Israeli Colonizers Begin Preparing For New Outpost In Northern Plains

On Monday, illegal Israeli colonizers started preparing for a new illegal colonialist outpost in the Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank.

Aref Daraghma, a local human rights activist, said the colonizers invaded a meadow area northwest of Khirbat al-Hadidiya village and brought park benches before installing and fortifying them with concrete.

Daraghma added that the colonizers are planning to install a new outpost on the lands in the area.

The Palestinians have the official deeds of the lands; however, the Israeli army and the colonizers have already confiscated some of these lands.

On Sunday evening, the colonizers gathered at the main intersection leading to Shoufa village, southeast of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, and prevented the Palestinians from crossing.

Israeli soldiers were in the area but did nothing to reopen the intersection or remove the colonizers.

(Source / 28.03.2022)

Soldiers Assault Young Man Before Abducting Him In Jerusalem

On Monday, Israeli soldiers assaulted a young Palestinian man in Bab al-Amoud area in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem and abducted him.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers stopped the young man in Bab al-Amoud and started pushing and assaulting him while examining his ID card.

They added that the young man, Ahmad Nidal Rajabi, from Silwan town in Jerusalem, was abducted and taken to an interrogation facility.

The soldiers also stopped and interrogated many Palestinians in the area and prevented several young men from reaching the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surrounding areas.

(Source / 28.03.2022)

WAFA: In Appeal To UN Special Procedures, Rights Groups Call For Addressing Israeli Detention Of Human Rights Defender Hammouri

RAMALLAH, Monday, March 28, 2022 (WAFA) – In a joint urgent appeal to UN special procedures, rights groups called for addressing Israel’s arbitrary arrest and detention of Palestinian-French human rights defender and lawyer, Salah Hammouri.

The joint urgent appeal was submitted to the UN special procedures from the Association France Palestine Solidarite; Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies; the Palestinian Human Rights Council, including Al-Haq; and the Platform of French NGOs for Palestine.

Salah Hammouri, 36, is a Palestinian- French Jerusalemite, Human Rights Defender, lawyer, and member of the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, as well as a former political prisoner.

On 7 March 2022, between 4:00-5:00 am, about 25 Israeli occupying forces (IOF), including special unit forces, Musta’ribeen Unit, broke Salah Hammouri’s apartment door in Kufr Aqab north of Jerusalem, entered his bedroom, and grabbed him from his bed while he was still sleeping. The IOF ransacked the premises and confiscated three mobile phones and one laptop belonging to Hammouri.

During his arrest, Hammouri sustained an injury to his wrist as he was bound with a plastic zip-tie, aggressively escorted out, and forced to kneel on the floor facing a wall until he was transferred to a military jeep. He was first taken to Ofer military base in Beitounia, Ramallah, where he was held until the evening and later transferred to the Russian compound (Mascobbiya) interrogation center in West Jerusalem. On 9 March 2022, an Israeli military judge extended Hammouri’s initial detention order which was soon followed by three-month administrative detention ordered by the Israeli military commander on the basis of “secret information”

Hammouri was in the process of challenging the decision by the Israeli Interior Ministry to revoke his permanent residency status in Jerusalem, described by the rights groups as a “profound violations of international law and puts him at imminent risk of forced deportation, amounting to grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, the war crime of forced population transfer, and crimes against humanity of displacement, and apartheid.”

The Ministry’s decision further results in the denial of basic human rights, including inter alia the rights to family life, health, education, work, they said.

“Salah Hammouri’s case highlights the Israeli occupation and apartheid regime’s widespread and systematic practice of illegal population transfer and demographic manipulation, as manifested through laws, policies, and practices, to maintain their institutionalized regime of racial domination and oppression over the Palestinian people,” said the rights groups. “His case was highlighted in Amnesty International’s landmark report demonstrating Israel’s crimes of apartheid, specifically the illegal practice of forcible population transfer, deportations, and demographic engineering.”

They stressed that “it is imperative to immediately and urgently address the arbitrary arrest and continued punitive residency revocation of Salah Hammouri as it represents a step towards the wider application against HRDs, peaceful dissent, and Palestinians of Jerusalem more generally to achieve demographic goals,” calling for the immediate intervention of the relevant UN Special Procedure mandates and urging them to demand Israel, as an Occupying Power, to reverse its decision to revoke the permanent Jerusalem residency status of Salah Hammouri.

They also reiterated the illegality of residency revocation based on “breach of allegiance” leading to the forcible transfer of Palestinian civilians, which is a war crime and crime against humanity under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

The rights groups called on Israel to unconditionally and immediately release Salah Hammouri from administrative detention, and further, put an end to his prolonged persecution and all policies and measures of intimidation and harassment against him.

They also called on Israel to immediately repeal its Entry into Israel Law (1952), which has been used to further the Israeli policy of population transfer and achieve demographic goals in Jerusalem in violation of Palestinians’ fundamental rights, including their right to freedom of movement and residence, and the right to leave their country and to return, urging Israel to immediately cease any and all practices and policies intended to intimidate and silence human rights defenders, in violation of their right to freedom of expression, including through arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment, institutionalized hate speech and incitement, residency revocation, deportations, and other coercive or punitive measures.

They called on the UN special procedures to require the immediate initiation of an investigation into the illegal infiltration of human rights defenders’ phones and all the other victims that have been in communication with the targeted HRD; require an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer, and use of all forms of surveillance technology, particularly NSO group’s Pegasus spyware, until a full independent investigation of its operation within Palestine is carried out by the UN to identify the scope of its surveillance activities carried out against Palestinian human rights defenders, and their ties to the Israeli government.

