Israel “Legalizes” An Illegal Colonialist Outpost Near Hebron

The Wall & Colonization Resistance Commission has approved the “legalization” of an illegal colonialist outpost and legislated plans on 520 Dunams of privately-owned Palestinian lands in Doura town, west of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Committee said the so-called “High Planning Council” approved the structural plans of the illegal Mitzpe Lachish and decided to make it part of the illegal Negohot colony, built on stolen Palestinian lands.

The plan aims to turn the illegal outpost into a “neighborhood” in Negohot, including the construction of 158 new units.

The Committee said the plan would create a large colonialist block on more than 811 Dunams of Palestinian lands where Negohot and Mitze Lachish stand.

All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Law.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” It also prohibits the “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory”.

(Source / 24.05.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Eight Schoolchildren Near Ramallah

On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers abducted eight Palestinian schoolchildren near Ramallah in the central West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers stopped schoolchildren while heading back to their homes and abducted eight before moving them to a nearby military base.

They added that the children, 14-16 years of age, were taken after leaving the local high school for boys.

The soldiers also installed roadblocks before stopping and searching many Palestinians and their cars and interrogated them while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 24.05.2022)

Soldiers Demolish Under-Construction Mosque Near Qalqilia

On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers demolished an under-construction mosque in the Arab ar-Ramadin” Bedouin community, isolated behind the illegal Annexation Wall near Qalqilia, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinians began construction of the mosque recently in their community, and on May 14th, the army invaded the area and handed an order for its demolition.

The order instructs the Palestinians to demolish the mosque or face fines and fees if the army carries the demolition out.

The Arab ar-Ramadin Bedouin community is located southeast of Qalqilia city, close to the illegal Annexation Wall.

(Source / 24.05.2022)

WAFA: “Israeli Military Destroys Two agricultural Rooms Near Hebron”

In its drive to demolish Masafer Yatta villages, the Israeli military destroys two agricultural rooms – HEBRON, Tuesday, May 24, 2022 (WAFA)

The Israeli military today demolished two agricultural rooms in two different villages in Masafer Yatta in what is believed to be another demolition on the road to tear down 12 Masafer Yatta villages and displace over 1000 of their Palestinian residents.

The Israeli High Court on May 4 gave the army the green light to demolish the 12 villages and displace their residents after the army declared the area as a firing zone. Since then, the Israeli military has gradually demolished several homes and rooms in different villages to avoid being criticized if it carries the demolitions at one time.

Palestinian activist Fouad al-Amour told WAFA that the army accompanied by heavy machinery broke into al-Tawaneh and al-Jawaya villages where they demolished the two rooms owned by local residents.

(Source / 24.05.2022)

Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian, Assault Journalists Near Ibrahimi Mosque

Israeli soldiers abducted, Monday evening, a young man and assaulted many journalists and residents during a nonviolent procession against the escalating Israeli violations in and around the Ibrahimi Mosque, in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinians nonviolent marched towards the Ibrahimi Mosque in the center of Hebron city while carrying Palestinian flags and calling for ending the escalating Israeli violations.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers assaulted the nonviolent protesters when they reached the gates of the holy site and abducted a young man after constantly clubbing him.

The soldiers later released the young man before he was rushed in a civilian car to Hebron governmental hospital; he was hospitalized due to various lacerations and bruises.

The young man would be undergoing various tests and checkups to ensure he is not suffering internal wounds.

The soldiers also attacked many journalists to prevent them from documenting the unfolding events and prevented the Palestinians from entering the holy site to pray.

The procession was held after the Israeli army destroyed and cut the stairs of the historic holy site in preparation for installing an elevator for the Israeli colonizers.

(Source / 24.05.2022)

PCHR: “Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Submit File to the ICC”

Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Submit File to the ICC, Urge Prosecutor to Open Cases from Attack on Palestinians in Gaza in May 2021 – The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR)

The Hague, 23 May 2022 – Today, the Palestinian Human Rights organizations Al-Haq, Al Mezan, and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) filed a submission to the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) providing a detailed description and analysis of the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the May 2021 Israeli military offensive against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.

