Hamas says: No relation between Sheikh Yasin Gathering based in France and the movement

Days of Palestine – Gaza – In an statement reached Days of Palestine, the Islamic Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas confirms that there is no links between the movement and the Sheikh Yasin gathering based in France.

“Hamas affirmed that the head of the gathering has no any relationship with the movement.” the statement said.

Read More: Israel imposes movement restrictions on Palestinians in Jerusalem

Meanwhile, Hamas condemns any attempt to defame the movement by mentioning its name in domestic battles that the Palestinian national movement has no tiny relation with.

The Movement emphasized that the struggle for freedom and independence is only against the Israeli occupation.

Read More: MEE: Hamas’s leader talks about Arab normalisation with Israel, Gaza siege, Palestinian politics and US elections

(Source / 21.10.2020)

Israel’s settler plans draw European censure and Emirati silence

Five European nations have publicly criticised Israel’s plans to ramp up the building of new homes for settlers in the West Bank just weeks after a historic normalisation between two Gulf countries and the Jewish state raised expectations that expansion into occupied territories would slow.

The UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain said they were “deeply concerned” by Israel’s decision to approve nearly 5,000 new units, adding that it was “a counterproductive move in light of the positive developments of normalisation agreements reached between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain”.

The UAE and Bahrain signed the deals to establish diplomatic relations with the Jewish state at the White House last month. The UAE billed the US-brokered Abraham Accords as a means to curb the territorial acquisitiveness of Israel’s leaders.

This week’s approvals bring the year-to-date figure to just above 12,000, the highest since US president Donald Trump took office in 2016. The UAE has been silent on the latest announcements. Bahrain has also made no comment.

Emirati leaders have previously pointed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s delaying of his plans to annex some 60 per cent of the West Bank into Israel’s borders as evidence of the leverage the deal gave them over Israeli actions towards the Palestinians.

Read More: European countries demand immediate cessation of Israeli settlements

“This just proves the whole fallacy that somehow this normalisation agreement was going to stop annexation or Israeli action — all it shows is that normalising with Israel gives it a green light to do whatever it wants, build settlements, destroy Palestinian homes and steal Palestinian land,” said Diana Buttu, a lawyer who worked on prior negotiations between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Peace Now, an Israeli advocacy group, said the new building units were evidence that while Mr Netanyahu’s “de jure annexation may be suspended, the de facto annexation of settlement expansion is clearly continuing”.

The annexation plans, part of a US-sponsored peace deal that was rejected by the Palestinians for parroting Israeli negotiating positions, envisioned a historic expansion of Israeli territory, including all of Jerusalem. The UAE made the shelving of annexation a condition of the deal. Settlers, a key base for Mr Netanyahu’s rightwing bloc, have since demanded the prime minister step up building in the West Bank. The government, which is facing protests over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, is predicted to collapse before the year ends.

“The mission of developing the communities in Judea and Samaria [the biblical names for the West Bank] continues to be one of the key issues for the State of Israel and the entire nation in this era,” Shlomo Ne’eman, a leader of the settlement blocs nearest to Jerusalem, said in a statement. “Sometimes, we take our prime minister to task, which we feel is justified, as a result of our disappointment [over annexation]. But now something tangible is happening.”

East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the rest of the West Bank came under Israeli control in the 1967 war, and Israeli prime ministers across the political spectrum have encouraged the expansion of Jewish settlement in the West Bank, long condemned by the international community as illegal and in violation of international law.

The US softened its stance last year, and followed up with recognising Israel’s annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights.

Read More: Turkey condemns Israel’s new settlement expansion plans

Some 650,000 Israeli Jews now live in the occupied territories, up from some 100,000 in 1993, when Israel signed the Oslo Accords with the PLO.

During Mr Trump’s tenure, the US has dramatically shifted its policy on settlements and the rights of Palestinian refugees, and moved its embassy to Jerusalem, recognising it as Israel’s capital. “If we are going to live another four years with President Trump, God help us, God help you and God help the whole world,” Palestinian prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said earlier this week in a meeting with European legislators.

(Source / 21.10.2020)

Israeli warplanes attack agricultural land in Gaza Strip

Days of Palestine – Gaza – Israeli occupation warplanes on Tuesday night attacked an agricultural land in the east of Dair Al-Balah city in the middle of the Gaza Strip.

Local sources affirmed that the Israeli warplanes bombarded an agricultural land in the eastern parts of the Dair-Albalah city.

Read More: Israeli orders to stop construction work on agricultural sheds south of Bethlehem

No injuries reported according to the Ministry of Health.

Israeli occupation spokesperson claimed that one rocket launched from Gaza toward an open-land near the Gaza border.

Read More: Israeli warplane attacks a target in the besieged Gaza Strip

(Source / 21.10.2020)

Israel seals shut room in a West Bank house of alleged Palestinian attacker

Days of Palestine – Jenin – As a punitive measure, the Israeli occupation forces sealed shut early this morning a room in the house of an alleged Palestinian attacker in Yabad town, to the south of the northern occupied West Bank city of Jenin, Palestinian security and local sources said.

