Palestinian factions reject Jerusalem Declaration signed by US, Israel

US President Joe Biden (L) meets Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid (R) in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 14, 2022 

Palestinian factions have categorically rejected the Jerusalem Declaration signed by US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, saying it represents “an aggression” against Palestinian people and their rights.

In its statement after Biden and Lapid signed the declaration on the strategic partnership between the two sides, Hamas explained that the agreement comes to further “consolidate Washington’s approach of siding with and supporting the occupation’s aggression against our Palestinian people and their Islamic and Christian lands and holy sites and a continuation of the US’ suspicious attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause by integrating this Zionist entity into our Arab and Islamic Ummah [nation].”

“This declaration expresses the blatant and unacceptable bias of the US administration toward the Zionist entity and its occupying agendas. It makes the US administration a partner in the Israeli occupation’s aggression and terrorism against our Palestinian land, people, and sanctities,” it added.

In turn, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine considered the deal a continuation of the aggression against the Palestinian people and their national rights and said it gives Israel more freedom to expand and deepen its colonial project in Palestine and its expansion abroad.

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It called for “the escalation of all forms of resistance” against the “aggressive colonial and Zionist policies.”

For its part, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said the Jerusalem Declaration is an open invitation to ignite regional wars and to reinforce Israel’s aggressive role at the expense of the interests of the peoples of the region under the pretext of Israel’s “right to defend itself”.

It warned of the repercussions of the plans of the United States and Israel to drown the region in “seas of blood and many problems such as impoverishment, starvation, waste of wealth and mass destruction”.

The four-page Jerusalem Declaration includes an American commitment to Israel’s security and its military superiority in the region.

(Source / 15.07.2022)

Israeli forces injure about 30 Palestinians taking part in anti-occupation protests in Nablus

Nablus (QNN)- Israeli forces injured at least 30 Palestinian protesters in Beita and Beit Dajan villages in Nablus while participating in the weekly anti-occupation protests on Friday.

The Palestinian Red Crescent confirmed the IOF injured 32 Palestinians taking part in the peaceful protests against Israel’s occupation in Beita and Beit Dajan villages today.

In Beita, 21 Palestinian protesters were injured: 2 directly shot in the head with Israeli tear gas canisters, 17 others suffered from suffocation after inhaling the tear gas and two caused by the fall.

In Beit Dajan, 11 people suffered from suffocation after inhaling tear gas.

The forces attacked the protesters by intensively firing rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs, live ammunition and tear gas canisters disperse them.

Beit Dajan and Beita villages have been the site of weekly protests against the Israeli occupation and settlement expansion. However, although the protests have been peaceful, Israeli forces have suppressed, detained, and assaulted the protesters. This has resulted in injuring hundreds and killing others.

(Source / 15.07.2022)

Israeli Army Injures Many Palestinians In Beita And Beit Dajan

On Friday, Israeli soldiers injured many Palestinians in Beita and Beit Dajan, south and east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency Department of the Nablus office of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), said the soldiers shot two Palestinians with gas bombs in their heads and caused seventeen to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation in Beita.

Jibril added that two Palestinians were also injured in Beita after falling while the soldiers chased them.

He also said that the soldiers caused at least eleven Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation in Beit Dajan.

The Palestinians have been holding ongoing processions on their lands in Sbeih Mountain in Beita, and in Beit Dajan, since May of last year after a group of illegal Israeli colonizers installed an outpost atop the Mountain.

The soldiers injured thousands of Palestinians during these protests and killed several others, including children.

The Mountain, owned by the Palestinians, has significant strategic importance, especially since if the colonizers occupied it, the colony would lead to the annexation of 20 Dunams of Palestinian lands and would also lead to the isolation of a large area of Palestinian lands.

(Source / 15.07.2022)

Soldiers Injure Dozens Of Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum

On Friday, Israeli soldiers injured dozens of Palestinians during the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.

The Palestinians marched from the center of the town, chanting for liberation, and denouncing the serious escalation and violations by the Israeli soldiers and the colonialist settlers against them, their lands, and their holy sites.

The soldiers attacked them with many rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades, while many youngsters burnt tires and hurled stones at the invading vehicles.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot at least eight Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The Palestinians have been holding weekly processions in Kufur Qaddoum for the last eighteen years, demanding the army to reopen the village’s main road the soldiers blockaded to allow easy access to the illegal colonizers driving to and from Kedumim illegal colony built on stolen Palestinian lands.

(Source / 15.07.2022)

Israeli Colonizer Injures A Palestinian Farmer In Tulkarem

On Friday, a Palestinian farmer was injured after an illegal Israeli colonizer attacked him on his land in Shoufa village, east of Tulkarem, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Taiseer Hamed said the colonizer, a guard of the illegal Avnie Hefetz illegal colony built on stolen Palestinian lands, assaulted his brother Ibrahim, 65, in front of Israeli soldiers who failed to intervene.

He added that his brother, who was working on his privately-owned land, suffered various cuts and bruises before he was rushed to Dr. Thabet Thabet governmental hospital in Tulkarem city.

It is worth mentioning that Avnie Hefetz was illegally built on lands stolen from Palestinians from Shoufa, Kafr al-Lubbad, Kafa, and al-Hafassi.

(Source / 15.07.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Close Main Road Near Jenin

On Thursday evening, Israeli soldiers closed the main Jenin-Nablus Road near Silat ath-Thaher village, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Media sources said the soldiers installed a military roadblock on the main road, not far from the evacuated Homesh colony, before stopping and searching dozens of Palestinian cars.

