Soldiers Abduct Seventeen Palestinians In West Bank

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

In Bethlehem, the soldiers abducted three former political prisoners, Walid Shehada Ja’fari, 27, from Deheishe refugee camp, south of the city, Wisam Abu Aker, in his fifties, and Mustafa Qneis, 30, from Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Omar Abu Khdeir, from Shu’fat town, after storming and ransacking his home.

The Palestinian was one of many attacked and beaten by Israeli soldiers while carrying the coffin of slain journalist Shirin Abu Aqla, who was killed by the army in Jenin.

In Jenin, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Thaer Ezzat Abu ar-Rob, from his home in Mislaya village, Hasan Tareq, Wisam Ibrahim, and Sobeib Ayad Qabaha from their homes in Barta’a, and Fuad Eyad al-Ashqar from Silat al-Harithiya while crossing the al-Karama border terminal on his way back from Jordan.

In Qalqilia, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mohsin Hardan, Luay Sobhi Freij, and Jamal Othman Daoud, all in their forties, after invading their homes and ransacking them.

In Tubas, in the northeastern West Bank, the soldiers invaded several homes in the al-Far’a refugee camp and abducted Mohammad Wasfi Tayeh and Osama Maher al-Bariyya.

In Salfit, in the central West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Ibrahim Rayyan, 20, from his home in Qarawat Bani Hassan, west of the city.

In Hebron, in the southern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Halhoul town, north of the city, and abducted Ahmad Khaled Shihda ad-Douda, 28.

(Source / 17.05.2022)

Israeli Army Invades Farmlands In Southern Gaza

Several Israeli military vehicles, including bulldozers, invaded Palestinian farmlands east of Rafah city, in the southern parts of the Gaza Strip, and bulldozed several sections while firing live rounds.

Eyewitnesses said the military vehicles came from one of the perimeter fence’s gates, east of Rafah, and advanced dozens of meters into the Palestinian agricultural lands while firing live rounds and smoke bombs.

They added that the military bulldozers uprooted lands and installed sand hills near the fence before withdrawing.

Palestinian farmers had to leave their lands when they saw the military vehicles invading them to avoid being targeted by the soldiers.

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 / 17.05.2022)

Army Injures Many Palestinians Near Hebron

On Tuesday dawn, Israeli soldiers injured many Palestinians in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said several Israeli army jeeps invaded the town before the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes.

They added that the soldiers attacked many Palestinians while searching the homes and used military dogs in the invasions and searches, causing damage and anxiety attacks.

Many Palestinians protested the invasion and hurled stones at the soldiers who fired gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing dozens of residents to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The soldiers also invaded Halhoul town, north of Hebron, searched homes, and abducted Ahmad Khaled ad-Douda, 28.

(Source / 17.05.2022)

Soldiers Seriously Injure A Palestinian Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers shot and seriously injured, Wednesday, a Palestinian man, reportedly when he attempted to stab them at the Huwwara military roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

The Palestinian, identified as Mohammad Ismael Abu Sabra, 49, was shot by the soldiers near the roadblock before the soldiers sealed the area.

A Palestinian ambulance rushed to the scene, but the soldiers refused to allow the medics through and kept the Palestinian bleeding on the ground until an Israeli ambulance arrived at the scene much later and took him away.

The Israeli army alleged that Abu Sabra “carried a knife and charged at the soldiers before they shot him in the upper body.”

The army added that the alleged attempted attack did not lead to injuries among the soldiers.

In related news, the soldiers invaded several areas in Nablus, including the Old City and the al-Basha street, stormed and ransacked homes, and abducted Allam Ibrahim Ra’ey.

(Source / 17.05.2022)

WAFA: “Jerusalem hospital considers prosecuting Israeli police over attacking journalist’s funeral”

JERUSALEM, Monday, May 16, 2022 (WAFA) – A Jerusalem hospital is considering the possibility of prosecuting Israeli police over the recent attack on the funeral procession of slain veteran journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh.

The management of St Joseph hospital said in a press conference that they were considering the possibility of suing Israeli police over their Friday’s incursion into the hospital and attacking the funeral of iconic Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed by Israeli military gunshot to the head on the morning of Friday, May 11, 2022, while reporting from Jenin.

It added that it has contacted a law firm to examine the possibility of initiating a complaint against the Israeli occupation authorities over police violence.

