Remembering the second Palestinian Intifada

Ramallah (QNN) – September 28 marks the 22nd anniversary of the second Palestinian intifada (Al-Aqsa Intifada), which broke out on September 28, 2000 in occupied Jerusalem, and lasted for five years.

4,412 Palestinians were murdered and 48,322 others were injured during the second Intifada, while 1,069 Israelis were killed and 4,500 others were injured.

The second Intifada flamed up after the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque under protection of the Israeli army and police forces.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon storming Al-Aqsa Mosque in 2000

Sharon wandered the courtyards of the Mosque, stating that the “Temple Mount” would remain under Israeli sovereignty, which caused clashes to erupt between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli soldiers present at the scene.

The clashes extended from occupied Jerusalem to all cities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and developed into violent confrontations.

During the second Intifada, several leaders of Palestinian political parties and military movements were assassinated by the Israeli forces.

Hamas movement lost a number of its founders and members of its political bureau, notably Ahmed Yassin, the group’s founder (March 2004), Abdel Aziz Rantisi (April 2004), Salah Shehadeh (July 2002), Ismail Abu Shanab (August 2003), Jamal Salim and Jamal Mansour (July 2001).

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) also lost its secretary-general, Abu Ali Mustafa (Mustafa al-Zubri) in August 2001.

In April 2002, the Israeli army arrested Marwan Barghouti, a prominent Fatah leader, and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died during the second Intifada, on November 11, 2004, amid suspicions that he had been poisoned by Israeli agents.

Two years before his death, he was besieged by the Israeli army in his office in Ramallah.

Israel launched wide-scale military incursions during the Intifada in different West Bank and Gaza Strip cities, during which time thousands of homes belonging to Palestinians were destroyedand thousands of agricultural dunums bulldozed.

The second Intifada also witnessed Israel’s reoccupation of West Bank cities in 2002.

On the other hand, resistance fighters belonging to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine assassinated Israel’s Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze’evi in October 2001.

One of the most prominent events of the second Intifada was the execution of 11-year-old Palestinian child Mohammed al-Durra, two days after Sharon stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque. A video taken by a French television reporter showed scenes of the execution of the child, Al-Durra, who was hiding with his father behind a cement barrel on Salah al-Din Street, south of Gaza City.

Mohammed al-Durra and his father trying to hide from the Israeli bullets in Gaza

(Source / 30.09.2022)

Palestinians mourn 7-year-old boy died while being chased by Israeli forces near Bethlehem

Friends of 7-year-old Palestinian boy Rayan Suliman, who died while being chased by Israeli forces near Bethlehem, bid him a farewell on September 30, 2022

Bethlehem (QNN)- Hundreds of Palestinian mourners participated today in the funeral procession of a 7-year-old boy who died in the occupied West Bank on Thursday while being chased by Israeli forces.

The funeral procession took part in the village of Tuqa, southeast of Bethlehem, where the child Rayan Suliman died on Thursday after his heart stopped beating out of fear while being chased by Israeli occupation soldiers.

The child’s family members and friends were also able to bid him the last farewell.

The Palestinian education ministry said Suliman died while being chased by Israeli soldiers after he and other students left his school in the Bethlehem District.

Suliman’s father also said that his son was coming home from school with other childs when Israeli soldiers gave chase, and he “died on the spot from fear.”

The education ministry mourned the child as “a martyr” and called on the international community to “hold the occupation accountable for its crimes”.

One day before Suliman’s death, four Palestinian youths were assassinated by Israeli occupation forces during an aggressive raid on the Jenin refugee camp, north of Jenin city.

Since the beginning of 2022, more than 100 Palestinians have been killed in the occupied West Bank and more than 30 in Gaza by the Israeli occupation.

(Source / 30.09.2022)

Israeli Colonizers Invade Water Springs Area Near Hebron

On Friday, a group of illegal colonizers invaded the water springs area near the Al-Alqa village, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the colonizers, accompanied by many Israeli soldiers, invaded the springs area after the army isolated it to prevent the Palestinians from reaching it.

They added that the colonizers came to the area in cars and buses and were accompanied by several Israeli military jeeps.

In related news, the soldiers invaded the Al-Jawaya area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron, before confiscating a power generator and construction supplies owned by Mamdouh Da’ajna.

Fuad Al-Amour, the coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committees in Southern Hebron, said a paramilitary colonizer first invaded the area and took pictures before calling the soldiers.

