Israel opens Ariel Sharon Street on land of Palestinian village of Deir Yassin

Ariel Sharon Street 

The Israeli municipality in West Jerusalem plans to open Ariel Sharon Street in an effort to erase the memory of the Palestinian villages which once stood in the area.

The new road penetrates the mountains of western Jerusalem through two underground tunnels that pass under the Har Nof settlement built on the land of the village of Deir Yassin, and connects the settlements in southern Jerusalem with Highway No. 1 which connects Jaffa and West Jerusalem.

Palestinian researcher specialised in Jerusalem affairs, Fakhri Abu Diab, said construction took over three years at a total cost of 300 million shekels ($91.3 million) and the road runs six kilometres.

Abu Diab added that the street was constructed under the pretext of reducing congestion and facilitating Israelis’ access to the city of Jerusalem from the western side.

The road has been named after Israel’s former prime minister who has been accused by Palestinians and rights groups of being a war criminal after he oversaw the massacre of Palestinian civilians in Qibya in 1953, refugees in Gaza the same year and refugees in Lebanon’s Sabra and Shatilla camp and neighbourhood in 1982.

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(Source / 23.08.2022)

FM: We will only accept a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capita

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz in Tel Aviv, on January 20, 2022 

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry yesterday condemns Israel’s continuous pursuit of its colonial endeavours in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, after Israel’s defence minister said the two-state solution was an “illusion”.

“Those who, in a clear left-wing position, consider ’two states for two peoples’ as a solution are living in an illusion, and those who, in a radical right-wing position, think of a state without Arabs in the West Bank, are living in a greater illusion,” Israel Hayoum quoted Defence Minister Benny Gantz as saying on Kan Reshet Bet radio yesterday.

In other statements, Gantz insisted that Jerusalem is Israel’s unified capital, denying claims that former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved of a Palestinian capital in Jerusalem.

Commenting on Gantz’s statements, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said that the Palestinian people reject any alternative solutions or entities to the state of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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(Source / 23.08.2022)

Over 150 groups demand international community stand against Israeli raids and closures of 7 Palestinian CSOs

Activists hang a poster in solidarity with outlawed Palestinian civil society organizations at the offices of one of them, the human rights group al-Haq, on August 18, 2022

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- More than 150 Palestinian, regional, and international organizations have expressed their full solidarity with the seven leading Palestinian civil society organizations raided and shut down recently by Israeli occupation.

On the morning of 18 August 2022, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided and sealed the doorways into the offices of seven Palestinian organizations: Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq Law in the Service of Man (Al-Haq), Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI-P), Health Work Committees (HWC), the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC).

The IOF also confiscated documents and equipment and destroyed items in the offices. On the doors of the organizations, military orders were left behind ordering the closure of the offices under Article 319 of the Emergency Regulations of 1945.

This development follows the 19 October 2021, Israeli War Minister Benny Gantz designation of six leading Palestinian civil society organizations as terrorist organizations under Israel’s Anti-Terrorism Law (2016), which was then extended to the West Bank on 3 November 2021 by a military order that outlawed the same organizations.

In response, over 150 Palestinian, regional, and international groups have urged the international community to “unequivocally condemn Israel’s targeting of Palestinian civil society and tactics to further repress of freedom of expression.”

“States must take all necessary action to support and protect Palestinian human rights defenders and ensure the continuation of their invaluable work,” the groups said in a joint statement issued on Monday.

“These raids and closures represent the latest escalation in Israel’s widespread campaign aiming to silence and discredit any Palestinian individual or organization that dares to seek accountability for Israel’s grave human rights violations, war crimes, and crimes against humanity,” the groups added.

“The “persecution of organizations and persons, by depriving them of fundamental rights and freedoms, because they oppose apartheid” is a method used by Israel, amounting to acts of apartheid prosecutable under the Rome Statute, to maintain its domination and oppression over the Palestinian people.”

The organizations have also called upon the international community to demand that “Israel immediately revoke its designations of Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations as “terrorist organizations,” reverse the military orders designating the organizations and closing their offices and repeal its Anti-Terrorism Law (2016) as it does not meet basic human rights standards.”

Moreover, they have called on the “international community to take effective measures to end all other actions that deny Palestinians their inalienable human rights.”

Lastly, the groups have urged “the members of the international community to continue their support and increase funding to the organizations and engage with financial institutions to ensure the transfer of funds to the organizations.”

