Israeli colonial settlers vandalize Palestinian vehicles near Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Extremist Israeli settlers Saturday night vandalized a number of Palestinian-owned vehicles near Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Last night, local sources reported, a number of colonial settlers vandalized several Palestinian-owned vehicles parked on the American Consulate street near the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood after breaking into the area.

The settlers also smashed the windows and slashed the tyres of the vehicles before fleeing the scene.

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There has been a sharp spike in settler violence against Palestinians and their properties in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The violent acts include beating, throwing stones, issuing threats, torching fields, destroying trees and crops, stealing crops, using live fire, and damaging homes and cars.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

(Source / 08.05.2022)

PPS: ‘Israel’ persists to neglect health condition of Detainee al-Qawasma

Occupied Palestine (QNN) – 43-year-old Palestinian detainee Maher al-Qawasma is facing a difficult health condition after being diagnosed with a rare disease that causes skin corrosion, Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said.

The society pointed out in a statement on Sunday that the health condition of the detainee al-Qawasma has recently aggravated, as the disease affected his legs badly.

It indicated that the detainee al-Qawasma is being exposed to deliberate medical negligence by the prison administration despite the medical examinations which proves that the disease is spreading across his body.

The PPS added that the prison administration only gives him painkillers and sometimes anesthetic drugs to alleviate the severe pains that deprives him of sleeping.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society held the Israeli prison administration fully responsible for the life of the detainee al-Qawasma who was detained in 2015 and sentenced to eight years in prison.

It called upon all relevant parties to urgently intervene to prevent the worsening of the detainee’s health condition and provide him with the necessary medication.

It’s noteworthy to mention that the detainee al-Qawasma is married with three children. He is now being held in Negev prison.

According to Palestinian figures, about 4,500 Palestinians, including 32 women and 160 children, are currently languishing in Israeli detention jails.

(Source / 08.05.2022)

Dozens of Israeli settlers storm al-Aqsa, receive explanations on alleged “temple mount”

Occupied Palestine (QNN) – Dozens of heavily guarded extremist Israeli settlers on Sunday broke into the courtyards of the al-Aqsa Mosque Compound via the Maghariba gate.

Islamic Waqf department in occupied Jerusalem said that over a hundred Israeli settlers stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in the early morning hours and carried out provocative tours in its courtyards.

It pointed out that the settlers received explanations from rabbis on the alleged “temple mount” and performed Talmudic rituals in the eastern part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The department indicated that at least seven intelligence officers and antiquities staff accompanied the heavily guarded settlers while storming the al-Aqsa Mosque.

It added that Palestinian worshipers who were present at the mosque during the settlers’ storming defended it with chants and Takbeer (saying Allah is Greatest).

At the dawn hours, the Israeli occupation police prevented dozens of Palestinian youths and women from entering the mosque for performing prayers, in an attempt to make room for the Israeli settlers’ stormings.

The al-Aqsa Mosque compound exposes on a daily basis to the storming of the Israeli settlers, at which the settlers perform Talmudic rituals and discrete the sanctuary of the mosque.

‘Israel’ seeks through its storming to the al-Aqsa to devout the temporal and spatial division of the mosque and to Judaize the occupied Palestinian city of Jerusalem.

(Source / 08.05.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians, One Seriously, Near Salfit

On Saturday night, Israeli soldiers injured several Palestinians, including one who was shot in the neck in Hares village, west of Salfit, in the central West Bank, after illegal Israeli colonizers invaded it.

Several army jeeps invaded the village, leading to protests before the soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot one Palestinian, Daoud Daoud, with a live round in the neck, causing a severe injury.

They added that the soldiers also shot three with rubber-coated steel bullets and caused many others to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The head of Hares Village Council, Omar Samara, said the residents intercepted an invasion by illegal Israeli colonizers into the western entrance of their village before the soldiers invaded it and opened fire at the Palestinians.

It is worth mentioning that the colonizers also cut and uprooted at least thirty olive trees in Qisarya and Arara, north of Kafr ed-Deek, west of Salfit.

The trees are owned by Emad Ismael Ahmad, Nasser Mohammad Othman, Ali Ahmad, and Aziz Yousef Qassoul.

The colonizers came from the illegal Bruchin colony, built on stolen Palestinian lands owned by residents from Kafr ed-Deek and Bruqin towns west of Salfit.

On Saturday evening, Israeli soldiers abducted three Palestinians, including a teenage boy, in Jenin and Tubas, in the occupied West Bank.