(Source / 30.09.2022)

Thirty Administrative Detainees Continue Hunger Strike

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said thirty Palestinian detainees imprisoned by Israeli under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial are ongoing with a hunger strike their started six days earlier.

The PPS said many more detainees are planning to gradually join the strike, rejecting the illegal orders and demanding an end to this policy, denying them the right to face charges instead of being held under illegal orders based on an Israeli allegation of a “secret file” that neither the detainees nor their lawyers can see.

The PPS added that Israel confined the hunger striking detainees in four rooms at the Ofer Israeli prison and forced imprisoned lawyer and human rights defender Salah Hammouri, in solitary confinement in Hadarim prison, in addition to Ghassan Zawahra who is in solitary confinement at the Negev detention camp.

The Israeli Prison Authority has already started imposing sanctions and punitive measures against the hunger-striking detainees, including banning family visits, confiscating their belongings, forcing them into solitary confinement, and the constant transfers to prevent them from resting.

The PPS called for massive public solidarity with the detainees, demanding an end to the illegal policies keeping them held without charges, especially the repeatedly renewed orders, causing many to spend years in prison without charges or trial.

It said the current number of Administrative Detainees exceeded 780, including at least six children and two women. Most of them are held at the Negev Detention Camp and Ofer prison.

Israel issued more than 9500 Administrative Detention orders since 2015, including 1365 this year alone, 270 of them in August.

The PPS said that approximately %80 of the Administrative Detainees were previously abducted and imprisoned many times.

(Source / 30.09.2022)

Israeli Army Abducts Six Palestinians In Hebron

On Friday dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted six Palestinians in the southern part of the occupied West Bank in Hebron.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded a few neighborhoods in Hebron city, stormed and searched homes, and interrogated several Palestinians.

They added that the soldiers abducted Ghassan Abdul-Hafeth Maswada, 20, Rafat Qfeisha, Nader Abdul-Hafeth Qfeisha, and Ra’ad Hussein Abu Sneina.

The soldiers also invaded Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, searched a few homes, and abducted Bassel Breigheeth and Mohammad Yousef Awad.

In Tulkarem, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Kafr al-Lubbad town, east of the city, photographed archeological sites, and invaded a mosque nearby before photographing its interior.

Also, the soldiers shot two young men and abducted a teenage boy in the Al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, in the central part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 30.09.2022)

Soldiers Shoot Two Palestinians, Abduct One, Near Ramallah

On Friday dawn, Israeli soldiers shot two young men and abducted a teenage boy in the Al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, in the central part of the occupied West Bank.

Local sources said several army jeeps invaded the refugee camp before the soldiers fired live rounds at a Palestinian car, wounding two young men in the shoulder and the leg.

They added that the soldiers did not abduct the two wounded Palestinians and allowed a Palestinian ambulance to take them to a hospital in Ramallah.

Furthermore, the army abducted a teenage boy, Ahmad Ibrahim Nibali, 17, after the soldiers invaded his family’s home and searched it.

(Source / 30.09.2022)

After Killing Him On August 15, Army Transfers Corpse Of Slain Palestinian To Family

The Israeli army transferred, late Thursday night, the corpse of a Palestinian to his family for burial. The fatally shot Mohammad Ibrahim Shaham, 21, on August 15, from point-blank range in his home in the Kafr Aqab neighborhood, north of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Mohammad’s corpse was transferred to the Qalandia military roadblock north of occupied Jerusalem before it was handed to the family.

A Palestinian ambulance went to the roadblock after receiving the authorization from the army, while Shaham’s family and hundreds of Palestinians gathered on the other side, chanting against the escalating Israeli crimes and violations.

Shama’s corpse was then transferred to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah; the funeral is planned to be held Friday at the graveyard of the refugee camp.

The Israeli soldiers killed Mohammad, on August 15, after shooting him 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.

(Source / 30.09.2022)

Updated: Palestinian Child Dies From Heart Attack After Israeli Soldiers Chased Him In Bethlehem

Updated: The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that a child, only seven years of age, has died from a heart attack after Israeli soldiers chased the terrified child to his home, accusing him and his brother of throwing stones at them.

Initial reports indicated that the soldiers chased Rayyan Yasser Suleiman, 7, and many other schoolchildren when the army invaded Tuqu town, southeast of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, before he fell from an altitude and died.

However, further investigations and testimonies, including one of his teachers, revealed that the soldiers literally scared the child to death when many soldiers stormed and ransacked his family’s home to abduct his brother.

The Israeli army claimed the soldiers wanted “question the parents about a stone-throwing incident. However, it is not unusual for the Israeli occupation army to abduct and interrogate small children.