They told the official WAFA news agency that the soldiers raided the house of 49-year-old Nathmi Abu Baker and sealed shut the room he uses in the house.

Read More: Israel seals off road in Nablus-district village

Israel accuses Abu Baker of the killing of an Israeli soldier who was killed by a rock dropped on his head during a predawn army raid of Yabad on May 12.

He has denied all charges against him, stressing that he had nothing to do with the killing of the soldier.

Read More: Hebron: Dozens of settlers stone Palestinian family, injuring two members, and surround their house for hours

The army sealed 40 square meters of the 70 square meter house with a special material that is easily flammable and can cause cancer, which deemed the entire house unlivable, according to Ahmad Abu Baker, a family member.

He said the entire family, comprised of nine people, has literarily been displaced and became homeless with the heavy damage and health hazard done to not only Nathmi’s bedroom but the entire house

The sources said the soldiers turned a few houses in the neighborhood where the Abu Bakr house is located into military bases as they proceeded to seal the room and at one point assaulted a local resident, also from the Abu Baker extended family.

The occupation authorities informed the Abu Baker family a few days ago of their intention to seal shut Nathmi’s bedroom.

(Source / 21.10.2020)

14 Palestinians detained by Israel in the occupied territories

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – The Israeli occupation army detained last night and early this morning at least 14 Palestinians, including minors, during raids at their homes in the occupied territories, today said the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).

Four were detained in occupied East Jerusalem, it said, one of them 15 years old from Silwan and the other three, including a 15-year-old minor, from Issawiyeh neighborhood.

Read More: Palestinians injured by Israeli gunfire in the occupied territories

In the north of Jerusalem, the army detained two Palestinians from Qalandia refugee camp.

Soldiers also detained four people from Bethlehem, including a 42-year-old man, and two others from the Hebron district, in the south of the West Bank.

Read More: Israel detained 15 Gazans in September

In the north of the West Bank, soldiers detained a youth from Kufr Qaddoum village near Qalqilya, and another, who is a former prisoner, from Kufr Qalil village near Nablus.

(Source / 21.10.2020)

Haneyya, Mladenov meet online, talk about Palestinian unity efforts

Head of Hamas’s political bureau Ismail Haneyya on Monday held a virtual meeting with special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nickolay Mladenov and discussed with him the efforts underway to achieve the Palestinian national unity.

According to the Hamas Movement’s website, Haneyya highlighted the inter-Palestinian reconciliation as a strategic option and his Movement’s determination to achieve it.

The Hamas political chief also briefed Mladenov on the current talks between the Palestinian factions in this regard and affirmed that there are promising prospects to reach a comprehensive national agreement that protects the Palestinian cause and achieves the political and national partnership.

Read More: Haneyya consoles grieving family of two Gaza fishermen

He pointed to the presence of pressures by external parties to thwart the inter-Palestinian efforts to achieve the national unity, expressing his confidence that such attempts would never be successful.

Mladenov, for his part, expressed the UN’s support for all the steps that would contribute to achieving the reconciliation and building the Palestinian political system on democratic foundations.

Read More: Israeli settlers flood Palestinian village with wastewater

The UN official stressed the importance of maintaining the positive atmosphere within the inter-Palestinian dialog to achieve a successful national agreement.

(Source / 20.10.2020)

Israel detains three Palestinians in Jerusalem

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – The Israeli occupation police on Monday kidnaped a Jerusalemite young man from the Old City of Jerusalem and two Aqsa Mosque guards.

According to local sources, police forces kidnaped a young man called Mamza al-Julani from his home in Bab Hitta neighborhood of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Read More: Two injured Palestinians among five Israel detains in West Bank

The Israeli police also detained other Jerusalemite citizens identified as Issa Barakat and Saed al-Salaimeh. Both of them work as Awqaf guards at the Aqsa Mosque.

Later on the same day, the Israeli occupation forces released the two Aqsa guards on condition of staying away from the Aqsa Mosque for one week.

Read More: IOF detains 9 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank

Despite the unprecedented health crisis requiring the Occupied Territories to take extreme social isolation measures, the Israeli occupation forces have chosen now, of all times, to escalate their abuse and collective punishment of Palestinians in the occupied Jerusalem as part of an operation that began in April 2019.

Israeli occupation forces invade the crowded neighborhood daily, even at night, and more so on weekends, for no apparent reason and initiate friction with the residents.

(Source / 20.10.2020)

Israeli settlers set up outposts in southern Nablus

Days of Palestine – Nablus – A horde of extremist Jewish settlers on Monday set up a settlement outpost on Mount Sebaih in Beita town, south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said that settlers spread on the top of the mount before embarking on deploying tents and prefabricated homes.

Read More: Israeli army to raze fences, close caves in southern Nablus

The same settlers had tried several times before to take over the mount through deploying tents or mobile homes, but local residents always intervened and managed to force them to leave the area.

At the beginning of last March, the town of Beita saw a round of confrontations with Israeli soldiers after local residents flocked to the area to protect Mount Sebaih and Mount Armeh. Two Palestinians were shot dead and many others suffered injuries during those events.

