‘Israel’ rejects appeal for release of Khalil Awawdeh

Khalil Awawdeh, married and a father of four girl children, has previously spent a total of 12 years in Israeli prisons for resisting the occupation

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- An Israeli military court rejected on Monday an appeal for release of Palestinian detainee Khalil Awawdeh, who has been on a hunger strike for 167 days in protest against Israel’s administrative detention without charge or trial.

Awawdeh’s lawyer Ahlam Haddad confirmed yesterday that the military court rejected his appeal for release.

On March 3, the 40-year-old father of four started his open-ended hunger strike in protest against his administrative detention without a charge or trial by Israeli occupation authorities who arrested him on December 27, 2021, accusing him of being a member of an armed group.

He was held at the Ofer prison, in western Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, and he previously spent a total of 12 years in Israeli prisons for resisting the occupation, including five years of administrative detention. He was released on June 30, 2016.

According to his family, Awawdeh has not eaten during the open-ended hunger strike, except for a 10-day period in which he received vitamin injections.

On Thursday, the Israeli military court of Ofer allowed his lawyer and a physician to visit him for the first time in order to prepare a medical report about his health condition and submit it before the court which was held yesterday to look into his release.

Dr. Lina Qasem-Hassan, of Physicians for Human Rights Israel, visited him at the Assaf Harofeh Hospital where he was transferred on Thursday after his condition worsened. She said he weighed 42kg (around 90 pounds), was handcuffed to a bed and surrounded by guards.

“He suffers from severe neurological symptoms and cognitive impairment, which might be irreversible,” the rights group said in a statement. “His life is in immediate danger.”

The Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs confirmed on Sunday that the health condition of Awawdeh is getting worse day by day, noting also that he has lost more than half of his weight and suffers from weakness, acute joint pain, headaches, severe dizziness, and blurred vision to the extent that he could not recognize his wife, Dalal, who visited him at the hospital last week.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said Awawdeh’s condition had worsened. “He is in a real life-threatening situation,” said Qadura Fares, the head of the PPS. “He could die at any moment.”

Between August 5-7, Israeli occupation launched an offensive on the Gaza Strip, killing 49 Palestinian civilians, including 17 children and 4 women, and injuring over 360 others.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) movement demanded Awawdeh’s release along with Bassam al-Saadi, a senior PIJ commander who was arrested on August 1 in the occupied West Bank, as part of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire ending the three days of bombardment. The group did not identify Awawdeh as a member, but it demanded his release in a bid to draw attention to his detention by Israeli occupation without trial or charge.

(Source / 17.08.2022)

‘Israel’ extends Ahmad Manasra’s prison isolation for another 6 months

13-year old Palestinian Ahmed Manasra during a hearing at a Jerusalem court on 30 October 2015

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- An Israeli court extended on Tuesday the solitary confinement of 21-year-old Palestinian detainee Ahmad Manasra despite his serious mental and physical condition.

At a hearing for Manasra held on Tuesday, the Israeli court ruled to further extend his solitary confinement for another six months.

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His period in solitary confinement was due to end in May. The extension means Manasra will remain in solitary until November. By then, he will have spent a year in an isolated cell, cut off from normal contact with other Palestinian detainees.

His lawyer, Khaled Zabarqa, said that he will appeal the decision.

“Ahmed is in a very difficult condition and he needs urgent treatment,” Zabarqa told The New Arab on Tuesday. “The court’s excuse to maintain Ahmed isolated is that he might hurt himself, but isolation only causes him more damage.”

“I visited Ahmed recently and I know exactly how the isolation is affecting him, and though I can not give details due to professional secrecy, I can say that he needs professional treatment as of now,” added Zabarqa.

Zabarqa said that aside from granting his client early release, which ‘Israel’ has refused to do, “the court should have transferred him to the general prison” where other Palestinians can care for him.

“We told them that there are Palestinian prisoners who know of his situation and are ready to take responsibility for him and take care of him,” Zabarqa told Al Jazeera.

“Placing him in solitary confinement is punishment for a child who is mentally ill – he needs to be treated, not to be punished,” said Zabarqa, who described his client as “suffering” in his present situation.

Israeli occupation authorities claim they are keeping Manasra in isolation and under surveillance because he poses a threat to himself and other detainees, his lawyer said.

Ahmad Manasra was born in 2002 in Beit Hanina in occupied Jerusalem. Manasra was arrested on October 12, 2015 when he was 13 years old and was subjected to severe harassment during his interrogation by Israeli officers. He is serving a 12-year term in jail, later reduced to 9.

