Calls to protect Palestinian journalists from Israeli violations

Muslim and Christian demonstrators gather to protest held at the Saint Porphyrius Church in Gaza City, Gaza on May 15, 2022, upon the call of the Palestinian Journalists’ Union and the Council of Representatives of the Arab Orthodox Church for reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, who died as a result of fire opened by Israeli soldiers during a raid in the Jenin refugee camp

Human rights organisations have today demanded protection for journalists from “Israeli violations” in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The call came as part of events to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian Journalist.

Rawhi Fattouh, head of the Palestinian National Council, said in a press statement, that “journalists in the homeland and in the diaspora have sacrificed dozens of martyrs, wounded and prisoners in their path of giving for the sake of honest words and siding with the just cause of their people.”

He denounced “the occupation forces’ targeting of media institutions, the assassination or injury of dozens of journalists with intent to kill, and their arrest, the last of whom is the truthful martyr [Al-Jazeera correspondent who was killed last May], Shireen Abu Akleh.”

“We believe in the power of word, image and freedom of expression, and we also believe in the power of mass struggle and popular resistance in the face of the racist occupier.”

For its part, Hamas called for “strengthening solidarity with Palestinian journalists and media institutions and providing them with protection and support.”

Izzat Al-Rishq, head of the movement’s media office, said: “Israel disregards international laws that protect journalists, and commits crimes against humanity, which will not succeed in concealing the truth and gagging.”

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He added, “The persecution, harassment and terrorism practiced against Palestinian media institutions, their closure, destruction and the repeated attempts to combat Palestinian content on social media, are a biased policy adopted by the occupation that serves its racist agenda and contributes to misleading the global public opinion.”

Al-Rishq called “to unify media efforts among all Palestinian, Arab, Islamic and international press and media institutions to serve the Palestinian cause.”

The Information Office in the Gaza Strip said that Israel is committing various forms of violations against Palestinian journalists.

“These violations range from the direct targeting or arrest to prevention of coverage, and ban on travel and movement, in addition to restrictive measures and storming the homes of journalists, especially in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem.”

It noted that more than ten media offices were damaged in August when the Israeli occupation army “targeted a tower in the Rimal neighbourhood of Gaza City, with four missiles.”

The office recorded more than 173 cases of violations by social networking sites and the Israeli occupation in the context of combating Palestinian content.

It called on “human rights organisations and those that defend media freedoms to expose the systematic violations Israel commits against Palestinian journalists, and to provide them with full protection.”

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In turn, the Beirut-based Arab Journalists Support Committee called on the International Criminal Court to hold the occupation accountable for its crimes against Palestinian journalists.

In its statement, the committee said that the Israeli occupation has committed 513 violations against Palestinian journalists since the start of the year, including the killing of Abu Akleh and journalist Ghufran Warasna in the West Bank.

It added that “160 journalists have been injured by live, rubber and sponge bullets, poisonous gas bombs, pepper spray and sound bombs, since the beginning of this year.”

According to the statement, the committee observed about “61 cases of arrest, detention, summons, bans from Al-Aqsa Mosque, and house arrest against journalists, as well as 30 cases of extension and postponement of arrest and issuing new sentences for detained journalists.”

The committee called for “launching a local, Arab and international campaign to expose the occupation’s practices against journalists, and to intensify monitoring and documentation of crimes in order to prepare a complete case to file complaints before international courts in order to punish those responsible.”

(Source / 26.09.2022)

8 homeless as Israel forces Jerusalemite to demolish his home

Israeli diggers demolish Palestinian family’s home in East Jerusalem on August 03, 2022

Israeli occupation authorities forced a Jerusalemite to demolish his own home, leaving his family of eight homeless.

Local sources reported that Fareed Jaber started to demolish his home near the Old City’s Bab Al-Asbat, to avoid the heavy fines imposed by the occupation authorities. He was ordered to level the property as it did not have the impossible to obtain building permits required.

The occupation municipality imposes strict conditions and high fees on Palestinian Jerusalemites seeking to obtain permits, the approval of which can take years. Many are compelled to build without as their families grow.

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(Source / 26.09.2022)

Fatah calls for mobilisation to defend Al-Aqsa from settlers

Fanatic Jewish settlers stormed Al-Aqsa mosque compound accompanying with Israeli riot police within the Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year in Jerusalem on September 26, 2022

Fatah yesterday called on the Palestinians to mobilise and confront extremist right-wing Jewish groups who will storm Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Jewish holidays.

Describing the incursions of extremist Jewish groups and settlers as “part of attempts to Judaise the Holy City,” Fatah stressed: “Tthe Al-Aqsa Mosque and its courtyards are the exclusive right of the Palestinians.”

