US State Dept: No conclusion reached on origin of bullet that killed Palestinian-American journalist

A press member holds the photo of Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh who was killed by Israeli forces,13 May 2022

The US State Department said, on Monday, that independent investigators could not reach a definitive conclusion regarding the origin of the bullet that killed Palestinian-American journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, after conducting detailed forensic analysis, Reuters reports.

The US Security Coordinator, by summarising investigations by both Israel and the Palestinian Authority, also concluded that gunfire from Israeli Defense Force positions was likely responsible for her death, but that it found no reason to believe that this was intentional.

On 26 May, Palestinian Attorney-General Akram Al-Khatib, announced that an examination of Abu Akleh’s body confirmed that she was killed by an armour-piercing projectile fired directly at her head by an Israeli sniper.

Several leading media agencies, including Al JazeeraCNNthe Associated PressThe Washington Post and The New York Times conducted investigations which all came to the conclusion that Abu Akleh was killed by an Israeli bullet.

READ:  Palestine probe: Israel sniper ‘deliberately’ targeted Shireen Abu Akleh

(Source / 04.07.2022)

UNRWA denies shortage of food aid to refugees in Gaza

A Palestinian woman walks past the shuttered headquarters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza City on November 29, 2021 

Spokesman for UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Adnan Abu-Hasna, yesterday denied shortages of food aid for refugees in Gaza.

“The reports about the food aid shortages were not precise,” he said, stressing that the food aid currently in UNRWA’s warehouses “is enough until the end of this year.”

He also denied speaking to the media about this issue, highlighting that the food aid programme is ongoing.

Abu-Hasna’s remarks came following a statement by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), claiming that he had announced that UNRWA would not be able to complete
its food aid programme at the end of this month.

The spokesman also said that UNRWA is preparing to buy food for next year’s aid programme.

Regarding the salaries of UNRWA’s employees, he said: “There is no problem with the salaries for July and August.”

He noted that UNRWA’s General-Commissioner, Philippe Lazzarini, had visited more than 60 countries around the world to mobilise support for the international body.

READ: Zionist lobbies succeeded in pushing states to stop funding UNRWA, rights group says

UNRWA has previously said that the gap between the financial deficit and the expenses had been reduced, but the organisation is still facing financial challenges.

(Source / 04.07.2022)

NGO: 425 violations against Palestinian digital content documented in first half of 2022

Facebook ranks first in suppressing Palestinian content, with 273 violations documented by the social media giant in the first half of 2022

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Sada Social Center said it had documented more than 425 digital violations against Palestinian digital content during the first half of 2022, due to the Israeli attempts at the official level to fight the Palestinian narrative.

Facebook ranks first in suppressing Palestinian content, said the group in a mid-year report, as 273 violations were documented by the social media giant in the first half of 2022.

For the first time, added the report, Clubhouse entered the war against Palestinian digital content, with at least 10 complaints received about attempts by the app to close audio rooms for Palestinian activists, especially during the events in occupied Jerusalem in the holy month of Ramadan.

60 other violations were also documented on WhatsApp, 30 on Instagram, 21 on Tik Tok, 14 on YouTube, and 12 on Twitter, Sada Social said.

The group said the bulk of violations against the Palestinian digital content on the social media ranged between removal of accounts and imposing restrictions on posting, especially when using certain terms and names associated with the political situation, which are classified within the ban algorithm, such as the Arabic words “occupation, Jenin camp, martyr, resistance” and others.

Meantime, the group said a survey it conducted in recent months and which included 195 activists and journalists, suggests that 97% of them have been subjected to digital violations due to content related to the Palestinian cause that they posted on their accounts.

It said 29% of the respondents were subjected to repeated violations more than 11 times, while 12% were subjected to repeated violations 6 to 10 times. In addition, about 43% of the respondents said they had their accounts breached by the social media platforms 3 to 5 times.

In 2020 only, the Center documented 1200 violations against Palestinian content, including 25 on Instagram, 10 on YouTube, 801 on Facebook, and 276 on Twitter.

However, in 2021, it documented 1593 violations against Palestinian content, including 174 on Instagram, 16 on YouTube, 853 on Facebook, and 445 on Twitter.

It is noteworthy that Sada Social Center is a Palestinian digital rights organisation launched in 2017 to protect Palestinian narratives on social media platforms.

(Source / 04.07.2022)

Army Demolishes A House, A Hothouse, In Jerusalem

On Monday, Israeli soldiers demolished a Palestinian house and a hothouse, in Jabal al-Mokabber and the al-Isawiya towns, in occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Local sources said the soldiers invaded Jabal al-Mokabber before demolishing the house of Omar Fahed Ja’afra, allegedly for being built without a permit.

During the demolition, the soldiers attacked several Palestinians and abducted two young men before moving them to an unknown destination.

The soldiers also invaded the al-Isawiya town in Jerusalem and demolished a hothouse owned by Rafat Tareq.

While Israel continues to build and expand its illegal colonies, Palestinian communities, and towns, in occupied Jerusalem, and various areas in the occupied West Bank, continue to be denied the right to build homes and property.

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 / 04.07.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Twenty-Five Palestinians In West Bank

Earlier Monday, Israeli soldiers invaded many areas across the occupied West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, searched and ransacked dozens of homes, causing damage, and abducted at least twenty-five Palestinians, including siblings in addition to a father and his son.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded and searched homes, causing damage, and abducted Karam al-Abeed, Khaled al-Baragheeti, and Ahmad al-Ajlouni.

