Detained Siblings Continue Hunger Strike For 27th Day

On Saturday, the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee reported that two siblings imprisoned by Israel under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial continue a hunger strike they started 27 days earlier.

The Committee stated that the imprisoned siblings, Ahmad, 44, and his brother Adal Mousa, 34, from the Al-Khader town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, started the hunger strike one day after the soldiers abducted them on August 7th, 2022.

Hasan Abed-Rabbo, the Committee’s spokesperson, said Ahmad Mousa has serious heart and kidney conditions and was moved to Kaplan Israeli medical center this past Thursday, where he underwent some tests and was moved Friday to the infamous Ramla prison clinic that lacks specialists and basic supplies.

The two detained siblings are also former political prisoners, and in the year 2019, Ahmad held a hunger strike for 31 days, protesting being held under Administrative Detention orders, and suffered a stroke that impacted his arm and leg. At the time, he ended the strike after reaching an agreement for his release.

He also has a heart condition and previously underwent open heart surgery and other surgeries before he was abducted and imprisoned by the Israeli occupation army. Ahmad is also a married father of seven children.

His brother Adal, a married father of two children, was imprisoned by Israel for seven years, including five years of continued imprisonment.

Also Saturday, Palestinian sources confirmed that a Palestinian political prisoner, Mousa Haroun Abu Mahameed, 40, held by Israel has died at the Assaf Harofeh Israeli medical center.

(Source / 03.09.2022)

Shireen Abu Akleh Honored by US National Press Club

Family members of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed by Israeli forces in May, were invited to the National Press Club in Washington DC on Wednesday August 31  to accept the 2022 President’s Award given posthumously to Shireen.

At the event, Shireen’s family members spoke, demanding that the US government take action against the Israeli government for assassinating Abu Akleh, who was a US citizen. 24 US Senators recently requested a US investigation of her assassination, and Representative Andre Carson recently introduced a bill in the US Congress calling for Justice for Shireen.

Shireen Abu Akleh was shot in the head with an exploding bullet by Israeli soldiers while working as a journalist for the internationally-renowned news agency Al Jazeera in Jenin, in the northern West Bank, in May. A United Nations investigation found definitively (despite Israeli claims to the contrary) that she was killed by Israeli soldiers, and “found no information suggesting that there was activity by armed Palestinians” anywhere near where Abu Akleh and other journalists were located.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has documented at least 19 cases of journalists killed since 1992 in relation to their work in Israel and the Palestinian territories. In nearly all cases, the suspected source of gunfire is the Israeli military.

The National Press Club event was held on the same day that the Palestinian Journalists’ Support Committee released its monthly report on the state of press freedom in August 2022. The Committee documented more than 119 violations against journalists, including 66 Israeli violations, and 7 violations by Palestinian internal parties. The Committee also documented 56 cases of violations by social media companies engaged in censoring reports of Israeli violations and crimes committed against the Palestinian people.

The 66 violations of press freedom by Israeli forces in August 2022 alone included the abduction of 4 journalists: Nidal Abu Aker, Mahmoud Abu Al-Hassan, Ibrahim Abu Safiya, Dina Jaradat, all of whom are still imprisoned. The Israeli military also detained 5 journalists, namely Mohammad Asho, Ahmad Al-Garabli, Raja’i Al-Khatib, Ayman Qawariq, and a number of journalists who were detained at a checkpoint near the village of Masafer Yatta.

In her statement at the event, Lina Abu Akleh, Shireen’s niece, pointed out that in the four months since her aunt was killed there has been “no accountability and no action from the U.S. administration. This is the U.S. administration’s role — to take on this case. We didn’t have the opportunity to even grieve as a family. We couldn’t mourn our dear aunt because we had to continuously call for accountability, for justice.”

National Press Club president Jen Judson pointed out in her statement that Abu Akleh was killed while wearing a vest marked PRESS. The following is the statement from the National Press Club about their decision to honor Shireen with the 2022 President’s Award.

“Our hearts go out to Shireen’s family and colleagues. Her tragic death while covering a military action in Jenin was deeply felt across the entire global journalism community. She was a highly accomplished professional and veteran broadcaster with a wide following among Al Jazeera viewers. She was also an American citizen, and we feel her loss deeply here in the United States and at the National Press Club. While questions remain about the circumstances of her shooting, based on multiple investigations it is now understood that the fatal bullet was fired from an area controlled by [Israeli] forces where no Palestinians were present. At the time no crossfire was occurring in or around the area where Shireen and her colleagues were working, leading to the conclusion that [Israeli] forces were not engaged in the return of fire.

“When Shireen left for work May 11, she donned a helmet and bullet proof vest marked PRESS but that was not all she brought to protect her. She traveled with the experience gained working regularly and over many years in the West Bank. She knew where to stand and where not to stand. She knew how to behave to survive in that very dangerous environment. Her instincts were acute. She was careful. For years her life had depended on that.