The so-called Temple Mount groups, who seek to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque and replace it with a Jewish temple, are preparing for large-scale incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque to coincide with the Jewish holiday season, which began yesterday and will continue until October.

Israeli extremist settlers storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque almost daily in an attempt to temporally and spatially divide it.

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(Source / 26.09.2022)

West Bank: charred body of Palestinian man found in Qalqiliya

Israeli forces in Ramallah, West Bank on March 15, 2019 

A murder investigation is underway after the charred body of a young Palestinian male, believed to be in his twenties, was found in Qalqiliya in the northern West Bank this morning. According to the officers who found the body, there were bullet wounds and signs of severe torture on the corpse, which has been taken to the Institute of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy to be carried out.

Arab48 reported police spokesman Louay Irzeigat as saying that the Public Prosecution has started its investigation into the circumstances of the incident. A report apparently reached the police that shooting was heard in a mountainous area between the towns of Kafr Laqif and Hajjah, east of Qalqiliya.

This came after at least 11 Palestinians were injured on Friday when Israeli forces opened fire to disperse an anti-settlement rally in the city, reported Anadolu. Israel has built 164 settlements and 116 so-called settlement “outposts” in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. Around 650,000 settlers live in the settlements, all of which are illegal under international law.

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(Source / 26.09.2022)

‘Israel’ forces Palestinian to self-demolish own house in occupied Jerusalem

 Jerusalemite family of Fareed Jaber self-demolishes its own house on September 25, 2022

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation authorities on Sunday forced a Palestinian family to self-demolish its own house, under the pretext of building without a permit, near Al-Aqsa Mosque’s Lion’s Gate in occupied Jerusalem.

At the order of the Israeli occupation municipality, the Jerusalemite family of Fareed Jaber, which consists of eight members, self-demolished, this morning, its own house near the Lion’s Gate to avoid paying an additional exorbitant fine for the demolition costs to the Israeli municipality (the staff and the police) if it carries out the demolition itself.

Using the pretext of illegal building, ‘Israel’ demolishes houses and structures on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.

At the same time, the Israeli occupation municipality and the occupation government built tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in occupied Jerusalem for Jews with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favour of the Israeli settlers in the occupied city.

‘Israel’ has been moving settlers into the occupied Jerusalem neighbourhoods since the 1980s. This has resulted in numerous human rights violations, including the forced displacement of Palestinian residents and house demolitions.

Hundreds of Palestinian families are being threatened with forced displacement and house demolitions by illegal settler groups, fully supported by the Israeli occupation government.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including the eastern part of occupied Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

In 2021, the Israeli forces demolished approximately 950 Palestinian-owned structures in the occupied West Bank and occupied Jerusalem, according to statistics by the Land Research Centre.

Last month, Israeli occupation demolished 35 Palestinian-owned structures in occupied Jerusalem, according to Al-Qastal, a Palestinian network hub for Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 26.09.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Open Fire At Farmlands In Southern Gaza

On Monday morning, Israeli soldiers fired many live rounds at Palestinian farmlands east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Media sources said the soldiers, stationed across the fence east of Khan Younis, fired the live rounds into Palestinian lands in the Al-Fakhari town.

They added that the attack did not lead to casualties; however, the Palestinian farmers could not enter their lead, fearing further Israeli violations and escalation.

On Saturday, Israeli navy ships fired many live rounds, gas bombs, and flares at Palestinian fishing boats in northern Gaza, while Israeli soldiers fired many live rounds at a stone factory in central Gaza.

On the same day, Israeli navy ships fired many live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats near the shore of the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

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 / 26.09.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Three Palestinians, Abduct Five, In Al-Aqsa

On Monday morning, Israeli soldiers injured three Palestinians and abducted five others after dozens of soldiers and illegal colonizers invaded the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

The Department of Waqa and Islamic Endowment said hundreds of colonizers, accompanied by dozens of soldiers and police officers, invaded the courtyard of the holy site through the Al-Magharba Gate in several groups, each consisting of about fifty colonizers.

The department added that the soldiers detained many Palestinians and prevented hundreds from entering the holy site, in addition to assaulting the Palestinians inside the holy site and its courtyards, before forcing them to leave.

Medical sources said at least three Palestinians were injured before the soldiers abducted five others.

Before the invasion, the soldiers and police officers were deployed in all streets and alleys of the Old City, especially at gates leading to Al-Aqsa.

he soldiers also stopped Palestinian journalists and threatened to abduct them before barring them from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards.

(Source / 26.09.2022)