Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Near Nablus

On Friday, Israeli soldiers abducted a former political prisoner at a military roadblock near Nablus in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers installed a sudden military roadblock near Za’tara town, south of Nablus, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

They added that the soldiers abducted Saleh Abu Zeid, the coordinator of the student block of the Fateh movement at Birzeit University.

Saleh was returning home from Jenin after visiting his Mohammad Tahaina, a former political prisoner who Israel imprisoned for 19 years.

(Source / 20.08.2022)

Israeli Colonizers Attack Palestinian Shepherds Near Hebron

On Saturday, illegal Israeli colonizers attacked Palestinian shepherds and tried to force them to leave their lands in Um al-Kheir village in Masafer Yatta, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Fuad al-Amour, the coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committees in Southern Hebron, said several colonizers invaded Palestinian grazing lands and attacked several shepherds.

He added that the colonizers tried to force the shepherds out of their lands, but the Palestinians gathered in the area and foiled their attempts.

In related news, Israeli soldiers tried to stop the preparations for paving roads in the village, but the local council managed to prove the work was being done within the structural maps of the village.

Al-Amour said the ongoing Israeli escalation is meant to force the Palestinians out of their lands to benefit the illegal Israeli colonialist activities.

(Source / 20.08.2022)

Awawda: “Am Ongoing With Hunger Strike Until Administrative Detention is Voided”

Despite his deteriorating health condition and the escalating risks to his life, administrative detainee Khalil Awawda said he is ongoing the hunger strike for the 161 day, demanding canceling the Administrative Detention order, not freezing it.

In a short statement, Awawda said that he is ongoing with the hunger strike, despite the serious risks, until the arbitrary orders are voided.

His video statement came during a visit with his lawyer shortly after the Israeli High court issued a ruling “freezing” his detention orders instead of voiding them.

“My courageous Palestinian people, peace, and mercy of Allah be upon you, my respect to you, your efforts and your solidarity, my respect to you for remaining steadfast on your land and striving to achieve your freedom. Victory only comes from God. This decision to freeze the Administrative Detention orders does not mean canceling them,” he said, “I will continue the strike until a ruling is made for canceling the Administrative Detention orders….”

Awawda held a hunger strike that lasted for 111 days and only ended it after reaching a verbal agreement for his release before Israel reneged on the agreement and slapped him with a new four-month Administrative Detention order prompting him to relaunch the strike.

Also, two detained siblings, Adal Mousa, 34, and Ahmad Mousa, 44, from the Al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, started a hunger strike fourteen days earlier at the Ofer Israeli prison, protesting their Administrative Detention.

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 189th 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 / 20.08.2022)

Israeli Army Abducts Nine Palestinians, Including Four Children, In Jerusalem And Tubas

On Friday, Israeli soldiers abducted four Palestinian children in occupied Jerusalem and five young men in Tubas in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted four children while playing in the Sa’diyya neighborhood and other parts of Jerusalem.

They have been identified as Ayham Hijazi, 14, from the Sa’diyya neighborhood, Mahmoud Jabari from the Old City, Mahdi Samara, and Anas Safadi from Bab al-‘Amoud; the soldiers took them to an interrogation facility in the city.

In Tammoun town, south of Tubas in the northeastern West Bank, the soldiers abducted two siblings, Moath and Ayd Farhan Bani Odah, in addition to Ma’moun Naim Bani Odah and Ali Mustafa Bani Odah.

In Tubas city, the soldiers abducted a university student, Akram Hakam al-Kharraz, from his home.

(Source / 20.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Dozens Of Palestinians Near Nablus

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

Media sources said the Palestinians marched on their lands while chanting against the Israeli violations, including the illegal annexation of their lands, and carried Palestinian flags before the soldiers attacked them with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot one Palestinian with a rubber-coated steel bullet, caused burns to another Palestinian after targeting him with a gas bomb, and caused 37 to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation in Beit Dajan, east of Nablus.

The sources added that the soldiers shot one Palestinian with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the abdomen and caused five to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation in Beita, south of Nablus.

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 / 20.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Six Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum

On Friday, Israeli soldiers injured six Palestinians during the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PCS) said its medics provided treatment to the six wounded Palestinians and several others who suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The procession started from the center of the town before the residents marched carrying Palestinian flags and chanting against the ongoing and escalating Israeli violations against the Palestinians, their homes, lands, holy sites, and livelihood.

The soldiers attacked the procession with rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades and tried to ambush and abduct some protesters.

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 / 20.08.2022)

DCIP: “Israeli forces raid, shut down Defense for Children & 5 other agencies in West Bank”

As a continuation of its targeting of select Palestinian NGOs, Israeli forces raided, ransacked, confiscated materials, and welded shut their office doors. The raid was part of a series of early morning raids against six prominent Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations

reposted from DCIP – Defense of Children International – Palestine, August 18, 2022

Israeli forces raided Defense for Children International – Palestine’s headquarters in the central occupied West Bank early Thursday morning.

Israeli forces raided DCIP’s headquarters located in Al-Bireh’s Sateh Marhaba neighborhood, located just south of Ramallah around 5:55 a.m. on August 18. More than a dozen Israeli soldiers forced open the office’s locked front door and removed a computer, photocopier, printer, and client files related to Palestinian child detainees represented by DCIP’s lawyers in Israel’s military courts, CCTV footage showed.

They exited the office after 45 minutes, welding shut the entry door and leaving a notice taped to the door ordering the office closed declaring DCIP an illegal organization. It is unclear exactly what items were confiscated.

