Adalah takes ‘Israel’ to court for ban on Palestinian families reunification

Palestinians and supporters demonstrating in front of then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, against the law preventing Palestinian families reunification on April 14, 2013 

‘Israel’ targets the Palestinian Arab population with 65 different government laws and regulations

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel has petitioned Israel’s Supreme Court protesting against the ban on Palestinian families reunification.

On March 13, three attorneys from Adalah submitted a petition to Israel’s Supreme Court.

The petition came on the basis that Israel’s ban on Palestinian families reunification violated fundamental constitutional rights.

It added that the ban was contrary to international law.

“The law’s initiators relied on sweeping determinations that any ‘descendants’ of a Palestinian parent constitute a security threat.”

“They also relied on the prohibited ‘enemy alien’ doctrine..”

“..which determines that any individual living in an ‘enemy territory’ is to be considered an enemy.”

Adalah argues that the law aimed to ensure a Jewish demographic majority.

Moreover, it called it one of the most racist and discriminatory laws in the world.

“The law explicitly states that the ban on Palestinian family unification is intended to serve the Jewish character of the state.”

“The legislators themselves stated that they saw fit to do so, given the 2018 Jewish Nation-State Law.”

“Now the Supreme Court will have to decide whether they will continue to allow the state to operate on two separate citizenship tracks..”

“..based on national and ethnic affiliation under the eternal pretext of temporality.”

On March 10, Israel’s Knesset passed the so-called Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law (Temporary Order), 2022, by a 45-15 majority vote.

It prevents Palestinians from the West Bank or Gaza married to Palestinian citizens of ‘Israel’ from permanently moving to ‘Israel’.

The law also prohibits the entry of Arabs from countries “hostile” to ‘Israel’ for family reunification purposes.

The countries include Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

(Source / 21.03.2022)

Israeli forces arrest 16 Palestinians from several parts of OPT

Israeli border police brutally arrest a Palestinian outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, April 15, 2021

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces arrested 16 Palestinians from several parts of the occupied territories, including two Gazans, today and last night.

On Sunday evening, Israeli soldiers arrested two Gazans in the vicinity of the northern Gaza Strip borders.

Local sources also said the forces raided several areas across the West Bank and searched Palestinians houses.

The forces turned the houses upside-down before arresting 14 Palestinians.

In Ramallah, the Israeli forces arrested 7 Palestinians.

Among the seven are four students in Birzeit University as the forces arrested them after raiding their dormitory in Birzeit town.

Picture of the four Palestinian undergraduates who were arrested by Israeli occupation forces after storming their dormitory outside Birzeit University on Mar. 20, 2022

In al-Bireh town, the Israeli forces arrested three others.

Moreover, soldiers stationed at Atara checkpoint, north of Ramallah, arrested another Palestinian, identified as a resident of Abu Shukheidem village.

Northwest of Jericho, Israeli military vehicles also stormed Aqabat Jaber refugee camp and arrested three others.

South of Jenin, the soldiers forcibly entered a house in Qabatiya town and arrested a resident.

In Faqqu’a village, the forces arrested two others during a raid at their house.

North of Bethlehem, the soldiers raided Azza and Aida refugee camps and arrested two Palestinians.

West of Hebron, the soldiers arrested a resident in the Beit Awwa town.

Israeli occupation forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.

According to Palestinian prisoner advocacy groups, there are now 4500 Palestinians held in Israeli occupation prisons.

In January, ‘Israel’ arrested 504 Palestinians while it arrested 448 Palestinians in February.

In 2020, ‘Israel’ arrested 4,634 Palestinians, among them 543 children and 128 women.

‘Israel’ arrested over 8000 Palestinians, including 1300 minors and 184 women, in 2021.

(Source / 21.03.2022)

Updated: Israeli Army Attacks Farmers And Fishermen In Gaza

Updated: Israeli soldiers and naval troops attacked, Monday, Palestinian farmers and their lands, and fishermen and invaded farmlands in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Media sources said the soldiers stationed on military towers across the fence fired many live rounds at Palestinian farmers on their land east of Khuza’a and al-Qarara towns, northeast of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The sources added that the soldiers fired many live rounds into Palestinian farmlands east of Wadi as-Salqa town, southeast of Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip.

Also, several armored military vehicles, including bulldozers, invaded farmlands east of the al-Boreij refugee camp in central Gaza.

The invasion was carried out by six armored bulldozers and two Merkava tanks before the soldiers bulldozed sections near the fence and installed sand hills near the fence.

In addition, Israeli navy ships fired many live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats in the Zahra’ Sea area, southwest of Gaza city, forcing them to leave.