It released security camera footage showing dozens of heavily armed police storming the Sheikh Jarrah-based hospital, including the Emergency unit, during Abu Akleh’s funeral, assaulting medical staff, patients, and the mourners.

Another video footage showed police firing a smoke grenade in the direction of the hospital before muscling inside.

During the conference, the nuns working at the hospital recounts how a mother in labor was ushered into the hospital by her husband through tear gas and escaping gunfire.

The hospital management affirmed that the police attack is a gross violation of humanitarian laws and unjustifiable and that it was only the police who committed and resorted to violence during Abu Akleh’s funeral procession.

Meanwhile, St Joseph’s hospital director Jamil Kousa told WAFA that he has never seen such police violence.

“I have been serving as the director of this hospital for 31 years, during which I have never seen violence similar to police violence on that day,” he said while pointing that police violence was unjustifiable.

(Source / 17.05.2022)

WAFA: “Cancer-stricken former prisoner dies due to complications from medical negligence”

NABLUS, Tuesday, May 17, 2022 (WAFA) – A Palestinian cancer-stricken former prisoner Monday evening died due to complications from Israeli medical negligence at the time of his detention, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society.

PPS said that Ihab al-Kilani, a resident of Nablus city, passed away a month after being released from Israeli imprisonment.

It pointed that al-Kilani was diagnosed with terminal cancer shortly after ending his 6-month administrative detention term during which he was subject to deliberate medical negligence.

The last time al-Kilani, a father of four, was arrested was in October 2021, and he spent four years and a half in Israeli imprisonment, mostly placed under administrative detention.

PPS presented statistics showing that 22 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody are suffering from different degrees of cancer, most notably Nasser Abu Hamid, a 49-year-old resident of Al-Amari camp who has been detained since 2002 and is serving seven life sentences and an additional 50 years in prison.

PPS added that 600 prisoners are sick, including 200 who suffer from chronic diseases while holding the Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible for al-Kilani’s death and its repercussions.

Israel’s widely condemned practice of administrative detention allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable intervals ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.

The US State Department has said in past reports on human rights conditions for Palestinians that administrative detainees are not given the “opportunity to refute allegations or address the evidentiary material presented against them in court.”

Amnesty International has described Israel’s use of administrative detention as a “bankrupt tactic” and has long called on Israel to bring its use to an end.

According to the latest figures from Addameer, the Palestinian Prisoner Support, and Human Rights Association, there are currently 4,450 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers.

This number includes approximately 530 Palestinians placed under “administrative detention”, which allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable intervals ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.

Mass arrest of Palestinians is nothing new. According to a 2017 report by Addameer, over the past 50 years, more than 800,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned or detained by Israel, this figure is now believed to be closer to 1 million. This means that about 40% of Palestinian men and boys living under military occupation have been deprived of their freedom. Almost every Palestinian family has suffered the imprisonment of a loved one.

(Source / 17.05.2022)

Army Injures Dozens Of Palestinians During Funeral Of Slain Palestinian

On Monday, Israeli soldiers injured dozens of Palestinians after the army attacked the funeral procession and ceremony of a Palestinian who died from serious wounds he suffered after the army shot him in Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) said the soldiers attacked the funeral procession of Walid Sharif, 24, who died on Saturday morning of serious wounds he sustained on April 22nd after Israeli soldiers stormed the courtyard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said its medics provided treatment to 71 Palestinians, including one of its medics.

The PRCS added its medics and transferred thirteen wounded Palestinians to the hospital for further treatment. Most of the injured were shot in the upper body, including one who suffered an injury to his eye.

One of the wounded, the uncle of the slain young man, was shot in the face and is in critical condition.

The soldiers attacked the Palestinians in Salahuddin Street, the Mujahidin graveyard, and several other areas.

The soldiers used drones to fire gas bombs at the mourners and fired many rubber-coated steel bullets and concussion grenades, especially when they entered the graveyard carrying the slain young man.

The soldiers also attacked the Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance that was transporting the body of the slain Palestinian and fired rubber-coated steel bullets at it, shattering its windshield and some side windows.

After the funeral ceremony, the soldiers assaulted dozens of Palestinians, cuffed, and blindfolded many, forcing them to sit on the ground of the graveyard, and abducted twenty-five.

(Source / 17.05.2022)