Israeli Soldiers Fire Tear Gas at Palestinian Students at Al-Quds University

Al Quds University on Saturday (image by Ma'an News)

Israeli troops attacked Palestinian student protesters at Al Quds University in Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem, on Saturday. Dozens of students were treated for tear gas inhalation.

The soldiers did not limit their firing of tear gas to students participating in the protest, but also invaded the university campus and fired tear gas indiscriminately at the students.

Many of the students are Muslim, and practicing a sunrise-to-sunset fast during the holy month of Ramadan. This fast includes water, so inhaling tear gas is especially dangerous for students who are fasting from water.

Israeli troops set up additional military roadblocks around the university and nearby villages, closing the road linking the villages of Al-Sawahrah Al-Sharqiya and Abu Dis.

The students had organized the protest to oppose the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people, especially in Jerusalem and Jenin. Over 100 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli forces near al-Aqsa mosque on Friday while they were trying to pray in the third-holiest site in Islam.

(Source / 17.04.2022)

Soldiers Shoot And Seriously Injure Jordanian Man Near Tulkarem

Israeli soldiers shot and seriously injured, ٍSunday dawn, a worker near the Annexation Wall in Far’un village, south of Tulkarem in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot Mohammad Fayez Mustafa, 25, from Qabalan town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, causing a life-threatening injury.

Mustafa was shot with a live round in the thigh, severing the main artery, before he was rushed to Thabet Thabet hospital in Tulkarem and was later moved to the Specialty Hospital in Nablus city due to his serious wounds.

It is worth mentioning that Mohammad is a Jordanian National who entered Palestine via a visitor visa issued by the Israeli side.

Also Saturday, Omar Yasser Shehada from the town of Anabta, east of Tulkarem, was shot by the soldiers in the same area before they abducted him.

(Source / 17.04.2022)

Israeli Army Abducts Twelve Palestinians In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight, twelve Palestinians, including at least one child, from their homes in several parts of the occupied capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes in several parts of Jerusalem and abducted at least seven Palestinians.

They added that the soldiers also invaded the al-Makassed Hospital in the at-Tour town in Jerusalem before abducting Omar Shweiki and Haitham Ja’bari.

The soldiers also abducted three Palestinians, including a child Ali Eqneibi, in Bab al-Amoud in Jerusalem.

In addition, the army abducted three young men after assaulting two of them near the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Shu’fat town north of Jerusalem, searched many homes, and abducted three Palestinians.

(Source / 17.04.2022)

Palestinian Prisoners’ Day: 4450 Illegally Imprisoned by Israel

Israeli prison guard tower (archive image)

April 17th marks Palestinian Prisoner’s Day – and a coalition of Palestinian prisoner advocacy groups issued a report about the current status of Palestinian political prisoners. Israeli authorities currently have imprisoned 4450 prisoners, including 32 female prisoners, 160 children under the age of 18, and 530 held without any charges in direct violation of internal law, under so-called ‘administrative detention’.

A fact sheet issued by the Prisoners’ Society on the occasion of Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, stated that from the beginning of 2022 until the end of March, Israeli troops abducted more than 2,140 male and female citizens, concentrated in the governorates of Jerusalem and Jenin. Among those detained in 2022 are more than 200 children and more than 35 women.

The paper indicated that the abductions escalated during the month of March with the beginning of the Islamic Holy month of Ramadan, and reached their climax on April 15, when Israeli forces carried out large-scale arrests during the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, when troops abducted more than 450 Palestinians, including children.

The prisoners’ society indicated that the number of sick prisoners reached more than 600, of whom 200 were diagnosed with chronic diseases, including 22 prisoners with cancer and tumors of varying degrees, the most severe of which was the prisoner Nasser Abu Hamid, who is facing a serious health situation, as a result of lung cancer.

Among the most prominent names of the sick prisoners who are in the Ramle Clinic prison are: Khaled Al-Shawish, Mansour Muqada, Mutassim Raddad, Nahed Al-Aqra’, Nasser Abu Hamid, and Iyad Haribat. Most of them have been languishing since the date of their arrests up to 20 years prior, in the Ramle Clinic prison. This is the prison that the prisoners call “the slaughterhouse” and is considered one of the worst and oldest prisons.

Some of the cases that have been diagnosed with tumors since the end of last year include the prisoners: Nasser Abu Hamid, Iyad Nazir Omar, Jamal Amr, Mahmoud Abu Warda, and Musa Soufan, in addition to Abdel Basset Maatan, who was administratively arrested during his treatment of cancer, and is still under administrative detention. .

The report confirmed that 227 Palestinians have died in prison, including Sami Al-Amour who died as a result of the crime of deliberate medical negligence late last year. This is in addition to hundreds of prisoners who died as a result of diseases they contracted in prison, including Hussein Masalma, who died last year. The number of prisoners who died as a result of the policy of medical negligence is 72.

The number of prisoners who are serving life sentences is 549, the most severe of which is the prisoner Abdullah Al-Barghouti, who is sentenced to 67 life imprisonments.

Also this year, Israeli authorities issued a life sentence against two prisoners, Muntasir Shalabi, from Ramallah, and Muhammad Kabha, from Jenin.