The soldiers also interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards before forcing them to leave.

In related news, the soldiers fired live rounds, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at Palestinian workers near the illegal Annexation Wall in Rommana village, northwest of Jenin.

(Source / 15.07.2022)

WAFA: “UN experts urge Israel to free Ahmad Manasra”

GENEVA, July 14, 2022 (WAFA) – UN human rights experts today urged the Israeli occupation authorities to immediately release Ahmad Manasra, a 20-year-old Palestinian detained in Israeli prisons since he was 14 years old, while suffering serious mental health conditions.

The experts are Francesca Albanese, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967; Fionnuala Ni Aolain, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism; Tendayi Achiume, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance; and Tlaleng Mofokeng, Special Rapporteur on the right to health.

“Ahmad’s imprisonment for almost six years has deprived him of childhood, family environment, protection, and all the rights he should have been guaranteed as a child,” the experts said.

“This case is haunting in many respects, and his continuous detention, despite his deteriorating mental conditions, is a stain on all of us as part of the international human rights community”.

In 2015, then 13-year-old Ahmad Manasra and his 15-year-old cousin were accused of stabbing two Israelis in the Pisgat Ze’ev settlement in the occupied West Bank. His cousin was shot dead at the scene, whereas Ahmad was hit by a car and sustained serious head injuries while an Israeli crowd jeered at him. Following his arrest, video footage, widely circulated on media, showed young, distressed Ahmad being harshly treated and severely interrogated without the presence of his parents or legal representative.

“The gut-wrenching scenes of a child with broken bones laying on the ground under a barrage of insults and threats shouted by armed adults in a foreign language; of that very same boy being spoon-fed by unfamiliar hands while chained to a hospital bed and then violently interrogated in breach of human rights norms and principles concerning arrest and detention of a child, continue to haunt our conscience,” the experts said.

“To Ahmad we say, we regret we failed to protect you”.

“Ahmad’s arrest and detention happened over a span of time which is absolutely critical for the emotional, intellectual and social development of a child. In all actions concerning children, the best interest of the child must be a primary consideration,” the experts said. “In violation of this fundamental principle, the overriding consideration in this case appeared to be Israel’s focus on containing whoever they label as terrorism threats”, they said.

Despite Ahmad’s aggravated mental conditions, Israeli occupation authorities have rejected requests by Ahmad’s lawyers for his early release. Israeli authorities maintain that the offence Ahmad was sentenced for constitutes an act of terror, making him ineligible for early release pursuant to the Counter-Terrorism Law. However, this Law only came into effect in November 2016, and amendments to the Counter-Terrorism Law that barred early release for those convicted of serious crimes involving terrorist acts were introduced in December 2018, long after Ahmad was convicted of attempted murder in May 2016.

“As repeatedly reiterated to Israeli authorities, its ill-defined and overly broad Counter-Terrorism Law has led to far too many instances of arbitrariness and abuse. Ahmad’s case is yet another morally and legally unjustifiable consequence of the Law. Its retroactive application to Ahmad, which resulted in the denial of his early release, is illegal, disproportionate and discriminatory,” the experts said.

(Source / 15.07.2022)

Rayyan And Awawda Continue Hunger Strike

Two Palestinian detainees imprisoned by Israel under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders continue the hunger strikes, protesting their continued detention without charges or trial.

Ra’ed Rayyan, 28, from Beit Duqqu town, west of occupied Jerusalem, continues the hunger strike for the 100th day, despite deteriorating health.

Rayyan was slapped with the first Administrative Detention order for six months on November 3rd, 2021, before Israel slapped him with another six-month order.

He is also a former political prisoner held by Israel for 21 months under the same Administrative Detention orders and is currently at the Ramla prison.

The second detainee, Khalil Awawda, 40, from Ethna town west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, launched a new hunger strike on July 2nd after he suspended the first hunger strike that lasted for 111 days when the Israeli authorities reneged on a verbal agreement to release him and slapped him with a new four-month Administrative Detention order.

Awawda was abducted on December 27th, 2021, and is currently at the Assaf Harofeh Israeli medical center.

He is a married father of four children and is a former political prisoner who Israel held for many years.

(Source / 15.07.2022)

WAFA: “Palestinian group says Israel okayed a new settlement project near Qalqilia in north of West Bank”

QALQIIA, Thursday, July 14, 2022 (WAFA) – The Bethlehem-based Applied Research Institute–Jerusalem (ARIJ) said today that the Israeli occupation authorities recently approved a plan to seize 6,006 dunums of Palestinian land in the town of Jayyous, in the Qalqilya governorate, in order to establish a new settlement neighborhood in favor of the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Zufim.

In a statement, ARIJ pointed out that the plan includes the construction of 92 new settlement housing units on the town’s lands, and that the occupation authorities are considering changing the classification of those land from agricultural to residential and commercial.

According to the analysis conducted by ARIJ concerning the new Israeli settlement plan, it was found that the targeted Palestinian lands on which the new settlement neighborhood will be built are lands that the occupation has classified as part of the larger settlement area and under its influence, which means the land can be used for the future expansion of existing Israeli settlements.

There are over 600,000 colonial Israeli settlers living in Jewish-only settlements across the West Bank in violation of international law, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention, which expressly bans the relocation of the occupying nation’s civilian population to the land of the occupied.

(Source / 15.07.2022)