Palestinian detainee Awawdeh rushed to hospital after dramatic decline in health condition

Khalil Awawdeh, married and a father of four girl children, has previously spent a total of 12 years in Israeli prisons for resisting the occupation

Occupied Palestine (QNN) – Hunger striking Palestinian detainee Khalil Awawdeh was rushed to hospital on Thursday after his health condition had dramatically deteriorated, Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said.

The PPS pointed out that the 40-year-old detainee Awawdeh has been on an open-ended hunger strike for the 100 consecutive day in protest of his detention without charge or trial.

A resident of the town of Ethna to the southwest of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, detainee Awawdeh has been exposed to Israeli detentions several times since 2002, the society added.

It noted that it’s the second time for the detainee Awawdeh to launch an open-ended hunger strike, since he engaged in a mass hunger strike that took place in 2012.

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

Among them, close to 540 Palestinians are currently being held under “Israel’s” illegal policy of administrative detention, under which detainees can be held for renewable six-month periods without charge or trial.

(Source / 10.06.2022)

“Israel” detained 690 Palestinian people in May 2022, advocacy groups say

Occupied Palestine (QNN) – Israeli occupation authorities have detained about 690 Palestinian citizens, including 76 children and 19 women, from occupied Palestine during May 2022, detainees’ advocacy groups said.

The human rights groups pointed out that this is the second highest number of detentions in one month since the beginning of this year, compared with April, which saw 1,228 Palestinians detained.

As usual, occupied Jerusalem saw the highest number of detentions, followed consecutively by Hebron, Jenin, and Bethlehem, they added.

They indicated that May 2022 has also seen a spike in violations and crimes committed by the Israeli occupation, including field executions, home demolitions, collective punishment measures, and systematic detention campaigns.

As of May 2022, there have been nearly 4,700 Palestinian detainees, including 32 female detainees and about 170 minors, held in Israeli occupation prisons. Of them, about 640 detainees, including two women and a child, are under administrative detention without charge or trial, the advocacy groups noted.

They also indicated that the number of Palestinian detainees who were given life sentences has jumped to 551 after an Israeli court sentenced Palestinian detainee Ahmad Asafra to life term in prison in addition to 25 years.

In April, the Israeli occupation authorities have detained 401 Palestinian citizens from occupied Jerusalem, including 58 children and 16 women, and well as issued approximately 160 administrative detention orders.

(Source / 10.06.2022)

Israeli lawmaker introduces bill to double penalty against Palestinian stone throwers

Occupied Palestine (QNN) – Israeli lawmaker MK Keti Shitrit has introduced a bill to double the penalty of Palestinians who throw stones and Molotov cocktails towards Israeli occupation forces and settlers.

“Israel” Hayom newspaper reported that the bill would be submitted on Sunday to the Knesset’s Ministerial Committee for Legislative Affairs.

The newspaper added that the bill provides for doubling the penalty of stone and Molotov cocktails’ throwers to reach a minimum sentence of four years in prison.

At the present time, the newspaper pointed out, the penalty of those who throw stones at settlers’ vehicles reaches up to two years.

The bill is an additional test for the government coalition, particularly for the Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, who previously presented a similar one in 2015, so it will be difficult for her to oppose the bill, the newspaper said.

It’s noteworthy to mention that stones and Molotov cocktails throwing have been a symbol of Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation since the first Intifada. They are routinely used by the Palestinian people in response to Israeli crimes and abuses.

(Source / 10.06.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians, International Peace Activists, In Hebron

On Friday, Israeli soldiers and illegal colonizers attacked and injured many Palestinians and international peace activists, and abducted two activists, during a nonviolent procession against Israel’s illegal colonialist and displacement policies in the Masafer Yatta area south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Mashhour al-Wahwah, a WAFA Palestinian News Agency cameraman, said the colonizers attacked many journalists and hurled stones at their cars and the international peace activists.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the National and Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, said the Palestinians and international peace activists nonviolently marched in the area before the army started firing gas bombs and concussion grenades at them.

