‘Israel’ arrested 450 Palestinian children since start of 2022, says watchdog

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli occupation has arrested around 450 Palestinian children since the start of this year, including 353 from occupied Jerusalem, the Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs said Tuesday.

The Commission noted that the Israeli occupation is still holding 170 Palestinian minors in its prisons, adding there are dozens others who were minors when they were arrested and sentenced, most prominent Ahmad Manasra who was arrested and sentenced to 12 years in Israeli prisons when he was 14 years old.

In 2021, the Commission said, ‘Israel’ arrested 1,300 Palestinian children and more than 53,000 Palestinian children since 1967.

Stressing that the Israeli occupation deals with Palestinian children like adults, the Commission noted they are also subjected to the same torture, investigation and detention conditions.

The Commission said the Israeli occupation does not even “respect international laws and conventions when it comes to dealing with minors.”

(Source / 15.06.2022)

HRW: ‘Israel’ has turned Gaza into an open-air prison

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Marking the 15th anniversary of Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip, Human Rights Watch (HRW) described Gaza as an “open-air prison” which is part of Israel’s “crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.”

“Israel’s sweeping restrictions on leaving Gaza deprive its more than two million residents of opportunities to better their lives,” HRW said in a report issued on Monday to mark the 15th anniversary of Israeli siege of the coastal enclave.

“Israel should end its generalized ban on travel for Gaza residents and permit free movement of people to and from Gaza, subject to, at most, individual screening, and physical searches for security purposes,” said Omar Shakir, ‘Israel’ and Palestine director at Human Rights Watch.

“Since 2007, Israeli authorities have, with narrow exceptions, banned Palestinians from leaving through Erez, the passenger crossing from Gaza into Israel, through which they can reach the West Bank and travel abroad via Jordan. Israel also prevents Palestinian authorities from operating an airport or seaport in Gaza. Israeli authorities also sharply restrict the entry and exit of goods,” the report added.

“Israeli authorities have said they want to minimize travel between Gaza and the West Bank to prevent the export of “a human terrorist network” from Gaza to the West Bank, which has a porous border with Israel and where hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers live.”

“Israel’s closure policy blocks most Gaza residents from going to the West Bank, preventing professionals, artists, athletes, students, and others from pursuing opportunities within Palestine and from traveling abroad via Israel, restricting their rights to work and an education.”

This policy has reduced travel to a fraction of what it was two decades ago, the HRW added.

“After 55 years of occupation and 15 years of closure in Gaza with no end in sight, Israel should fully respect the human rights of Palestinians, using as a benchmark the rights it grants Israeli citizens.”

“Most Palestinians who grew up in Gaza under this closure have never left the 40-by-11 kilometer Gaza Strip.”

“For the last 25 years, Israel has increasingly restricted the movement of Gaza residents. Since June 2007, when Hamas seized control over Gaza from the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA), Gaza has been mostly closed,” HRW added.

The largest human rights organization based in the United States also pointed out that during the Israeli siege and “due to Israel’s restrictions, Egypt’s Rafah Crossing has become Gaza residents’ primary outlet to the outside world.”

HRW stressed, “Israel should end the generalised ban on travel to and from Gaza, and allow freedom of movement subject to, at most, individual screenings for security purposes.”

It also said, “Egypt should end its restrictive policies, including delays and mistreatment of travelers, that magnify the effects of Israel’s closure policy.”

“The Gaza closure blocks talented, professional people, with much to give their society, from pursuing opportunities that people elsewhere take for granted,” Shakir said.

“Barring Palestinians in Gaza from moving freely within their homeland stunts lives and underscores the cruel reality of apartheid and persecution for millions of Palestinians.”

HRW concluded that “Israel has an obligation to respect the human rights of Palestinians living in Gaza, including their right to freedom of movement throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory and abroad, which affects both the right to leave a country and the right to enter their own country.”

“Israel is also obligated to respect Palestinians’ rights for which freedom of movement is a precondition, for example the rights to education, work, and health.”

“The UN Human Rights Committee has said that while states can restrict freedom of movement for security reasons or to protect public health, public order, and the rights of others, any such restrictions must be proportional and “the restrictions must not impair the essence of the right; the relation between the right and restriction, between norm and exception, must not be reversed.”

After 55 years of occupation and 15 years of closure in Gaza with no end in sight, HRW said, ‘Israel’ should fully respect the human rights of Palestinians, using as “a benchmark the rights it grants Israeli citizens.”

“Israel should abandon an approach that bars movement absent exceptional individual humanitarian circumstances it defines, in favor of an approach that permits free movement absent exceptional individual security circumstances.”

