Ben-Gvir, settlers break into Jeruslaem’s Sheikh Jarrah

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Dozens of Israeli colonial settlers, led by far-right Israeli MK Itamar Ben-Gvir, stormed on Sunday morning Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Local sources said the colonial settlers broke into the western part of the Sheikh Jarrah.

They also provoked and threatened the neighborhood’s residents.

Moreover, Ben Gvir went to the makeshift office which he had set up in February in the front yard of the house of the Jerusalemite family of Salem.

The occupation police didn’t prevent Ben Gvir from storming the neighborhood along with the settlers.

However, they provided protection for the settlers and Ben Gvir.

They also kept the residents and supporters away from the yard of the Salem family.

On Wednesday, Ben Gvir also returned to the neighborhood and went to the makeshift office.

Sheikh Jarrah has been cited as one of the most issues that sparked attention and condemnation around the world.

(Source / 27.03.2022)

Palestinian administrative detainee in Israeli prisons continues hunger strike for 24th day in row

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Palestinian administrative detainee in Israeli prisons, Khalil Awawdeh, continues his open-ended hunger strike for 24th day in a row.

The Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ and ex-Detainees’ Affairs said today that Awawdeh has been on a hunger strike for 24 days.

His move came in protest of his unfair administrative detention without a charge or trial by Israeli occupation authorities.

‘Israel’ detained Awawdeh, a 40-year-old resident of the southern occupied city of Hebron, on December 27, 2021.

Since March 3, he has been on an open-ended hunger strike for 24 consecutive days.

‘Israel’ holds Awawdeh at the Ofer prison, in western Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

The Commission noted his health condition is deteriorating severely.

He is constantly feeling cold and suffers from inability to move for some time.

He also suffers from headache, powerful fatigue and exhaustion.

Besides, he has lost over 9 kilograms of his weight.

On the 11th day of his hunger strike, the Ofer administration transferred him to solitary confinement.

The Ofer administration also prevents Awawdeh from taking a daily walk outside the cell.

Moreover, Awawdeh has previously spent a total of 12 years in Israeli prisons for resisting the occupation.

The 12 years included 5 years of administrative detention.

‘Israel’ released him on June 30, 2016. He is married and a father of four girl children.

Last year, over 45 Palestinian detainees also started hunger strike in protest against Israel’s detention without charges or trials.

Administrative detention is illegal under international law.

(Source / 27.03.2022)

Israeli Army Abducts Four Palestinians In Ramallah and Jenin

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday dawn, four Palestinians in Ramallah and Jenin in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said several army vehicles invaded Beit Rima town, northwest of Ramallah, before breaking into homes and searching them.

They added that the soldiers abducted Akram Monir Harb, 21, and Ahmad Mosharraf Dar Yahia, 23, from their homes and took them to an unknown location.

The soldiers caused excessive property damage during the violent search of Akram’s home.

In Jenin, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted invaded Jalboun village, east of the city, searched homes, and abducted Mustafa Taiseer Abu ar-Rob.

The soldiers also abducted a former political prisoner, Tareq Adnan Masad, from his home in Faqqu’a town, east of Jenin.

In related news, the soldiers invaded the al-Mas’udiyya archeological area, in Burqa village, northwest of Nablus in the northern part of the West Bank city, before storming a defunct railway station that existed before Israel occupied the West Bank.

Local activist Thiab Hijazi said the soldiers had maps while invading the area.

Hijazi added that the defunct station was constructed during the ottoman area and was used from traveling from Palestine to Hijaz in Saudi Arabia.

(Source / 27.03.2022)

Israeli Navy Attacks Palestinian Fishermen In Gaza

On Sunday, Israeli navy ships attacked several Palestinian fishing boats near the shore of Rafah in the southern part of the coastal region.

Media sources said the navy ships fired sporadic rounds of live ammunition at the fishing boats and used water cannons to force them to leave.

The attack did not lead to casualties but caused damage and forced the fishing boats to leave in fear of further violations.

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 / 27.03.2022)

Israeli Colonizers Attempt To Invade A Home Near Ramallah

Many illegal Israeli colonizers invaded, on Saturday night, the Palestinian village of Sinjil, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and attempted to break into a home.

Local sources said many colonizers surrounded the home of Hasan Farahat and attempted to invade it before many Palestinians rushed to the property.