The attacks are part of frequent Israeli violations against the Palestinians, especially the fishermenfarmersshepherds, and workers in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, and resulted in dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to severe property damage and the confiscation of many boats after abducting the fishermen.

In March of last year, 2021, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.

(Source / 21.03.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Sixteen Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday dawn, at least sixteen Palestinians from several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has confirmed.

In Ramallah, in the central West Bank, the soldiers invaded and ransacked several homes and students’ dorms in Birzeit University before abducting seven Palestinians, including four students of Birzeit University.

The soldiers abducted Nader Oweidat, Hamza Zalloum, Mohammad Qassem, and Yahia al-Qaroot, from their dorms in Birzeit University.

The soldiers also abducted Islam Tawil, in addition to journalist and former political prisoner Emad Abu Awwad, from their homes in al-Biereh city.

In addition, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Ali Qindah from Abu Shkheidim village, north of Ramallah, after detaining him for several hours at the nearby Atara military roadblock.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also invaded the al-Jalazoun refugee camp north of Ramallah, leading to protests.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded Beit Jibrin refugee camp, searched homes, and abducted Moath Abu Tarboush.

The army also invaded and ransacked homes in the al-Azza and ‘Aida refugee camps in Bethlehem before abducting Moath Abdul-Jabbar Abu Tarboush and Ibrahim Yasser Abu Srour.

In Jericho, in the northeastern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, abducted former political prisoner Shaker Amara, and the Fateh movement’s secretary in the city Nael Abu al-Asal, and Omar Abu Janadi.

In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mahdi Faleh Zakarna from his home in Qabatia town and Ammar Mohammad Shahin and Mohammad Abdullah ash-Sharfi, after storming their homes and ransacking them.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers invaded Beit Awwa town, southwest of the city, searched and ransacked many homes before abducting Ahmad Abdullah Abu Therea’.

The soldiers also confiscated a Palestinian car, owned by Maher Zoheir Abu Mizar, near the Old City of Hebron.

Media sources in Hebron said the soldiers installed roadblocks on Hebron’s northern roads and the main entrances of Halhoul, Sa’ir, and Beit Awwa before stopping and searching dozens of cars.

(Source / 21.03.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Shoot A Young Man In Hebron

On Sunday, Israeli soldiers shot a young Palestinian man in the center of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Many Palestinians protested in the Shuhada Street area before the soldiers attacked them with rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs.

The soldiers shot a young man with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the thigh before receiving the needed treatment.

The incident took place near the permanent military roadblock at the main entrance of the isolated Shuhada Street.

It is worth mentioning that the Shuhada Street in Hebron, which became nicknamed Ghost Town, has remained isolated since 1994 after Israeli American colonizer Baruch Goldstein committed the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre on February 25th of that year.

As worshippers kneeled, Goldstein opened fire and reloaded at least once, continuing his barrage for as long as possible before being overpowered and eventually beaten to death. By the time he was stopped, twenty-nine worshippers were killed, and more than a hundred had been injured.

(Source / 21.03.2022)

Soldiers Demolish Three Residential Sheds, Destroy Solar Units, Near Jericho

Israeli soldiers invaded the al-Mo’arrajat area west of Jericho in the northeastern West Bank before demolishing three residential sheds and destroying several solar power units used by the Palestinians.

Media sources said the Palestinians did not receive demolition orders; therefore, they had no chance of even trying to appeal the destruction of their dwellings.

They added that the demolished rendered homeless at least twenty-five Palestinians, including several children.

During the invasion, the soldiers destroyed several solar power units used by the families, especially since the area has no infrastructure due to Israel’s illegal policies against the Palestinians.

Many families in the area face the same threat of demolition and displacement in al-Mo’arrajat, especially since illegal Israeli colonizers plan to construct eight colonialist outposts on stolen Palestinian lands where the colonizers want to build barns and raise livestock after forcing the Palestinians away.

(Source / 21.03.2022)

Army Abducts Two Palestinians, Assaults One, In Jerusalem

On Sunday, Israeli soldiers abducted two young Palestinian men and assaulted one in at-Tour town and Ras al-Amoud in the occupied capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers stopped two siblings, Abdullah, and Ahmad Sayyad, in the at-Tour town, causing several injuries before abducting them.

The soldiers also assaulted a young man in the Ras al-Amoud neighborhood, causing various wounds.

The soldiers forced all Palestinian stores shut, invaded, and searched several homes in the area, looking for a Palestinian who allegedly stabbed an officer and fled the scene.

In addition, the army invaded Jabal al-Mokabber town, southeast of Jerusalem, and initiated searches.

(Source / 21.03.2022)