A month after Ahmad Manasra’s arrest in November 2015, footage of his interrogation was made public. The 10-minute video shows Ahmad being interrogated by three Israeli officers, without the presence of his lawyer or parent in violation of international standards, sparking outrage from human rights groups. He appears increasingly distressed as his interrogators continue to shout at him, directing insults and threats.

In 2016, an Israeli court falsely convicted him of carrying out an alleged attack in the illegal settlement of Psgat Zeev in occupied Jerusalem, with his cousin Hassan Manasra, who was shot by Israeli forces on that day. Ahmed was shot and wounded. He has been in prison ever since, and in solitary confinement since early November 2021. Ahmad has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, is suffering from psychotic delusions, and is severely depressed with suicidal thoughts, Ahmad Manasra’s parents said in February 2022.

“Ahmad Manasra has been subjected to a catalogue of injustices by the Israeli authorities, including deleterious effects of incarceration on his development and prolonged solitary confinement. He endured ill-treatment during interrogations, which were conducted without his parents or lawyers’ presence, and was denied the right to a fair trial. He should have been released a long time ago, yet he remains in unnecessary suffering in Israeli prisons,” said Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“Pending his release from detention, he must be given access to adequate medical care and never be placed in solitary confinement again. Allegations of torture and other human rights violations that Ahmad has suffered must be effectively and transparently investigated.”

Ahmad Manasra’s mental health worsened during his incarceration. In October 2021, an independent Israeli clinical psychologist working with Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI) diagnosed him with severe psychiatric conditions, and stated these had developed since his incarceration.

Zabarqa, told Amnesty International: “We have asked the Israel Prison Service to release Ahmad into home and community care as a matter of urgency because there is a real danger to his life. The prison doctors themselves recognized as much in their report on 13 June which led to his transfer from the prison cell to the prison hospital.”

On Saturday, Israeli prison authorities transferred Manasra to the isolation section in the Eishel prison in the Negev desert.

In April, Manasra’s lawyer filed a request for his early release because he had served more than two-thirds of his sentence and he was not charged with stabbing.

The Israeli court transferred the case to a special committee to decide whether to drop “terrorist” charges in his case, given his age at the time of the events and the fact that he was never charged with stabbing.

In June, the committee decided to reinstate the “terrorism” charges on Manasra, and his early release was refused, claiming that his file was classified under the “terrorism law”.

(Source / 17.08.2022)

VIDEO| For the 205th time, ‘Israel’ demolishes Al-Araqib Bedouin village

 Israeli occupation forces demolish Al-Araqib Bedouin village in the Al-Naqab Desert in the 1948-occupied Palestine for the 204th time on July 19, 2022

Al-Araqib (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces demolished on Tuesday morning Al-Araqib Bedouin village in the Al-Naqab Desert in the 1948-occupied Palestine for the 205th time.

On Monday morning, local sources reported, Israeli occupation forces raided the village, which is rebuilt by its residents after each time it has been demolished, and removed all the tents and destroyed the tin shelters placed on the land by the residents to provide a roof over their heads in the cold or hot weather, leaving them homeless.

Translation: Israeli occupation demolishes the village of Al-Araqib in Al-Naqab for the 205th time since 2000.

“Unrecognized by Israeli occupation”

Al-Araqib was demolished for the first time in 2000. Monday’s demolition was the 205th so far and the ninth since the start of 2022.

The last time Israeli occupation destroyed the village was on July 19, 2022.

In 2021 alone, Israeli occupation forces destroyed the village 14 times.

‘Israel’ does not “recognise” the village, but its residents point out that they own the land and have done, since the Ottoman period, decades before ‘Israel’ was created in occupied Palestine.

Despite the repeated demolitions, every time the residents of Al-Araqib rebuild their tents and small homes. However, the occupation forces return to raze them, sometimes several times in a month.

Al-Araqib village, where 22 Palestinian families live in, is one of 35 “unrecognised” Arab villages in the area, and is constantly targeted for demolition by Israeli bulldozers, for which Bedouins are then charged.

Recently, the Al-Naqab Desert villages have been under the Israeli threat of demolition and bulldozing works.

In January 2022, for over three days, hundreds of peaceful Palestinians took part in large demonstrations in several villages of the Al-Naqab against Israel’s demolition and bulldozing works in their lands.

The Higher Follow Up Committee of Arabs in the Naqab, a local umbrella body that represents Palestinians in the area, had also announced a general strike in response to the Israeli demolitions.