The May 2021 attack on Gaza is just the most recent example of a series of highly destructive military operations aimed at causing disproportionate damage and suffering on the civilian population of the Gaza Strip, which is subjected to an unlawful 15-year-old closure,” said Raji Sourani, the Director of PCHR.

The operation, codenamed “Operation Guardian of the Walls,” took place in the context of an exceptionally hard wave of repression by the Israeli authorities across occupied Palestine: tensions escalated after Israeli courts ordered the expulsion of Palestinian families from their homes in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, in occupied East Jerusalem, and the transfer of those lands to Israeli settlers. These events resulted in protests spreading all over the territory of Palestine, which were met by Israel with an intensification of repression and resort to military force and violence.

In Jerusalem and within the Green Line this translated into waves of arbitrary arrests, police violence, and mobs of Israeli extremists lynching Palestinians while being shielded and supported by the authorities; in the West Bank, it took the form of tightening the occupation regime by the Israeli military and security forces.

The Gaza Strip, meanwhile, was crushed by a full-scale military assault, consisting of 11 days of heavy bombardments which resulted in the killing of 240 and wounding of 1968 Palestinians.

While these events are the context in which the facts must be considered, the analysis provided in the Submission focuses specifically on the international crimes committed in Gaza, in continuity with the previous military attacks on the Gaza Strip and its illegal closure, which is about to mark its 15th year.

The Submission finds that grave crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court have been committed on a wide scale by the Israeli authorities against Palestinian civilians and civil infrastructures of Gaza, including the crimes of willful killing, willfully causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or health, extensive destruction of property, intentional attacks on civilian objects and disproportionate use of force, within a military occupation, thus in the context of and associated with an international armed conflict.

“The commission of these crimes needs to be seen in the context of Israel’s prolonged, belligerent occupation of the entire Palestinian territory, and of the widespread commission of systemic crimes against humanity, including apartheid, and grave war crimes”, affirms Shawan Jabareen, Director of Al-Haq.

As already thoroughly outlined in another submission presented by the undersigned organizations to the Court in November 2017 and underlined by various independent high-profile reports (including by UN Committees), the structure of the Israeli investigative system precludes effective independent and impartial investigations, as 79% of the criminal complaints presented to the Israeli Military Advocate General received no substantial response.

“Victims have already waited for too long. How much longer will Palestinians in Gaza need to wait, before the ICC holds Israeli officials to account?”, said Issam Younis, the Director-General of Al Mezan.

The Submission concludes that only a prompt, concrete, and comprehensive investigation and the opening of specific cases against individual Israeli defendants by the ICC can end the decades-long impunity for crimes committed against Palestinians, possibly hamper their continuous and current perpetration and contribute to the prevention of further crimes.

International law has been violated relentlessly and blatantly by Israeli forces since its occupation of Palestine, in breach of most provisions of conventional and customary international law, prejudicing and obliterating any perspective of a “peace process” leading to a just resolution. An effective prosecution is therefore absolutely warranted, as it constitutes the last resource to restore the respect for and the enforcement of international justice.

Raji Sourani, Director, PCHR

Shawan Jabarin, Director, Al Haq

Issam Younis, Director, Al Mezan

(Source / 24.05.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eleven Palestinians In West Bank

On Tuesday dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded and ransacked dozens of homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank and abducted eleven Palestinians.

In Nablus, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Islam Bishkar from his home in the Public Housing area in the city and detained his father and his cousin for several hours.

During the invasion, the soldiers abducted former political prisoner Anan Bishkar, his son Soheib Bishkar, and Shadi Bishkar but released them later.

The soldiers also invaded the villages and towns of Yitma, Qabalan, and Asira al-Qibliyya, near Nablus, and installed roadblocks in several parts of the governorate.

In Abu Dis town, southeast of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Omar Salah, 16, after storming his family’s home and ransacking it.

In Ramallah, in the central West Bank, the soldiers abducted Khaled Walid Abu Fkheitha, 19, from his home in Ras Karkar village, west of the city.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded and ransacked several homes in Harmala village, east of Bethlehem, and abducted Ibrahim Atallah, Salah Atallah, Fadi Atallah, Mo’taz Atallah, Monir Atallah, and Ahmad Sa’id Atallah.