The soldiers also shot two Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and caused many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Furthermore, illegal Israeli colonizers attacked a Palestinian man near Nablus in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, causing many injuries.

(Source / 08.05.2022)

Army Abducts Three Palestinians In Jenin And Tubas

On Saturday evening, Israeli soldiers abducted three Palestinians, including a teenage boy, in Jenin and Tubas, in the occupied West Bank.

The soldiers abducted two young men, Mohammad No’man Jarban, 22, and Salim Husam Ataba, 21, after stopping them at the main entrance of Rommana village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

The soldiers stopped and interrogated several Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards and abducted the two young men.

Also, the army abducted Nassim Marwan Nabrissi, 17, while crossing the al-Hamra military roadblock southeast of Tubas in the northeastern West Bank.

The Tubas office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the abducted teen is from the al-Far’a refugee camp, south of Tubas.

Furthermore, Israeli soldiers assaulted a Palestinian man at a military roadblock on the main entrance of Deir Ballout town, west of Salfit in the central West Bank.

The roadblock was installed three days earlier, after the army invaded the area, and was not removed.

(Source / 08.05.2022)

Soldiers Shoot Two Palestinians North Of Hebron

On Saturday, Israeli soldiers shot two Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and caused many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Local sources said several army jeeps invaded the town, leading to protests before the soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

They added that the soldiers shot two young men with rubber-coated steel bullets and caused many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The attacks occurred after the Palestinians protested an invasion by colonizers and soldiers into the Safa area in Beit Ummar, especially after the colonizers attacked a few homes.

Also, Israeli colonizers attacked many cars driving on a bypass road in the al-Jalajel and Beit Einoun areas, east of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

In related news, several army jeeps invaded the Shu’fat refugee camp northeast of occupied Jerusalem, leading to protests.

(Source / 08.05.2022)

Israeli Colonizers Injure A Palestinian Near Nablus

On Saturday, illegal Israeli colonizers attacked a Palestinian man near Nablus in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, causing many injuries.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in the northern West Bank, said the colonizers assaulted Jamal Barham Hamayel in Ein Um al-Jarb, northeast of Beita town, south of Nablus.

Daghlas said the colonizers repeatedly struck and beat the Palestinian man before fleeing. Palestinian medics were called to the scene and rushed him to a hospital in Nablus.

The colonizers also attacked several Palestinian homes in Burin town, south of Nablus, before the locals managed to force them out of their community.

In related news, Israeli soldiers abducted a young man, Wisam Lauth Abdul-Hamid, from Einabus village while crossing the Huwwara military roadblock south of Nablus.

(Source / 08.05.2022)

PCHR: “Israeli Collective Punishment Policy: IOF Demolish Family House of Palestinian Prisoner”

Date: 7 May 2022 – Time: 17:00 GMT: The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR): Under its collective punishment policy against Palestinians accused of conducting attacks against Israeli occupation forces (IOF) or settlers, IOF demolished the family house of a Palestinian prisoner from Jenin.

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 03:00 on Saturday, 7 May 2022, IOF accompanied by a bulldozer, Special Unit Members, and Engineering and Explosive Devices teams of experts moved into Silat al-Harithiya village, west of Jenin.

They surrounded Omar Ahmed Mohammed Yasin Jaradt’s house on the outskirts of the village and forced its residents to leave along with 10 other families living in nearby houses. IOF fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs to stir fear among civilians and prevent them from approaching.

As a result, civilians gathered in the area where IOF deployed and threw stones at the latter amidst clashes where IOF fired rubber-coated and live bullets, tear gas canisters, and stun grenades at the protestors.

As a result, several persons suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and were treated in the field. IOF also arrested Mohammed Naser Abu-Ahmed Salah (25) from the village.

During the raid, which continued until 07:00 in the morning, IOF planted explosives inside the second floor of Jaradat’s family 3-floor family home, and remotely detonated them causing partial destruction to the entire building; each floor is 150 sqm, and a family of three lived there, including one child.

It should be noted that Israeli occupation authorities approved the demolition of Jaradat’s house on 1 March 2022. Jaradat was arrested by the IOF on 19 December 2021 after accusing him, along with others, of killing an Israeli settler in an attack near Homesh settlement, northern Nablus, on 16 December 2021.

So far in 2022, IOF demolished 5 houses and sealed a sixth after destroying its internal contents. These attacks are categorized as acts of collective punishment.

PCHR condemns the crime of demolishing houses that falls within the collective punishment policy adopted by IOF against Palestinian civilians, which is protected by the Israeli judicial system.

