WAFA: “Israeli Colonizers Raze Palestinian Vegetable Stands In Northern Jordan Valley”

JORDAN VALLEY, Tuesday, March 8, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli colonizers razed vegetable stands along Route 90 in the northern Jordan Valley, according to a local activist.

Fares Fuqaha said that the Council of Israeli colonial settlements, under military protection, escorted bulldozers to dismantle five wholesale vegetable stands the Palestinian farmers used to display their products and seized the vegetables.

The racks belong to five farmers from the Tubas-district villages of Kardala, Bardala, and Ein al-Beida.

Meanwhile, Aref Daraghma, a field human rights researcher, cautioned that the sabotage of the vegetable display racks came as part of a wider grave policy aimed at depriving Palestinians of their sources of livelihood.

Road 90 is one of two main thoroughfares which extend the length of the valley parallel to the Jordan River.

The Jordan Valley, which is a fertile strip of land running west along the Jordan River, is home to about 65,000 Palestinians and makes up approximately 30% of the West Bank.

Since 1967, when the Israeli army occupied the West Bank, Israel has transferred at least 11,000 of its Jewish citizens to the Jordan Valley. Some of the settlements in which they live were built almost entirely on private Palestinian land.

The Israel military has also designated about 46 percent of the Jordan Valley as a closed military zone since the beginning of the occupation in June 1967 and has been utilizing the pretext of military drills to forcefully displace Palestinian families living there as part of a policy of ethnic cleansing and stifling Palestinian development in the area.

Approximately 6,200 Palestinians live in thirty-eight communities in places earmarked for military use and have had to obtain permission from the Israeli authorities to enter and live in their communities.

In violation of international law, the Israeli military not only temporarily displaces the communities on a regular basis but also confiscates their farmlands, demolishes their homes and infrastructure from time to time.

Besides undergoing temporary displacement, the Palestinian families living there face myriad restrictions on access to resources and services. Meanwhile, Israel exploits the resources of the area and generates profit by allocating generous tracts of land and water resources for the benefit of settlers.

Israeli politicians have made it clear on several occasions that the highly strategic Jordan Valley would remain under their control in any eventuality.

(Source / 09.03.2022)

Israeli Colonizers Install Outpost On Palestinian Lands Near Bethlehem

On Tuesday evening, many illegal Israeli colonizers invaded Palestinian lands in Battir town, west of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank, and installed an outpost.

Local nonviolent activist against the occupation and colonies, Mariam Moammar, said the colonizers invaded the Taff Abdullah area before installing sheds and mobile homes on private Palestinian lands.

Moammar added that the colonizers closed the area to install the outpost on the private Palestinian lands while Israeli soldiers prevented the locals from approaching it.

The colonizers installed the outpost to illegally occupy the lands and expand it by annexing more privately-owned Palestinian lands.

The area witnesses seriously escalating violations by the colonizers and the Israeli soldiers who constantly attack the Palestinians and deny them access to their lands.

The lands in the area are a constant target for illegal Israeli colonialist activities, especially since it is near the illegal Gush Etzion colonialist bloc.

The colonizers have been trying to occupy the entire area for many years by constantly invading them and installing outposts, especially since the Israeli army has been preventing the Palestinians from entering or rehabilitating their land.

Once Israel considers the lands to be “deserted,” after barring their Palestinian owners from entering them, it then uses its “laws” to declare them “state lands,” which also facilitates the illegal takeover by the colonizers.

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 / 09.03.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday evening, three young Palestinian men in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers attacked many Palestinians who confronted illegal Israeli colonizers, assaulting them and their homes.

They added that the soldiers abducted three young men, took them to an interrogation facility in Jerusalem, and did not attempt to remove the assailing colonizers.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Ras Karkar and the al-Janiya villages west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, leading to protests.

During the invasion, the soldiers fired gas bombs at the protesters and a few surrounding homes

In the year 2020, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated that Israeli colonialist groups filed lawsuits with Israeli courts to displace more than 218 Palestinian families (970 persons, including at least 424 children), in occupied East Jerusalem, including 75 families in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

The Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood has seen demolitions and forcible transfers in the last several months, including the Salem family who recently received a final eviction order from the Israeli occupation authorities after granting the property to the illegal Israeli colonizers.

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Several other Palestinian families in the neighborhood continue to be under the threat of mass forcible transfer by Israeli courts.

It is important to note that in 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip, on November 22, 1967, the United Nations Security Council passed resolution #242 recognizing East Jerusalem as occupied by the state of Israel, founded in 1948.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states the following;

  • The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.
  • Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.

Therefore, all settlements in East Jerusalem in addition to the rest of the West Bank are illegal under International Law and Security Council resolutions.

(Source / 09.03.2022)

Palestinian Dies From Serious Wounds He Suffered In Nablus

On Wednesday at dawn, Palestinian medical sources confirmed that a young man died from severe wounds he suffered a week earlier, after Israeli soldiers shot him near Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The slain young man has been identified as Ahmad Hikmat Saif, 23, from Burqa village, north of Nablus.

The soldiers shot the young man with three live rounds in the chest and leg during protests that erupted when the army invaded Burqa.

Ahmad had undergone several surgeries and remained in a critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit in a hospital in Nablus until he succumbed to his serious wounds.

The medical director of the an-Najah Hospital in Nablus, Dr. Abdul-Karim Barqawi, said Ahmad suffered a gunshot wound to the spine before the bullet lodged in his lung and two bullets in the left thigh and leg.