“At the time of Shireen’s death, we called for a fair and independent investigation to determine what happened. Fully understanding these events can help encourage greater safety for all journalists working in the West Bank and across the world. We see a complete investigation as part of Shireen’s legacy and in the interest of everyone who benefits from the safety of journalists and a free press. We are for peace and justice and we recognize the acute suffering of many families — both Palestinian and Israeli — from these troubles. We are for safer conditions for all journalists who cover conflict. And we do admit we pay particular attention to the safety of American journalists wherever they work.

“We hope that a complete investigation will provide a degree of justice for Shireen and her family and improved respect and safety for all journalists working in the West Bank and other conflict areas. We honor Shireen with The President’s Award for her life’s work and with the hope that her death will help create a legacy that makes her colleagues safer now and in the future. And we remain committed to efforts that help push for complete and thorough investigation.”

The President’s award is given at the discretion of the President of the National Press Club. Past recipients of the President’s Award include: Richard C. Hottelet of CBS News, who was captured and held behind German lines in World War II, and Brian Lamb, the founder of C-SPAN.

(Source / 03.09.2022)

Palestinian Detainee Dies At An Israeli Hospital

On Saturday, Palestinian sources confirmed that a Palestinian political prisoner held by Israel has died at an Israeli medical center.

The sources said Mousa Haroun Abu Mahameed, 40, died at the Assaf Harofeh Israeli medical center.

Two days before his death, his family from Beit Ta’mar village, east of Bethlehem, held Israel responsible for the sharp and sudden health deterioration which eventually led to his death.

His father, Haron, said he was surprised to be informed by the International Committee of the Red Cross that his son, who was healthy when he was taken prisoner, was not in prison when he tried to apply for a permit to visit with him, an issue that was of great concern to the family before it contacted human rights groups.

Haron added that he was later informed that his son was admitted to the Assaf Harofeh Israeli medical center.

Mousa had a psychological condition and received treatment prior to being abducted, but was otherwise healthy, not suffering from any health condition or diseases.

When the father was finally able to head to the hospital on Wednesday, August 21, 2022, the doctors told him that his son was in a critical condition and that he was admitted on August 7, but neither the family nor the Red Cross or any other group were informed.

The Israeli soldiers abducted Mousa in June of 2021 while crossing a military roadblock heading to his work in Jerusalem.

The army said Mousa was taken prisoner because he had no permit to enter or work in occupied Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) held Israel responsible for Abu Mahameed’s death, adding that Israel has escalated its violations against the Palestinian workers since the beginning of this year, not only by assaulting and abducting them, but also by opening fire at them at crossing points and military roadblocks.

Israeli soldiers abducted more than 2140 Palestinians since the beginning of this year, 2022, including more than 450 Palestinians, among them many children, who were abducted on April 15 in the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Also, there are more than 600 ailing Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, among them 200 with chronic conditions and 22 who have cancer and tumors, including Nasser Abu Hmeid, who is in a serious condition due to lung cancer.

It is worth mentioning that Israel still holds the corpses of 357 Palestinians, including 106 who were killed after 2015, and continues to refuse them to their families and 256 buried in the so-called “Numbers Graveyards.”

(Source / 03.09.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Near Jenin

On Friday night, Israeli soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man near Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted Mohammad Adnan Kamil while crossing the Dotan military roadblock installed on Palestinian lands in Ya’bad town, west of Jenin.

The soldiers also stopped and searched many Palestinian cars at the roadblock and interrogated the Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In Nablus, in the northern West Bank, Palestinian fighters exchanged fire with Israeli soldiers in a military base in Jirzim Mountain.

Fadi Mohammad Ghattas

Also Friday, the soldiers killed Fadi Mohammad Fayez Ghattas, 19, near Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank.

In addition, the soldiers injured many Palestinians during a nonviolent procession near Hebron.

In occupied Jerusalem, illegal Israeli colonizers assaulted and injured a Palestinian man, Nidal Nastsha, in Silwan town.

Also, Israeli soldiers and illegal colonizers attacked a nonviolent procession in Nabi Samuel village, northwest of Jerusalem.

In addition, the soldiers attacked the weekly procession against the illegal colonies in Beita town, east of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, wounding many Palestinians.

The soldiers also injured dozens of Palestinians during the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, in the northern part of the West Bank.

(Source / 03.09.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Near Hebron

On Friday, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a young Palestinian man, after an alleged stabbing attack targeting soldiers, near Beit Einoun village junction, northeast of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

The young man was shot with live fire before the soldiers closed the entire area and prevented Palestinian medics from approaching him while he bled before moving him to a hospital in occupied Jerusalem, where he was pronounced dead.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers fired several live rounds at the young man from a close range, even after he fell to the ground.

They added that the soldiers also fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at Palestinians who tried to reach him.

