IOF attacks anti-settlement rally in al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) attacked a Palestinian anti-settlement rally in the West Bank city of al-Khalil on Monday.

IOF soldiers beat anti-settlement activists and protestors and fired stun grenades and tear gas bombs at them before forcing them to leave the village of Bani Na’im east of al-Khalil.

Palestinian press crews were also attacked while they were covering the anti-settlement rally that condemned confiscating 40 dunums of Palestinian-owned lands in the Al-Hamra area belonging to the Manasra family.

Jewish settlers have fenced off Palestinian-owned land and installed a settlement caravan on it, in preparation to seize the land lot for the benefit of expanding the illegal settlement of Bani Hefer established on Palestinian lands east of the West Bank city of al-Khalil.

(Source / 11.07.2022)

Injuries reported in settler attacks in the West Bank

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – Jewish settler carried out several attacks in separate areas of the West Bank under Israeli military protection, on the second day of Eid al-Adha Sunday.

Local sources reported that the Palestinian citizen Eid Ghazi Al-Naasan was wounded, after a group of settlers attacked him in the Al-Mughayer village, northeast of Ramallah, in the central West Bank.

On the other hand, a Jewish settler attacked a Palestinian family living near the Hamra checkpoint in the Jordan Valley, in the northeastern West Bank.

Another group of settlers chased Palestinian youths in the Al-Nuwaitif area, west of Salfit, in the northern West Bank. No casualties were reported during the incident.

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation forces stormed Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah, and set up a military checkpoint in the nearby Al-Janiyah village.

On the first day of Eid al-Adha, several attacks were carried out by the IOF and settlers against Palestinians and their property in different areas of the West Bank.

(Source / 11.07.2022)

Jewish settlers to establish 28 new outposts

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Nahala settlement movement is considering establishing 28 new settlement outposts in various locations of the occupied West Bank during US President Joe Biden’s expected visit to the region in July, Israel Hayom newspaper revealed Sunday.

The Nahala movement said it has already begun preparing settler groups and touring potential sites ahead of the planned settlement operation, which it said was slated to take place on July 20.

As stated, Israel Hayom has learned that the Nahala movement was considering expediting the plan in three locations to coincide with Biden’s potential visit.

Nahala movement head Daniella Weiss was quoted as saying, “It is time to say out that the entire land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel. We will continue to establish settlements and cities in all areas.”

Palestinian estimates indicate there are about 650,000 Jewish settlers living in 164 settlements and 116 outposts in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem.

International law considers all settlement construction in the West Bank illegal.

(Source / 11.07.2022)

IOF arrests two Palestinian brothers in Ramallah town

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested two Palestinian youths from Silwad town, northeast of Ramallah, at dawn Monday.

Local sources affirmed the two brothers, Sameh and Salem Muhammad Ajarmeh, were detained after raiding and searching their family home.

The two detainees were later taken to an unknown detention center.

IOF soldiers have recently escalated their raid and arrest campaigns in Silwad town, targeting dozens of local young men.

(Source / 11.07.2022)

Jewish settlers destroy 450 olive trees in Ramallah

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – Jewish settlers destroyed hundreds of olive trees in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday. 

Local sources reported that Jewish settlers destroyed 450 fruitful olive trees in the lands between Turmus Ayya and al-Mughayyir villages in Ramallah. 

Such settlers’ attacks come as part of Israel’s settlement expansion and Judaization plans after the forcible expulsion of Palestinian civilians from their lands. 

In June 2022, 102 Jewish settlers’ attacks were reported including 26 attacks against holy sites, while 4,170 settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

(Source / 11.07.2022)

Palestine: UAE pledges $25 million to East Jerusalem hospital

Crown Prince of UAE Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan

The UAE’s President Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has pledged $25 million in support of the Al-Makassed Hospital in Palestine’s occupied East Jerusalem to expand its medical supplies services.

According to the Gulf Times, the pledge comes as part of the Gulf state’s “ongoing efforts to support Palestinian healthcare institutions, and to meet the needs of the Palestinian people.”

It also comes head of US President Joe Biden’s visit to the region this week, which will include Israel and Saudi Arabia. Biden will become the first American President to fly to the kingdom directly from Israel in a visit which is speculated to include talk of steps towards normalisation with Israel, following the UAE and Bahrain who signed the US-brokered Abraham Accords in 2020.

The 250-bed hospital which runs under the auspices of the Makassed Islamic Charitable Society was established in 1968 – a year after East Jerusalem was occupied by Israel and subsequently annexed in 1980.

The hospital is a key healthcare institution for the Palestinian people, offering a full range of services including cardiology, orthopaedics, paediatric medicine and neurology. Al-Makassed also serves as a teaching hospital and research facility in association with Al-Quds University and the Palestinian, Jordanian and Arab Medical Councils.

READ: UAE court hands Israel woman life sentence

(Source / 11.07.2022)

Muslim scholars urge Hamas to reconsider restoring ties with Syrian regime

Senior Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya speaks during a press conference on Palestinian election in Gaza City, Gaza on February 03, 2021 

Muslim scholars on Sunday urged Hamas, a Palestinian Sunni-Islamic organization, to reconsider its recent decision to restore relations with Syria’s Assad regime, Anadolu reports.

Stressing that the move contains major wrongdoings, the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) said in a statement that “the decision that contradicts principles, values, and Islamic law, needs to be reviewed by taking into consideration the points raised by the Muslim scholars.”

The statement, which has been signed by several eminent Muslim scholars, added that Ismail Haniyeh, the chairman of Hamas’ Political Bureau, has promised that the organization’s concerns will be taken into consideration at the bureau’s upcoming meeting.

On June 26, Khalil al-Hayya, Hamas’ senior officer for relations with Islamic and Arab countries, told newspaper Al Akhbar that the organization has been seeking to restore relations with the Assad regime after a 10-year hiatus.

READ: Restoring ties with the Syrian regime puts Hamas between a rock and a hard place

(Source / 11.07.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinian Siblings Near Ramallah

On Monday dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted two Palestinian siblings after surrounding their home in Silwad town, east of Ramallah, in the central part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said many army jeeps invaded Silwad before the soldiers surrounded a home and used loudspeakers to demand the family to leave.

The soldiers stormed, searched, and ransacked the property, causing damage, before abducting Salem Mohammad Ajarma and his brother, Sameh.

It is worth mentioning that the army abducted 464 Palestinians, including seventy children and eight women, in June, in several parts of the West Bank.

Last year, the soldiers abducted about eight thousand Palestinians, including 1300 children and 184 women.

According to data documented by the Ad-Dameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, the current number of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel is 4700, including thirty-two women, 170 children, and 640 held under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.

(Source / 11.07.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians, Assault One, In Hebron

On Sunday, Israeli soldiers abducted two Palestinian, including a teenage boy, and assaulted another in two separate incidents in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded Doura town, south of Hebron, searched homes, and abducted one Palestinian, Abed Walid Sweity.

They added that the soldiers cuffed and blindfolded the Palestinian and took him to Etzion military base and security center.

The soldiers also abducted Qussai Mohammad Emad Shrouf, 17, while walking near the Annexation Wall in Nouba village, west of Hebron.

In addition, the soldiers assaulted a Palestinian near the Tal Romeida area in Hebron after stopping him at a military roadblock while on his way to visit relatives and celebrate the Al-Aqsa Muslim feast with them.

Tal Romania remains a closed area due to many military permanent military roadblocks around it, and only the Palestinians who can prove they live there are allowed to cross.

(Source / 11.07.2022)