‘Israel’ raids offices of several Palestinian NGOs in occupied West Bank

Al-Haq said Israeli forces had shut down the main entrance of its offices in Ramallah with an iron plate and left behind a military order declaring the organisation unlawful

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces raided the offices of several Palestinian civil society rights groups in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, mainly offices of the six groups outlawed last year by ‘Israel’.

Al-Haq group reported that Israeli soldiers had stormed its offices in Ramallah, confiscating items, shutting down the main entrance with an iron plate, and leaving behind a military order declaring the organisation unlawful.

Other groups raided included Addameer, the Bisan Center for Research & Development, Defense for Children International-Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees.

In a tweet, Al-Haq said, “Out team arrived at Al-Haq’s offices this morning & found the door, which IOF had bolted shut early morning, had been opened by the public, protesting against the targeting of civil society organizations! We assure you, Israel’s arbitrary & unlawful actions will not silence us.”

The group added, “We have faith and trust in our partners, both civil society and Third States that they too will not be silent! Protecting human rights work in Palestine is a must, to defend and maintain independent non-governmental organisations and the rule of law! #standwiththe6”

In a move met with widespread condemnation, on 19 October 2021, Israeli War Minister, Benny Gantz, designated six leading Palestinian human rights and civil society groups as “terrorist organizations” under Israel’s domestic Counter-Terrorism (Anti-Terror) Law (2016).

The Israeli War Minister office claimed that the six groups were “part of a network of organisations operating undercover in the international arena” on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Marxist-Leninist Palestinian resistance group, which was listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation in 1997 by the US State Department.

The six groups are: Addameer, Al-Haq, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defence for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P), the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC).

The Israeli military commander also outlawed all the six groups under the 1945 Emergency (Defense) Regulations, declaring them “unlawful associations”.

Several UN human rights experts, civil society and development organizations, academics and more from around the world condemned, over the past months, Israel’s designations, standing in solidarity with the six Palestinian groups and increasing their support for the Palestinian cause.

In April, United Nations human rights experts urged the international community to resume funding for the Palestinian civil society groups.

“We call on the funding governments and international organisations to swiftly conclude that Israel has not established its allegations and to announce that they will continue to financially and politically support these organisations and the communities and groups they serve,” said the experts.

In July, in a joint statement, the Spokespersons of the Foreign Ministries of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden expressed their opposition to the Israeli designation of the six Palestinian civil society organisations.

The European states said in the statement, “Accusations of terrorism or links to terrorist groups must always be treated with the utmost seriousness. The designations needed therefore to be assessed carefully and extensively.”

“No substantial information was received from Israel that would justify reviewing our policy towards the six Palestinian NGOs on the basis of the Israeli decision to designate these NGOs as ‘terrorist organizations’.” “Should evidence be made available to the contrary, we would act accordingly,” the states stressed.

“In the absence of such evidence, we will continue our cooperation and strong support for the civil society in the oPT. A free and strong civil society is indispensable for promoting democratic values and for the two-state solution,” the states concluded the statement.

Following on the heels of the nine European states that rejected the controversial designation, Norway stated it will also continue to support the six Palestinian organizations, saying “in Norway’s view, the information we have received from Israel is not sufficient to justify the designation of the six organizations as ‘terrorist organizations.’ … Norway will continue its cooperation with and support to civil society in the occupied Palestinian territories.”

(Source / 19.08.2022)

Update: Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Man, Injure Another And Abduct Five, In Tubas

Update: The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed the death of Salah Tawfiq Sawafta, 58, from serious wounds he suffered after Israeli soldiers shot him while leaving a local mosque, following dawn prayers in Tubas, in the northeastern West Bank.

Salah was rushed to a local hospital and was admitted to surgery but succumbed to his serious wounds, especially since the soldiers shot him with a live round in the head.

Medical sources said the soldiers invaded Tubas and attacked protesters with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades, shooting Salah in the head while he was leaving a mosque in the city following dawn prayers.

Palestinian medics provided the urgently needed treatment to the injured man before rushing him to a hospital due to the seriousness of his concision.

Local sources said the family was preparing to celebrate his daughter’s wedding scheduled to be held on August 26th.

The soldiers also shot a young man with a live round in the thigh during protests that took place after the army invaded Tammoun town, south of Tubas.

The soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes in Tubas, and in Tammoun town before abducting five Palestinians.

Kamal Bani Odah, the head of the Tubas office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), said the soldiers abducted Ma’moun Na’im Abu Odah, Mustafa Bani Odah, in addition to Moath and his brother Ayed Farhan Bani Odah, from Tammoun, and a college student Akaram Hakam al-Kharraz from his home on Tubas.