“Our human rights documentation and evidence-based advocacy exposing Israeli forces’ grave violations against Palestinian children has made us a target of the Israeli government for years,” said Khaled Quzmar, General Director at DCIP. “Sealing and closing our office will not silence us. We reject the Israeli designation and any repressive tactics aimed at eliminating our work and urge the international community to robustly denounce this serious escalation against Palestinian human rights defenders.”

Video surveillance footage from inside the DCIP office shows Israeli forces entering the premises at 5:55 a.m. The Israeli soldiers move through the DCIP office inspecting, gathering, and removing random items and files, and then they exit at 6:40 a.m. They welded the door shut and taped a military order to the door effectively closing the DCIP office.

The raid on the DCIP office was part of a series of early morning raids against the six prominent Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations criminalized by Israeli authorities in October 2021, including Addameer, Al-Haq, DCIP, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, the Bisan Center for Research and Development, and the Union of Palestinian Women Committees.

The groups work directly with Palestinian women and girls, children, peasant families, prisoners, and civil society activists, providing direct services and monitoring and exposing human rights abuses.

Israeli Minister of Defense, Benny Gantz, designated the six Palestinian human rights and civil society groups as “terrorist organizations” on October 19, 2021, pursuant to a 2016 Israeli law, a designation that effectively criminalizes the activities of these organizations and authorizes Israeli authorities to close their offices, seize their assets, and arrest and jail their staff members.

In July, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden released a joint statement on the Israeli designations stating that “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.” The nine countries declared, “in the absence of such evidence, we will continue our cooperation and strong support for the civil society in the oPT.”

Congress members react to Israeli raid of NGOs

On July 18, U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and 21 other members of Congress sent a letter to Biden administration officials demanding action on behalf of six prominent Palestinian human rights organizations designated as “terrorist” groups by Israeli authorities.

The letter, addressed to Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, calls on the Biden administration to publicly reject the Israeli designation, urge the Israeli government to reverse its decision, and confirm a date for an inter-agency briefing and provide a report to Congress within 30 days.

In February, DCIP joined other leading Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations to file a procedural objection to the decision by Israeli military authorities declaring DCIP and other groups “unlawful associations.”

The objection demands the immediate cancelation of an Israeli military order declaring DCIP and other leading Palestinian human rights and civil society groups “unlawful associations” pursuant to the 1945 Emergency (Defense) Regulations.

It emphasizes that the Israeli authorities’ declaration amounts to a blatant and serious violation of international law, including denial of due process and fair trial guarantees by relying on alleged “secret evidence” in Israeli military courts that are neither independent nor impartial.

Government and United Nations officials, including human rights experts, have condemned the designation and called upon Israeli authorities to reverse the designation immediately and cease efforts to criminalize human rights work. Many solidarity statements have been issued by trade unions, academics, editorial boards, human rights and development organizations, celebrities and artists, and individuals.

Israeli paramilitary border police forces previously raided DCIP’s headquarters on July 29, 2021. More than a dozen Israeli soldiers forced open the office’s locked front door and confiscated six desktop computers, two laptops, hard drives, and client files related to Palestinian child detainees represented by DCIP’s lawyers in Israel’s military courts. No documents were left in the office to give any indication of the reason for the raid, and they did not leave behind any receipt of materials seized.

(Source / 20.08.2022)

Soldiers Cut Grapevines, Destroy well And Reservoir, In Bethlehem

On Friday, Israeli soldiers cut dozens of grapevine seedlings and destroyed an irrigation well and a water reservoir in the Al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.

Local nonviolent activist Ahmad Salah said the soldiers cut 55 grapevine seedlings and destroyed a well and a water reservoir in the Wad al-Abyar area.

Salah said the soldiers invaded the lands, owned by a local farmer, Ahmad Rezeq Issa, before cutting the trees and destroying the well and the reservoir without a reason or prior notice.

The area is subject to constant violations by the soldiers and the illegal colonizers, including cutting and uprooting trees, bulldozing farmlands, and demolishing agricultural sheds and rooms, as part of the constant Israeli attempts to illegally annex the lands to expand the colonies in the area.

(Source / 20.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Hebron

On Friday, Israeli soldiers shot a young Palestinian man and caused many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation during protests that erupted after the army invaded the Bab az-Zawiya area in the center of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the Palestinian marched in the area, heading to the permanent military roadblock at the entrance of Shuhada Street, before the soldiers chased them into Bab az-Zawiya and started firing live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades while several young men hurled stones and empty bottles at them.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot a young man with live fire in the leg, resulting in moderate wounds, and caused many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, especially since the area is in Hebron’s trade center, always filled with people.

(Source / 20.08.2022)

Israeli Colonizers Attack Palestinians, Burn Lands, Near Ramallah

On Friday evening, illegal Israeli colonizers attacked Palestinian farmers and burnt lands in the as-Sahel (Meadow) area between the villages of al-Mughayyir and Turums Ayya, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Marzouq Abu Na’im, a member of the al-Mughayyir Village Council, said the colonizers burnt farmlands in the as-Sahel area before the Palestinians rushed to extinguish the fire, the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) said.

Abu Na’im added that the colonizers then assaulted the Palestinians while extinguishing the fire, leading to a scuffle.

The colonizers also cut five Palestinian olive trees and smashed the windshield of one car, in addition to placing rocks on roads leading to Palestinian farmlands and orchards.

(Source / 20.08.2022)