Jabour added that the soldiers also attacked many protests with batons and pepper-spray and abducted two international peace activists.

The attacks caused many injuries, especially due to the effects of tear gas inhalation and many others who suffered various cuts and bruises.

Jabour also said the many illegal Israeli colonizers also attacked the nonviolent protesters in front of the soldiers who failed to intervene.

The Masafer Yatta area is subject to constant Israeli violations, demolitions, and displacement of the farmers and Bedouins due to Israel’s ongoing illegal colonialist activities on stolen Palestinian lands.

(Source / 10.06.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians In Jerusalem And Tulkarem

Israeli soldiers abducted, Friday morning, two Palestinians in Jerusalem and Tulkarem in the occupied West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers abducted a young man while walking in the Bab al-Amoud area in Jerusalem’s Old City and took him to an unknown destination.

The army also installed many roadblocks in the Old City, especially in areas leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

In Tulkarem, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded the Ezbet at-Tayyah area and abducted Ahmad Sudani, 26, after storming his home and ransacking it.

(Source / 10.06.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Shoot Two Siblings Near Ramallah

On Thursday evening, Israeli soldiers invaded Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, leading to protests before shooting two siblings, including a child.

Bilal Tamimi, a senior nonviolent activist against the illegal Annexation Wall and Colonies in Nabi Saleh, said the soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, sponge-tipped bullets, and gas bombs.

Tamimi said the soldiers shot a Palestinian with a sponge-tipped bullet in the head, and his brother, only 14 years old, in the arm.

Tamimi added that the Palestinian, who was shot in the head, was rushed to a hospital in Ramallah, where his wounds have been described as moderate to severe.

His wounded brother suffered mild wounds before receiving treatment at the local clinic in Nabi Saleh.

(Source / 10.06.2022)

Hundreds Of Olive Trees Burnt By Israeli Flares Near Jenin

On Thursday night, the Israeli army invaded Rommana village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and fired dozens of flares, causing a large fire that consumed hundreds of olive trees near the illegal Annexation Wall.

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) said the olive orchards are owned by the Abu Bakr, al-Ahmad, and Bushnaq families, in Shamrakh Mountain, near the Salem Israeli military base and security center.

The fire consumed hundreds of olive trees and samplings before the Palestinian firefighters could contain it, especially since their arrival was delayed by the Israeli military roadblocks in the area.

The locals also rushed to the lands and brought water tanks to help extinguish the fire before it spread to more lands and orchards in the area.

(Source / 10.06.2022)

WAFA: “Settlers attempt to kidnap a child, destroy memorial south of Hebron”

HEBRON, Thursday, June 9, 2022 (WAFA) – A group of Israeli settlers today tried to kidnap a Palestinian child near the town of Yatta, to the south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, while another group attacked the memorial of martyr Sheikh Suleiman Al-Hathalin, east of the town, according to witnesses.

Ratib al-Jabour, the coordinator of the National Committee for the Resistance of the Apartheid Wall and Settlements in the area, told WAFA that a large group of rampaging settlers gathered near the town, attacked Palestinian citizens, and tried to kidnap a child, but were fiercely confronted and thwarted by residents.

Jabour added that a group of settlers from the settlements of Ma’on and Karmiel, which are built on Palestinian citizens’ lands in the Masafer Yatta area, brought bulldozers and embarked on the construction of a settler-only road east of the town.

Meantime, the coordinator of the Protection and Resilience Committees in Masafer Yatta, Fuad Al-Amour, told WAFA that Israeli settlers destroyed the memorial of Sheikh Suleiman Al-Hathalin, which was built by the families of Masafer Yatta and several foreign activists near the entrance to the village of Umm Al-Khair, east of Yatta.

Al-Hathalin dead on January 17 from a serious wound he sustained at the entrance to the village of Umm Al-Khair in the Masafer Yatta area, after being run over by an Israeli police vehicle on January 5.

Israeli settler violence is commonplace across the occupied West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by the Israeli occupation authorities.

(Source / 10.06.2022)