The soldiers then called for an Israeli ambulance that arrived later while he continued to bleed and moved the Palestinian, Fadi Mohammad Fayez Ghattas, 19, to a hospital in occupied Jerusalem, where he was officially pronounced dead.

It is worth mentioning that Fadi is from the Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem city, in the West Bank.

The Israeli occupation army claimed the young stabbed and moderately injured a soldier near Kiryat Arba’ colony before another soldier opened fire and “neutralized him.”

Israeli Paramedics and army medical personnel provided treatment to the wounded soldiers before moving him to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. They said the soldier was fully conscious.

The army alleged that, according to its initial investigation, Fadi got out of a car and walked towards the soldiers before approaching one of them and stabbing him in the neck.

After the fatal shooting, dozens of Palestinians marched in the area, chanting against the illegal Israeli occupation, its colonies, and escalating Israeli violations.

(Source / 03.09.2022)

Israeli Colonizers Assault A Palestinian In Jerusalem

On Friday, illegal Israeli colonizers assaulted and injured a Palestinian man in occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) said the colonizers attacked Nidal Nastsha while walking in his hometown, Silwan, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied capital.

Silwanic added that the young Palestinian man suffered various cuts and bruises, mainly to the upper body, especially his head and left arm, after a colonizer struck him with an iron bar.

The wounded man said he called the police, but they never arrived, before Palestinian medics rushed to the scene and moved him to a hospital in Jerusalem.

“The colonizers attacked me, one of them struck me with an iron bar to the head,” Nidal said, “The police is not coming over, nobody is…”

(Source / 03.09.2022)

Israeli Soldiers, Colonizers, Attack Nonviolent Procession Near Jerusalem

On Friday, Israeli soldiers and illegal colonizers attacked a nonviolent procession in Nabi Samuel village, northwest of the occupied capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank, and abducted four Palestinians.

The residents marched carrying Palestinian flags and calling for ending the Israeli siege on the village of 300 inhabitants.

The procession was held before the permanent Israeli military roadblock before the soldiers assaulted them and used loudspeakers threatening to use more force if the nonviolent protesters did not leave.

Illegal Israeli colonizers, led by the leader of the fanatic right-wing Otzma Yehudit party, Itamar Ben-Gvir, also attacked the nonviolent protests in front of the soldiers.

The army also abducted four Palestinians, including a member of Fateh’s revolutionary council in occupied Jerusalem, Ahed Resheq.

It is worth mentioning that Ben-Gvir led a large group of illegal colonies in their provocative march and tried to invade the village before the Palestinians intercepted their attack.

The Palestinians in Nabi Samuel started holding weekly procession two months earlier, protesting the illegal Israeli policies, especially the siege and severe restrictions on them, affecting their daily lives and denying them the Freedom of Movement, in addition to barring them from entering their lands.

The village has one mosque that has been subject to frequent attacks, including when it was burnt, surrounded by barbed wires and surveillance cameras, and the destruction of its loudspeakers.

The Israeli soldiers and the colonizers also closed the second floor of the mosque and stopped work on its third floor, as Israel and its colonizers are trying to occupy it and turn it into an archaeological site and a National Garden for the Israelis.

In related news, Israeli colonizers installed two tents on Palestinian lands outside the Al-Auja village, near Jericho in the northeastern West Bank.

The colonizers also harassed many Palestinians touring the area and forced them to leave.

(Source / 03.09.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Dozens Of Palestinians Near Nablus

On Friday, Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly procession against the illegal colonies in Beita town, east of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinians marched on their lands carrying Palestinian flags, chanting for liberation and independence and ending Israel’s illegal colonialist activities on stolen lands.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said the soldiers attacked the Palestinians with a barrage of rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

The PRCS added that its medics provided the needed treatment to 39 Palestinians without the need for hospitalization.

Some of the wounded were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, but most suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, cuts, and bruises.

The PRCS said some of its medics also suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation after the soldiers targeted them with gas bombs.

The Palestinians have been holding ongoing processions on their lands in Sbeih Mountain in Beita, and in Beit Dajan, 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 occupy it, the colony will 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 / 03.09.2022)

Israeli Army Injures Dozens Of Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum

On Friday, Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, wounding dozens of Palestinians.

The Palestinians marched in the village and headed to its blockaded main entrance before the soldiers attacked them with rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

Many Palestinian youngsters responded by throwing stones at the soldiers and burning tires, while the army also attempted to ambush and abduct several Palestinians.

Media sources said the soldiers shot seven Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

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 / 03.09.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians In Jerusalem

On Friday evening, Israeli soldiers abducted two Palestinians, including a former political prisoner, in occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, Odai Abu Sa’ad, at the Shu’fat military roadblock northeast of Jerusalem.

They added that the soldiers also abducted another young man, Mohammad Ateeq, in the al-Wad Street area in Jerusalem’s Old City.

It is worth mentioning that Ateeq is a former political prisoner who was only released from Israeli prison two days earlier.

(Source / 03.09.2022)