Israel Court releases Imam detained over anti-occupation activism; now under restrictive conditions

Sheikh Yousef Al-Baz 

The Israeli Supreme Court approved, on Thursday, the appeal filed by the defence committee for Palestinian citizen of Israel, Sheikh Yousef Al-Baz, 64, from the city of Lod and ordered to place him under restrictive conditions.

The Supreme Court returned Al-Baz’s case file to the Israeli District Court in Lod to determine the conditions for his release by electronic registration.

On 10 August, the Lod District Court extended Sheikh Al-Baz’s detention until the completion of judicial procedures against him.

Al-Baz was detained on 17 June over claims of incitement on social media, referring to his posts published during the Israeli offensive on Gaza in May last year, when thousands of Palestinians in Israel took to the streets in solidarity with the besieged enclave.

“I suggest that you stop your bullies, because your provocation will take us back [to the streets] and you will pay the price for these actions,” Al-Baz wrote on Facebook, allegedly addressing Lod (Lydd) Deputy Mayor, Yossi Harush, after the violent Israeli crackdown on the city’s residents.

READ: Israel charges imam with incitement over anti-occupation activism

“And, as for the war you are threatening us with, Yossi Harush, we promise you that we will easily give up our souls in order to teach you to stop your bullying,” he continued.

Footage of Al-Baz addressing Palestinian citizens of Israel accusing Israeli Police of carrying out “dozens of incidents of slaughter” and vowing that Israel will “exit the land” before the Palestinians do, were also referenced.

Al-Baz served as Imam of the Al Omari Great Mosque in Lod from 1991 to 2018, and still delivers speeches in the mosque and other mosques across Israel.

Commenting on his posts, the 62-year-old said: “That’s my Facebook. I am responsible for it and I stand behind every word that I posted,” stressing that criticising the Israeli occupation is “not incitement”.

According to Israeli media, he was not arrested during the protest in May because of fear that this would have fuelled unrest on the streets.

(Source / 24.09.2022)

PA condemns Israel’s ‘execution’ of Palestine youth in Jerusalem

Israeli police intervene in the funeral procession for a Palestinian youth Walid Sharif, killed by Israeli forces during a raid on Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem on May 16, 2022

The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Friday condemned Israel’s “execution” of Palestinian youth Mohammad Usama Abu Jomaa in Jerusalem and for detaining his body, Al Watan Voice reported.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, the PA announced: “The Israeli occupation forces opened fire at Abu Jomaa without any reason, leaving him dead immediately.”

According to the PA, the Israeli occupation also detained Abu Jomaa’s body and has not yet released the autopsy results.

According to the statement, the PA said the “execution” of the Palestinian youth: “Is part of the daily killings of Palestinians under the instruction of the Israeli political level.”

The PA attributed full responsibility for “committing this crime” to the Israeli occupation government and called on the international community to afford protection for Palestinians.
Concluding the statement, the PA urged the International Criminal Court to: “Immediately start investigating crimes committed by the Israeli occupation and its settlers against Palestinians.”

READ: Israeli forces injure 11 Palestinians in anti-settlement rally

(Source / 24.09.2022)

Abbas ‘dares’ US to prosecute Shireen Abu Akleh killers

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gives a speech in Ankara, Turkiye on August 23, 2022 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of killing Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and urged the US to prosecute her killers.

Abbas announced before the United Nations (UN) General Assembly that Israel is killing the Palestinian people without accountability, as it did with Shireen Abu Akleh: “Who was killed by a sniper’s bullet intended to kill her, and Israel admitted that the sniper did indeed kill her.”

He added that Abu Akleh holds American citizenship in addition to her Palestinian nationality and urged: “I dare the US to punish, hold accountable or prosecute the killers who killed her. Why? Because they are Israelis.”

Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli bullets on 11 May while covering an Israeli military operation in Jenin camp in the northern occupied West Bank.

For the first time, the Israeli occupation army admitted this month that there is a “high possibility” that one of its soldiers killed the Palestinian journalist in May.

Abu Akleh was wearing a bulletproof vest with the word “press” emblazoned across it and a protective helmet when a bullet hit her.

READ: Poll: 74% of Palestinians do not want Abbas as president

(Source / 24.09.2022)

Palestinians wounded in Israel’s attacks across occupied West Bank

Israeli security forces run towards Palestinian demonstrators during clashes following a protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum in the occupied West Bank near the Jewish settlement of Kedumim, on September 23, 2022

Palestinian medical sources reported that at least 50 Palestinians, including 11 children, were wounded in Israeli attacks on Palestinians across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Israelis attacked Palestinians as they organised their weekly anti-settlement protests in Qalqilia, Kafr Qadoum and Beit Dajan.