In the al-Isawiya town, northeast of Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Saleh Obeid, Mohammad Dari, and Mahmoud Dari, from their homes.

In Ramallah, in the central West Bank, several army vehicles invaded Beit Sira town, west of the city, leading to protests, and abducted three young siblings, Abdul-Rahman, Mohammad, and Hamdan Hamed Wawi, from their home.

In Ramallah city, the soldiers abducted Ibrahim Samhan, Mohannad Fares, and Taha Armoush, from Betunia town, west of the city. In addition, the soldiers confiscated Taha’s car and a large sum of cash from his home.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded the Abu Njeim village, south of the city, and abducted Ahmad Ibrahim al-Hreimi, 26, from his home.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers abducted Ibrahim Abdul-Battat from the ath-Thaheriyya town, south of the city, Hassan Adam Ekhlayyel from Beit Ummar, and Jaber Ribhi Badawi from the al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.

The soldiers also installed roadblocks on Hebron’s northern roads, in addition to the main entrance of Beit Kahil, Sair, and Halhoul towns, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and investigated the ID cards of many Palestinians interrogating them.

In Nablus, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted two former political prisoners, Kamal Ibrahim Abu Tharifa and Maher Harb, from their homes in the city and Balata refugee camp.

The soldiers also abducted Mohammad Adnan Hassan, 23, from Nur Shams refugee camp, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, after stopping him at a military roadblock, west of Nablus city.

Furthermore, many army vehicles invaded Jenin city and exchanged fire with resistance fighters in several neighborhoods.

The soldiers also invaded and ransacked homes in the city before abducting Islam al-Ejjawi and Aws Shalabi.

In Salfit, in the central West Bank, the soldiers invaded Iskaka village, east of the city, searched many homes, and abducted Na’im Harb, and his son Firas, in addition to Zeid Harb and Amjad Harb.

(Source / 04.07.2022)

Palestinian Dies From Serious Wounds Suffered Saturday In Jenin

On Sunday, Palestinian medical sources in Jenin said a young man died of serious wounds he suffered a day earlier after Israeli soldiers shot him in Jaba’ town, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

The sources said the Palestinian, Kamel Abdullah Alawna, 18, was shot with two expanding bullets, one in the abdomen, causing severe damage to his liver and intestines, and one in the right elbow.

His brother Dr. Mo’taz Alawna said Kamel was instantly admitted to surgery and remained in the Intensive Care Unit until he succumbed to his wounds.

He was shot by the soldiers while walking in an area where protests had been taking place after several army jeeps invaded the town.

The soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at the protesters and surrounding areas.

Kamel was born in 2004 and was named after his brother, who was killed by the army in 2003; his father is a former political prisoner whom Israel imprisoned for several years.

He was a high school student taking final exams, including an exam scheduled for Monday.

After his death, thousands of Palestinians marched in his funeral procession in front of Ibn Sina Specialized Hospital in the town and chanted against the escalating Israeli violations in occupied Palestine before burying him at the local cemetery.

On Saturday, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) reported that the Palestinian woman, Sa’diyya Farajallah, 68, the oldest female detainee imprisoned by Israel, died in an Israeli prison less than seven months after Israeli soldiers abducted her.

Kamel Alawna – Killed in 2003

(Source / 04.07.2022)

Israeli Army Opens Fire At Farmers, Abduct Two Young Men, In Gaza

On Sunday, Israeli soldiers fired many live rounds at Palestinian farmers and their lands in the northeastern part of the Gaza Strip and abducted two young men near the fence in the southern part of the coastal region.

The soldiers, stationed across the perimeter fence, fired a barrage of live ammunition at the Palestinian farmers and their lands northeast of Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The soldiers also fired several gas bombs at the Palestinians, forcing them to leave their lands. There have been no reports of injuries.

Also, the army abducted two young men on Palestinian lands near the perimeter fence, east of Khan Younis, and took them to an unknown destination.

The army said the two “attempted to cross the fence,” however they frequently attack Palestinians, especially farmers and shepherds, just for approaching the fence across the eastern parts of the coastal region.

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

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 / 04.07.2022)

Soldiers Shoot A Young Palestinian Man In Jericho

On Sunday, Israeli soldiers shot a young Palestinian man near the al-Hamra military roadblock north of Jericho in the northeastern West Bank.

The Palestinian, Ayed Nayef Ka’abna, 25, was moderately injured and was moved to a hospital in Jericho.

The soldiers at the permanent military roadblock stopped, searched many cars, and interrogated several Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

It remains unknown why the soldiers shot the young man, especially since there were no reports of incidents or protests in the area.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers assaulted a young man near the mean entrance of Sur Baher town, southeast of the city, and abducted him.

(Source / 04.07.2022)

Israeli Colonizers Assault Elderly Palestinian Man In Tulkarem

On Sunday, several illegal Israeli colonizers assaulted and injured an elderly Palestinian man while working on his land in Kafr al-Labad town, east of Tulkarem in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The paramilitary colonizers invaded Palestinian lands and assaulted Mustafa Hussin Fuqaha, 70, while working on his land between Kafr al-Labad and Shoufa nearby village.

Medical sources said Mustafa was rushed to Thabet Thabet governmental hospital in Tulkarem, suffering fractures and lacerations to various parts of his body.

The attack was not an isolated incident as the area had been subject to numerous similar violations, especially since the colonizers assaulted his brother just a month earlier while herding the family sheep.

The colonizers are trying to force the Palestinians to leave their lands to expand the illegal Einav colony built on stolen lands owned by Palestinians from a few nearby villages.

(Source / 04.07.2022)