They added a scuffle erupted between the colonizers and the locals before the soldiers invaded the village and fired gas bombs at the residents.

The army and the colonizers withdrew from the village; there have been no reports of injuries.

(Source / 27.03.2022)

WAFA: “Israeli police Attack Palestinian Youths In East Jerusalem, Detain A Minor”

JERUSALEM, Saturday, March 26, 2022 (WAFA) – Large Israeli police force tonight attacked Palestinian youths outside Herod’s Gate in occupied East Jerusalem and later detained a minor, according to witnesses.

They said the police, some mounting horses, attacked the youths, beating some and pepper-spraying others.

The youths were simply hanging around Herod’s Gate Plaza when the police units rushed them and started to push them and beat them, said the witnesses.

(Source / 27.03.2022)

Israel’s 55-year occupation of Palestinian Territory is apartheid – UN human rights expert

GENEVA (25 March 2022) – A UN expert called today on the international community to accept and adopt the findings in his current report, echoing recent findings by Palestinian, Israeli, and international human rights organizations, that apartheid is being practiced by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory.

“There is today in the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967 a deeply discriminatory dual legal and political system that privileges the 700,000 Israeli Jewish settlers living in the 300 illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank,” said Michael Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur for the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967.

“Living in the same geographic space, but separated by walls, checkpoints, roads and an entrenched military presence, are more than three million Palestinians, who are without rights, living under an oppressive rule of institutional discrimination and without a path to a genuine Palestinian state that the world has long promised is their right.

“Another two million Palestinians live in Gaza, described regularly as an ‘open-air prison’, without adequate access to power, water or health, with a collapsing economy and with no ability to freely travel to the rest of Palestine or the outside world.”

The Special Rapporteur said that a political regime which so intentionally and clearly prioritizes fundamental political, legal, and social rights to one group over another within the same geographic unit on the basis of one’s racial-national-ethnic identity satisfies the international legal definition of apartheid.

“Apartheid is not, sadly, a phenomenon confined to the history books on southern Africa,” he said in his report to the Human Rights Council. “The 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court came into law after the collapse of the old South Africa. It is a forward-looking legal instrument which prohibits apartheid as a crime against humanity today and into the future, wherever it may exist.”

Lynk said that Israel’s military rule in the occupied Palestinian territory has been deliberately built with the intention of enduring facts on the ground – primarily through settlements and barricades – to demographically engineer a permanent, and illegal, Israeli sovereign claim over occupied territory while confining Palestinians in smaller and more confined reserves of disconnected land.

This has been accomplished in part through a long-standing series of inhuman(e) acts by the Israeli military towards the Palestinians that have been integral to the occupation, he said. He pointed to arbitrary and extra-judicial killings, torture, the denial of fundamental rights, an abysmal rate of child deaths, collective punishment, an abusive military court system, periods of intensive Israeli military violence in Gaza, and home demolitions.

Lynk said a number of recent reports and opinions issued by respected Palestinian, Israeli, and international human rights organizations have come to the same conclusion on the practice of apartheid by Israel. He added that leading international personalities – including former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor, and former Israeli Attorney General Michael Ben-Yair – have also all called this apartheid.

The Special Rapporteur said the international community bears much responsibility for this present state of affairs. “For more than 40 years, the UN Security Council and General Assembly have stated in hundreds of resolutions that Israel’s annexation of occupied territory is unlawful, its construction of hundreds of Jewish settlements are illegal, and its denial of Palestinian self-determination breaches international law,” he said.

“The Council and the Assembly have repeatedly criticized Israel for defying their resolutions. They have threatened consequences. But no accountability has ever followed. If the international community had truly acted on its resolutions 40 or 30 years ago, we would not be talking about apartheid today.”

To end the practice of apartheid in the occupied Palestinian territory, the Special Rapporteur called on the international community to assemble an imaginative and vigorous menu of accountability measures to bring the Israeli occupation and its apartheid practices in the occupied Palestinian territory to a complete end.

ENDS

Mr. S. Michael Lynk is the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967

The Special Rapporteurs, Independent Experts and Working Groups are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures’ experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity. 

UN Human Rights, Country Page – Israel and occupied Palestinian territory

(Source / 27.03.2022)