Israeli occupation authorities closed the main entrance of Aboud village, based northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, for the eighth consecutive day, reported Wafa news agency.
According to local residents, Israeli occupation forces stationed at the military watchtower near the entrance set up iron gates to prevent vehicles travelling through and to force villagers to take an alternative longer route to reach their homes and workplaces.
Residents believe this is also part of efforts to deter people from other cities and villages from visiting.
The Israeli army systematically closes entrances to villages and imposes lockdown on areas – from hours to days – as a form of collective punishment, a practice documented and condemned by rights groups.
With a balanced Muslim and Christian population who live in harmony, the village is renowned for its many historic and archaeological sites, including eight Roman churches, monasteries, ancient tombs and old homes.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israel’s military aggressions have murdered 5,418 Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip during its 15-year-long blockade, Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights confirmed on Tuesday.
In a report entitled ’15 years Too Long’ marking the 15th anniversary of Israel’s siege on the Gaza Strip, Al-Mezan said 23 percent of those who were killed by Israeli occupation during its siege were “children, nine per cent were women”.
“Between 14 June 2007 and 14 June 2022, Israeli attacks have destroyed 3,118 commercial facilities, 557 factories, 2,237 vehicles, 2,755 public facilities, 12,631 residential units and partially damaged 41,780 others,” the report noted.
In its report, Al-Mezan said that the “past fifteen years have been characterised by suffocating restrictions on the movement of people and goods, repeated military attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, and other discriminatory and fragmentary policies and practices.”
“In defiance of international law and in full sight of the international community, Israel has imposed collective punishment on Gaza’s two million inhabitants, precipitating a human-made humanitarian catastrophe that continues to deteriorate year-on-year.”
“Israel’s draconian, stifling closure of Gaza serves to deny inhabitants their fundamental, inalienable rights as part of an entrenched system of oppression, domination and discrimination against the Palestinian people.”
“A plurality of Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights organisations and, recently, the UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory, have concluded that this system constitutes a regime of apartheid,” the report stressed.
Al-Mezan also pointed out that Israeli occupation forces had employed “excessive and lethal force against Palestinian children attempting to cross the perimeter fence,” adding that they had arrested 204 children.
The group said that the Israeli authorities had put in place a “prohibitive and complex permit regime” for Palestinians wishing to leave Gaza to access medical treatment.
“Between 2010 and February 2022, Israeli authorities either rejected or delayed 30 percent of patients’ permit requests,” it said, noting that the denied and deferred permits had left 72 patients dead, ten of whom were children and 25 women.
Al-Mezan has urged the international community to pressure ‘Israel’ to end its closure, blockade and collective punishment of Gaza which drives the deterioration of healthcare services and underlying determinants of health.
It has also called for prompt and effective intervention to end Israeli barriers to Palestinians’ access to healthcare services, and ensure Israel’s respect of its obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law, adding to “independently monitor, assess and make public findings on the compliance of Israel with its obligations under international law.”
On Thursday, Israeli soldiers invaded the Jabal Abu Sood area in the Al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, and handed the Palestinians orders to halt the construction of twelve homes.
Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the Bethlehem office of the Wall & Colonization Resistance Commission, said several army jeeps invaded the town and handed the orders to twelve Palestinians.
Breijiyya added that the orders are not only for halting the construction of the Palestinian homes but also for demolishing those under-construction homes.
Al-Khader is subject to constant Israeli violations, including invasions, demolishing homes and property, and uprooting the town’s lands.
Numerous Palestinian homeowners have faced the demolition of their homes, barns, and other buildings by the Israeli military and the forced takeover of their land as part of the effort to displace the indigenous Palestinian population to allow for Israeli colonization.
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) follows up with deep concern the health condition of prisoner Ahmad Manarsa (21), who has been arrested in “Eshel Prison” in Beersheba and sentenced to 12 years in prison, after referring him on Monday evening, 13 June 2022 to al-Ramla Prison Hospital due to his deteriorating health and mental condition.
According to information available at PCHR, Manasra’s mental health condition worsened due to being placed in solitary confinement in “Eshel Prison. Consequently, he was taken to al-Ramla Prison Hospital, where the prison doctor decided to admit him to the hospital for 10 days.