Read More: Settlers flood Palestinian farmland north of Nablus with sewage

Meanwhile, another group of settlers on the same day deployed a tent and a makeshift fence around it on Mount al-Nijma in Jalud village, southeast of Nablus.

Local official Ghassan Daghlas expressed concern that the settlers would establish a new outpost on the mount, which he said is encircled by olive groves.

Mount al-Nijma is located in an area classified by the Israeli occupation army as a security zone and local villagers cannot reach it without permits.

Last week, the Israeli army prevented the local authority in Jalud village from building an agricultural road for farmers to enable them to reach their lands easily and confiscated an excavator from the site.

Settler violence has long since become part of Palestinians’ daily life under occupation. Israeli security forces enable these actions, which result in Palestinians casualties – injuries and fatalities – as well as damage to land and property.

In some cases, they even serve as an armed escort, or even join in the attacks. Investigations, if even opened, are usually closed with no action taken against perpetrators as part of an undeclared policy of leniency.

The long-term effect of this violence is the dispossession of Palestinians from increasing parts of the West Bank, making it easier for Israel to take over land and resources.

(Source / 20.10.2020)

Concerned for the life of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Maher Akhras

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – Maher al-Akhras, in his 86th day of hunger strike in protest of his administrative detention, is at great risk of death, today said four Palestinian and Israeli human rights organizations, demanding his immediate release.

A Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) volunteer doctor visited al-Akhras on Friday, and noted that although he is generally lucid, he is also periodically confused, very dizzy, cannot move his legs, stand, or change position in bed. His vision and hearing are rapidly deteriorating and he complains of severe chest pains. According to international medical consensus on hunger strikes, al-Akhras may die any day, said the four organizations.

Read More: Tunisians stand in support of hunger-striking detainee Maher Akhras

Al-Akhras, has been on hunger strike since 27 July 2020 following his administrative detention. He has appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court demanding to be released, but the court decided not to cancel his administrative detention – leaving that decision to the security apparatus. Instead, the court only suspended his administrative detention, despite his deteriorating situation, which may result in his death. Al-Akhras is simultaneously prevented from leaving Kaplan hospital in Israel, where he is currently held, and is therefore under de-facto arrest. These court decisions were, interalia, made on incorrect translations of a video of al-Akhras.

Al-Akhras has expressed distrust towards the Kaplan medical team, as occurs often in hunger strikes. He refuses any treatment or medical tests and monitoring from the medical team. He has confirmed that should he lose consciousness, he does not want to receive any medical intervention. It is worth mentioning that current legislation in Israel allows medical staff to feed a person on hunger strike by force, a position which is both unacceptable according to medical ethics and, according to international law, may amount to torture.

Read More: Israel refuses to release Palestinian hunger-striker Maher Al-Akhras

Al-Akhras’s case highlights the continued and excessive use of administrative detention in Israel: a procedure that allows the Israeli military commander to hold detainees indefinitely based on secret information without revealing the allegations against them or putting them on trial. The courts who review administrative detention orders do so based on information presented to the court ex-parte by the security agencies, and Palestinian detainees are often jailed for months and even years without formal charges or a trial.

Israel currently holds over 300 Palestinians in administrative detention, contrary to the Geneva Convention, which demands that this practice be used only in exceptional circumstances and subject to strict procedural safeguards. In 2016, the UN Committee Against Torture recommended that Israel, “urgently take the measures necessary to end the practice of administrative detention and ensure that all persons who are currently held in administrative detention are afforded all basic legal safeguards” In 2012, the EU reiterated its longstanding position on Israel’s use of administrative detention without charge; detainees, ‘have the right to be informed of the reasons for their detention and be subject to a fair trial without undue delay.’

“We call on the international community to urge Israel to allow al-Akhras to, at the very least, move to a hospital in the West Bank, so he may be treated by a medical team in which he has trust or release al-Akhras immediately before it is too late. We urge the international community to voice their grave concern and call on Israel to stop the continuous and systematic human rights violations of Palestinian prisoners,” said Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI), and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI).

(Source / 20.10.2020)

Settlers flood Palestinian farmland north of Nablus with sewage

Deze afbeelding heeft een leeg alt-atribuut; de bestandsnaam is Yn2jU.jpeg

Days of Palestine – Nablus – Israeli settlers Tuesday flooded Palestinian-owned land with sewage and wastewater in Sebastia town, north of Nablus city, according to a municipal source.

Mayor of Sebastia Mohammad Azzam confirmed that settlers from the illegal colonial settlement of Shavei Shomron were responsible for flooding Palestinian-owned land in the western section of the town with sewage and wastewater, disrupting the olive harvest.

Read More: Israeli settlers flood Palestinian village with wastewater

He explained that the land is planted with olive and apricot trees, which means that farmers are incurred with heavy material losses.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

Read More: Israeli military infiltrate Gaza border, raze farmland

Settlers’ violence includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.

There are almost 834,000 Israeli settlers living in colonial settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

(Source / 20.10.2020)