“We took the decision to undertake proactive measures, beginning with adopting a cumulative resistance programme over a period of six months that will lead to a regional general strike and a massive demonstration outside the prime minister’s office, and the internationalisation of the issue to expose the racist practices [of Israeli authorities] before international institutions,” the committee said in a statement.

The general strike was announced in villages facing the threat of Israeli demolition including al-Atrash, al-Sawa, al-Zarnouq, al-Ruwais, Beir Haddaj and Khirbet Watan.

However, the Israeli occupation forces stormed the Palestinian villages in the Al-Naqab desert that time and started violently attacking and arresting the peaceful protesters who gathered to denounce the demolition work. They also fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs directly and intensively towards the non-violent protesters to disperse them.

This all started on January 9, when the Jewish National Fund (JNF) began several days of the so-called “planting trees” on disputed land in the Al-Naqab. For over three days, the Israeli bulldozers carried out demolitions on lands of local Bedouins used for cultivation. The forces closed off the villages and prevented the residents from entering their lands. Thus, the Palestinian residents moved their protests to the entrance of the villages.

During and following the protests, Israeli forces arrested over 140 Palestinians from the Al-Naqab, including minors.

The Israeli demolitions in al-Naqab are part of a controversial Israeli plan, led by the JNF, to plant trees across some 40,000 dunams (15 square miles) of the Naqab.

In December 2021, Israeli forces attacked Palestinians in six villages: al-Mashash, al-Zarnouq, Bier al-Hamam, al-Ruwais, al-Gharaa, and Khirbet Watan, destroying crops and excavating soil.

The JNF and the Israel Land Authority (ILA) were planning to plant hundreds of trees on lands from the six Bedouin villages, which had all received demolition orders and faced the displacement of thousands of residents “in the name of developing the area.”

‘Israel’ has used the forestation projects as a tactic for land grabs and to prevent Palestinians from returning to lands from which they have been displaced.

The residents say that such policies are an attempt to pressure them into being internally displaced despite Bedouins having lived on or near these lands prior to Israel’s establishment in 1948.

There are almost 100,000 Palestinians live in 35 Bedouin villages in the Al-Naqab and are all unrecognized by the Israeli occupation government who views the Bedouin residents of these villages as illegal squatters and does not provide them with basic services or infrastructure, including electricity, water, sewage systems, roads, schools or hospitals.

(Source / 17.08.2022)

Updated: Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Near Jerusalem

On Monday dawn, undercover Israeli soldiers killed a young Palestinian man in his home in Kafr Aqab neighborhood, north of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.

The soldiers shot Mohammad Ibrahim Shaham, 21, with a live round in the head after storming his home.

His father said a soldier shot Mohammad, who was born in the nearby Qalandia refugee camp, with a live round to the head from point-blank range the moment he opened the door for the soldiers invading his home and proceeded to ransack the property.

The soldiers also fired many live rounds in the property before ransacking it.

His father added that the soldiers left Shaham bleeding for about 40 minutes before they took his corpse and withdrew from the town.

The soldiers also fired several live rounds in the property causing excessive damage.

The father added that the invasion into the property took place around 3:30 at dawn, before one of the soldiers put the pistol against his forehead and killed him.

“This is an assassination in cold blood, just like they did in Jenin, and what they are doing across occupied Palestine,” the father added, “The soldiers didn’t ask for our names, ID cards or ask any questions, they just stormed the property and assassinated by son. Just five months ago, exactly on March 15, the soldiers killed his cousin.”

His cousin’s name is Ala’ Mohammad Shaham, 22, he shot also shot in the head in the Qalandia refugee camp, where the soldiers also shot and injured six other young men with live rounds, who were all transferred to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.

The family denied the Israeli military allegations that claimed the Palestinian attempted to stab the soldiers, adding that the Israeli reports are just meant to justify killing him with a cause or justification.

Protests occurred after the soldiers and undercover officers invaded the town, before the soldiers shot at least six young men with live rounds in their legs and caused many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation and abducting several Palestinians.

Protests occurred after the soldiers and undercover officers invaded the refugee camp, before the soldiers shot at least six young men with live rounds in their legs and caused many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation and abducting several Palestinians.

(Source / 17.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Twenty Palestinians In West Bank

On Monday dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded and ransacked dozens of homes across the occupied West Bank, interrogated scores of Palestinians, and abducted at least twenty young men.