They also called for international justice and accountability, including at the International Criminal Court, for Israel’s widespread and systematic human rights violations and alleged international crimes, including the crime of population transfer and the crime of apartheid, which constitutes a crime against humanity.

(Source / 28.03.2022)

Israeli Navy Attacks Palestinian Farmers In Gaza

On Monday morning, the Israeli army attacked Palestinian farmers and their lands with live fire and gas bombs, east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Local sources said the soldiers stationed on military towers across the fence east of Beit Hanoun fired many live rounds and gas bombs at the farmers.

They added that the attack did not lead to casualties but forced the Palestinians to leave their lands in fear of further escalation.

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 / 28.03.2022)

Inflicting Injuries: Illegal Israeli Colonizers Attack Palestinian Cars Near Nablus

Updated: On Sunday evening, illegal Israeli colonizers attacked many Palestinian cars on several intersections near Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, causing damage and several injuries.

Medical sources in Nablus said the attacks caused several injuries among the Palestinians, including an elderly man who was wounded in the head.

They added that the elderly man was rushed to Rafidia hospital, in Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in the northern West Bank, said the colonizers attacked many cars, causing damage.

He said the attacks took place on intersections near the al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya town, the main Nablus-Qalqilia Road, and the road near Beit Forik military roadblock, the Jenin-Nablus Road along with several surrounding junctions.

Daghlas added that the colonizers also gathered on the junction near Shilo illegal colony, south of Nablus, amidst extensive military deployment.

The colonizers also hurled stones at Palestinian cars near the Ennab Israeli military roadblock, east of Tulkarem, in the northern West Bank.

(Source / 28.03.2022)

Israeli Colonizers Burn Four Palestinian Cars Near Nablus

Illegal Israeli colonizers burnt, Monday dawn, four Palestinian cars in Jaloud village, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in the northern West Bank, said the colonizers came from the illegal Adei Ad colony, built on stolen Palestinian lands.

He added that the colonizers infiltrated the eastern area of the village, close to the colony, and completely burnt the four cars.

The colonizers attacked other parked cars and tried to set them ablaze, but the locals noticed them and chased them away.

(Source / 28.03.2022)

Two Israeli Border Officers Killed in Attack in Southern Israel

Secrity camera footage of one of the shooters

In the town of Hadera on Sunday evening, two Bedouin men from the unrecognized village of Umm al-Fahm shot and killed two Israeli border officers and wounded four Israeli civilians. The two men were then shot

The two Israeli border officers who were killed were identified as Yazan Fallah, 19, an Arab-Druze soldier from Kisra-Sumei in Galilee, and Shirel Aboukaret, 19, from Netanya.

According to Israeli sources, the so-called “Islamic State’ movement known as ISIS or Da’esh, claimed responsibility for the attack, which was the second in the past several days in southern Israel.

Israeli sources reported that the two shooters were shot and killed by two undercover officers from the Counterterrorism Unit of the Israeli Border Police who were eating at a cafe nearby.

Four Israelis were injured in the shooting and were hospitalized. They were a 45-year-old man, a woman in her twenties, and two men in their twenties.

Soon after the shooting, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett came to the site of the attack to pay respects.

The Palestinian-Israeli head of the Ra’am party, Mansour Abbas, told reporters, “This disgusting crime was ISIS-inspired and does not reflect the Israeli-Arab population, which seeks to live in respect and in accordance with the law, a life that honors the living and coexistence between Arabs and Jews.”

Immediately following the attack, Israeli forces locked down the village of Umm al-Fahm and arrested several relatives of the men who carried out the attack. The troops also deployed a helicopter in the area around Hadera to search for any “suspicious persons”.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent his condolences to the families of those killed and injured in the attack.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also condemned the attack. He called it a “senseless act of violence and murder”.

(Source / 28.03.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, Sunday evening, four Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Local sources said the soldiers abducted two young men, Mousa Khalaf and Abdul-Rahman Sa’id after the army stormed the al-Batra’ (Petra) Hotel in Omar Bin al-Khattab Square, near Hebron Gate.

The abduction occurred after a group of illegal Israeli colonizers broke into the Hotel to occupy it before the soldiers surrounded it before storming the property and attacking several Palestinians.

After the initial incident, the soldiers abducted a Palestinian lawyer, Midhat Deeba, in the Hotel and took him to an interrogation facility.

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem owns the Hotel and rents it out to Palestinians from the local Qirrish family.

In related news, the soldiers abducted a young man, who remained unidentified at the time of this report, near Bab as-Sahera.

It is worth mentioning that the colonizers, supported by their government, have been trying to occupy Omar Bin al-Khattab Square and its surroundings to establish a colonialist outpost.

(Source / 28.03.2022)

Israeli Colonizers Hurl Stones At Palestinian Cars In Tulkarem

On Sunday evening, illegal Israeli colonizers hurled stones at Palestinian cars near the Ennab Israeli military roadblock, east of Tulkarem, in northern West Bank.

Bilal Zeidan, a Palestinian from Deir al-Ghosoun town, north of Tulkarem, said that he was waiting for his son near the roadblock when he received a phone call from the latter telling him that the colonizers attacked the cab he was in, along with several other cars.

After the colonizers attacked the cars and caused damage, Bilal said the soldiers detained his son and several other Palestinians after confiscating their ID cards.

The soldiers did not arrest or detain any of the illegal colonizers hurling stones and attacking Palestinian vehicles.

(Source / 28.03.2022)