It is worth noting that, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF), arrested Mansara at the age of 13, after opening fire at him, and his cousin Hasan Khaled Manasra (15) on 12 October 2015, under the pretext that they tried to stab two Israelis in occupied East Jerusalem.
As a result, Manasra was seriously injured while his cousin was killed. Manasra was subject to arrest and torture despite his serious injury.
A Leaked footage from an Israeli investigation center that went viral showed Manasra being subject to mental and physical torture by the investigators.
On 07 November 2016, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison, in violation of the rules of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, especially the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
On 12 April 2022, the Israeli District Court in Beersheba, issued a ruling in terms of the appeal submitted by Manasra to annul the parole committee’s decision that considered his file as a case of “terrorism”, and to return the file to the committee to reconsider it and discuss his early release.
Manasra’s case highlights IOF’s policy of torture and cruel treatment against Palestinian prisoners, particularly children, during their arrest and the issuance of unfair sentences against them that may amount to life imprisonment. According to PCHR’s statistics, the number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails is 4700, including 170 children.
PCHR expresses its concern over the life of prisoner Manasra, and:
Holds the Israeli Occupation fully accountable for his life and for the detainees’ lives.
Calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention 1949 to fulfill their obligations under the Convention.
Calls upon the international human rights organizations and competent UN bodies to follow up on the Palestinian prisoners’ file and initiate international advocacy campaigns to pressurize Israel in order to stop its arbitrary practices against the Palestinian prisoners; and
Calls upon the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the international community to practice pressure on Israel to improve the detention conditions of the Palestinian prisoners, stop the torture and solitary confinement policy and allow observers to visit the prisoners.
On Thursday dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded many communities across the occupied West Bank, violently searched homes, and abducted twelve Palestinians.
In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers searched many homes in the city and abducted three Palestinians, Abdul-Samad Mohammad Abu Ramouz, Abdul-Mo’ez Mohammad Abu Ramouz, and Ahmad Yassir Khatib.
The soldiers also invaded the al-Arroub refugee camp north of Hebron, searched homes, and abducted Issa Nidal Abu Ghazi.
In addition, several army jeeps invaded the al-Jawaya community in the Masafer Yatta area, south of Hebron, violently searched many homes, and abducted Mohammad Ahmad Shawahin.
In Tulkarem, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Islam Abu Shanab, former political prisoners Mohammad Abu Leefa, and Amjad Hamshari.
In Qalqilia, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Habla town, south of the city, and abducted Tamer Kifah Shahwan, 24, after storming his home and ransacking it.
Furthermore, the soldiers invaded ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, and abducted Wahid Walid Salama from his home.
In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted two children, Mohammad Ala Husseini and Yousef Sa’ad Husseini, from their homes in the Old City.
The soldiers also invaded Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, and fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades at Palestinians, who protested the invasion, and many surrounding buildings.
In related news, an Israeli court sentenced Fadi Elian, one of the civilian guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, to three years in prison.
Fadi, a married father of four children, was abducted on December 21, 2021, after the army demolished his flat and several flats of his family members, in addition to one shed, and uprooted his land.
The attacks are part of constant Israeli violations against the Palestinians, especially the fishermen, farmers, shepherds, 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.
On Thursday, the family of Jamal Zaid, 64, said that he has decided to refrain from undergoing dialysis in Israeli prisons to protest his continued arbitrary Administrative Detention without charges or trial.
Luay Zaid said one of the lawyers of the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee, Fawwaz Shalloudi, has informed him that his father, who suffers kidney failure, has decided to stop receiving dialysis to protest his continued detention.
Zaid said his father stopped dialysis two days earlier and is demanding to be freed, especially after Israel renewed his Administrative Detention order for the third time since he was taken prisoner on September 15, 2021.
He added that the family is extremely concerned about their father’s condition, especially since he needs dialysis three times a week, is held at the infamous Ramla prison clinic, and has several other chronic health issues.
Zaid, from the al-Biereh city in the central West Bank, was abducted for the first time in May of 2019, was imprisoned under the Administrative Detention orders for a year, and started facing issues with his kidneys while in prison but did not receive professional medical attention.
Following his release, and as a result of the medical neglect he had been subjected to for more than a year, it became clear that he needed periodic dialysis and he began his treatment.
