Hamas hails UN report on Israel’s siege on Gaza

Yahya Sinwar, the head of Hamas in Gaza on April 30, 2022

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas on Friday hailed the United Nations Office for Human Rights Affairs (UNOCHA)’s report shedding light on the Israeli siege on Gaza.

In a statement, Hamas Spokesperson Abdel-Latif Al-Qanou announced: “This report is considered a new UN document added to a series of previous documents that monitors the crimes and violations of the Zionist occupation.”

Al-Qanou called for the international community to hold Israel accountable for its “oppression and aggression” against Palestinians.

He also called for the international community to pressure the Israeli occupation to stop its violations and attacks on Palestinians, as well as to lift its oppressive siege on Gaza.

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No human rights in Gaza – Cartoon

The UNOCHA report shared that Israel’s land, sea and air blockade: “Has significantly exacerbated previous restrictions, limiting the number and specified categories of people and goods allowed in and out through the Israeli-controlled crossings.”

According to the report: “Israeli forces restrict access off the Gaza coast, currently only allowing fishermen to access 50 per cent of the fishing waters allocated for this purpose under the Oslo Accords.”

It also reported: “Unemployment levels in Gaza are amongst the highest in the world: the Q1 jobless rate in 2022 was 46.6 per cent, compared with an average of 34.8 per cent in 2006. Youth unemployment for the same period (age 15-29) stands at 62.5 per cent.”

The report added: “31 per cent of households in Gaza have difficulties meeting essential education needs such as tuition fees and books, due to lack of financial resources, and 1.3 million out of 2.1 million Palestinians in Gaza (62 per cent) require food assistance.”

The report also noted that Gaza’s sole power plant and electricity bought from Israel only meet about 50 per cent of the electricity demand in Gaza, while 78 per cent of piped water in Gaza is unfit for human consumption.

READ: Palestinians deliver 100m letter to Red Cross outlining Israel’s violations against prisoners

(Source / 02.07.2022)

Israel settlers, police attack Sheikh Jarrah protest 

About a hundred of people gather to protest against Israel’s occupation, illegal settlement policies and deportation of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem on February 25, 2022

Israeli occupation police detained five Palestinians after Israeli settlers attacked them during the weekly anti-expulsion protest in Sheikh Jarrah.

Saleh Diab, an activist from Sheikh Jarrah, said: “A number of Israeli settlers spread in the area during the weekly protest and attacked the protesters as soon as they had arrived near a farm of the Salem family.”

The settlers stole the Palestine flag from the protesters and tore it up, Diab shared.

He added: “Settlers’ aggression on the protesters continued in the presence of the Israeli occupation police.”

In addition, he said that the Israeli police attacked the protesters and detained five of them while they were on their way home.

Diab explained that protests have been organised weekly for years in rejection of the Israeli decisions to expel Palestinians from their homes.

READ: Israel frees Sheikh Jarrah resident after 9 months

(Source / 02.07.2022)

Unilever sells Ben & Jerry’s Israeli business to Israeli firm

Unilever, the parent company of Ben & Jerry’s, announced that it has sold the Ben & Jerry’s brand in ‘Israel’ to its Israeli licensee on June 29, 2022

London (QNN)- Unilever, the parent company of Ben & Jerry’s, announced on Wednesday that it has sold the Ben & Jerry’s brand in ‘Israel’ to its Israeli licensee, after the Vermont-based firm said last year that it would stop selling products in Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, saying it was “inconsistent” with its values.

On Wednesday, Unilever announced that it had “sold its Ben & Jerry’s business interests in Israel to Avi Zinger, the owner of American Quality Products Ltd (AQP),” the current Israeli licensee for Ben & Jerry’s.

Zinger had sued Ben & Jerry’s after its decision in the occupied West Bank, claiming the company illegally severed their 34-year relationship.

With the new arrangement, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will be sold to all consumers in ‘Israel’ and the occupied West Bank, including in illegal Israeli settlements.

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream also cannot be sold in ‘Israel’ using the name of Unilever or the original branding, as per the new arrangement. The Israeli licensee will instead sell the product with Hebrew and Arabic labelling.

“Unilever has used the opportunity of the past year to listen to perspectives on this complex and sensitive matter and believes this is the best outcome for Ben & Jerry’s in Israel,” it said in a statement.

“The review included extensive consultation over several months, including with the Israeli government.”

It added that it rejected antisemitism, and had never endorsed the pro-Palestinian boycott, divestment, sanctions campaign: “We have never expressed any support for the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement and have no intention of changing that position.”

“The new arrangement means Ben & Jerry’s will be sold under its Hebrew and Arabic names throughout Israel and the West Bank under the full ownership of its current licensee,” Unilever added.

The parent company also acknowledges that “Ben & Jerry’s and its independent board were granted rights to take decisions about its social mission, but Unilever reserved primary responsibility for financial and operational decisions and therefore has the right to enter this arrangement.”

The well-known American firm announced last year in July that it will no longer sell its products in occupied Palestinian territories, sparking backlash including divestments by at least six U.S. pension funds.

The company said in a statement that “it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).”

The decision was one of the highest-profile boycotts by a well-known brand of Israel’s illegal settlements, which are considered as illegal under international law.