(Source / 19.08.2022)

WAFA: “Israeli occupation forces raid the premises of a Ramallah church, wreck entrance and smash door’s glass”

RAMALLAH, Thursday, August 18, 2022 (WAFA) – This morning, around 3:00 a.m. local time, Israeli occupation forces raided the premises of St. Andrew’s Anglican/Episcopal Church in Ramallah, according to Rev. Fadi Diab, a church official.

He said in a statement that for two hours, Israeli soldiers occupied the entire complex.

The soldiers wrecked the Church’s entrance, smashing the door’s glass, and pulling down the door’s lock. Eventually, the soldiers moved into the church building, the church’s hall, as well as the entire facilities of the compound.

Rev. Diab said “attacks on places of worship and the devastation of church property violate international law and terrorize the entire community.”

(Source / 19.08.2022)

Israeli Colonizers Bulldoze Palestinian Lands Near Nablus

Illegal Israeli colonizers bulldozed, Thursday night, large areas of Palestinian land in Qaryout village, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in the northern West Bank, said the colonizers bulldozed, so far, lands stretching at least three kilometers (1.86 Miles).

He added that the bulldozing was carried out by three bulldozers brought by the illegal colonizers to uproot the Palestinian lands.

The official said the colonizers are preparing to pave a road that would link between Shilo and Eli illegal colonies, built on stolen Palestinian lands, and warned that the colonizers are planning to uproot large areas of Palestinian land in the area to establish roads and expand their colonies.

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 / 19.08.2022)

Israeli Navy Attacks Palestinian Fishermen In Southern Gaza

On Thursday evening, Israeli navy ships fired many live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats near the shores of Rafah and Khan Younis in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses said the navy chased several fishing boats near the shore of Khan Younis and fired many live rounds and flares.

They added that the navy ships also attacked fishing boats with flares, live rounds, and gas bombs near the shore of Rafah.

The attacks caused damage but did not lead to casualties and forced the Palestinians to leave, fearing further Israeli violations.

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 / 19.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Ramallah

On Thursday, Israeli soldiers injured many Palestinians in Ramallah and al-Biereh cities in the central West Bank.

Media sources said many army jeeps invaded the two major cities leading to protests, and attacked the Palestinians with live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said its medics provided treatment to one Palestinian who was shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and at least thirty-three who suffered the severe effects of tear gas inhalation.

The PRCS added that the soldiers also invaded the main yard of Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah and randomly fired gas bombs and concussion grenades.

The soldiers invaded the medical center looking for wounded Palestinians to abduct, but the Palestinians managed to stop them.

(Source / 19.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Fourteen Palestinians In West Bank

On Thursday, Israeli soldiers abducted at least fourteen Palestinians from several parts of the occupied West Bank, including the occupied capital, Jerusalem.

Media sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, said the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes in the governorate and abducted three Palestinians.

They said the soldiers abducted Anas Taiseer al-Awawda, 26, and Mo’tasem Ghazi Shawamra, 22, from their homes in Doura town, south of Hebron, and Bassem Mohammad al-Masalma, from his home in Beit Awwa town, west of the city.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) said the soldiers also abducted a young man, Hussein Issa, 18, from Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, while crossing a military roadblock northwest of Jerusalem, and a young man, who remained unidentified at the time of this report, after stopping him near Bab Hutta in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Silwanic added that the soldiers also abducted Mahmoud Jamal Atiya and Adam Kayed Mahmoud from the al-‘Isawiya town in Jerusalem.

In Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, the soldiers abducted Khaled Emad Faraj, 24, from his home after storming the property and ransacking it, causing damage.

In Qalqilia, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded and ransacked the homes of Sayyaf Qassem Silmi, 20, and abducted him.

Also, Israeli soldiers abducted five Palestinians in several parts of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 19.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians In Jenin

On Thursday, Israeli soldiers abducted five Palestinians from the northern part of the occupied West Bank in Jenin.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded Arraba town, southwest of Jenin, before storming and searching homes and proceeded to abduct Mohammad Abdul-Rauf Hamdan.

They added that the soldiers also abducted a former political prisoner, Nazeeh Sa’id Abu Awn, from his home in Jaba’ town, southwest of Jenin.

The soldiers also abducted Ahmad Rida Abu Salama from his home in Faqqu’a town, east of Jenin.

Protests occurred when the soldiers invaded Jaba’ before the army fired many concussion grenades, gas bombs, and rubber-coated steel bullets, causing several injuries mainly due to the severe effects of tear gas inhalation.

Many army jeeps were also deployed around the villages and towns of Arraba, Marka, al-Jarba, Anza, and Sanur near Jenin before the soldiers closed roads and prevented the Palestinians from crossing.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted Bassem Nidal Abu ar-Rob and Salah Nazzal, from Qabatia town, south of Jenin, after stopping them at the Za’tara military roadblock, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank.

(Source / 19.08.2022)