over the body of the slain Palestinian teenager, Omar Abu Assab, next Monday, his family said, according to reports.

Omar Ibrahim Ayoub Abu Assab, 16, was shot and killed by a well-armed Israeli settler after he allegedly stabbed two Israeli police officers in Jerusalem’s Old City around 5:30 p.m. on November 17, 2021.

Eyewitnesses said that the armed settler fired at least six shots at Omar.

Since that time, Omar’s body remains in Israeli custody, and Omar’s parents and older brother were detained from their home in East Jerusalem’s Issawiya neighborhood and questioned by Israeli police after the killing. They were only notified of Omar’s death after their interrogations.

The incident took place close to the headquarter of “Ateret Cohanim”, a settlement association responsible for dozens of displacement cases against native Jerusalemites.

The armed settler who shot and killed Omar was identified in news media reports as the head of the yeshiva.

Israeli occupation authorities’ practice of confiscating and withholding Palestinian bodies is a violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, which include absolute prohibitions on cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment, as well as stipulate that parties of an armed conflict must bury the deceased in an honorable way. For families, the practice amounts to collective punishment in violation of international humanitarian law.

‘Israel’ continues to withhold the bodies of nine Palestinian children its forces killed, in violation of international law, rights group Defence for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) said lately.

The group said that Israel’s practice of retaining bodies of Palestinian children, based on accusations they carried out stabbing attacks, is unlawful.

“Withholding bodies is a violation of both international law and human rights laws, which includes an absolute prohibition of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and stipulates that parties to armed conflict must bury the dead in an honorable manner,” the DCIP said.

“It falls under the policy of collective punishment practised by the [Israeli] occupation against the Palestinian people, and the harm caused to the families of the martyrs as a result amounts to collective punishment that violates international humanitarian law.”

Since 1967, ‘Israel’ had also established cemeteries of numbers in closed military zones where it held the bodies of Palestinians and Arab citizens who were killed during the war or the struggle against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.

The nine Palestinian children named by the DCIP were all under 18 at the time of their death, with the youngest being two 15-year-olds: Yousef Mohammad Odeh from Jenin and Mohammad Nidal Musa from Nablus.

The nine teenagers were killed as early as 2016 and as late as December 2021.

DCIP said in December that 2021 was the deadliest year for Palestinian children since 2014, as Israeli forces killed 76 Palestinians under 18, 15 of them in occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem and 61 in the besieged Gaza Strip.

In Israeli prisons, there are currently 180 Palestinian children imprisoned, according to Addameer, an NGO advocating for Palestinian detainees.

(Source / 05.03.2022)

‘Israel’ forces 4-member Jerusalemite family to self-demolish house

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

At the order of the Israeli occupation municipality, Jerusalemite Ra’ef Shweiki self-demolished his own house in Beit Hanina to avoid paying an additional exorbitant fine for the demolition costs to the Israeli municipality (the staff and the police) if it carries out the demolition.

Ra’ef Shweiki, a Palestinian resident of Beit Hanina neighborhood in occupied #Jerusalem, embarked today on dismantling his own home at pressure from the all-Israeli municipality.

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The Jerusalemite said that he was forced to carry out the demolition by himself to avoid paying an exorbitant fine for the demolition costs to the Israeli municipality.

He said he was living in this house with his wife and his two children for 8 years and they now have no place to live in.

“With my own hands, I destroyed what I have been building all over the past years,” the Jerusalemite said.

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 Israeli occupation 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 favour of the Israeli settlers in the occupied city.

‘Israel’ has been moving settlers into the occupied Jerusalem neighbourhoods since the 1980s. This has resulted in numerous human rights violations, including the forced displacement of Palestinian residents and house demolitions.

Hundreds of Palestinian families are being threatened with forced displacement and house demolitions by illegal settler groups, fully supported by the Israeli occupation government.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including the eastern part of occupied Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

In 2021, the Israeli forces demolished approximately 950 Palestinian-owned structures in the occupied West Bank and occupied Jerusalem, according to statistics by the Land Research Centre.

(Source / 06.03.2022)

Palestinian administrative detainees continue to boycott Israeli Military Courts for 64th day in row

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- 500 Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli prisons have been boycotting Israeli Military Courts for the 64th day in a row, in protest against their indefinite detention without charges or trials.

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

Among the 500 administrative detainees are 4 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.

For over a week, sick detainees in Israeli prisons have also been boycotting prisons’ clinics, medicines, and medical check-ups, protesting their unfair administrative detention without charges or trials and calling for an immediate release.

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. In 2015 alone, ‘Israel’ issued 1248 administrative detention orders.

According to the Palestinian prisoner advocacy groups, there are now 4,500 Palestinians held in Israeli occupation jails, including 32 women, 180 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 Palestinian 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 issued 1,114 administrative detention orders while in 2021, 1595 administrative detention orders were issued.

In January 2022, ‘Israel’ issued 96 administrative detention orders: 51 new orders and 45 renewal orders.

(Source / 05.03.2022)

Palestinian Family Forced to Demolish Their Home in Jerusalem

Israeli authorities forced, on Friday, a Palestinian family to demolish their own home in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA) reported.

According to Ra’ef Salaymeh, the homeowner, the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem coerced him to destroy his family’s home, under the pretext that it was built without an Israeli issued permit, despite his efforts to obtain permission for eight years.

The authorities threatened Salaymeh with a 100,000 shekel ($30,468 USD) fine if municipality crews carried out the demolition, forcing the 4 member family to tear down their own home, causing them to be homeless.

According to the latest United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Protection of Civilians Report, between February 8 and February 21, 2022;

“The Israeli authorities demolished, confiscated, or forced owners to demolish 29 Palestinian-owned homes and other structures in Area C and East Jerusalem, citing the lack of Israeli-issued building permits. As a result, 23 people were displaced, including eleven children, and the livelihoods of about 300 others were affected.”
– OCHA

(Source / 05.03.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Child In Hebron

On Friday night, Israeli soldiers abducted a Palestinian child at the main entrance of the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers, permanently stationed at the main entrance of the refugee camp, abducted a child and took him to a nearby military base.

They added that the child was identified as Qasim Abdul-Rahman al-Hmouz, only thirteen years old.

In related news, Palestinian protesters hurled Molotov cocktails at a military tower near Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, in the central West Bank.

Palestinian fighters also fired several live rounds at soldiers near the illegal Psegot Israeli colony, built on stolen Palestinian lands in the al-Biereh city, near Ramallah.

(Source / 05.03.2022)

Israel To Transfer Corpse Of Slain Child To His Family

The Israeli occupation authorities have decided to transfer the corpse of a child, killed by the soldiers in November of 2021, to his family, in occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

The family said the army said it intended to hand them the corpse of their son, Omar Ibrahim Abu Assab, 16, on the evening of this coming Monday, after holding his body for more than three and a half months.

It is worth mentioning that Abu Assab, from the al-Isawiya town in Jerusalem, was shot by Israeli soldiers in the al-Wad Street, in the occupied capital, Jerusalem, on November 17, 2021.

The Israeli army claimed the soldiers shot him after stabbing two police officers and refused to transfer his corpse to his family for a proper burial ceremony.

Hours after his death, Israeli soldiers, intelligence agents, and police officers invaded the family’s home, ransacked it before abducting his father, mother, and brother, and released them after several hours of interrogation.

Attorney Mohammad Mahmoud of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) said a surveillance video released by the Israeli police shows that the officers could have subdued the teen without killing him if they had to resort to live fire.

(Source / 05.03.2022)