Media sources said protests took place after the army invaded many areas, especially near Ramallah, Jenin, and Nablus,

The Israeli army also said its soldiers came under Palestinian fire while operating in Arraba town, south of Jenin, and exchanged fire with Palestinian resistance fighters.

Also at dawn, the soldiers killed a Palestinian in his home in Kafr Aqab, north of occupied Jerusalem. The family of the slain young man, Mohammad Shaham, 21, said the soldiers invaded the home, immediately shot his son in the face, and fired many live rounds inside the property.

The abducted Palestinians are:

  1. Osaid Qaddoumi, Ramallah.
  2. Yousef Hosha, (former political prisoner) Birzeit – Ramallah.
  3. Ahmad al-Haj, Deir Abu Mashal, Ramallah.
  4. Fuad Abu Samra, Deir Abu Mashal, Ramallah.
  5. Hasan Matar, Deir Abu Mashal, Ramallah.
  6. Qussai Issa Rabea, Deir Abu Mashal, Ramallah.
  7. Abdu Tabakh, Deir Abu Mashal, Ramallah.
  8. Amin Abu Hamdan, Deir Abu Mashal, Ramallah.
  9. Mujahid Shaham, Deir Abu Mashal, Ramallah.
  10. Saif Rassem, Deir Abu Mashal, Ramallah.
  11. Abdullah Tamimi, ar-Ram north of Jerusalem.
  12. Hussein Atiya, al-Jadira, northwest of Jerusalem.
  13. Saif al-Qassem, al-Jadira, northwest of Jerusalem.
  14. Mohammad Fawzi Khatib, Hizma, northeast of Jerusalem.
  15. Yazan Adnan al-Khabbas, Asira ash-Shamaliya, Nablus.
  16. Hasan Zaghal, Zabbouba, Jenin.
  17. Ahmad Raed Taqatqa, Beit Fajjar, Bethlehem.
  18. Saif Ayman Taqatqa, Beit Fajjar, Bethlehem.
  19. Mahmoud Mohammad Taqatqa, Beit Fajjar, Bethlehem.
  20. Ahmad Nabil Thawabta, Beit Fajjar, Bethlehem.

(Source / 17.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Demolish A Shed Near Bethlehem

On Monday, Israeli soldiers demolished an agricultural shed in Battir village, west of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Zaki al-Batma, the Mayor of Battir, said the soldiers invaded the al-Khamar area in the village and demolished an agricultural shed owned by a local farmer, Ibrahim Jaber.

Al-Batma added that the shed, on land Jaber privately owns, is in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli “control.”

The area is subject to constant Israeli violations by soldiers and illegal Israeli colonizers, and the army has already confiscated Palestinian lands and demolished many buildings and structures.

Area C is about %60 of the occupied West Bank and is under constant attack and violations, and it is where most of the demolished homes are.

A report by Israeli daily Haaretz in the year 2020 revealed that only 1% of Palestinians were given a license to build on Area C of the occupied West Bank from 2016 to 2018.

This is happening while Israel continues to build and expand its illegal colonies across the occupied West Bank.

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 / 17.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians Near Nablus

On Monday evening, Israeli soldiers injured many Palestinians in Sebastia town and Burqa village, northwest of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Mohammad Azem, the mayor of Sebastia, said several army jeeps invaded the town leading to protests.

He added that the soldiers fired dozens of live rounds, gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets, causing several injuries.

The soldiers also invaded Burqa village, leading to protests and injuring several Palestinians who suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers frequently invade Sebastia to accompany groups of colonialist settlers into the archaeological area.

During these invasions, the soldiers block all Palestinian traffic, frequently storm homes, abduct Palestiniansattack protesters, and remove the Palestinian flag from the archeological area.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Georga Habash Square west of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, and installed a roadblock, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 17.08.2022)

Israeli Navy Attacks Palestinian Fishing Boats In Southern Gaza

On Monday evening, Israeli navy ships fired dozens of live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats near the Rafah shore, in the southern part of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Media sources said the navy chased the boats and fired dozens of live rounds, forcing them to leave without being able to fish to provide for their families.

There have been no reports of injuries in the aftermath of the Israeli attack on the Palestinian fishermen.

On Sunday, Israeli navy ships attacked Palestinian fishing boats near the shores of the northern part of the besieged Gaza Strip.

On Saturday, Israeli navy ships attacked Palestinian fishing boats near the Rafah shore in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

On Thursday night, Israeli navy ships attacked Palestinian fishing boats near the Rafah.

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 / 17.08.2022)