Gaza aid worker Mohammad al-Halabi sentenced to six more years in Israeli prisons

Jerusalem (QNN) – An Israeli occupation court has sentenced Mohammad al-Halabi, former head of operations at the World Vision in Gaza, to 12 years in prison on allegations of sending money to the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

Under the court ruling, Halabi would serve another six years in prison in addition to the six he has already spent in prison.

The court convicted al-Halabi in June on charges of sending millions of dollars to Hamas, which his lawyer and he have consistently denied.

Al-Halabi’s lawyer reiterated his claim of innocence following Tuesday’s sentencing.

“He says that he’s innocent, he did nothing and there is no evidence,” Maher Hanna said, adding that they would appeal the verdict to the Israeli Supreme Court.

World Vision said in a statement that the 12-year sentence was “deeply disappointing” and that it falls “in sharp contrast to the evidence and facts of the case”.

The European Union office in Jerusalem commented on the Israeli court’s ruling: “Alongside member states, likeminded countries and the UN, the EU attended the court sentencing of Mohammad Halabi.”

“[The EU] Regrets the outcome of a judicial process, which has been incompatible with international fair trial standards,” the EU said in a tweet, adding that it will follow Halabi’s appeal before the Israeli Supreme Court closely.

Israeli occupation forces arrested al-Halabi in June 2016 at the Beit Hanoun border crossing as he was returning to Gaza from work-related meetings, on allegations of transferring humanitarian funds of varying amounts up to $50m to support Hamas.

Al-Halabi spent six years behind bars and had more than 160 hearings before he was convicted.

(Source / 31.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Invade Farmlands In Southern Gaza

On Wednesday morning, several Israeli military vehicles, including bulldozers, invaded Palestinian farmlands east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Media sources said three tanks and four bulldozers left a military base across the perimeter fence, east of Khan Younis, advanced into Palestinian lands in the al-Fakhari area, and started bulldozing the agricultural lands near the fence.

The sources added that the soldiers randomly fired many live rounds and smoke bombs during the invasion.

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 / 31.08.2022)

Soldiers Destroy Park, Confiscate Tents, Chairs

On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers invaded the Sindas Mountain area in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, and destroyed a park.

Media sources said many army jeeps and heaving vehicles invaded the area before the soldiers stormed a park and confiscated tents, tables, chairs, and other supplies.

The sources added that the soldiers destroyed the park, demolishing its tents and sheds and uprooting its plans.

The sources added that the park is owned by Yosri al-Jamal, a journalist working for Reuters.

During the invasion, the soldiers surrounded and isolated the area to prevent the Palestinians from reaching it.

(Source / 31.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian, Destroy Solar Panels Near Hebron

On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers abducted Palestinian and destroyed solar panels on a home in Ethna town, west of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded the town before the soldiers stormed, ransacked a home, and abducted a young man, Mojahed Mohammad Abu Jheisha.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the National Committees against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Southern Hebron, said the soldiers invaded the Shu’ab al-Batem area and destroyed solar panels on the rooftop of a home owned by Osama Hamamda, near the main bypass road #60.

In Hebron, the soldiers invaded and searched several homes owned by Palestinians from Dandees and al-Atrash families.

(Source / 31.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure A Palestinian, Abduct Him And Two Others, Near Ramallah

On Wednesday morning, Israeli soldiers invaded Silwad town, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and shot a young man before abducting him along with two other Palestinians.

Many army jeeps invaded the town, leading to protests, before the soldiers fired live rounds, gas bombs, and concussion grenades, in addition to storming and ransacking homes.

The soldiers invaded homes and occupied rooftops to use as firing posts before surrounding a home.

Media sources said the soldiers shot Abdul-Rahman Abdullah Hamed, 24, with live fire in his legs in the surrounding home, before abducting him.

They added that the soldiers also abducted Abdul-Qader Hammad, 23, and Ezzeddin Issam Sobeh from the same building.

(Source / 31.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Hebron

On Tuesday evening, Israeli soldiers injured many Palestinians in the al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded the main entrance area of the refugee camp and closed it, leading to protests.

They added that the soldiers fired a few live rounds, gas bombs, and concussion grenades, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

It is worth mentioning that the army has a permanent military roadblock at the main entrance of the refugee camp, and the soldiers are constantly deployed in and around that area, impeding the daily lives of the Palestinians.

The refugee camp is surrounded by the Efrat illegal colony to its north and Gush Etzion illegal colonialist block to its west and is repeatedly invaded and isolated by the Israeli occupation army.

(Source / 31.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers, Colonizers, Injure Many Palestinians In Bethlehem

On Tuesday evening, Israeli soldiers and illegal colonizers injured many Palestinians in Kisan village, east of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.

Nabil Obeyyat, the head of Kisan Village Council, said a group of paramilitary colonizers invaded the village and fired many live rounds randomly.

Obeyyat added that Israeli soldiers also invaded the village and fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at the Palestinians and their homes.

Medical sources said one man, Saleh Ahmad Obeyyat, was injured after the colonizers hurled stones at him before the Palestinian medics rushed him to a hospital.

The assailing colonizers also tried to invade many homes, especially on the outskirts of the village, and were intercepted by the Palestinians.

The Israeli army then imposed a tight siege on the village, preventing the Palestinians from entering or leaving it.

On August 24thIsraeli soldiers invaded and surveyed large areas of Palestinian lands in the Kisan village and annexed them before preventing the Palestinians from entering them.

Kisan is subject to frequent violations by Israeli soldiers and illegal colonialist settlers; the violations include demolishing homes and structures, uprooting lands, and annexing the lands so that Israel can build and expand its illegal 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 / 31.08.2022)