According to the sources, the Israeli occupation forces dispersed the protests using live ammunition and tear gas canisters.

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation forces opened fire at Palestinian worshippers in the vicinity of Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem’s Old City, as well as in the villages near Ramallah.

The medical sources said that most of the wounded suffered gas inhalation and were treated in the field.

At the same time, tens of Israeli settlers gathered near the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque and provoked Muslim worshippers as they performed Talmudic rituals under the full protection of the Israeli occupation forces.

READ: Israeli forces injure 11 Palestinians in anti-settlement rally

(Source / 24.09.2022)

UN experts slam UK’s repeated plan to move British embassy in ‘Israel’ to occupied Jerusalem

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Two United Nations experts have strongly slammed UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’s suggestion that she is considering moving the British embassy in ‘Israel’ from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem, stressing they see “no valid reason why a similar move by the United Kingdom now needs to be ‘reviewed’.”

Truss told Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid she is weighing the relocation of the UK’s Israel embassy during a meeting at the United Nations summit in New York City on Wednesday, The Telegraph reported, a decision that would follow former US President Donald Trump’s provocative move.

An unnamed UK government spokeswoman said Truss informed Lapid “about her review of the current location of the British Embassy in Israel,” according to news reports.

In response, Lapid tweeted on Thursday his thanks to the British leader for considering the move. “We will continue to strengthen the partnership between the countries,” he said.

In 2017, former US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the U.S. Embassy to the occupied Jerusalem in May 2018, prompting criticism from the Palestinians, most Muslim-majority countries, and many states in Europe, as they concerned that it would undermine prospects for a two-state solution to the so-called “Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

The UK prime minister at the time, Theresa May, criticized Trump’s move. Truss, however, told the UK’s Conservative Friends of Israel last month, before she became prime minister, that she would review the UK’s decision to remain in Tel Aviv if she became the British leader.

“I understand the importance and sensitivity of the location of the British Embassy in Israel. I’ve had many conversations with my good friend Prime Minister Yair Lapid on this topic,” she said.

In a three-page footnoted letter sent to UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly on Tuesday, Michael Lynk, who served as UN special rapporteur focused on human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 until May, and Ardi Imseis, who worked for 12 years at the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), have condemned Truss’s suggestion, saying “no doubt Prime Minister Liz Truss will ask you to take charge of the view she promised to the Conservative Friends of Israel.”

“We write, as friends of the United Kingdom to say that there is nothing to review: the British Embassy should stay in Tel Aviv unless and until there is a comprehensive peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians with Jerusalem as the shared capital of the two states.”

The United Kingdom, they write, has long supported international law and UN Security Council resolutions which have established that Israel is prohibited from asserting claims of sovereignty over any part of the Palestinian territories it occupies.

Elsewhere in the world, they note that the UK has endorsed the principle that states cannot annex conquered territory, including in relation to Russia’s illegal invasion and occupation of Crimea and Ukraine.

“We see no valid reason why a similar move by the United Kingdom now needs to be ‘reviewed’. Doing so would not be consistent with the United Kingdom’s public assertion that it stands firm on respect for international law,” they write.

(Source / 24.09.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Four Children In Jerusalem And Nablus

On Friday afternoon, Israeli soldiers abducted four Palestinian children in Jerusalem and Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted two Palestinian children while leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque following noon prayers in the holy site and took them to an interrogation facility.

They added that the soldiers also invaded the At-Tour town, east of Jerusalem, leading to protests, before abducting a child.

In Nablus, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Deir Al-Hatab town, east of the city, and abducted one child.

Local sources said the child was abducted after the soldiers invaded a shop his family owns in the town.

(Source / 24.09.2022)

Patients Injured After Israeli Soldiers Fire Gas Bomb At Hospital Emergency

On Friday, many Palestinian patients and staffers were injured after Israeli soldiers fired a gas bomb at the Emergency Unit of a hospital in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the soldiers fired a gas bomb that struck the entrance of the Emergency Unit at the Hebron governmental hospital, causing many patients and staffers to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

It added that the soldiers deliberately fired the gas bomb into the hospital, especially since there were no protests in the area.

The Ministry denounced the ongoing Israeli violations and escalation and called on the International Community to intervene.

(Source / 24.09.2022)