Israeli Colonizers Burn Sections Of A Mosque Near Nablus, Puncture Tires In Jerusalem

Illegal Israeli colonizers burnt, earlier Thursday, several sections of a mosque in Jama’in village, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, in addition to puncturing tires of many cars near Jerusalem.

Zeid Ramadan, the head of Jama’in village council, said the colonizers infiltrated the village and went to the local mosque before using flammable materials to burn its main entrance.

Ramadan added that the colonizers also burnt carpets in the mosque before the Palestinians managed to extinguish the fire.

The colonizers also wrote racist anti-Palestinian and anti-Arab graffiti on the walls of a home near the mosque.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in the northern West Bank, warned that the colonizers might plan to attack many mosques in the areas extending from north of Ramallah to the south of the south Nablus.

He added that the colonizers had already carried out dozens of attacks since the beginning of this year targeting the Palestinians, their homes, and their lands.

The Palestinian Waqf and Religious Affairs Minister, Sheikh Hatem Bakri, denounced the attack and called on various international institutions and organizations, mainly the United Nations, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and all organizations that advocate for peace and justice, to intervene and stop the dangerously escalating Israeli violations, especially those targeting holy sites.

In related news, the colonizers punctured, on Thursday at dawn, the tires of more than twenty Palestinian cars in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) said.

On Wednesday, the colonizers partially burnt a mosque and a clinic in addition to puncturing the tires of 21 Palestinian cars in Mikhmas village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 24.03.2022)

Israeli Army Opens Fire At Farmers In Khan Younis

On Thursday morning, Israeli soldiers fired many rounds of live ammunition at Palestinian farmers east of Khan Younis in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Media sources said the soldiers stationed on military towers across the fence, east of Khan Younis, fired many live rounds at Palestinian farmlands east of Khuza’a town and the Sanati area, east of Abasan al-Kabira town.

The sources said the attack did not lead to casualties but forced the farmers to leave, fearing further violations.

On Wednesday night, Israeli navy ships fired many live rounds, concussion grenades, and flares at Palestinian fishing boats near the shore 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 / 24.03.2022)

Army Abducts Thirteen Palestinians, Shoots Three, In West Bank

On Thursday dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded many communities across the occupied West Bank, searched many homes, abducted thirteen Palestinians, and shot three others.

In Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers invaded the Wadi al-Far’a area before storming and searching homes and abducted two siblings, Baslan Mustafa Sawada, 55, his brother Baslan Arfan, 20.

In Jenin, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, Abdullah Fahmi Sha’ban, in addition to Waqqas Saba’na and Haitham Fuqaha’, from their homes in the city.

During the invasion, the soldiers stormed the home of former political prisoner Ismael Abdul-Baqi Abu al-Wafa and summoned him for interrogation at the Salem military base. The soldiers also threatened to abduct Ismael’s father if he didn’t head to the military base.

The soldiers also invaded many areas around Jenin, especially near Ya’bad town, west of the city, and installed several military roadblocks.

In Nablus, in northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded and ransacked the homes of Ghassan Thouqan, Mustafa Shonnar, and Anas Sondak, in the al-Ma’ajeen neighborhood.

Protests erupted after the soldiers invaded Nablus before the army fired live rounds, wounding a young man in the chest. Medical sources described the young man’s condition as stable.

In Tulkarem, in the northern part of the West Bank, the soldiers abducted Omar Shaker Mahajna, 18, from his home.

In related news, the soldiers invaded the Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, shot three young Palestinian men, and abducted three others, Mohammad Adel Ramadan, 33, Yazan Mousa Manna’, 24, and Omar Yousef Manna’, 23, from their homes.

In Ramallah, in the central West Bank, the soldiers invaded Beit Rima town, searching homes, and abducted a young man, Hamdallah Suleiman Rimawi, 25. The soldiers also invaded Silwad town, northeast of Ramallah.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, the soldiers abducted Ehab Mohammad al-Qawasma from his home.

The soldiers also abducted Mousa Nadi Jaradat and Mojahed Nimir al-Froukh, after breaking into their homes and ransacking them in Sa’ir town, northeast of Hebron.