The firm, known for its progressive activities, was silent on social media since last May, when ‘Israel’ were bombarding the besieged Gaza strip, killing over 250 Palestinians, most of them were children and women.

(Source / 02.07.2022)

Soldiers Shoot A Young, Cause Dozens To Suffer Effects Of Tear Gas Inhalation, In Jenin

On Saturday evening, Israeli soldiers shot a young man with live fire and caused dozens of Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation in Jaba’ town and Fahma village, south of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

In Jaba’, the soldiers installed a roadblock at the town’s main entrance, preventing the Palestinians from crossing, leading to protests.

The soldiers shot and moderately injured a young man with a live round and caused dozens of Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Protests also occurred when several army jeeps invaded Fahma village; many Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

(Source / 02.07.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Near Jenin

On Saturday, Israeli soldiers abducted a Palestinian and installed many roadblocks near Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers stopped a Palestinian car near Ta’nak village, west of Jenin, and abducted a young man, Odai Abdul-Elah Jaradat.

The soldiers also invaded the village before storming and searching the homes of Azmi Salah Abu Hasan and his brother Ibrahim.

It is worth mentioning that, on Friday, the soldiers abducted Azmi from his home and released him later.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded many areas near the Ta’nak, Toura, Faqqu’a, and Taybeh, and installed a roadblock between Rommana and Zabbouba villages before stopping and searching dozens of cars.

On Friday evening, the soldiers abducted Haitham Jawad Hijja, his son Mo’men, and Mohammad Bassem Saif, from Burqa town, northwest of Nablus.

(Source / 02.07.2022)

Army Injures Many Palestinians In Hebron

On Saturday, Israeli soldiers injured many Palestinians in the Bab az-Zawiya area in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded the area, leading to protests, and fired many live rounds, including expanding bullets and gas bombs at the Palestinians and surrounding shops.

They added that the soldiers shot three young men with expanding bullets, causing moderate wounds. Many Palestinians also suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The soldiers closed several roads in the area, preventing the Palestinians from crossing, and searching homes and stores.

(Source / 02.07.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Attack Farmers, Fishermen, In Gaza

On Saturday, Israeli soldiers fired many live rounds at Palestinian farmers and fishermen in several parts of the Gaza Strip.

Media sources said the soldiers behind the perimeter fence fired a barrage of live fire at the farmers east of the Judur ed-Deek area, southeast of Gaza city.

They added that the soldiers also fired live rounds at farmers east of the al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza and east of the al-Qarara and Abasan al-Kabeera towns, east of Khan Younis in the southern part of the coastal region.

The attacks did not lead to casualties but forced the farmers to leave their land, fearing further violations.

Also, Israeli navy ships fired many live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats near the shore of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, forcing them to leave.

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 2021, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.

(Source / 02.07.2022)

Oldest Female Detainee Dies In Israeli Prison

On Saturday, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) reported that the Palestinian woman, the oldest female detainee imprisoned by Israel, died in an Israeli prison less than seven months after Israeli soldiers abducted her.

The PPS said that Sa’adiyya Farajallah, 68, from Ethna town west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, died at the ad-Damoun Israeli prison and added that the circumstances that led to her death remain unknown.

The PPS stated that Farajallah, a married mother of eight, was the oldest Palestinian female detainee in Israeli prisons and that she was abducted by the Israeli soldiers on December 18, 2021, near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, after she was injured when many illegal Israeli colonizers attacked her.

The Israeli authorities prevented her family from visiting her throughout her imprisonment; she died at the Damoun Israeli prison.

The woman had diabetes and high blood pressure and was taking medications before she was taken, prisoner.

The PPS said that, although the Israeli soldiers abducted her nearly seven months earlier, Sa’adiyya was still imprisoned without charges and held Israel responsible for her death and the lives of thousands of detainees facing dire conditions in its prisons, detention camps, and interrogation facilities.

It said that, although the Israeli soldiers abducted her nearly seven months earlier, Sa’adiyya was still imprisoned without charges and held Israel responsible for her death and the lives of thousands of detainees facing dire conditions in its prisons, detention camps, and interrogation facilities.

Her brother, Taiseer Farajallah, demanded an autopsy to know the cause of death, especially since Sa’adiyya had no prior medical conditions, and added that the soldiers repeatedly struck and beat his sister when they abducted her near the Ibrahimi Mosque while she was on her way to visit her two married daughters, living in the Old City of Hebron.

“My sister was a woman who struggled to provide for her family despite the dire financial situation,” Taiseer stated.

Her death brings the number of detainees who died in Israeli prisons since 1967 to 230. Sa’adiyya was among twenty-nine female detainees, including Maysoun Mousa from Bethlehem, who was taken prisoner in 2015 and was sentenced to fifteen years in prison, in addition to Shorouq al-Badan and Bushra Tawil, who are held under the Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.

Nofouth Hammad

Israel is also still holding captive ten Palestinian mothers and a female child Nofouth Hammad, 15, who was tortured during interrogation.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah held Israel responsible for her death and called on the International Community to investigate her death and ensure the release of all female detainees, children, elders, and ailing political prisoners.

(Source / 02.07.2022)