Israel soldiers fire tear gas at Palestinian school in Nablus

Israeli forces in the West Bank on 25 November 2021

Israeli occupation forces opened fire at a Palestinian school in the village of Burin yesterday, in the Nablus district, reported Wafa news agency.

Students and staff were evacuated immediately following the Israeli attacks.

According to Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the Nablus district, occupation soldiers shot tear gas and concussion bombs inside the school. Dozens of students and staff suffered the after-effects of inhaling the gas.

Daghlas noted an increase in Israeli attacks against Palestinian educational institutions, particularly in the Nablus area.

Gunfire towards the schools is common, as is the obstruction of students’ access and intimidating deployment of heavy troop concentrations in the surrounding area.

The Palestinian Ministry of Education says the Israeli army previously carried out numerous attacks, with the deliberate and reckless use of force against schools and educational facilities across the West Bank in violation of international law and the students’ right to pursue an education in a safe environment.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967. Human rights abuses against Palestinians and breaches of international law are daily occurrences.

More than 600,000 Israelis live illegally in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. All of Israel’s settlements and outposts are illegal under international law.

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(Source / 16.09.2022)

Palestinians mark 40th anniversary of Sabra and Shatila massacre

A Palestinian woman passes by a sign marking the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut, Lebanon 

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- On Friday, Palestinians around the world marked the 40th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre which took place on September 16, 1982, in the Sabra and Shatila camps in Lebanon.

The massacre, committed against the camps’ residents, lasted for three days, 16-17-18 September, during which a large number of martyrs, including men, children, women and elderly unarmed civilians, mostly Palestinians, were savagely killed. Several Lebanese citizens also fell during the massacre, and the number of martyrs was estimated at between 3,500 and 5,000 of the 20,000 people who were living in Sabra and Shatila at the time of the massacre.

The massacre began after the Israeli army, led by the then Minister of War Ariel Sharon and Raphael Eitan, prevented media from reaching the area.

The “Young Men”, a gang recruited by Elie Hobeika (a prominent figure in the Phalanges as well as the Lebanese Forces intelligence chief and liaison officer with Mossad), from men who had been expelled from the Lebanese Forces for insubordination or criminal activities, used bladed and automatic weapons to liquidate the camp’s residents. Meanwhile, the mission of the Israeli army was to surround the camp and illuminate it at night with flares.

The Israeli occupation army and its collaborators surrounded the Sabra and Shatila camps. Hundreds of gunmen were taken down under the pretext of searching for Palestinian fighters.

The massacre was part of the Israeli exploitation of Lebanon’s civil war, aiming at murdering as much native Palestinians as possible and driving the rest of them away.

On 16 December 1982, the United Nations General Assembly condemned the massacre and declared it to be an act of genocide. The independent commission headed by Seán MacBride concluded that the Israeli occupation authorities or forces were responsible for the massacres. In 1983, Israel’s investigative Kahan Commission found that Ariel Sharon bore “personal responsibility” for the slaughter.

A recent report issued this June by Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth revealed, however, Israel’s direct responsibility for the Sabra and Shatila massacre carried out in collaboration with the Lebanese al-Kataeb militia, led by Bashir Gemayel.

The Kataeb Party, or the Lebanese Phalanges Party in English, is a Christian political party in Lebanon. Its militia was the largest and best organized political paramilitary force in Lebanon. It is estimated, when fully mobilized at the time of the massacre, the Phalange had 5,000 militiamen, of whom 2,000 were full-time.

At the time, the leader of the Kataeb Party was Bashir Gemayel, the president-elect of Lebanon and the leader of the Lebanese Forces, who was assassinated on September 14 that year when an explosion rocked the Party’s headquarters in the Achrafieh area of Beirut.

The Phalangists sought revenge, claiming that the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was responsible for Gemayel’s assassination.

According to the report, the military commanders in the Israeli occupation army and Kataeb held meetings to coordinate the massacre.

The Israeli daily said based on documents secured by Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman, former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin approved Sharon’s plan to attack the Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut.

The documents further revealed a coordination meeting between Kataeb officials and the Israeli commanders was held in Beirut two days after the massacre to mull the means of concealing the Israeli involvement.

(Source / 16.09.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct 31 Palestinians In West Bank

On Friday dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted at least thirty-one Palestinians, including twenty-three university students, in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

In Jenin, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Walid Malaysha from his home in Jaba’ town, south of the city.

The soldiers invaded the home to abduct Walid’s son, Morad, but took the father when they could not find his son.

In Silat al-Harithiya town, west of Jenin, the soldiers abducted Ali Mohammad Shawahna and his son Anas from their home.

In Beita town, south of Nablus in the northern part of the West Bank, the soldiers invaded and searched homes and abducted a young man, Mohsin Dweikat.