Human Rights Watch, Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem, Artists for Palestine UK, Asociacion Palestina Biladi, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, and Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid are among other signatories of the statement.

(Source / 23.08.2022)

Palestinian youth succumbs to wounds sustained during Israeli military raid in Nablus

Nablus (QNN)- A Palestinian youth succumbed on Tuesday morning to critical injuries sustained two weeks ago by Israeli gunfire during a military raid in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

Local sources reported that Mohammad Arayshi was seriously injured during an Israeli military raid into the Old City of Nablus, in which three other Palestinains were killed by Israeli forces, on August 9.

Translation: The moment when Mohammad Arayshi was shot by Israeli gunfire during confrontations in Nablus two weeks ago

The three Palestinians are Islam Sabouh, 32, Hussain Jamal Taha, 16, and Ibrahim al-Nabulsi, one of the most wanted resistance fighters by the Israeli occupation forces in Nablus and the head of Fatah’s armed wing, al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades.

(Source / 23.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Nine Palestinians In West Bank

On Tuesday dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted at least nine Palestinians from several parts of the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli army stated it arrested four young Palestinian men from their homes in Qutanna village, northwest of Jerusalem, and said the soldiers located and confiscated weapons.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded and searched a few homes before abducting Ahmad Mahmoud Salah, 48, his brother Ashraf Salah, 40, and former political prisoner Mohammad Omar Salah, 30.

In Tulkarem, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Ali Daoud from his home in Qaffin town, northeast of the city.

The soldiers also invaded Ni’lin village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and abducted Mohammad Najeh Nafe’ from his home.

In Jericho, in the northeastern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Fasayel village, north of the city, and searched homes before abducting a teenage boy, Adham Ayesh Nawawra, in addition to Ibrahim Adnan Nawawra.

In Tubas, in the northeastern West Bank, the soldiers abducted two political leaders of the Hamas movement, Faze’ Sawafta and Nader Sawafta.

(Source / 23.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure A Palestinian Worker, Abduct Two, In Tubas

On Tuesday dawn, Israeli soldiers chased a car transporting Palestinian workers before ramming into it, wounding one near Tubas in the northeastern West Bank, and abducted two Palestinians from their homes.

Eyewitnesses said the military jeep rammed into the car, wounding one before he was rushed to a Palestinian hospital for treatment.

Medical sources said that the injured Palestinian suffered various cuts and lacerations to his lower extremities.

In addition, the soldiers invaded and ransacked several homes in Tubas city before abducting Faze’ Mohammad Sawafta and Nader Mustafa Sawafta.

(Source / 23.08.2022)

Israeli Army Demolishes A Residential Room Near Jenin

On Monday night, Israeli soldiers demolished a residential room in the Farasin village, near Ya’bad town, southwest of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Saleh Mohammad Amarna said the soldiers invaded his land and demolished the room without allowing the family to remove their belongings.

Amarna added that he lived in this room with his wife and seven children and stated that the demolition was conducted without a prior warning.

The Palestinians in the area have been subject to constant violations by the soldiers and the colonizers, who constantly attempt to annex more lands illegally.

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 / 23.08.2022)

Seriously Injured Palestinian Dies From His Wounds

On Tuesday dawn, the Palestinian Health Ministry said a young man, who was shot and seriously injured two weeks earlier in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, had succumbed to his wounds.

The Health Ministry officially identified the young man as Mohammad Marzouq Arayshy, 25, and said the young man remained in critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit

The funeral procession started in front of Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, before the Palestinians marched to Nablus’s Old City to his home, before heading to the Shuhada graveyard.

It is worth mentioning that Mohammad was seriously injured on August 9th, 2022, when the Israeli army initiated a massive offensive into Nablus, killing three Palestinians and wounding at least 40.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army fired many live rounds at Palestinian ambulances, prevented many medics from entering the areas it was invading, and later published a propaganda picture claiming the ambulance “was being used to shelter those throwing stones at the soldiers.”

However, a video from the scene shows the medics and a few Palestinians trying to get the seriously wounded young man into the ambulance so that it can speed up to the hospital.

Due to ongoing protests, the medics loaded the seriously wounded Palestinian as fast as possible, and the soldiers were still firing at the protesters.

(Source / 23.08.2022)