Israeli ‘Combatants for Peace’ Join Palestinians in Olive Harvest

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Israeli and Palestinian Combatants for Peace activists, as part of the movement’s olive harvest campaign, joined Palestinian farmer Muhammad Adwan, from the village of Azzun in the northern West Bank, on Friday to help him pick his olive trees on his land in the Al-Salamah area adjacent to the Ma’ale Shimron settlement.“With the beginning of each harvest season, Israeli settlers assault us and prevent us from harvesting,” Mohammad said. “A year ago, the settlers and the Israeli occupation soldiers shot at my son and held us for hours. I feel joy and relief that Combatants for Peace activists are with us here today to help us pick the olives. “Activists also took the opportunity to send a message of solidarity with political detainee Maher Al-Akhras, who has been on hunger strike for 90 days. His hunger strike is in protest of his so-called ‘administrative detention’, in which he is held without charges by Israeli authorities for months on end. Activists hung pictures of Maher on olive trees.During the olive harvest season, Israeli occupation soldiers and settlers step up the frequency of attacks targeting Palestinian farmers and their olive trees. Attacks such as burning trees and preventing the owners of land from accessing their olive groves are commonplace during the month of October each year — a critical window of time during which the olive harvest must be completed. Many Palestinian families depend on the olive harvest for their annual income, as olive oil is a major part of the Palestinian economy.“We are here today to support Palestinian farmers. The olive tree is part of Palestinian culture and a history that we are trying to preserve from the continuous attacks by Israeli occupation forces”, explained Suleiman al-Khatib, the Palestinian executive director of Combatants for Peace.Friday’s event is part of the olive harvest campaign that Combatants for Peace is carrying out to help Palestinian farmers gain access to their olive fields, especially those located near Israeli illegal settlements and the Separation Wall.

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(Source / 24.10.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Shoot, Injure Five Palestinians at Kufur Qaddoum

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Israeli forces attacked, on Friday, the weekly demonstration in the northern West Bank village of Kufur Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia city, injuring five Palestinians with rubber-coated steel rounds, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Morad Eshteiwi, the Coordinator of the Popular Resistance in Kufur Qaddoum, said that five Palestinian protesters were shot with rubber-coated metal bullets, two of whom were transferred to hospital after being shot in the head and back.

The three remaining shooting injuries were treated on the scene, as were the inhalation injuries from tear-gas fired by Israeli forces.

Eshteiwi stated that Israeli soldiers attacked the civilian led march by firing concussion grenades and tear-gas canisters in addition to metal rounds.

He added that more than 100 Israeli troops invaded the village and fired tear-gas canisters indiscriminately at cars and civilian homes.

The weekly Kufur Qaddoum demonstration has been attended by locals every Friday as a means to express their rejection of illegal Israeli settlements, and to insist that the main road, which was closed by the Israeli occupation in 2003, be reopened to Palestinian residents.

Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported that two windshields of Palestinian-owned vehicles were damaged by tear-gas canisters.

Eshteiwi said that the march, which has been ongoing for a decade, will continue, in the face of all forms of repression, until its goals are fully realised.about:blankFacebook URL

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(Source / 24.10.2020)

Israeli Officials Transfer al-Akhras, on 89th Day of Hunger Strike, Back to Prison

Palestinian prisoner Maher al-Akhras, whose health is rapidly deteriorating toward organ failure after 89 days of hunger strike, was transferred Friday by Israeli authorities from the Kaplan Hospital, where he has been for the past month, back to the notorious Ramle Prison Clinic.

The transfer came after an Israeli court canceled a September 23rd decision by Israeli authorities to freeze al-Akhras’ sentence. Instead, Israeli court authorities ordered that his sentence be extended — despite his precarious and deteriorating medical condition.

al-Akhras had never been informed of the reason for his detention, and has no legal rights to appeal being held without charges. As a Palestinian living under Israeli military occupation, he has no legal standing in Israeli court — and this is the case with thousands of other Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli detention.