The soldiers also invaded the al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya town, south of Nablus, searched homes, and abducted a former political prisoner, Khaled Daraghma.

Also, several army vehicles invaded Azzoun town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, leading to protests.

Several Palestinians hurled Molotov cocktails and pipe bombs at the invading army jeeps in Azzoun.

In Tulkarem, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Saida town, northeast of the city, and searched homes.

Several army jeeps also invaded the az-Zarqa area between Beit Rima and Aboud, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, leading to protests.

Some protesters hurled Molotov cocktails at the armored Israeli military, causing one to catch fire.

The soldiers also invaded an area between az-Zarqa, Beit Rima, and Aboud and abducted twenty-three Birzeit University students camping there.

The abducted students are the student factions’ coordinator, Moath Batma, student factions’ secretary, Zeid Qaddoumi, Mohammad ‘Aasi, Majd Hajjaj, Amjad Salama, Mustafa Reyahi, Anan Safi, Aysar Safi, Moayyad Barqawi, Omar Badawi, Amro Kayed, Ahmad Abu Marouf, Ahmad al-Khawaja, Ahmad Sadaqa, Mohammad Barghouthi, Ayham Barghouthi, Majd Barghouthi, Anas Rimawi, Mohammad Mofeed Karaja, Qussai Bassil Karaja, Ibrahim Nibali, and Jarir Barghouthi.

Furthermore, several army jeeps invaded Kafr Ein village, northwest of Ramallah, leading protests.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers invaded Um al-Kheir, Zweidin, and ad-Deerat villages in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, and abducted Ibrahim Hathalin along with his sons Qassem and Abdul-Rahman.

(Source / 16.09.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eight Palestinians, Including Six Children, In Hebron And Jerusalem

On Thursday evening, Israeli soldiers abducted eight Palestinians, including six children, in Hebron and Jerusalem, in the occupied West bank.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers invaded an area near Ein ad-Dabla at the entrance of the al-Fawwar refugee camp, southwest of Hebron, and abducted three Palestinian children, identified as Yousef Azmi Ghatasha, Ayman Ghatasha, and Tawfiq Rami Wawi.

The soldiers took the abducted children to the fortified military tower at the main entrance of the refugee camp before moving them to an interrogation center.

The soldiers also assaulted and injured two young men near a military roadblock in the al-Thaheriyya town, south of Hebron, and abducted them.

Furthermore, the army invaded the Wad Aziz area in Ethna town, west of Hebron, and conducted military searches after closing several streets.

Also, the soldiers abducted three children, Mohammad Qous, Ja’far Bashiti, and Abdullah Hashlamoun, from the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

(Source / 16.09.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Four Schoolchildren In Jerusalem

On Thursday, Israeli soldiers caused four Palestinian schoolchildren to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation in the al-Isawiya town, east of the occupied capital Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Mohammad Abu al-Hummus, a local nonviolent activist and a member of the Parents Committees, said several army jeeps invaded the Obeid neighborhood in the town and were deployed near a local high school, where they also stormed and searched a home.

He added that the soldiers fired many gas bombs into the school’s yard, causing four children to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation before they were rushed to the local Al-Bustan Medical Center.

The soldiers also installed roadblocks in the area before stopping and searching many Palestinians, including schoolchildren.

Also, the soldiers abducted two young men, Baha’ Abu Tayeh and Ayman Abu Tayeh, from Silwan town in Jerusalem and moved them to the Al-Maskobiyya interrogation facility.

(Source / 16.09.2022)

One Colonizer Injured In Hebron Shooting

One Israeli colonizer of the illegal Carmel colony, built on stolen Palestinian lands in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, was injured in a shooting incident before the soldiers closed the entire area ad initiated a massive search campaign.

According to Israeli media sources, several shots were fired at a building and a vehicle driving just three kilometers outside Carmel colony before the shooter fired more rounds at a Yeshiva building in the colony.

They said one Israeli man, 20, was injured but was conscious and communicating with the Israeli medics before he was moved to Soroka Hospital.

After the shooting, the Israeli army initiated an investigation into the incident and advised the colonizers to shelter in place.

Israel soldiers fired live rounds at the shooter, who apparently managed to escape unharmed before the army deployed more troops, initiated massive searches in the area, and closed many roads in several surrounding Palestinian areas.

“We heard several gunshots before hearing loudspeakers in the colony advising the colonizers to remain in their homes,” Fuad Al-Amour, the coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committees in Southern Hebron Hills, said, “We then saw Israeli ambulances heading to the colony.”

In related news, the soldiers invaded Ethna town, west of Hebron, and violently searched the homes of Essam Taiseer Tmeizi, in addition to his father’s home and several surrounding homes, causing damage.

