Israeli colonial settlers vandalize Palestinian-owned vehicles in Ramallah

Israeli colonial settlers vandalize dozens of Palestinian-owned vehicles in the occupied West Bank city of Al-Bireh, March, 22, 2022

Ramallah (QNN)- Israeli colonial settlers on Tuesday vandalized dozens of Palestinian-owned vehicles in the occupied West Bank city of Al-Bireh.

Local sources said colonial settlers sneaked into the industrial zone in Al-Bireh, earlier today.

They slashed the tyres of more than 20 Palestinian-owned vehicles before fleeing the scene.

The sources noted that the Israeli settlers came from the illegal settlement of “Psagot”, built on vast swathes of Palestinian land in the Jabal Tawil area.

A group of Israeli settlers slashed the tires of several Palestinian vehicles after sneaking into the city of Al-Bireh in the occupied West Bank last night, according to witnesses.

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There has been a sharp spike in settler violence against Palestinians and their properties in the OPT.

The violent acts include beating, throwing stones, issuing threats, torching fields, destroying trees and crops, stealing crops, using live fire, and damaging homes and cars.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

(Source / 22.03.2022)

50 House Democrats urge Blinken to stop Israel’s ‘destruction’ of Palestinian Village

A view of the village of al-Walaja, March 2013

Washington (QNN)- Fifty House Democrats urged US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to prevent Israel’s “destruction” of the occupied West Bank village of al-Walaja.

The lawmakers, led by Representatives Jan Schakowsky, David Price, Jamie Raskin, John Yarmuth, and Mark Pocan, wrote to Blinken on Monday.

They urged, “The destruction and displacement of this community would run counter to the values shared by the US and Israel.”

“.. while further undermining long-term Israeli security, Palestinian dignity, and prospects for peace.”

Moreover, the lawmakers said they were concerned about the expulsion of 300 Palestinians, comprising exactly 38 families.

They also urged the Biden administration to work with ‘Israel’ to “advance an equitable development plan.”

The plan “will formally authorize existing homes, provide for adequate municipal services, and allow for residential and other necessary development of the village.”

According to the UN, al-Walaja has lost more than 85 percent of its lands since 1948.

Also, ‘Israel’ forced out 90 percent of the residents al-Walaja and their descendants, many of them ending up in nearby refugee camps.

Located just a five-minute drive from southern Jerusalem, al-Walaja does not have a master plan.

Its residents have also been prevented from building new homes legally.

Villagers do not receive services from Jerusalem municipality or from ‘Israel’.

So, they rely on the Palestinian Authority for assistance.

“It is our understanding that residents have done everything they can to overcome the lack of a master plan,” the members of Congress said.

“.. even submitting their own 15 years ago with the assistance of an architect and a nongovernmental organization with expertise in planning.”

The Jerusalem Local Planning and Building Committee rejected this plan in January 2021, the lawmakers noted.

The Committee claimed the village lands hold ”great scenic and environmental value.”

“..with a contiguity of open areas and ancient, extraordinary agrarian cultural values,” the Committee said.

The lawmkers decried this reasoning as “unjust and contradictory”.

The lawmakers added there have “already been a number of demolitions in al-Walaja in recent years.”

The demolitions were “in areas not protected by a court injunction.”

“If residents lose their appeal, there is a very real and proximate prospect that they may lose their homes, their community, and their way of life”.

(Source / 22.03.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Bulldoze Lands, Uproot Olive Trees, Near Bethlehem

On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers invaded Palestinian farmlands in Wadi Fukin village, west of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, before bulldozing four dunams and uprooting at least thirty olive saplings.

Ibrahim al-Hroub, the head of Wadi Fukin Village Council, said the military vehicles and bulldozers invaded farmlands in the al-Qabo area before bulldozing four Dunams in addition to uprooting at least thirty olive trees.

He added that Yasser Obeid and his brothers own the lands; however, the Israeli occupation army claims they are “state lands,” a move that usually precedes the confiscation to build the illegal Israeli colonies on the stolen lands.

The lands were illegally confiscated three weeks ago after the army informed the Palestinians that he was not allowed to enter or work on his land.

The latest violations came not long after two siblings, Fadi and Tareq Ishaq received a similar order for their land in the same area.

(Source / 22.03.2022)

Army Abducts Seven Palestinians In Bethlehem, Ramallah, And Jerusalem

On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers abducted seven Palestinians from Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank. Israeli colonizers also punctured car tires in Al-Biereh.

Several army jeeps invaded the town of Tuqu’, east of Bethlehem, searched a few homes, and abducted Khalil Daoud Abu Mfarreh, 30.

The soldiers, accompanied by K9 units, also invaded the Jabal al-Mawaleh area, in the center of Bethlehem city, before storming and ransacking several homes, causing damage.

Owners of some of the invaded homes have been identified as former political prisoner Hussein Nawawra, Ahmad Sobeh and his cousins’ homes, and Samir Awwad.

The army also invaded and searched an apartment building in the city and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In Ramallah, in the central West Bank, the army abducted five Palestinians, including two former political prisoners, from their homes.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted two former political prisoners, Mohammad Nadi Sous and Laith Sharif, from their homes in Abu Shkheidim village, northwest of the city.

They added that the soldiers also invaded the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, searched several homes before abducting Dia Morad Ramahi, Sa’ed Khalil al-Masri, and his son Ala’.

In related news, Israeli colonizers from the Psegot illegal colony in Jabal at-Tawil in the al-Biereh city in the central West Bank infiltrated the nearby Industrial Zone, punctured the tires of at least twenty Palestinian cars, and wrote racist graffiti.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Abdul-Rahman al-Bashiti, 20, from the Old City, after stopping him near the Chain Gate.

In addition, the soldiers also abducted two Palestinians and searched many homes in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 22.03.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians In Hebron

Israeli soldiers abducted, Tuesday, two Palestinians and searched many homes in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded and searched several homes in Hebron city and abducted a young man, Ammar Mohammad al-Qawasma.

The soldiers also invaded the Tiwana and Jawaya villages in Masafer Yatta south of Hebron before storming and ransacking homes, causing severe damage to doors, windows, and furniture, and abducted Bakr Bader Badawi, 22.

Fuad al-Amour, the Protection and Steadfastness Committees coordinator in Masafer Yatta and Southern Hebron Hills, said the soldiers invaded and ransacked his home the homes of his father and brothers before summoning him for interrogation at the security center in Kiryat Arba illegal colony.

(Source / 22.03.2022)

WAFA: “Israeli Colonizers Attack Palestinian Cars Near Nalus”

NABLUS, Tuesday, March 22, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli colonizers today attacked Palestinian commuters traveling on northern West Bank roads causing damage to their cars, according to Ghassan Daghlas, a local activist.

He said settlers threw stones at Palestinian vehicles near the villages of Burqa and al-Masoudieh, northwest of Nablus damaging some vehicles and threatening the life of their passengers.

Residents in the two villages confronted the settlers and forced them to leave the area, he said.

(Source / 22.03.2022)