‘Israel’ detained over one million Palestinians since Nakba in 1948

Occupied Palestine (QNN) – Over one million Palestinians have been detained by the Israeli occupation forces since the Nakba in 1948, Palestine Center for Prisoners’ Studies said on Sunday.

The center stressed that the case of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails is one of the key issues resulted from the Israeli occupation of Palestine since the Nakba in 1948.

It indicated that a quarter of the Palestinians living in the occupied Palestinian territories have been detained by the Israeli occupation forces since the Nakba, pointing out that it’s the highest detention rate in the world.

Director of the center Riyad al-Ashqar said that the Israeli occupation authorities continue violating international laws and conventions concerning the rights of the prisoners, using illegal policies such as random detentions and internationally banned torture.

Al-Ashqar added that the Palestinian detainees are exposed to severe physical and psychological torture throughout detention.

He pointed out that the Israeli occupation does not distinguish between children, women, young and elderly people, MPs and dignitaries, patients, or even persons with disabilities, indicating that all of them are exposed to brutal crimes.

About 4,700 Palestinians, including 32 women and 160 children, are currently languishing in Israeli detention jails.

Among them, close to 500 Palestinians are currently being held under Israel’s illegal policy of administrative detention, under which prisoners can be held for renewable six-month periods without charge or trial.

(Source / 16.05.2022)

‘Israel’ bans preacher of al-Aqsa Sheikh Sabri from travelling for 4 months

Occupied Palestine (QNN) – The Israeli occupation authorities have issued a travel ban for four consecutive months against the preacher of the al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Ikrima Sabri.

Sheikh Sabri said that he received a decision on Sunday by the Israeli occupation authorities, preventing him from travelling for four months allegedly for his ‘terrorist activities and posing a threat against the security of the occupation state.’

The preacher of the al-Aqsa Mosque described the decision as ‘unjust’, stressing that it will never change his positions, as it will not dissuade him from performing his duty towards his people.

“I’ll keep defending the al-Aqsa Mosque Compound as long as I live,” Sheikh Sabri concluded.

(Source / 16.05.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians In Jerusalem, Hebron, And Jenin

On Monday afternoon, Israeli soldiers four Palestinians, including two former political prisoners, in Jerusalem, Hebron, and Jenin, in the occupied West Bank.

The soldiers invaded Hizma town northeast of occupied Jerusalem and searched several homes before abducting two former political prisoners, Mohammad Hussein Khatib, 22, and Ammar Abed-Rabbo Khatib, 22.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers invaded the eastern part of the city and abducted Mohammad Marwan Syouri from his home.

The soldiers invaded several homes in the area and violently searched them, causing damage, and interrogating many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

Also, the soldiers abducted Adeeb Mustafa Sammoudi from al-Yamoun town, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, after stopping him at a sudden military roadblock between al-Yamoun and al-‘Arqa village.

On Monday dawn, the soldiers abducted seventeen Palestinians from several parts of the West Bank.

(Source / 16.05.2022)

WAFA: “Jerusalem church leaders condemn Israeli police violence at St. Joseph hospital during Abu Akleh’s funeral”

JERUSALEM, Monday, May 16, 2022 (WAFA) – The top church leaders in Jerusalem today condemned in a statement Israeli police brutality at St. Joseph’s hospital during the funeral of slain Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Wednesday in Jenin while covering an army raid into the northern West Bank city.

“We, the Greek Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, and the bishops and the faithful of the Christian Churches in the Holy Land, hereby condemn the violent intrusion of the Israeli Police into a funeral procession of the slain journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, as it was going from Saint Joseph Hospital to the Greek-Melkite Cathedral Church,” the church leaders said in a statement.

“The Police stormed into a Christian health institute, disrespecting the Church, disrespecting the health institute, disrespecting the memory of the deceased and forcing the pallbearers almost to drop the coffin,” they said.

“Israeli Police’s invasion and disproportionate use of force, attacking mourners, striking them with batons, using smoke grenades, shooting rubber bullets, frightening the hospital’s patients, is a severe violation of international norms and regulations, including the fundamental human right of freedom of religion, which must be observed also in a public space,” added the church leaders.

“The St. Joseph Hospital has always proudly been a place of encounter and healing for all, regardless of their religious or cultural belonging, and it intends to continue to be so. What happened last Friday deeply wounded not only the Christian community, the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition, the owner of the Hospital, and all the hospital staff, but also all people who in that place have found and still find peace and hospitality.