For this reason, al-Akhras decided to begin an open-ended hunger strike 89 days ago. He has continued to drink only water, even while hospitalized in a severely weakened state.

According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), Israeli occupation authorities arrived at the hospital without warning, and brutally transferred the medically-fragile and extremely vulnerable al-Akhras from Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot to the infamous Ramle Prison clinic.

Ramle has been cited on many occasions for inhumane and cruel treatment of prisoners.

The transfer of al-Akhras came just a day after the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) issued a statement that the deteriorating health of al-Akhras had entered a “critical phase”, and that he could be close to death.

Al-Akhras is a father of six children who was kidnapped by Israeli authorities earlier this year from his home in Jenin, in the northern West Bank. He said he has no idea what he is being accused of, and Israeli authorities refuse to tell him, because of ‘security reasons’.

In July, he began an open-ended hunger strike, which he has said that he will only end upon his release from prison or his death.

(Source / 24.10.2020)

Video| Sudan’s people, parties protest against normalization

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Khartoum (QNN)- Dozens of Sudanese protested in the capital city last night against the normalization efforts with the occupation state.

Only a few hours after Trump announced Sudan’s approval to normalize ties with the occupation state, dozens of Sudanese went to the streets of Khartoum, rejecting the normalization deal between Sudan’s military rulers and the occupation state.

The protesters chanted “listen listen Burhan, no for normalization with the Zionist entity”, “no for negotiations no for peace, and no for normalization with the Zionist entity”, and “no surrender and no weakness, we support Palestine”.about:blankFacebook URL

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Several Sudanese parties have rejected the normalization deal and announced that they will form a national front to fight against the deal.

One of the leaders, who drafted the Declaration of Freedom and Change following the revolution, said that political and social connections are being made to form a national front against normalization.

Muhammad Wada’ah, the spokesperson for the Sudanese Ba’ath Party, one of the political parties that drafted the Declaration of Freedom and Change, told AA that “we started intensive connections to form an anti-normalization front.”

“Several parties within the declaration warned the government that they will withdraw their support if it normalizes ties with Israel”, he added.

Wada’ah also said that “normalization is totally rejected and the government has no authority to take such decision with an occupying and racist state that practices discrimination based on religion.”

Meanwhile, a statement by the National Consensus Forces, the second-largest component of the Declaration of Freedom and Change, announced its rejection of the normalization plans.

The statement said, “we believe that our people, which has been systematically marginalized through secret deals, is not committed to what the normalizers agree.”

“Our people will stay committed to its historical positions and it will work through a large front to resist normalization and back the Palestinian people until it gets its full legitimate rights.”

(Source / 24.10.2020)

Pictures| Bahraini police removes Palestine flags from streets

Manama (QNN)- Bahraini police on Friday started a campaign to remove Palestinian flags that were raised in protest against the normalization deal between the Bahraini regime and the occupation state.

Thousands of Bahrainis have flocked to the streets of Manama today in what they called “The Friday of Resisting Normalization” in protest against the normalization deal between their regime and the occupation state. The protesters raised the flag of Palestine and chanted slogans in solidarity with Palestine.

Although of the strict security measures, thousands of Bahrainis took part in the protests that started following Friday prayers and marched throughout the capital.

The protesters held signs that read “normalization is betrayal” and “we reject humiliation and surrender to the dictates of the US and UK”.

The kingdom of Bahrain has signed an agreement to normalize ties with the occupation state last September, following another deal between the UAE and the occupation state.

(Source / 24.10.2020)

Five Palestinians wounded by Israeli forces gunfire in Kafr Qaddum

Days of Palestine – Kafr Qaddum – Five Palestinian citizens were injured on Friday by rubber-coated metal bullets fired by the Israeli occupation forces at the participants in the weekly anti-settlement march of Kafr Qaddum. This march is organized on weekly basis to call for the reopening of the village’s main street which has been closed for more than 17 years.

Local sources reported that two civilians were injured in the head and back and were taken to hospitals for treatment, while the rest of the injuries were treated in the field.