(Source / 15.06.2022)

Army Abducts Two Palestinians Near Jenin And Nablus

On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers abducted two Palestinians, including a former political prisoner, at roadblocks near Jenin and Nablus, in the northern parts of the occupied West Bank.

Montaser Sammour, the head of the Jenin office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), said the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, Monadel Azem, after stopping him at the Dothan military roadblock south of Jenin.

Sammour said the abducted young man is from Sebastia town, northwest of Nablus, and added that the soldiers took him to a nearby military base.

The soldiers also abducted Ahmad Ali Azayza, from the Jenin refugee camp, after stopping him at a military roadblock near Burqa village, northwest of Nablus.

The soldiers also assaulted two siblings after stopping them at a military roadblock near the southern West Bank city of Hebron and abducted them.

On Wednesday dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded many communities across the occupied West Bank, searched homes, and abducted six Palestinians.

(Source / 15.06.2022)

Soldiers Assault And Abduct Two Siblings Near Hebron

On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers assaulted two siblings after stopping them at a military roadblock near the southern West Bank city of Hebron and abducted them.

The soldiers stopped the sibling at the ath-Thaheriyya military roadblock south of Hebron and repeatedly assaulted and maced them.

They added that the soldiers cuffed the two siblings and abducted them before moving them to a nearby military base.

On Wednesday dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded many communities across the occupied West Bank, searched homes, and abducted six Palestinians.

(Source / 15.06.2022)

Army Demolishes A Palestinian Home In Jerusalem

On Wednesday morning, Israeli soldiers demolished a Palestinian home in Sur Baher town, southeast of the occupied capital Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Media sources said many army vehicles and bulldozers invaded the town and headed towards the Wadi al-Hummus neighborhood before surrounding a home owned by the Bahaeddin Rabay’a family and forcibly removing them from their property.

They stated the home was fifty square meters, inhabited by four family members.

Before demolishing the property, the soldiers closed and isolated the entire area.

The family has been trying to obtain a permit for their property and recently paid a 20.000 Shekels fine; and were ongoing with the legal paperwork, but the city denied their appeal and ordered the demolition of the property.

(Source / 15.06.2022)

WAFA: “After 15 years of blockade, four out of five children in Gaza say they are living with depression, grief and fear”

GAZA CITY, Wednesday, June 15, 2022 (WAFA) – Fifteen years of life under blockade has left four out of five children in the Gaza Strip reporting that they live with depression, grief, and fear, according to disturbing findings released today by Save the Children.

The research found the mental well-being of children, young people, and caregivers has dramatically deteriorated since a similar study in 2018, with the number of children reporting emotional distress increasing to 80% from 55%. These findings again show that maintaining the current status quo is negatively impacting children’s well-being and hopes for a better future.

The report, titled “Trapped – The impact of 15 years of blockade on the mental health of Gaza’s children”, found a huge increase in children who reported feeling fearful (84% compared to 50% in 2018), nervous (80% compared to 55%), sad or depressed (77% compared to 62%) and grieving (78% compared to 55%). It also found that more than half of Gaza’s children have contemplated suicide and three out of five are self-harming.

It is now more critical than ever that the government of Israel lifts the blockade of the Gaza Strip, and that local authorities, the international community and donors support the rapid strengthening of child protection and mental health support services for affected children, Save the Children said.

In the past 15 years, children in the Gaza Strip have endured six major moments – five escalations in violence and the COVID-19 pandemic – as well as a life-limiting land, air, and sea blockade imposed by the government of Israel. Children make up 47% of Gaza’s population of two million, with over 800,000 having never known life without the blockade.

As well as physical harm, economic deprivation, and lack of access to essential services such as healthcare, the blockade has sparked a mental health crisis for children and young people, today’s research shows.

Amr, 14, still remembers how afraid he felt during the escalation in violence last year: “During the night, I couldn’t sleep because I had a nightmare. I was really afraid that they would bomb our house or would bomb our neighbors again. I was on edge. I would tell my dad about the nightmares and he would reassure me that it won’t happen. Then I would go back and try to sleep again.”

For the report Save the Children consulted 488 children and 168 parents and caregivers in the Gaza Strip in a repeat of similar research by the child rights organization in 2018.

Caregivers described concerning behavior in children and young people, with 79% reporting an increase in bedwetting over the past few years and 78% reporting that their children rarely completed tasks. About 59% said there had been an increase in children experiencing difficulties in speech, language, and communication, including temporary reactive mutism, which is a symptom of trauma or abuse. All these behaviors have a huge immediate and long-term impact on the development, learning, and social interaction of children, Save the Children said.

Caregivers are also experiencing higher levels of emotional distress, according to the report, with 96% reporting feeling unhappy and constantly anxious.