(Source / 24.03.2022)

Amnesty: “Israel is committing apartheid, says UN Special Rapporteur”

Amnesty International: The Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Michael Lynk, has submitted a report to the Human Rights Council, concluding that the situation in the OPT amounts to apartheid.Saleh Higazi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, said: “The Special Rapporteur’s findings are an important and timely addition to the growing international consensus that Israeli authorities are committing apartheid against the Palestinian people. The report details how Israel has established a system of racially motivated oppression against Palestinians, explicitly designed to maintain Jewish Israeli domination, and maintained through the commission of grave human rights violations.

Palestinian human rights organizations have been calling the situation apartheid for years, and this report is a landmark moment of recognition of the lived reality of millions of Palestinians

Saleh Higazi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International

“Palestinian human rights organizations have been calling the situation apartheid for years, and this report is a landmark moment of recognition of the lived reality of millions of Palestinians. Like Amnesty International and many other human rights groups, the Special Rapporteur examined Israel’s treatment of Palestinians through the lens of international law and reached the unmistakable conclusion that this is apartheid.

“In recent months Israel has intensified its efforts to censor and discredit anyone who uses the word apartheid. Instead of engaging with serious allegations made by human rights organizations and now the UN, Israeli authorities continue to limit their response to attacking the messenger with groundless accusations of bias. This failing strategy cannot hide the growing consensus among experts that the harsh reality of the grinding oppression to which Israel subjects Palestinians on a daily basis is a textbook example of apartheid.

“The report emphasizes the need for the international community to accept the findings of human rights organizations, including Amnesty, and start calling Israel’s apartheid what it is. The international community, in particular countries allied to Israel, must stop making excuses for this cruel system of racial domination and oppression and take immediate action to help end apartheid and protect Palestinian rights. ”

Amnesty International’s February 2022 report sets out how Israel is enforcing a system of apartheid against Palestinians wherever it has control of their rights, including within Israel. Amnesty is calling on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to consider the crime of apartheid in its current investigation in the OPT, and for all states to exercise universal jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute persons suspected of the crime against humanity of apartheid.

“In recent months Israel has intensified its efforts to censor and discredit anyone who uses the word apartheid. This strategy is failing in the face of the growing consensus among experts that Israel is committing apartheid

Saleh Higazi

The report of the Special Rapporteur examines the current human rights situation in the OPT, with particular focus on the question of apartheid. It finds that Israeli Jews and Palestinians in Occupied Palestinian Territories live “under a single regime which differentiates its distribution of rights and benefits on the basis of national and ethnic identity, and which ensures the supremacy of one group over, and to the detriment of, the other.”  It sets out how this system “endows one racial-national-ethnic group with substantial rights, benefits and privileges while intentionally subjecting another group to live behind walls, checkpoints and under a permanent military rule”, and concludes that this “satisfies the prevailing evidentiary standard for the existence of apartheid”.

In January, a leaked cable from the Israeli Foreign Ministry described a planned campaign to discredit the Special Rapporteur’s work, and Israeli authorities have prevented UN human rights staff and investigators from entering Israel and/or the OPT. This is part of a wide-ranging attack on human rights which has also seen Palestinian organizations outlawed, harassed and silenced.

(Source / 24.03.2022)

Israel Demolishes Village in Negev for 199th Time

Al-Araqib demolition by Emanuel Yellin

Israeli forces on Tuesday demolished the Palestinian Bedouin village of al-Araqib for the 199th time. The residents of the village have been forced to rebuild their lives from the rubble of their destroyed homes, but they say that they are steadfast and resolute in their determination to remain on their ancestral land — despite Israel’s continuous attempts to displace them.

The Bedouin village is a makeshift community of homes made mainly of scrap materials and tin. The extremely impoverished residents of al-Araqib have had to scrape together a living, and have faced 199 demolitions of their homes by Israeli authorities who claim they are ‘unrecognized’.

On Tuesday, Israeli forces raided Al-Araqib and removed all tents and destroyed the tin shelters. This is the second time in 2022 that the village has been destroyed – and the 199th time since 2010.

