Palestinian Bedouins warn of Israeli campaign to Judaise Negev desert, displace them 

Palestinians gather during a protest against the Israel's implementations towards Arabs in the Negev Desert, in East Jerusalem on 30 January 2022. [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians gather during a protest against the Israel’s implementations towards Arabs in the Negev Desert, in East Jerusalem on 30 January 2022

The Higher Steering Committee for Arabs in the Negev (HSCAN) has warned of a “frantic” Israeli campaign to Judaise the Negev desert and displace its indigenous Bedouin population.

This came after the Israeli government voted on Sunday to establish a new Jewish community in the Negev, as well as to examine the possibility of the establishment of a new city in the south and five further communities – all Jewish – in a move that Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked said would “advance Zionist values as well as play a key role in the security of the state.”

The plan stipulates that the new Jewish community named Ir Ovot will be built south of the Hatzeva interchange on Route 90, while the other five communities will be established near Route 25 in the northern Negev which would ultimately include around 10,500 housing units; all designated for Jewish residents.

“Precisely at this time, in the face of all the security incidents, the Israeli government is establishing a contiguous urban bloc on the ground, putting a stake in the ground and beginning to build Jewish towns in the Negev,” said Shaked, who backed the programme together with Housing Minister Ze’ev Elkin.

Responding to the Israeli government’s plan, the HSCAN said in a statement that the Bennett-Shaked government is waging an unprecedented frenzied campaign to implement its settlement project to Judaise the Negev, explaining that the new cities will be constructed within the geographical space of the natural development of Arab communities, with the aim of besieging Arab villages and limiting the possibility of their future development.

READ: Israel demolishes Arab village in Negev for 198th times

(Source / 12.04.2022)

Egypt’s Al-Azhar condemns Israel’s murder of Palestinian mother of 6

Palestinians carry the body of Ghada Sabatin, who died from her wounds after being shot by Israeli soldiers, during her funeral in Husan village west of Bethlehem city in the occupied West Bank, on April 10, 2022. - The Israeli military said troops shot Sbitan who had approached them and failed to stop after they had fired warning shots. The woman, a widowed mother of six in her 40s, died after suffering massive blood loss from a torn artery, the Palestinian health ministry said. (Photo by HAZEM BADER / AFP) (Photo by HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images)
Palestinians carry the body of Ghada Sabatin, who died from her wounds after being shot by Israeli soldiers, during her funeral in Husan village west of Bethlehem city in the occupied West Bank, on April 10, 2022

Al-Azhar, Egypt’s highest Islamic body, yesterday condemned Israel’s killing of a Palestinian mother of six.

The body slammed what it described as the “brutality of the occupation soldiers and deliberate killing of a woman.”

Al-Azhar’s remarks came after the Palestinian Ministry of Health said on Sunday that 47-year-old Ghada Sbatein, was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces near the occupied city of Bethlehem.47-year-old Ghada Sbatein, was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces near the occupied city of Bethlehem [@MyPalestine0/Twitter]

47-year-old Ghada Sbatein, was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces near the occupied city of Bethlehem

“The occupation soldiers, with their brutality, did not observe the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan,” Al-Azhar added, noting that the Israeli attacks were a “dangerous escalation.”

It called on the international community “to intervene to stop these recurring crimes immediately.”

On its part, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry described the murder as a “crime against humanity,” and called for “international protection.”

READ: Israel kills 2 Palestinian women, one man in West Bank

(Source / 12.04.2022)

Israel holds Palestine MP under administrative detention for 4 months

Palestinian Legislative Council member Ahmed Atoun [palinfo.com]
Palestinian Legislative Council member Ahmed Atoun 

Israeli occupation authorities yesterday transferred Jerusalemite legislator, Ahmed Atoun, to administrative detention for a period of four months, Quds Press reported.

The agency quoted his father, Muhammad Atoun, as saying that lawyer Fadi Al-Qawasmi had informed him that his son had been transferred to administrative detention in Ofer prison, explaining that Ahmed had spent a total of 19 years in Israeli jails and that he was released in August 2021, after spending a year in administrative detention; containment without charge or trial.

Last Friday, the Israeli occupation forces arrested Ahmed from his home in the city of Bethlehem.

In 2010, the Israeli authorities withdrew his Jerusalem identity card and expelled him from the city after he ran in the Palestinian Legislative elections in 2006. He was later arrested on 26 September 2011 at the headquarters of the International Red Cross in Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem along with MP Muhammad Totah and former Jerusalem Minister Khaled Abu Arafa.

Report: Israel detains 1,460 Palestinians in 2022

An Israeli court then ruled to expel him from Jerusalem, deporting him to the occupied West Bank on charges of “illegally residing in the city”, in reference to Jerusalem, after his identity card was revoked.

Israel has escalated the use of administrative detention against the Palestinians as part of the war against them.

Israel detains about 4,500 Palestinians in 23 prisons and detention centres and commits numerous violations against them, according to institutions concerned with prisoners’ affairs.

(Source / 12.04.2022)

Israel: security officers threaten to kill father of Tel Aviv attacker

29 years old computer engineer Ra'ad Fathi Hazem in the last meet before the Esteshhadi operation in Tel Aviv. [@Abshar_Tasnim2/Twitter]
29 years old computer engineer Ra’ad Fathi Hazem in the last meet before the Esteshhadi operation in Tel Aviv

Despite — or because of — Israeli threats to assassinate him, the father of the Palestinian who killed three Israelis in Tel Aviv last week has become an icon of the Palestinian struggle for freedom.

Fathi Hazem is a retired colonel in the Palestinian Authority National Security Forces and is facing threats from Israel’s army and security services, including Shin Bet. His son Ra’ad was killed after the attack.

