Palestinian Americans call Biden to help Palestinians win their rights

People gather in Brooklyn to demonstrate in support of Palestinians in New York City, United States on May 15, 2021 

Ramallah (QNN)- Palestinian-Americans held on Wednesday a press conference to highlight how Israeli violations of Palestinian rights are enabled by the U.S government’s silence ahead of President Joe Biden’s visit to the occupied lands and the West Bank.

In light of President Biden’s visit to the region, U.S. citizens with dual nationality (Palestinian Americans) who have been subjected to the Israeli occupation’s brutal regime of repression and persecution held early on Wednesday a press conference to push Biden to help Palestinians win their rights and to shed light on the Israeli violations which “are enabled by the U.S government’s silence even when it comes to the rights of U.S. citizens of Palestinian descent.”

“We wanted to take advantage of President Biden’s visit [to ‘Israel’ and occupied West Bank] to provide an opportunity for Palestinian-Americans affected by the occupation and continuous violations to have a platform to express their concerns directly and have their voices heard.. the voices of Palestinian-Americans here need to be heard,” said Munadel Hirzallah, a member of the US Palestinian Community Network.

During the press conference, held in Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law, in Ramallah, a statement was read by Palestinian Americans and several testimonies were also given on the experiences of U.S. citizens and the discrimination they face.

Fadi Quran, a Ramallah-based political and social activist, stated,“In advance of President Biden’s arrival in the region, we take this opportunity to remind the US government, especially the State Department, that Palestinian Americans expect their rights as US citizens to be given an equal protection and attention to those of other US citizens of dual mationality.”

“To continue denial of the right of self-determination for the Palestinian people by the Israeli occupation under its apartheid regime also impacts American citizens and their right to life, liberty, and the pirsuit to happiness.”

Quran added, “Those of us who have experienced life under occupation first hand appreciate the rights that may be taken for granted in the US, but none of us are truly free until the values of freedom and equality are enjoyed by all.”

“We did not expect, as US citizens, that the US State Department would contribute to the denial of these rights by applying its discriminatory policy of engaement in a discriminatory manner.”

“The freedom of some people should not come at the expense and oppression of others. Likewise, the conviction to principles and values should not be diluted crossing from one shore to another.“

The Palestinian-American citizens also referred to the recent killing of Palestinian-American journalist of Al Jazeera Shireen Abu Akleh and elderly Palestinian-American Omar Asa’d, saying their killing served to highlight the lack of political well in genuinely addressing the graveness of US citizens from Palestinian decent and their families calls for accountability.”

The statement also pointed to the occupation’s entity denying them access to their properties in the occupied territories and family reunion, and even subjecting them to administrative detention and torture.

“We are not naive in our request,” stressed the statement, adding “ignoring the political reality of American foreign policy. We do, however, genuinely believe that silence in the face of injustice not only makes one complicit over time; the effects of injustice in one part of the system will eventually spread throughout the system as a whole.”

Sahar Askar, a Palestinian-American citizen who had her land seized by ‘Israel’ to expand an illegal Israeli settlement said at the press conference that the US Administration was informed and chose to do nothing.

A Carter Centre representative also read a statement, issued on July 11, in the conference.

The statement called on Biden to make human rights a central theme of his meetings with Palestinian and Israeli occupation leaders.

The Centre said it was encouraged by the Biden administration’s commitment to pursue “equal measures of freedom, security, prosperity, and democracy” for Palestinians and ‘Israelis’, adding that concrete steps are needed to bring that commitment to life.

The Centre also called for a clear path for ending the 15-year blockade on the Gaza Strip, facilitating freedom of movement to allow Palestinians to receive medical treatment and exit to other countries, and protecting the rights of Palestinian-American citizens who face administrative detention, denial of travel, family separation, and lack of access to their property in Palestinian territories.

(Source / 13.07.2022)

Palestinian worker shot by Israeli gunfire south Jenin while heading to workplace

Palestinian workers heading to their workplaces in 1948-occupied Palestine

Jenin (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces shot and injured a Palestinian worker near the apartheid wall built on the lands of Anin village, south of the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, while he was heading to his workplace in the 1948-occupied Palestine on Wednesday morning.

Local sources reported that a Palestinain worker, who has not been identified yet, was shot and injured in the leg by Israeli gunfire near the apartheid wall while he was on his way to his workplace in the 1948-Israeli occupied Palestine early on Wednesday.

Sources also said the man was moved to a hospital to get medical treatment.

Due to the lack of job opportunities in the occupied West Bank, some Palestinians head to look for employment in Israeli-occupied Palestine. However, entrance into the Israeli-occupied Palestine requires West Bank’s Palestinians to apply for entry permits which are virtually impossible to obtain.

Thus, the workers regularly attempt to cross the apartheid Wall or such crossings, that lead to their work, without a permit.

However, while they are on their way to their workplaces, the Israeli occupation forces regularly attack them, chase them and prevent thousands from reaching their work and arrest many others.

Since 2002, ‘Israel’ has been constructing a wall that stretches for more than 700 kilometres. This wall is known as separation wall or apartheid wall. It annexes Palestinian lands inside the occupied West Bank.