Jason Lee, Country Director for Save the Children in the occupied Palestinian territories, said: “The children we spoke to for this report described living in a perpetual state of fear, worry, sadness and grief, waiting for the next round of violence to erupt, and feeling unable to sleep or concentrate. The physical evidence of their distress – bedwetting, loss of ability to speak or to complete basic tasks – is shocking and should serve as a wake-up call to the international community.

“Five years ago, caregivers said that their capacity to support their children is being pushed to the limit by the blockade, chronic poverty, and insecurity, and would most likely be utterly destroyed in the event of another conflict. Our findings show that caregivers’ concerns have sadly come true.

“We call on all sides to tackle the root causes of this conflict, and take steps to protect all children and families who deserve to live in safety and dignity. We need an immediate end to the conflict and economic deprivation that are huge stressors in children’s lives, as well as action to support the coping potential and resilience of children and their families in the Gaza strip.”

Ameera, 14, told Save the Children how her life would change if the blockade was removed today, saying she would “feel more connected to the whole world. I can do whatever I want and go to wherever I want. I would study computer science and specifically get a degree in virtual reality design. This is what I really want to do in my life but I can’t do it here in Gaza, we don’t have such a program.”

Save the Children called for the government of Israel to take immediate steps to lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip within the framework of UN Security Council Resolution 1860 (2009), and on the international community to urgently call for Israel to take these steps, along with bringing an end to the ongoing occupation and work with all parties to create conditions for renewed talks between the parties to the conflict towards creating a just solution.

(Source / 15.06.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Six Palestinians In West Bank

On Wednesday dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded many communities across the occupied West Bank, searched homes, and abducted six Palestinians.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers invaded Yatta town, south of the city, searched homes, and abducted Hasan Jibrin Morr, 32.

The soldiers also invaded several neighborhoods in Hebron city and the Al-Arroub refugee camp, installed roadblocks on Hebron’s northern and southern roads, the main entrances of Sa’ir and Halhoul towns, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded ‘Aida refugee camp, searched homes, and abducted a teenage boy, Ahmad Hammad. The army also invaded and searched several homes in Za’tara village, southeast of Bethlehem.

In Ramallah, in the central West Bank, the soldiers abducted a young man from his home in Kharbatha al-Misbah town, west of the city.

In Nablus, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded several neighborhoods in the city, stormed and ransacked homes, and abducted a former political prisoner, Abdullah ‘Aasi, in addition to Essam Zablah and Ibrahim Matar from their homes.

The soldiers also invaded and searched an apartment building in Rafidia, in Nablus and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded many neighborhoods and towns, including Silwan and Jabal al-Mokabber, and closed many streets.

(Source / 15.06.2022)

Israeli Court Denies Appeal Against Demolition Of Residential Tents Near Tubas

On Monday, an Israeli court denied an appeal against the demolition orders of Palestinian residential tents for Bedouins in the Khirbat Ibziq village, north of Tubas in the northeastern West Bank.

The head of Khirbat Ibziq Village Council, Abdul-Majid Khdeirat, told the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) that the appeal was filed by lawyers working for the Colonization & Wall Resistance Commission.

The appeal was filed after the Israeli army invaded the community and handed demotion orders targeting fifteen residential tents in the village.

The families in Khirbat Ibziq could be displaced and their belongings confiscated at any given moment after losing the appeal.

Earlier this month, the soldiers invaded Khirbat Ibziq, searched residential tents, and confiscated a Palestinian car.

The village is also subject to frequent Israeli invasions and demolition of structures and property, especially since the community and surrounding areas are frequently used as training grounds for the Israeli occupation army.

(Source / 15.06.2022)

Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Near Jenin

On Tuesday evening, Israeli soldiers abducted a young man from Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Jenin office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said the young man, Ayyoub Sa’id Khashan, is from Silat al-Harithiya town, west of Jenin.

The PPS added that the young man was summoned for interrogation at the Salem military base west of Jenin and was abducted upon arriving there.

In Jerusalem, an Israeli court decided to remand a young man who suffered various wounds to the face, including eyes, and other parts of his body, when the soldiers abducted him while abducting him, Monday, in Silwan town in occupied Jerusalem.

On Tuesday dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted twelve Palestinians, including former political prisoners, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 15.06.2022)

Army Injures Many Palestinian Famers In Northern Gaza

On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers fired many high-velocity gas bombs at Palestinian farmers on their lands east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, causing many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers, stationed across the perimeter fence fired many gas bombs at the farmers while working on their land near the fence, and ordered them to leave.

They added that many farmers suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation before receiving the needed treatment and that the Palestinians had to leave their lands, fearing further escalation.

Last Saturday, Israeli soldiers injured Palestinian farmers on their lands near the perimeter fence east of Gaza city.

The attacks are part of constant 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 / 15.06.2022)