The extent of his support among Palestinians was demonstrated from Sunday evening to Monday morning when Jenin city and refugee camp stood on the alert to protect the former security official. It was as if he had just emerged from the battles of Jenin camp in 2002.

According to Fatah official Jamal Haweel, Israel wants “Abu Ra’ad” but the city and refugee camp will not let this happen as long as the former colonel does not want to surrender. The threats against Hazem started after he addressed the crowd which gathered outside his home in Jenin to pay respects on the death of his son.

Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli forces

Colonel Fathi Hazem addressed the hundreds of young men in the small square outside his home and praised his son for his heroic actions which have inspired the people of occupied Palestine. He placed his son’s act of resistance within a much wider context than the narrative presented by Israel.

Over the past four days, internal security Shin Bet agents have called on him to surrender, and threatened him with assassination if he doesn’t. “I will not surrender while I don’t have my son’s body to bury,” responded Abu Ra’ad.

The authorities in Tel Aviv are disturbed by his clear and unambiguous position on armed resistance as a tool to resist the brutal military occupation imposed by Israel. So much so that Israeli media have reported that the office of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has approached the US administration to ask President Mahmoud Abbas to suspend Fathi Hazem’s pension due to him as a retired employee of the Palestinian Authority. The Israelis have also asked that the PA does not pay the stipend allocated to the families of martyrs.

Two days ago, Israeli armed forces stormed into Jenin refugee camp and raided the Hazem family home. This was followed by two hours of violent clashes with local residents in which local resident Ahmed Al-Saadi was killed. Earlier on Sunday, the Israeli army tried to kill the two brothers of Ra’ad Hazem, near the family home in the village of Deir Ghazaleh. However, the brothers escaped unharmed.

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(Source / 12.04.2022)

Israeli forces make 16 detentions among Palestinians during wide raids on Nablus

Occupied Palestine (QNN) – At least 16 Palestinian citizens were detained by Israeli occupation forces during wide campaign of raids on the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

Local sources reported that the Israeli forces broke in the early morning hours into the eastern area of Nablus and spread in the Ad Dahiya neighborhood and Kafr Qallil village.

The Israeli forces carried out raids and searches campaigns against several houses belonging to ex-detainees, as well as seized over some of their own vehicles, the sources added.

The sources indicated that some of the detainees were identified as Ziad Amer, Thaer Amer, Azmi Mansour, Firas Samara, Nayef Amer, Fadel Al-Kurdi, Adel Halawa, Rami Al-Quni, and Louay Amer, Mahmoud Hajja and Muen Salah.

Meanwhile, fierce confrontations have erupted between Palestinian youths and the Israeli forces on the Jerusalem Road, during which the IOF forces opened gunfire and tear gas canisters at the youths.

The confrontations resulted in the injury of a young man with a live bullet to the leg, as well as caused 23 others to suffer tear gas suffocation.

In a related context, some eight citizens have choked after a fire broke out in their building due to the tear gas canisters fired by Israeli forces.

The eight citizens were admitted to a local hospital for treatment.

(Source / 12.04.2022)

Israeli settlers’ scheme to offer animal sacrifices at al-Aqsa Mosque crosses red lines, says senior resistance source

Occupied Palestine (QNN) – A senior Palestinian resistance source on Monday said that the Israeli settlers’ scheme to offer alleged animal sacrifices inside the al-Aqsa Mosque Compound is seen as playing with fire.

The settlers’ scheme to offer animal sacrifices at al-Aqsa Mosque crosses red lines, the source said in a statement to Al Jazeera.

The source added that provoking Muslims and Arabs sentiments is the onset of dark days on the occupation state and its settlers.

These statements come as the so-called Jewish ‘Temple Mount’ groups call for organizing mass breakings into Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Jewish Passover holiday in mid-April to offer animal sacrifices in its courtyards.

The mass Israeli breakings into the al-Aqsa Mosque will be held on April 15 and continue until April 22, which coincides with the third week of the holy month of Ramadan.

(Source / 12.04.2022)

Palestinian worker shot dead by Israeli forces in Ashkelon

Picture taken of the scene where Israeli occupation forces shot and killed a Palestinian worker at a construction site in Ashkelon city on April 12, 2022

Ashkelon (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces shot and killed a Palestinian worker at a construction site in Ashkelon city in the 1948-occupied Palestine, earlier on Tuesday.

Israeli media reported that a police officer was on a patrol searching for Palestinians working in ‘Israel’ without work permits in construction sites in the area.

However, the police officer opened fire at the 40-year-old worker, claiming the worker refused to show his identity and work permit, killing him on the spot.

The worker has been identified later as Abdullah Srour, a resident of the city of Hebron, south of the occupied West Bank.

Media reports: “The Palestinian who was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces last night in Asqalan has been identified as Abdullah Srour, 40, a resident of the city of Hebron, south of the occupied West Bank.”

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The Israeli Occupation Forces also alleged that the worker stabbed the officer and injured him in the hand when he refused to show his identity and work permit.

It is worth mentioning that this is the fifth Palestinian to be shot dead by Israeli forces in the last 24 hours.

Earlier on Sunday, the Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian woman, identified as 47-year-old Ghada Ibrahim Sabatien who is a widowed mother of six, in the town of Husan, west of Bethlehem.

Later that day, the forces shot and killed another Palestinian woman, identified as 24-year-old Maha Kazem Awad, for allegedly carrying out a stabbing operation near the al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.

On Sunday night, the Israeli forces fatally shot and killed a Palestinian youth, identified as 21-year-old Mohammad Ali Ghoneim, during a military raid in the town of al-Khader, south of Bethlehem.

Another Palestinian teenager, identified as 17-year-old Mohammad Zakarneh, has also succumbed earlier on Monday to his injuries that he sustained by Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin yesterday.

(Source / 12.04.2022)