In 2021, the Bedouin village was destroyed 14 times by Israeli armed forces.

Despite the repeated demolitions, the residents of Al-Araqib are determined to remain, and each time the community is destroyed, they rebuild their tents and small homes.

There are 22 Palestinian families living in the village. Al-Araqib is one of 35 “unrecognized” Palestinian Bedouin villages in the area. Israeli bulldozers constantly target it for demolition. The residents point out they own the land and have owned it since the Ottoman period in the late 1800s, decades before Israel’s creation in occupied Palestine.

(Source / 24.03.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Shoot Three Palestinians, Abduct Three, In Bethlehem

On Thursday dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded the Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, shot three young Palestinian men, and abducted three others.

Eyewitnesses said dozens of soldiers invaded the refugee camp before storming and violently searching many homes.

They added that the soldiers abducted Mohammad Ramadan, 33, Yazan Mousa Manna’, 24, and Omar Yousef Manna’, 23, from their homes.

The invasion led to protests in various parts of the refugee camp before the soldiers fired many live rounds, gas bombs, and rubber-coated steel bullets.

The soldiers shot three young men with live rounds in the abdomen and legs, medical sources at Beit Jala governmental hospital said.

(Source / 24.03.2022)

Israeli Navy Attacks Fishing Boats In Northern Gaza

On Wednesday night, Israeli navy ships fired many live rounds, concussion grenades, and flares at Palestinian fishing boats near the shore of Gaza city, forcing them to leave.

Media sources said the navy fired a barrage of live fire at the boats and many flares while the Palestinians were fishing in Palestinian waters not far from the shore, northwest of Gaza city.

They added that the navy also fired concussion grenades and ordered the fishermen to leave in addition to threatening to abduct them and confiscate their boats.

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 / 24.03.2022)

Israeli Army Shoots Three Palestinians, Including A Child, Abducts One, In Ramallah

On Wednesday afternoon, several Israeli army jeeps invaded Beit Liqya village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, leading to protests before the soldiers shot three Palestinians, including a child, and abducted a young man.

The soldiers invaded the village before storming and ransacking an auto parts store and abducted its owner Ayed Anwar Mafarja.

The soldiers fired many rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at the Palestinians and surrounding property.

They added that the soldiers shot three Palestinians with the rubber-coated steel bullets, including a child shot in his eye.

On Wednesday evening, the soldiers abducted four three Palestinians, including a teenage boy, in Jerusalem and Jenin, in the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 24.03.2022)

WAFA: “Israeli Forces Seize Tractors In Northern Jordan Valley”

JORDAN VALLEY, Wednesday, March 23, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli forces seized an agricultural tractor working in the northern Jordan Valley lands Wednesday evening.

Aref Daraghma, a local human rights activist, said forces raided the area and seized a tractor belonging to a Palestinian resident while he was working on plowing agricultural lands in the northern Jordan Valley area.

Figures issued by the Tubas governorate showed that the Israeli occupation confiscated eleven tractors during the past two years.

It is worth mentioning that Israeli forces repeatedly seize farm equipment and tools to force them to leave their land while illegal Israeli colonizers are allowed to work on seized Palestinian land in those areas freely.

(Source / 24.03.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians In Jerusalem And Jenin

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday evening, four Palestinians, including a teenage boy, and confiscated a bulldozer, in Jerusalem and Jenin, in the occupied West Bank.

The army abducted a teenage boy, Omar Hazina, from the Old City after many soldiers invaded the area and initiated searches, especially in at-Tour and Sultan Suleiman Street.

The soldiers stopped and searched many Palestinians during the invasion and interrogated them while examining their ID cards.

Also, the soldiers abducted Ahmad Noah Boujairmi and his nephew Mohammad Abdul-Rahman Boujairmi from the Jenin refugee camp while crossing a military roadblock on the Jenin-Nablus Road in the northern part of the West Bank.

In addition, the soldiers abducted Khaled Jamal Abu ar-Rob and confiscated his bulldozer while rehabilitating and working on his land near the illegal Annexation Wall in Jalboun village, east of Jenin.

(Source / 24.03.2022)