Israeli Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, Sunday dawn, five young Palestinian men from several parts of the occupied West Bank.

Several army jeeps invaded Doura town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, searched a few homes, and abducted Abdul-Aziz Walid Sweity.

In Tubas, in the northeastern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Tammoun town, south of the city, before undercover officers stormed the home of former political prisoner Akram Na’im Bani Odah, 38, and kidnapped him.

Akram Bani Odah

The Bani Odah family said the soldiers wired and detonated the main door of their home before breaking into the property. The Palestinian is also a former political prisoner who Israel held for at least six years.

The soldiers also abducted one Palestinian believed to be responsible for a shooting targeting Israeli soldiers near the illegal Einav colony, built on lands owned by Palestinians from Kafr al-Lubbad, Ramin, and Beit Lid, east of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem.

In a statement, the Israeli occupation army said the soldiers “arrested five wanted Palestinians” from several parts of the West Bank.

In related news, Palestinian protesters hurled a pipe bomb at a military gate near Tulkarem, and another pipe bomb at the al-Jalama military roadblock, north of Jenin, in the northern parts of the West Bank.

(Source / 10.07.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians In Hebron

On Saturday evening, Israeli soldiers injured several Palestinians after illegal Israeli colonizers attacked their homes, threw stones, and hurled insults at the locals in the city.

Eyewitnesses said the colonizers came from the illegal Kiryat Arba colony, in the eastern part of the city, and started throwing stones at the Palestinian homes.

They added that the colonizers hurled insults at the Palestinians who defended their homes and tried to remove the assailants.

Israeli soldiers rushed to the area and started firing gas bombs and concussion grenades at the Palestinians, causing many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, instead of removing the colonizers who attacked the homes.

(Source / 10.07.2022)

WAFA: WCC to President Biden: “listen and respond to the voices of the churches of the Holy Land”

GENEVA, Saturday, July 9, 2022 (WAFA) – In a letter sent to President Joe Biden on July 8th, World Council of Churches acting general secretary Rev. Ioan Sauca appealed for Biden’s attention to the plight of churches and Christians of the Holy Land.

Biden is scheduled to visit the occupied Palestinian territories (West Bank), Israel, and Saudi Arabia on 13-16 July.

“Your visit take place in a time of ongoing and escalating dispossession and displacement of Palestinian families and communities from their homes in East Jerusalem and elsewhere in the West Bank, and of expanding settlements and settlement enclaves that threaten the multi-religious and multicultural identity of Jerusalem and undermine any remaining prospect of a viable two-state solution to secure peace with justice for Palestinians and Israelis alike,” Sauca wrote.

“In addition to the expropriation of properties, recent years have seen a marked rise in discrimination, abuse, vandalism, arson and hate crimes against Christians, clergy and churches.” He added.

Sauca urged Biden to listen and respond to the voices of the churches of the Holy Land.

“The rich religious and social diversity, the historic status quo and heritage of the Holy City of Jerusalem are in imminent danger,” said Sauca. “I appeal to you and to all people of good will who recognize Jerusalem as sacred to three religions and a city of two peoples, to speak and act to secure this vision and this hope, against those who seek to displace, exclude and marginalize others.”

Sauca asked Biden to help end the displacement and marginalization, and to restore hope in a just peace in the region. “I pray that you will be inspired with this vision of inclusive peace as you undertake your visit, and that you will be granted wisdom and fortitude to seek this peace and to pursue it.”

(Source / 10.07.2022)

Rayyan Continues Strike For 95th Day, Awawda Resumes Strike

Palestinian political prisoner Raed Rayyan, 27, held by Israel under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges, is continuing the hunger strike for the 95th day, while detainee Khalil Awawda, 40, resumed his strike a week ago after Israel reneged on an understanding for his release.

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee said Rayyan, from Beit Duqqu, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, remains determined to continue the strike despite seriously deteriorating health, in addition to a deficiency in minerals and proteins, dizziness, inability to stand, and general fatigue in addition to excessive pain.

The Committee added that Israeli refuses to transfer Rayyan to a civilian hospital where physicians and specialists can observe him.

The Committee also said that Khalil Awawda, 40, from Ethna town west of Hebron, resumed his strike a week earlier, Saturday, after the Israeli authorities reneged on a verbal agreement to release him before he ended the strike that lasted for 111 days.

The Detainees’ Committee said Awawda was supposed to be released by the end of last month; however, he was slapped with a new four-month Administrative Detention order without charges and decided to relaunch the hunger strike.

Israel is holding captive 640 Palestinians under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial; they are among at least 4600 detainees imprisoned by Israel.

It is worth mentioning that Administrative Detainees in Israeli prisons continue to boycott the Israeli military courts for the 189th day, demanding to be released or at least face charges.

Israel issued more than 54.000 Administrative Detention orders since it occupied the rest of Palestine in 1967.

When Israel slaps a detainee with an Administrative Detention order and continuously renews the orders for many months, it claims to have “secret files” that neither the detainees nor their lawyers can access.

Administrative Detention orders are usually renewed for three, four, six, or eight months at a time, and sometimes one year.

(Source / 10.07.2022)