On Thursday dawn, Israeli military vehicles invaded Kafr Dan village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, leading to protests, before the soldiers shot and killed Odai Trad Hisham Salah, 17, and injured three Palestinians, one seriously.

On September 8, Haitham Hani Mubarak, 16, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers near the main entrance of Beitin village, northeast of Ramallah, in the central West Bank.

On September 7, the soldiers killed Younis Ghassan Tayeh, 21, in the al-Far’a refugee camp, south of Tubas, in the northeastern part of the occupied West Bank.

On September 6, the soldiers killed Mohammad Mousa Saba’na, 29, and injured at least nine Palestinians in the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

On September 5, the soldiers invaded Jenin city and Qabatia town, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, killed a young man, Taher Mohmmad Zakarna, 19, injured another, and abducted five.

On September 2, the soldiers killed Fadi Mohammad Fayez Ghattas, 19, after an alleged stabbing attack targeting soldiers, near Beit Einoun village junction, northeast of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

On September 1, the soldiers killed Yazan Naim Affana, 24, after shooting him with live fire while the army withdrew from Um ash-Sharayet neighborhood in Al-Biereh city after the army invaded the Al-Biereh city in the Ramallah and Al-Biereh governorate, in the central part of the occupied West Bank.

On the same day, the soldiers killed Mahmoud Suleiman Khaled, 25, in front of the main entrance of Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

On September 3, Mousa Haroun Abu Mahameed, 40, a Palestinian political prisoner held by Israel, died at an Israeli medical center.

(Source / 16.09.2022)

PCHR Condemns Killing of Palestinian Child and Imposition of Collective Punishment Measures in West Bank

The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR)Ref: 116/2022.  Date: 15 September 2022: This morning, a Palestinian child was killed, and 3 other Palestinians were wounded, including a child, by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) fire during the latter’s incursion into Kafr Dan village, west of Jenin in the West Bank.

Investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) into this crime and others similar confirm IOF’s loose shooting standards and excessive use of lethal armed force against Palestinians despite no imminent threat or danger posed to IOF’s lives.

Simultaneously, IOF imposed collective punishment measures on Kafr Dan’s residents in Jenin and closed 2 crossings, perpetuating the collective punishment policy after a shooting attack was carried out and resulted in the killing of an Israeli officer near al-Jalamah crossing in Jenin.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 03:30 on Thursday, 15 September 2022, IOF moved into Kafr Dan village, west of Jenin, and cordoned off the family houses of Ahmad and ‘Abdulrahman ‘Abed, who carried out the attack at al-Jalama checkpoint in northern Jenin on Wednesday, 14 September 2022 and killed an Israeli officer.

The soldiers raided the houses and took their measurements, seemingly in a prelude to demolish them later. Meanwhile, the 2 families were interrogated by Israeli occupation intelligence officers.

Moreover, the soldiers topped the roofs of the residential buildings near the 2 houses and took their positions while Palestinians threw stones and empty bottles at the IOF in the vicinity of the houses.

Clashes broke out and spread to the village neighborhoods, where IOF heavily opened fire at the protestors. As a result, 4 Palestinians, including 2 children, were wounded, and taken to the city hospitals.

One of the wounded was identified as ‘Uday Trad Hesham Salah (17), who was wounded with a live bullet to the head at around 06:00 when he was on one of the village’s streets that is about 300 meters away from where IOF were stationed. After arriving at Dr. Khaleel Soleiman Governmental Hospital, he was pronounced dead by the medical sources, who also reported the injury of another as very critical.

Before their withdrawal at 08:00, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians, who were also Ahmad ‘Abed’s cousins.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 121 Palestinians, including 86 civilians: 26 children, 8 women; 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settlers and the rest were activists; 15 of them were assassinated. Also, hundreds were injured, including women and children, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

On the other hand, as part of their collective punishment policy, on Wednesday afternoon, 14 September, IOF declared that following a shooting attack near al-Jalamah crossing in Jenin, it was decided to rescind all permits, including work permits, except for those for humanitarian cases in Kafr Dan, where the attacker set out from.  IOF also declared their decision to close completely al-Jalama and Salem crossings until further notice.

PCHR reiterates its call upon the international community to take immediate action to end Israeli occupation’s crimes and double standards when it comes to international law.

PCHR also urges the ICC Prosecutor in particular to act seriously with regard to the situation in Palestine.  PCHR also demands the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention fulfil their obligations as per Common Article 1 of the Convention, “undertake to respect and to ensure respect for the present Convention in all circumstances.”

PCHR also calls upon the High Contracting Parties to uphold their commitment Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

These grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions regarding the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

(Source / 16.09.2022)