Regarding the village of Anin, the apartheid wall took over 11,000 dunums of the village land.

(Source / 13.07.2022)

Two Administrative Detainees Continue Hunger Strike

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported that two detainees held by Israel under the illegal, arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial are ongoing their hunger strikes.

The Committee said Ra’ed Rayyan, 27, from Beit Duqqu northwest of occupied Jerusalem, started the hunger strike 98 days earlier.

It added that Rayyan, currently at the Ramla Prison clinic, suffers a sharp weight loss, deficiency in minerals, vitamins, and proteins, dizziness, inability to stand, general fatigue, and excessive pain.

The Israeli authorities continue to refuse to transfer him to a civilian hospital despite his serious condition to pressure him to end the strike.

The Committee also said that Khalil Awawda, 40, from Ethna town, west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, started his renewed hunger strike twelve days earlier after he ended the previous hunger strike that lasted 111 days on June 21st.

Awawda ended the strike after reaching a verbal agreement ending his Administrative Detention; however, the move, conducted without his lawyer, was meant to force him to end the strike without ending his arbitrary detention.

The Detainees Committee said Awawda, currently at the Assaf Harofeh Israeli Medical Center, could face further life-threatening complications.

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 192nd 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 / 13.07.2022)

Israeli Army Invades Homes, Installs Roadblocks, In Hebron

On Wednesday dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded and ransacked several homes in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, and installed roadblocks around the city and surrounding towns.

Eyewitnesses said several army jeeps invaded the ash-Sha’aba neighborhood, in the eastern part of Hebron city, after surrounding it.

They added that the soldiers broke into and violently searched several homes in the neighborhood and interrogated a few Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

The soldiers also installed roadblocks on Hebron’s northern road and the main streets leading to the towns of ath-Thaheriyya, Halhoul, and Sa’ir, stopped and searched many cars, and interrogated several Palestinians.

Early Wednesday morning, Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian worker near the illegal Annexation Wall, west of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 13.07.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Shoot A Palestinian Worker Near The Annexation Wall in Jenin

Early Wednesday morning, Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian worker near the illegal Annexation Wall, west of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers fired many live rounds at Palestinian workers near one of the military gates of the Annexation Wall while they were trying to cross.

They added that the soldiers shot a worker with a live round in the leg before Palestinian medics rushed him to a hospital in Jenin city, where his wounds have been described as moderate.

Dozens of soldiers also surrounded many villages and towns south of Jenin, especially Ya’bad, Arraba, Marka, Sanur, Jaba’, and al-Jarba, and installed roadblocks.

It is worth mentioning that the army frequently attackschasesinjures, and abducts Palestinian workers near the gates of the illegal Annexation Wall near Jenin and other parts of the West Bank.

(Source / 13.07.2022)

Army Abducts Two Palestinians Near Nablus And Hebron

On Tuesday evening, Israeli soldiers abducted two Palestinians near Nablus and Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.

Montaser Sammour, the head of the Jenin office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), said the soldiers abducted Qais Zidan Fashafsha while crossing the Za’tara military roadblock south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Sammour added that the young man, from Jaba’ town south of Jenin, was abducted while returning home when the soldiers abducted him.

In addition, the soldiers abducted Ahmad Mahmoud Abu Jheisha, 46, from Ethna town, west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, while working on his land in the town.

On Tuesday night, the soldiers invaded the Al-Isawiya town, in occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank, leading to protests.

(Source / 13.07.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Invade Al-Isawiya In Jerusalem

On Tuesday night, Israeli soldiers invaded the Al-Isawiya town, in occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank, leading to protests.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) said several army jeeps invaded the town, drove through several neighborhoods, and closed roads.

Silwanic added that many Palestinians protested the invasion and hurled stones at the army jeeps before the soldiers fired many rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs.

The soldiers also attacked several Palestinians in a car the army stopped and searched during the town’s invasion.

(Source / 13.07.2022)

WAFA: “Foreign Ministry Welcomes EU Statement Rejecting Israel’s Designation Of Palestinian NGOs As Terrorist Organizations”

RAMALLAH, Tuesday, July 12, 2022 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates welcomed this night a statement issued earlier on Tuesday by nine European Union countries rejecting the Israeli occupation’s designation of six Palestinian NGOs as terrorist organizations.

In October 2021, the Israeli occupation designated six Palestinian civil society organizations – Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defense for Children International – Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, and the Union of Palestinian Women Committees – as terrorist organizations.

The Foreign Ministry considered the position of the nine countries – namely Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden – a step in the right path in the face of Israeli attempts to silence the Palestinian civil society, which is evidence of the crimes of the Israeli occupation and its violations of international law.

The Ministry emphasized that the Palestinian NGOs are credible and transparent institutions that operate within national and international legal frameworks and have a pivotal role in civil society and in the steadfastness of the Palestinian people.

The Ministry urged states and institutions of the international community not to be misled by Israeli classifications, decisions, and laws because they are tools of the Israeli occupation in consolidating the apartheid regime and the oppression inflicted upon the Palestinian people and its institutions.

(Source / 13.07.2022)