Read More: Israeli forces injured dozens of Palestinians in Qusra and Kafr Qaddum

Murad Shteiwi, the Coordinator of the Popular Resistance in Kafr Qaddum, stated that dozens of Israeli soldiers attacked the participants in the march with rubber-coated metal bullets, stun grenades and teargas canisters.

He said that more than 100 Israeli soldiers stormed the town and fired at the citizens’ properties and cars and fired tear gas canisters at residential buildings.

Read More: Israeli soldiers shot, injure 7 Palestinians in Kafr Qaddum

Shteiwi explained that what happened today in the massive storming of the town is the result of months of planning to set up ambushes and arrest young men in the village, but it was in vain.

The town has recently witnessed a violent escalation of the Israeli occupation forces night raids and ambushes in deserted houses with the aim of foiling the march. However, the citizens insist on continuing the marches until achieving their goals.

For the tenth year in a row, the weekly anti-settlement march is organized to demand the reopening of the Kafr Qaddum main street, which has been closed due to the Israeli settlement expansion.

(Source / 24.10.2020)

Murder of pregnant Palestinian sparks protest against domestic abuse

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Human rights organisations are protesting about domestic abuse following the murder of a pregnant woman in the occupied West Bank, Wafa news agency has reported. According to police spokesman Loai Irzeiqat, the 24-year-old mother of two was found dead at her house in the town of Nabi Elias.

Unconfirmed reports said that the victim’s husband is being held for her murder. He is reported to have been drunk at the time of his arrest, and is a known drug addict.

The Palestinian Network of NGOs has expressed alarm at the murder, calling on politicians and civil society to take all necessary steps to protect Palestinian women from domestic abuse. Violence against women in Palestine has been on the rise for the past decade.

According to the UN Population Fund, 29 per cent of Palestinian women within occupied Palestine reported psychological, physical, sexual, social or financial abuse by their husbands at least once in 2018-2019. At the same time, there are major concerns that many cases of domestic violence go unreported. Moreover, the coronavirus pandemic has left women even more vulnerable to abuse across the region.

The Palestinian Ministry of Social Affairs described the killing as a “heinous murder” and said that it will do what it can to prevent violence against women in Palestinian society.

READ: Israel bans student branch of PFLP in West Bank

(Source / 23.10.2020)

Palestine fatwa council slams normalisation visit to Al-Aqsa mosque

An Ultra Orthodox Jew looks from a spot on the Mount of Olives towards Jerusalem's Old City, with a view of the Dome of the Rock in the al-Aqsa mosque compound, on 23 September 2020 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]
An Ultra Orthodox Jew looks from a spot on the Mount of Olives towards Jerusalem’s Old City, with a view of the Dome of the Rock in the al-Aqsa mosque compound, on 23 September 2020

The Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council on Thursday condemned visits that were recently carried out by pro-normalisation groups to Al-Aqsa mosque. The visits were under the protection of Israeli police and accompanied by officials from the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

In the wake of its 88th session, the council’s Chairman Muhammad Hussein told reporters: “The normalisation visits are no different than the repeated incursions of the occupation soldiers and settlers, who desecrate the holy mosque under the protection of their soldiers.”

“The holy Al-Aqsa mosque is for Muslims alone and only those who do not strip its Islamic legitimacy are welcome to visit,” Hussein asserted, adding that those who normalise with the Israeli occupation were “not welcome at the sanctity of the mosque.”

The grand mufti denounced what he described as: “Israeli plans to isolate the city of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa, as well as the denial of thousands of worshippers from accessing them.”

He pointed out that the Israeli authorities were exploiting the occurrence of the pandemic: “In order to empty the mosque, seize it and facilitate the incursion of extremist settlers into it.”