PCHR reminds that this policy is internationally prohibited according to Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which states that, “No protected person may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited. Pillage is prohibited. Reprisals against protected persons and their property are prohibited.”

Therefore, PCHR reiterates its call upon the international community to take immediate action to put an end to the Israeli crimes; and reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

These grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions regarding the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the oPt.

(Source / 08.05.2022)

PCHR: “In Consolidation of Apartheid: Israeli Construction Plans for 4,000 Settlement Units in West Bank As Supreme Court of Israel Approves Displacement of Hundreds of Palestinians in Hebron”

Date: 07 May 2022: The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the Israeli decision to build thousands of settlement units in the West Bank.

This announcement coincided with the Israeli Supreme Court’s approval of the displacement of hundreds of Palestinians from their lands in Hebron in the consolidation of the apartheid regime imposed by Israel in the occupied Parisian territory (oPt) under international community silence.

In the latest development in Israel’s settlement expansion measures, Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank announced on Friday, 06 May 2022, that the sub-committee of the “Judea and Samaria Higher Planning Council” is set to give its approval for planning and building 3,988 new settlement units in the meeting scheduled for next Thursday.

The committee meeting will be held after the Israeli Defense Minister, Benny Gantz, responded to settlers’ demands to approve the construction of new settlement projects.

According to the Israeli Civil Administration’s announcement, 1,452 housing units are expected to be approved for construction in the following settlements:

32 at Nokdim, 16 at Ma’aleh Adumim, 286 units at Kedumim, 90 at Dolev, 170 at Immanuel, 110 at Mevo Horon, 192 at Sha’are Tikvah, 500 units at the Elkana, and 56 at Negahot.

The announcement indicated that the final approval also includes 2,536 housing units in the following settlements: 364 for Dolev, 114 for Ma’aleh Michmash, 534 units for Shvuet Rachel, 168 for Neria, 136 for Givat Ze’ev, 40 for Efrat, 92 for Zofim, 64 for Revava, 107 for Tal Menashe, 761 for the Beitar Illit, and 156 for Kiryat Arba.

The approval of these settlement projects comes within the framework of political trade-offs between the far-right political parties in Israel to ensure the existence of the current government headed by Naftali Bennett, under the pretext that the Knesset members from Yamina party have required the approval of these projects in order to avoid resigning from the government coalition.

Moreover, the expected approval of settlement projects came in light of the support of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for Jewish settlement crimes, as on 05 April 2022, he said during a visit to the security service’s regional command in the West Bank: “Construction is ongoing and will continue in Judea and Samaria. Freezing will not be here.”

In addition to the settlement expansion scheme, on Thursday, 05 May 2022, the Israeli Supreme Court authorizes the forcible expulsion of hundreds of Palestinians from their lands in Masafer Yatta in Hebron and refused the petition submitted by 12 Palestinian residential compounds housing at least 2000 people against a 1980 military order that imposes a complete closure on Masafer Yatta area and declares that over 30,000 dunums designated as (Firing Zone 918), with no regard for it being an inhabited area

Upon this decision, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) are allowed to take all the measures they deem appropriate, including military exercises under any designation, between Palestinians’ houses and expel them from the area at any time.

In reality, IOF denies Palestinians’ presence in the area, and they previously served 12 demolition notices to residential communities.

In 1999, the Israeli occupation authorities launched a forcible displacement campaign against the residents of these communities and completely closed the area. The residents and their cattle were transported by buses and trucks and deported to a remote area located between Al-Karmil and Towana villages.

Those communities were subjected to wide-scale demolition over the past year. Following the expulsion, dozens of Palestinian families submitted petitions to the Israeli Supreme Court and the case file remained between the deliberations and the freeze until the court refused the petition.

PCHR reiterates that the Israeli settlement construction and expansion schemes are illegal and constitute a war crime under the international humanitarian law, particularly Article (49) of the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention which stipulates that “Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.”

PCHR asserts that settlements are a war crime, according to Article 8 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). For years now, Palestinians have been waiting for the ICC’s decision to open an investigation into Israeli crimes, as crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territory fall within the Court’s jurisdiction since Palestine acceded to the Rome Statute in 2015.

PCHR stresses that the crimes of settlement expansion and forcible displacement must not go unpunished, and without accountability would only serve to undermine international law. The standard for justice must be universal, not subject to political gains nor a ploy to serve political interests.

(Source / 08.05.2022)