The Health Ministry said Palestinian medics rushed Rayyan to the Emergency Department of Beit Jala governmental hospital, but he had no heartbeats, and all efforts to save his life failed.

After the child’s death, many soldiers invaded his family’s home and ransacked it before interrogating his parents and other Palestinians.

Israeli soldiers have killed 35 Palestinian children, 19 in the West Bank and 16 in the Gaza Strip, since the beginning of this year, the Health Ministry stated.

Also Thursday, the soldiers invaded a Palestinian school in the southern area of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, before attacking and injuring many schoolchildren and teachers.

On Wednesday, the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed four Palestinians and injured forty-four, some seriously, in a massive invasion of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that a child, only seven years of age, has died from a heart attack after Israeli soldiers chased the terrified child to his home, accusing him of throwing stones at them.

Initial reports indicated that the soldiers chased Rayyan Yasser Suleiman, 7, and many schoolchildren when they invaded Tuqu town, southeast of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, before he fell from an altitude and died.

However, further investigations and testimonies, including one of his teachers, revealed that the soldiers literally scared the child to death when many soldiers stormed and ransacked his family’s home to abduct his brother.

His teacher said Rayyan had breakfast with the other children and had a normal school day until the school day was done and the children started heading back to their homes, especially since most of them walk to school back and forth every day as many villages and towns, including Tuqu, are relatively small.

Israeli soldiers are constantly deployed near schools in the town and several other areas in the occupied West Bank, in the mornings and the afternoons, an issue that frequently leads to protests,

The Israeli army claimed they wanted to arrest his brother, but it is not unusual for the Israeli occupation army to abduct and interrogate small children.

The Health Ministry said Palestinian medics rushed Rayyan to the Emergency Department of Beit Jala governmental hospital, but he had no heartbeats, and all efforts to save his life failed.

Initial reports were conflicted when the soldiers chased the child, causing him to fall from an altitude or if he had a heart attack. However, what is clear is that the soldiers literally scared the child to death when their invasion caused him, despite his very young age, to have a fatal heart attack.

After the child’s death, many soldiers invaded his family’s home and ransacked itn    before interrogating his parents and other Palestinians.

Israeli soldiers have killed 35 Palestinian children, 19 in the West Bank and 16 in the Gaza Strip, since the beginning of this year, the Health Ministry stated.

Also Thursday, the soldiers invaded a Palestinian school in the southern area of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, before attacking and injuring many schoolchildren and teachers.

On Wednesday, the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed four Palestinians and injured forty-four, some seriously, in a massive invasion of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 30.09.2022)

Child Killed After Falling From Altitude As Israel Soldiers Chased Him In Bethlehem

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that a child, only seven years of age, died after falling from a high altitude when Israeli soldiers chased him and many schoolchildren when Israeli soldiers invaded Tuqu town, southeast of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded the Khirbat ad-Deir area in Tuqu and chased many children while walking back to their homes.

The Health Ministry said the child has been identified as Rayyan Yasser Suleiman, 7, and added that Palestinian medics rushed him to the Emergency Department of Beit Jala governmental hospital, but he had no heartbeats, and all efforts to save his life failed.

After the child’s death, many soldiers invaded his family’s home and ransacked it, before interrogating his parents and other Palestinians.

Israeli soldiers have killed 35 Palestinian children, 19 in the West Bank and 16 in the Gaza Strip, since the beginning of this year, the Health Ministry stated.

Also Thursday, the soldiers invaded a Palestinian school in the southern area of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, before attacking and injuring many schoolchildren and teachers.

On Wednesday, the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed four Palestinians and injured forty-four, some seriously, in a massive invasion of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 29.09.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Schoolchildren, Teachers, In Hebron School

On Thursday, Israeli soldiers invaded a Palestinian school in the southern area of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, before attacking and injuring many schoolchildren and teachers.

Atef Al-Jamal, the general director of the Education Department in Hebron, said dozens of soldiers invaded the al-Hajiriya Middle School and attacked teachers and children in addition to spraying their faces with pepper spray.

The soldiers also detained and interrogated two schoolchildren after dragging them out of their classrooms but released them later.

Emad Tmeizi, the school’s Social Worker, said the soldiers also assaulted the father of one of the detained children, causing several injuries that required hospitalization.

In related news, the soldiers shot a child with live fire during protests east of the Al-Biereh city, in the central West Bank, before the medics rushed him to a hospital.

(Source / 29.09.2022)