READ: We have lived to see Arabs enter Al-Aqsa under Israeli protection 

(Source / 23.10.2020)

Palestinian family appeals to British MPs to stop East Jerusalem eviction

A general view of East Jerusalem as Palestinians gather to protest Israel's destruction in the area after a Friday prayer in Silwan neighbourhood in East Jerusalem on August 28, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
A general view of East Jerusalem as Palestinians gather to protest Israel’s destruction in the area after a Friday prayer in Silwan neighbourhood in East Jerusalem on August 28, 2020

A Palestinian family is appealing for British members of parliament to intervene on their behalf in their imminent eviction from their home in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem. The Sumarin family, whose plight has grabbed global attention, are at the heart of Israel’s ethnic cleansing drive within the Holy City.

A press release sent on the family’s behalf by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions announced an online meeting to be held next week between a Palestinian Israeli parliamentarian, a rabbi opposed to Israeli government policy and British MP Richard Burden.

The ICAHD drew attention to Israel’s industrial scale demolition of Palestinian homes backed by international donors. A secret funding of ethnic cleansing in occupied East Jerusalem was highlighted in the BBC Panorama programme “Banking Secrets of the Rich and Powerful”. An Israeli organisation, Elad, which aims to Judaise East Jerusalem by evicting Palestinian residents and replacing them with Jewish settlers, has apparently received huge sums of money transferred from Virgin Island companies owned by Roman Abramovich.

New evidence shows that Elad funded court proceedings over decades to evict the Sumarin extended family from their lifelong residence in Silwan, East Jerusalem. Elad acted in coordination with a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Jewish National Fund.

An international campaign in support of the family has won the backing of 71 MPs and provoked division in the JNF and its subsidiary Himanuta. This week, though, settler groupings strengthened their hold on the leadership of the JNF and Himanuta through a battle within the World Zionist Congress. In a disingenuous attempt to deflect responsibility, the Israeli Embassy has claimed that the eviction, based on the so-called “Absentee Property Law”, does not involve the Government of Israel.

The online meeting will be hosted by UK campaign group Stop the JNF and partners. It will feature Amal Sumarin in an appeal to Britain to help stop the eviction.

Read: Israel orders Palestinians to vacate Jerusalem homes to make way for settlers

(Source / 23.10.2020)

PPS: “Soldiers Abduct Twenty Palestinians In West Bank”

Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Thursday, twenty Palestinians, including one who was shot in the leg, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, after the army invaded many communities and violently searched dozens of homes, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has confirmed.

The PPS office in Hebron, in southern parts of the West Bank, said the soldiers abducted nine Palestinians, including one child and one woman, from several parts of the governorate.

It said that the soldiers abducted Yahia Sadeq Jahshan, Mohammad Mahmoud Sa’adi, Mohammad Hilmi Aqel, and Thaer Jamal Midya, from Halhoul town, north of Hebron.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers first Thaer’s brother, Samer Midya, to force him to turn himself in to the army, and release him after his brother was taken prisoner.

In addition, the soldiers abducted Saber Ibrahim Najjar, 25, from Ethna town, west of Hebron, in addition to Soheir Ahmad al-Batran, the wife of a political prisoner, identified as Omar Issa Sleimiyya.

In Safa town, in Beit Ummar north of Hebron, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Bassam Qowqas, 17, and Abdul-Aziz Mohammad Qowqas, 18.

In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Osama Mahmoud Sa’adi, and a former political prisoner, identified as Nateq Bassam Hantouli, who was shot with a live round in the leg before he was taken prisoner.

In Nablus, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mahmoud al-Sabti and Issa Nathmi Hashash, from their homes in Balata refugee camp.

In Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Tha’er Jamil Bani Odah, after invading his home in Tammoun town, east of the city.

In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers abducted Ata Zidani, Ezzeddin Fayez Rahima, and a former political prisoner, identified as Saddam Taiseer al-Asmar, from Beit Rima town, west of Ramallah.

In Betunia town, west of Ramallah, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Mohannad Jaradat, while Odai Abu Shamma, from the al-Baloa’ town, in al-Biereh city.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Ahmad Ibrahim Oweiss, 30, from the ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.

(Source / 23.10.2020)