The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, welcomed on Thursday the report issued by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Michael Lynk, concluding that Israel practices “apartheid” against the Palestinian people.
A spokesman for the Hamas Movement, Jihad Taha, said the Movement values Lynk’s call to the international community to take immediate action to help end the [Israeli] occupation’s crimes and protect the rights of our Palestinian people.
Taha considered the report as a new and important addition to the series of positions and reports issued by international and human rights organisations, the latest being the Amnesty International report, which documented the crimes and violations against the Palestinian people, their land and holy sites.
He stressed on the need to hold Israeli leaders accountable for their crimes.
Hamas renewed its call to the United Nations and the international community to take deterrent measures against Israel, the occupying power; to activate the procedures to prosecute its leaders and work to end the occupation and give the Palestinian people their rights.
The Palestinian Authority will lose the municipal elections, a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, Fakhri Al-Barghouti, announced yesterday, warning that the movement was heading “towards the abyss.”
“In light of its current reality, Fatah is in an unimaginable situation, and if we delay reform, we will pay the price more and more,” Al-Barghouti told Al-Resalah.
He pointed out that the recent results of the Bethlehem University elections were a “preliminary introduction to the collapse that Fatah will suffer from.”
Barghouti added that the current Fatah leadership was “fully responsible for what it has been experiencing,” warning that the PA was leading the movement toward a “collapse.”
Local elections are slated in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, across 50 local councils.
The Popular Front was recently reported to have won 17 seats in the Bethlehem University, compared to 14 seats for Fatah.
RAMALLAH, Thursday, March 24, 2022(WAFA) – Thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons announced today cancelling a major open-ended hunger strike that was scheduled to begin tomorrow, Friday, in protest of Israel’s repressive measures against them, the Palestinian Authority’s Detainees Affairs Commission said today.
Qadri Abu-Bakr, the Chairman of the Commission, hailed the move describing it as a victory for the Palestinian prisoners.
The Palestinian prisoners “were able to force the Israel Prison Services to achieve their demands concerning their daily life and healthcare needs, after the prisoners were scheduled to start an open-ended hunger strike to achieve these demands on March 25,” said Abu-Bakr in a statement.
“The steadfastness and unity of the [Palestinian] prisoner movement have taught the [Israeli] occupation a real lesson that a new reality and a new equation are in place, and that any abuse of any prisoner is an assault on the entire prisoner movement with all its factions,” he added.
Abu-Bakr urged the international community and international human rights organizations to “break their silence” concerning the suffering of the Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli jails.
On Friday, Israeli soldiers injured several Palestinians, including a journalist, during the weekly procession against the illegal colonies near Sbeih mountain near Beita town, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency Department at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), said the soldiers shot a journalist with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the leg.
Jibril added that the soldiers also fired many concussion grenades and gas bombs at the Palestinians, causing many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.
It is worth mentioning that the weekly procession against the illegal Israeli colonies was also held in Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus.
Since May of last year, the Palestinians have been holding ongoing processions on their lands in Sbeih Mountain after a group of illegal Israeli colonizers installed an outpost atop the mountain. During these protests, the soldiers injured thousands of Palestinians and killed several others, including children.
The mountain, owned by the Palestinians, has significant strategic importance, especially since if the colonizers occupy it, the colony will lead to the annexation of 20 Dunams of Palestinian lands and would also lead to the isolation of a large area of Palestinian lands.
Israeli soldiers abducted, at dawn Friday, three Palestinians, including two former political prisoners, in Ramallah and Jenin, in the occupied West Bank.
In Ramallah, in the central West Bank, several army jeeps invaded the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the city, stormed and ransacked homes before abducting a young man, Ala Saleh Abu Sharifa. The invasion led to protests in several parts of the refugee camp.
In addition, the soldiers abducted two former political prisoners, Ahmad Abu Amira and Bakr Hilal Sabe’, from their homes in Jenin city, in the northern part of the West Bank.
In Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded homes in at-Tour and Ras al-‘Amoud, in occupied Jerusalem, and searched two homes.
The soldiers also invaded the al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank and searched a few homes.