“The Sisters and the staff of St. Joseph Hospital will keep their commitment to being a place of healing.

“The tragic episode of last Friday makes this commitment even stronger than ever,” the leaders concluded their statement.

(Source / 16.05.2022)

Soldiers Demolish Wall, Shed, And Shed In Jericho And Tubas

On Monday, Israeli soldiers demolished a Wall and a shed near Jericho, and a shed near Tubas in the occupied West Bank.

Several army jeeps and bulldozers invaded the Dyouk at-Tahta village, west of Jericho in the northeastern West Bank, and demolished a wall surrounding the home of a Jerusalemite Palestinian, Khalil Affana.

The soldiers also demolished a small shed owned by Affana; the demolitions came only three days after the army issued the demolition orders allegedly for being built without permits.

Essam Samrat, the Secretary of the Fateh Movement in the Dyouk at-Tahta, said the area is subject to constant Israeli violations, including the attempt to confiscate the Palestinian lands to benefit the illegal Israeli colonies.

Also, the soldiers demolished a shed owned by Ayman Gharib in Tammoun town, south of Tubas. The shed, used for selling melons, was approximately 30 square/meters.

(Source / 16.05.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Attack Detainees In Ramon Prison

On Monday, Israeli soldiers attacked many Palestinian detainees in Section 6 of the Ramon Israeli prison and conducted violent searches.

Hasan Abed-Rabbo, the media spokesperson of the Detainees’ Committee, said the undercover soldiers stormed the detainees’ rooms and violently searched them, and attacked the detainees.

Abed-Rabbo added that the soldiers conducted provocative searches of the detainees and assaulted many.

The official said the Israeli army and its undercover forces operating in the prisons and detention centers are constantly attacking the Palestinian political prisoners and imposing severe sanctions on them, including barring their families from visiting and forcing many into solitary confinement.

(Source / 16.05.2022)

Israeli officials release name of Israeli Soldier Killed in 2018

An Israeli who was killed during a botched undercover invasion in Gaza in 2018 has finally been identified by the Israeli government, nearly two years after his death. Investigations of the incident by the Palestinian Authority in Gaza found that the soldier was likely killed by so-called ‘friendly fire’ by his fellow Israeli soldiers.

Initially, the Israeli government had stated that he had been killed by Palestinian resistance fighters.

The soldier was identified as Mahmoud Kheir El-Din, 41.

He was one of a group of undercover Israeli soldiers who infiltrated into the Gaza Strip dressed as Palestinian civilians to assassinate two senior leaders of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas. The army initiated a series of air strikes, firing missiles and shells to secure the retreat of its undercover soldiers, killing five additional Palestinians.

Hamas fighters exchanged fire with the soldiers.

The undercover soldiers were driving a Volkswagen car, and drove towards the home of Noureddin Baraka, in Bani Suheila area in Khan Younis, before stopping near the property, the al-Quds News Agency has confirmed.

Fighters of the Al-Qassam Brigades then noticed the car and began following it, catching up to it near a kindergarten in Abasan al-Kabeera town, and asking the passengers to step out of the vehicle and show their ID cards.

The News Agency added that the undercover soldiers, who were in the backseat of the car, then opened fire at the fighters, after realizing their cover-up had been exposed.

Al-Quds also stated that some of the undercover soldiers were wearing veils, pretending to be women.

The senior fighter, Noureddin Baraka, was instantly killed in the initial shooting, while other fighters called for help, before chasing the car that carried the undercover forces.

The Israeli army, stationed across the perimeter fence, started firing shells at cars and Palestinians who chased the undercover officers’ vehicle, before it crashed against a wall, and then headed toward the perimeter fence.

Initially, the Israeli soldier who was killed in the Gaza invasion was only identified as Lt. Col. M., while the army kept other information classified.

The Al-Qassam Brigades said the undercover soldiers who infiltrated into an area, east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, assassinated one of its senior leaders, identified as Noureddin Mohammad Salama Baraka, 37.

The army also fired several shells into lands, east of Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis, in addition to firing many flares.

In a statement, Al-Qassam said that the “resistance in Gaza will continue to defend the Palestinian people,” and vowed that “the enemy will pay a heavy price for its crime.”

Israeli sources have confirmed that one of its “Special Forces” officers was killed in an exchange of fire, which broke out during the offensive, and that another officer was injured.”