He required twenty-five units of blood due to severe bleeding in the chest and abdomen and was hooked to respiratory machines but remained in a critical condition due to the severe damage to his internal organs.

Dr. Abdul-Karim added that Ahmad suffered severe bleeding when one of the bullets severed the main artery and required intensive treatment of his internal organs severely damaged by the bullets.

The soldiers shot Ahmad when they invaded the western area of Burqa and attacked dozens of Palestinians who marched in solidarity with political prisoners held by Israel and facing constant violations of their rights.

Burqa and surrounding villages witness constant Israeli invasions and violations by the soldiers and the illegal colonialist settlers, who repeatedly try to reoccupy Palestinian lands in and around the location of the former Homesh colony, which Israel evacuated in the year 2005.

(Source / 09.03.2022)

Soldiers Invade Villages Near Ramallah and Bethlehem

On Tuesday night, Israeli soldiers invaded two villages near Ramallah, and one near Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, leading to protests.

Media sources in Ramallah in the central West Bank said that several Israeli army jeeps invaded Ras Karkar and the al-Janiya villages west of Ramallah, leading to protests.

The sources added that the soldiers fired several gas bombs and concussion grenades at the protesters.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Teqoua’, east of Bethlehem, and installed surveillance cameras on electric poles in the Khirbat ad-Deir area in the center of the town.

On Wednesday at dawn, Palestinian medical sources confirmed that Ahmad Hikmat Saif, 23, died from severe wounds he suffered a week earlier, after Israeli soldiers shot him near Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 09.03.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Twenty Palestinians In West Bank

On Wednesday at dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded many communities across the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, searched and ransacked dozens of homes, and abducted at least twenty Palestinians.

In Ramallah, in the central West Bank, the soldiers invaded the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the city, searched many homes before abducting Tawfiq Issa Rantis, 60, and his son, Mohammad, 20, in addition to Ata Sharaka and Mahmoud al-Ghazzawi.

The soldiers also invaded several neighborhoods in Deir Abu Mashal village, west of Ramallah, before abducting a former political prisoner, Mahdi Barghouthi, in addition to Mo’men Sa’id Dahshan, Hani Mamdouh Dahshan, and Hussein Shaher Eid.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers abducted two former political prisoners, Qassem Abu Hussein, Fadi Abu Daoud, in addition to Ashraf al-Mohtaseb, Nabil Abdin, and Shaher Abu Aisha, after storming their homes and ransacking them.

In Jenin, in the northern part of the West Bank, the soldiers invaded and searched homes and abducted a former political prisoner, Mahmoud Kamel al-’Ayya, in addition to Mohammad Ahmad Souqiyya and Khaled al-Haj.

In Fahma village, southwest of Jenin, the soldiers searched many homes before abducting Labib Nawasra and former political prisoner Yousef Nawasra.

During the invasion, the soldiers detained Abdullah and his brother Othman Mara’ba from their homes and interrogated them for several hours before releasing them.

The invasion led to protests before the soldiers fired many gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets.

The soldiers also invaded the Housing neighborhood and Askar al-Jadid refugee camp, east of Nablus in northern West Bank, searched homes, and exchanged fire with resistance fighters in the refugee camp.

In Salfit, in the central West Bank, the soldiers invaded the az-Zawiya town, west of the city, searched homes, and abducted Yousef Abdul-Qarim Shqeir, 20.

In the ar-Ram town, north of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, Mershed ash-Shawamra, from his home.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded Tuqu’ town, east of the city, searched homes, and abducted a child, Hamada Tareq Sabah, 16.

On Wednesday at dawn, Palestinian medical sources confirmed that Ahmad Hikmat Saif, 23, from Burqa village, north of Nablus, died from severe wounds he suffered a week earlier, after Israeli soldiers shot him near Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

On Tuesday evening, undercover Israeli soldiers kidnapped a young man, Taha Na’na’, near Tal village, southwest of Nablus.

The soldiers also abducted three Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 09.03.2022)

Soldiers Demolish A Palestinian Home In Hebron

On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers demolished a Palestinian home in the Khallet al-Eeda area in Jabal Johar, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Several army jeeps and bulldozers invaded the area before storming the home and assaulted the family before forcing the Palestinians out of the property.

The soldiers then demolished the property without allowing the family to remove its furniture and belongings.

The Israeli army claims the home was built without a permit from the so-called “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of the illegal Israeli occupation in Palestine.

The demolished property was a one hundred square meter home owned by Saddam Jawad Jaber and his family, who were rendered homeless.

Israel’s policy of home demolitions is an illegal act of collective punishment that violates International Law.

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 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 / 09.03.2022)

Occupation Forces Demolish an Under-Construction Home in Jerusalem

Israeli forces demolished, on Wednesday, a Palestinian-owned home in the Shu’fat refugee camp, in occupied East Jerusalem, the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA) reported.

The army invaded the refugee camp and occupied rooftops, before a they used a bulldozer to destroy the under-construction home, under the pretext of non-licensing.

The occupation authorities allow illegal Israeli colonialist settlers to build in the West bank, while simultaneously restricting permits to the indigenous Palestinian population as a means of demographic control.

In related news, a Palestinian identified as Thaer Siam, demolished his own home in Beit Hanina town in occupied East Jerusalem, Al-Qastal news reported.

Al-Qastal

According to Article 17 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

“1. Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
2. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.”

(Shu’fat) Wall & Colonization Resistance Commission

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(Source / 09.03.2022)