Even though Jamal’s lawyer emphasized in each confirmation and/or appeals hearing the seriousness of the detainee’s health condition, accompanied by medical reports, and stressed the need for his release to receive necessary treatment, Israeli military courts continued to confirm his detention for months on end, totaling to a year.
The courts alleged he posed “a threat to the security of the region,” claiming his health did not prevent him from engaging in activities that pose a threat to the security of the region and the public.
BDS Movement: Indigenous Palestinians call on documentary filmmakers to show meaningful solidarity with our struggle
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) – a founding member of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest entity in Palestinian society that leads the global BDS movement – calls to boycott Doc Edge Festival in Aotearoa (New Zealand) until it drops its partnership with the embassy of apartheid Israel.
More than a hundred artists, including Hollywood stars, recently condemned Israeli occupation forces’ murder of prominent Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Film directors including Pedro Almodovar, Mira Nair, Jim Jarmusch, Carol Morley, Boots Riley, Asif Kapadia, Ken Loach, and Mike Leigh decried the hypocrisy of Western governments who “have rushed to impose blanket boycotts and sanctions in response to Russia’s illegal invasion of the Ukraine”, while they “continue to fund and shield Israel’s decades-long occupation and grave human rights violations against Palestinians”. The artists, including actors Susan Sarandon, Miriam Margolyes, Tilda Swinton, Mark Ruffalo, Kathryn Hahn and Eric Cantona concluded:
“There must be no double standards when it comes to the basic human right to freedom from persecution and oppression and the right to life and to dignity”.
These film professionals join thousands of international artists who have called for effective measures to hold apartheid Israel to account for its brutal oppression of Palestinians. More than two hundred queer filmmakers have pledged not to submit films to or otherwise participate in “events partially or fully sponsored by complicit Israeli institutions until Israel complies with international law and respects Palestinian human rights”. Actors including Gael García Bernal, Maxine Peake, Peter Capaldi, Viggo Mortensen, Harriet Walter and Charles Dance endorsed “meaningful solidarity with Palestinians struggling for their human rights under international law”.
Indigenous Palestinians, inspired partly by the international boycotts against apartheid in South Africa, are calling for international artists, including documentary filmmakers, to show meaningful solidarity with our struggle by refusing to screen with film festivals and institutions that are complicit in Israel’s regime of apartheid, military occupation, and settler-colonialism.
Doc Edge is complicit through its art-washing partnership with apartheid Israel. We urge all film professionals to boycott it until it drops the Israeli embassy as an official festival supporter.
The BDS movement categorically rejects censorship and upholds the universal right to freedom of expression as stipulated in the United Nations’ International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
The institutional boycott we are calling for is in harmony with this right. Beyond the scope of BDS guidelines for the international cultural boycott of Israel, activists may still choose to advocate a “common sense” boycott against a documentary film that, say, incites to racial hatred, whitewashes war crimes, tries to normalize apartheid and military occupation, etc.
While these “common sense” boycotts are outside the realm of BDS, no documentary film should have a free pass to promote the violation of international law, whether it is an Israeli, US or NZ production; consistently applying the same principle to all. Any film institution that programmed such a film would expect “common sense” boycotts from conscientious film audiences.
PARIS, June 16, 2022 (WAFA) – The French Foreign Ministry is mobilizing all its powers to provide Palestinian-French prisoner Salah Hammouri with all possible assistance, spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, Anne Claire Legendre said Wednesday.
During a daily press briefing, Legendre said the French Consulate General in Jerusalem visited Hammouri Wednesday in detention, under consular protection, just as it visited him on March 21 and May 19, noting that the consulate attends all court sessions.
Ten days ago, the Israeli occupation authorities renewed the administrative detention of Hammouri, a French-Palestinian lawyer, for an additional three months, one day before the date of his release.
In October 2021, the Israeli occupation authorities had decided to revoke the Jerusalem residency status from Hammouri.
Legendre confirmed that the French Foreign Ministry has taken several measures with the occupation authorities during the past months, especially with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli Presidency, to demand that all rights of Hammouri be respected and that he has access to all judicial remedies.
“We want Hammouri to be able to live a normal life in Jerusalem, where he was born and resides, and to grant his wife and children the right to join him,” she added.