The Palestinians who were killed in the Israeli offensive have been identified as:

Noureddin Mohammad Salama Baraka, 37.
Mohammad Majed Mousa al-Qarra, 23.
Khaled Mohammad Ali Qweider, 29.
Mustafa Hasan Mohammad Abu Odah, 21.
Mahmoud Atallah Misbih, 25.
Ala’eddin Fawzi Mohammad Fseifis, 24.
Omar Naji Musallam Abu Khater, 21.
It is worth mentioning that al-Qarra just got married a few days prior to being killed. Both Baraka and al-Qarra are senior leaders of the al-Qassam Brigades.

Following this serious Israeli military escalation, the Israeli army asked the Israeli colonialist settlers living close to the border with Gaza to remain indoors, and closed the Zikim road.

Israeli media source said that, after the army assassinated the fighters, Al-Qassam fired at least ten shells into Israel area, and added that the Iron Dome system “intercepted two of them.”

(Source / 16.05.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Seventeen Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted at least seventeen Palestinians from several parts of the occupied West Bank on Monday dawn.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, the soldiers invaded Halhoul town, north of the city, stormed and searched several homes, and abducted two siblings, Hamza Eyad al-Baw. 26, and his brother, former political prisoner, Islam al-Baw, 20.

The soldiers also installed roadblocks on Hebron’s northern roads and the streets leading to Sa’ir, Halhoul, and Yatta before stopping and searching dozens of cars and interrogating many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In Bethlehem, the soldiers invaded the Wadi Shahin area in the center of the city, searched homes, and abducted Ahmad Salem Obeyyat, 47, in addition to former political prisoner Nidal Obeyyat.

The soldiers also invaded and searched several homes, including those owned by Hussin and Nidal Obeyyat, in the al-Fredis village, east of the city.

In the Ramallah and al-Biereh governorate, in the central West Bank, many army jeeps invaded the al-Biereh city, and Betunia town west of Ramallah searched and ransacked many homes and abducted five Palestinians.

The abducted Palestinians are Tareq Shafe’ey, Yahia Shafe’ey, Mo’men Shafe’ey, and Eyad Shafe’ey, from al-Biereh city, and Ala’ Yassin Samaha, 38, from Betunia.

The soldiers also invaded the nearby villages of Qibya and Shuqba but withdrew later without abducting any Palestinian.

In Qalqilia, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Abdullah Zoheir Walweel and Mohammad Bilal Freij, both in their thirties, after stopping them at a military roadblock east of Qalqilia.

In Tulkarem, also in the northern West Bank, many army jeeps invaded the Tulkarem refugee camp before the soldiers invaded and searched homes and abducted two Palestinians, Ala’ Amer Kelibi and Hussin Nabil Sheikh Ali.

In related news, Palestinian resistance fighters exchanged fire with Israeli soldiers invading the al-Yamoun town, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted Mahammad Sammoudi and Bassel Raed Abu Hasan, from al-Yamoun, and a teenage boy Zeid Ali Mahajna, from at-Tayba village, northwest of Jenin, in addition to Amjad Ali Abu al-Rob, and Bassel Ahmad Abu al-Rob, from Qabatia, south of Jenin.

(Source / 16.05.2022)

Israeli Navy Attacks Fishermen In Southern Gaza

On Sunday evening, Israeli navy ships attacked several Palestinian fishing boats near the Rafah shore, in the southern part of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses said the navy fired many live rounds and gas bombs at the boats, forcing the fishermen to leave.

The navy also chased several fishing boats and used water cannons. The attacks caused damage but did not lead to casualties.

The army frequently attacks farmersshepherds, workers, and fishermen across the eastern parts of the coastal region and in Palestinian territorial waters, leading to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to preventing the Palestinians from tending to their lands and from fishing to provide for their families.

In March of last year, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.

(Source / 16.05.2022)

Soldiers Injure 45 Palestinians Near Ramallah

On Sunday, Israeli soldiers injured at least 45 Palestinians at the northern entrance of the al-Biereh city, north of Ramallah in the central West Bank.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said the soldiers attacked Palestinian protesters with live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

It said the soldiers shot seven Palestinians with live rounds before the medics rushed them to Ramallah hospital, in addition to thirteen who were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, one who suffered burns, and one who fell while the soldiers chased him.

PRCS medics also provided treatment to twenty Palestinians who suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The injuries took place when the army attacked hundreds of Palestinians, who nonviolent marched to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba when Israel was established in the historic land of Palestine after destroying and depopulating hundreds of Palestinian villages and towns.

(Source / 16.05.2022)