The Palestinians abducted in Harmala are related to Mo’tasem Mohammad Atallah, 18, who Israeli soldiers killed on May 8th, 2022, near the illegal Israeli colonial settlement of Tekoa’, east of Bethlehem.

The soldiers also summoned Mahmoud Attallah, from Harmala, from interrogation at the Etzion military base and security center south of Bethlehem.

In Jericho, in the northeastern West Bank, the soldiers abducted a teenage boy, Mohammad Kamal, after invading his home and ransacking it in the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, south of the city.

Furthermore, soldiers abducted former political prisoner Taqiuddin al-Hoor, from his home in Surif town, northwest of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank. His father is imprisoned by Israel and serving a life term.

Dozens of soldiers also invaded Jaba’ town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and installed a roadblock in front of the home of former political prisoner Morad Malaysha.

The soldiers also invaded and ransacked homes and occupied rooftops to use them as firing posts at Palestinians, protesting the invasion.

In addition, the army installed roadblocks and was extensively deployed around the towns of Ya’bad, Kafrit, Tourat at-Tarem, Nazlet Zeid, Arraba, Anza, and Silat ath-Thaher.

(Source / 24.05.2022)

Undercover Soldiers Abduct Brother Of Palestinian Who Carried Tel Aviv Shooting

Undercover Israeli soldiers abducted a young man, the brother of the Palestinian who carried out the shooting attack in Tel Aviv in April of this year, after ambushing him near Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The soldiers ambushed and abducted Homam Fathi Zidan on the main Jenin-Nablus Road after ambushing a car he was riding.

The family said a military jeep rammed the car transporting Humam before undercover officers in a civilian car jumped at his vehicle and abducted him.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers have been trying to abduct the young man. However, he recently managed to escape being captured after the soldiers attacked him while he was with his mother and younger brother and opened fire on them.

The Tel Aviv shooting on April 7th, 2022, led to the death of two Israelis, Tomar Morad, and Eitam Megini, while eight Israelis were injured. On April 8th, Barak Lofen, 35, died from his serious wounds.

Israeli troops located and detained the Palestinian Ra’ad Fathi Hazem from Jenin refugee camp while searching near a mosque in Jaffa.

(Source / 24.05.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Ramallah, Jenin, Hebron And Bethlehem

On Monday evening, Israeli soldiers injured many Palestinians, including a child and a young woman, in Ramallah, Jenin, Hebron, and Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank. The army also abducted the wounded child, and a young man.

In Ramallah, in the central West Bank, the soldiers invaded Ras Karkar village, west of the city, leading to protests, and fired many live rounds, gas bombs, and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot Khaled Lutfi Samhan, 15, with a live round in the leg at the main entrance of Ras Karkar, causing a moderate injury before abducting him.

In Jenin, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded the Zababda town, south of the city, leading to protests, before shooting a young man with a rubber-coated steel bullet. The army also caused many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers attacked a nonviolent procession in the city’s center and assaulted many Palestinians, including journalists.

The Palestinians protested the escalating Israeli attacks on holy sites, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron city.

The soldiers also abducted a young man, Saed Seder, and confiscated a Palestinian flag, in addition to assaulting a young Palestinian-American woman in Hebron’s Old City after forcing her to leave the area of the Ibrahimi Mosque.

In related news, undercover Israeli soldiers kidnapped Human Farhi Khazem, 27, from Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank, after ambushing him near Nablus city while heading back home.

In Husan town, west of Bethlehem, the soldiers caused many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation during protests that took place after several army jeeps invaded it and fired gas bombs and concussion grenades.

(Source / 24.05.2022)

Israeli Colonizers Injure A Palestinian Man South of Nablus

On Monday evening, illegal Israeli colonizers injured a Palestinian man near Douma village, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in the northern West Bank, said the colonizers assaulted Nassim Mosallam, 55, in the al-Marajem area and maced him with pepper spray.

Daghlas added that Mosallam, from Talfit town south of Nablus, was rushed to a Palestinian hospital for treatment after suffering many wounds, especially to the face and head.

Also, the colonizers cut at least thirty-eight Palestinian almond trees in Qaryout town, southwest of Nablus. An infant was also injured after Israeli Colonizers attacked cars Near Nablus.

(Source / 24.05.2022)