As part of its systematic policies, Israeli authorities continue to detain the bodies of 8 prisoners who died in prison, identified as: Anis Doula, who died in Ashkelon prison in 1980, Aziz Owaisat in 2018, Fares Baroud, Nassar Taqatqa, and Bassam al-Sayeh, all four of whom died during 2019. Saadi Al-Gharabli and Kamal Abu Waer, who died in 2020, and Sami Al-Amour, who died in 2021.

The number of former prisoners detained prior to the signing of the Oslo Agreement reached 25, the oldest of whom were Karim Younis and Maher Younis, who have been detained since January 1983 on a continuous basis, and the prisoner Nael Barghouti, who is serving the longest period of detention in the history of the captive movement, and entered his 42nd year in prison. He spent 34 years in prison continuously, before his liberation in 2011. But he was re-arrested in 2014 along with a group of dozens of others, including Alaa Al-Bazin, Nidal Zalloum and Samer Al-Mahroom.

In addition to the prisoners who were detained before the signing of the Oslo Accords, dozens of prisoners were arrested during the Al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000. There are 152 prisoners whose years of detention exceeded 20 years.

The number of former Parliament Members detained in the prisons of the occupation reached 8, including the two prisoners Marwan Barghouti and Ahmed Saadat. In addition, 11 journalists remain detained in Israeli prisons.

32 Palestinian women are currently being held in Damoun prison, the oldest of whom is Maysoon Musa from Bethlehem, who has been detained since 2015, and has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The number of Palestinian child prisoners in Israeli prisons is 160. The children are being held in Megiddo, Ofer, and Damoun prisons.

This year has witnessed a significant shift in the number of solitary confinement prisoners, and their number reached 29 in the end of March – including the six prisoners who had successfully escaped from Gilboa prison in 2021.

Among the isolated prisoners are prisoners who suffer from severe psychological problems, as a result of the systematic abuse and torture they have been subjected to over the years. The oldest isolated prisoner is Mohammed Khalil from the town of Mazraa al-Gharbiyye near Ramallah, who has been in solitary for more than 15 years.

During the current year, dozens of detainees were subjected to severe torture and interrogation by Israeli forces – despite the condemnation of the international community of the practice of torturing prisoners.

In addition to the aforementioned policies, the policy of “collective punishment”, and the repeated incursions and inspections of the cells of Palestinian prisoners have increased this year, leading to an increase in confrontations between the prisoners and guards which resulted in widespread repression and attacks against the prisoners.

Since the beginning of this year, Israeli authorities have issued about 400 administrative detention orders against detainees, most of whom are ex-prisoners who were arrested several times, and the highest number was during the month of March 2022, when 195 orders were issued.

The 500 administrative detainees announced at the beginning of this year a boycott of all levels of occupation courts (confirmation courts, appeals, and the Supreme Court) in order to confront the policy of arbitrary administrative detention, and to confirm the arbitrary nature of Israeli courts that implement the decisions of the intelligence service and are subject to its will to keep prisoners imprisoned for indefinite periods of time.

This year, dozens of prisoners joined the List of Prisoners who have been detained for more than 20 years, and most of them are detainees of the Al-Aqsa Intifada. As such, they are older prisoners, among them 25 prisoners that Israel continues to detain since before the signing of the Oslo Agreement in 1994. The number of prisoners who spent more than 20 years in prison is 152.

This paper, prepared by the Prisoners’ Affairs Authority, the Prisoner’s Club, the Addameer Foundation, the “Hurriyat” Center, and the Wadi Hilweh Center – Jerusalem, comes on the occasion of the Prisoner’s Day, which falls on April 17 of each year, and which was approved by the National Council, in 1974, during its session. This is a day to unify efforts and activities to support the Palestinian prisoners. and support their legitimate right to freedom.

(Source / 17.04.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Schoolchildren Near Bethlehem

On Sunday, Israeli soldiers injured many schoolchildren in Tuqu’ town southeast of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

Local nonviolent activist Mustafa Badan said the soldiers attacked many school children in the schools’ area of the town while trying to force them to leave.

Badan added that the soldiers fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing many children to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The soldiers also attacked a few schoolchildren and detained three of them.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers frequently invade the schools’ area in the town, especially in the morning and in the afternoon.

(Source / 17.04.2022)

Army Abducts Three Palestinians In Tulkarem And Qalqilia

On Sunday, Israeli soldiers abducted three Palestinians, including two siblings in Tulkarem and Qalqilia, in the northern parts of the occupied West Bank.

In Qalqilia, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Abdul-Rahman Khardaj and his brother Abdul-Haq from their home.

In Tulkarem, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Yahia Abdul-Rahman Bdeir while crossing the Shoufa military roadblock southeast of the city.

At Dawn Sunday, the soldiers shot and seriously injured a Jordanian national man near the Annexation Wall in Far’un village, south of Tulkarem in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 17.04.2022)

Army Abducts Three Palestinians Near Bethlehem

On Sunday, Israeli soldiers abducted thee young men in Tuqu’ town, southeast of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.

Local sources said the soldiers invaded the town before stopping and interrogating several Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

The sources added that the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, Mohammad Khalil Ta’amra, 26, in addition to Khalil Amir Zeer, 20, and Ibrahim Fuad Sabah.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also injured many schoolchildren in an earlier invasion of the town.

In related news, the soldiers abducted three Palestinians, including two siblings in Tulkarem and Qalqilia, in the northern parts of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 17.04.2022)