Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians Near Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday evening, three young Palestinian men at a sudden military roadblock near Gush Etzion junction, on the road between Bethlehem and Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers stopped and searched a car near the junction and abducted three young men.

The soldiers also searched the cars before taking the abducted young men to Etzion military base and security center.

The soldiers also stopped, searched many Palestinian cars, and interrogated the Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In related news, the soldiers detained three Palestinians in the Northern Plains, in Jordan Valley of the occupied West Bank, and released them a few hours later.

The soldiers also abducted several young Palestinian men from various areas of the West Bank.

In the Gaza Strip, the soldiers fired many live rounds at Palestinian shepherds on lands near the perimeter fence, east of the al-Maghazi refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip, forcing them to leave.

(Source / 20.02.2022)

Israeli occupation forces remove “office” of Palestinian Activist in Sheikh Jarrah

Jerusalem – Days of Palestine – On Tuesday evening, the occupation forces confiscated the “symbolic office” of the Jerusalemite activist, Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of the city.
Occupation officers, accompanied by police, stormed Abu al-Hummus “office,” coinciding with the arrival of a Jerusalemite delegation to the area, including the head of the Supreme Islamic Council, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, and other Jerusalemite figures.

Where the occupation forces confiscated the contents of the office and beat Abu al-Hummus, and forced those present to leave the place.
Activist Abu al-Hummus set up his office on a hill in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, opposite the “office” tent of extremist MK Itamar Ben Gvir.
The occupation forces continue to close the vicinity of “Ben Gvir’s office” and isolate it from its surroundings, amid repeated provocations from settlers by verbal insults and threats with pepper gas and trying to hit Palestinian youths and solidarity activists in the neighborhood.

(Source / 16.02.2022)

Palestinians in Gaza Organize Stand in Solidarity With “Sheikh Jarrah”

On Wednesday, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip participated in a solidarity stand with the residents of the Sheikh Al-Jarrah neighborhood in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

The participants in the vigil, organized by Palestinian factions, in the Memorial Park of “the Unknown Soldier”, in Gaza City, raised the flags of Palestine, along with a large banner that read, “All support for the steadfastness of our people in Jerusalem and Sheikh Jarrah, in the face of the terrorism of the occupation.” Since Sunday.

The Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem has witnessed aggressive assaults from the settlers and the occupation forces alike, this all happened after the extremist Israeli MP Itamar Ben Gvir stormed the neighborhood and established a parliamentary office there accompanied by dozens of settlers.

Amer Al-Jaab, a leader in the Palestinian Democratic Union Party (FIDA), called for the formation of a “unified leadership for the popular resistance, to face the challenges that the cause is going through.” In a speech, on behalf of the participating factions, he said: “We stand with the city of Jerusalem, the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, and its residents, who are facing Israeli aggression, the price of which will be paid by the occupation.”

He added: “The unity of the people will fail all (Israeli) plans.” He called on the Palestinian leadership to “form a government of national unity, or national salvation, aimed at preparing for elections”, in order to face challenges in a unified manner.

Also he called for the necessity of “implementing all decisions of the National and Central Councils (which are affiliated with the Palestine Liberation Organization), stopping security coordination with Israel, and withdrawing recognition of the occupation.”

Finally Al-Jaab called for submitting “Israeli crimes to the International Criminal Court, to hold accountable and punish the criminals.”

(Source / 16.02.2022)

Zionist Settlers Attack Disabled Palestinian Near Nablus

A disabled Palestinian was injured on Tuesday after he was attacked by Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, the Middle East Monitor reported.

Local sources told the media that the settlers attacked Youssef Hajja and Samir Ahmed Seif in the village of Burqa, near Nablus, adding that they had beaten Seif despite the fact that is disabled.

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The sources added that the Red Crescent transferred Seif to the hospital for treatment.

The incident comes days after Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man in the city of Nablus following a raid on his home, in addition to killing another and wounding 70 others during a protest against illegal settlement construction in the Nablus-district town of Beita.

Settlers in the illegal settlement of Homish were recently reported to have escalated their attacks against Palestinians and their properties in Burqa.

(Source / 16.02.2022)

Anger Mounts in West Bank at Increasingly Under-Fire Mahmoud Abbas: Investigation

Angry demonstrators carry pictures of Nizar Banat, an outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority, and chant anti-PA slogans during a rally protesting his death, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, June 24, 2021. Banat who was a candidate in parliamentary elections called off earlier this year died after Palestinian security forces arrested him and beat him with batons on Thursday, his family said

DAYS OF PALESTINE – WEST BANK – France 24 has published an investigation into the Palestinian Authority’s killing of Palestinian activist Nizar Banat after his arrest, and the repercussions that this has caused among Palestinians.

France 24 reporters travelled around the West Bank, from Hebron to Nablus and from Ramallah to Balata, where more and more Palestinians are expressing their lack of hope. As Nizar Banat’s cousin told the reporters: “We are caught between two occupiers. The Israeli occupier and the occupier that is the Authority of Mahmoud Abbas”.

On June 24, 2021, Palestinian political activist Nizar Banat died after being violently beaten by Palestinian security forces. Banat was a fierce critic of corruption in the Palestinian Authority.

His killing had an immediate effect: Thousands took to the streets in the Palestinian Territories to protest against the ruling Fatah party and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The 86-year-old Abbas is clinging on to his position, having cancelled the first elections in 16 years. Our reporters Gwendoline Debono and Laurent Van der Stockt went to meet Palestinians who are openly denouncing their leadership and who feel abandoned.

In this documentary, Nizar Banat’s family members speak out about the intimidation they say they have suffered in their fight to obtain justice for him. Camp militiamen tell us why they are now joining radical movements. Students in the Hebron region, meanwhile, feel abandoned amid increasing violence from Israeli settlers.

In terms of key political issues, Palestinians do not expect any real changes to follow. The status quo suits both Israel and the PA, Palestinians said in France 24 investigation.

The PLO exists mainly to rubber-stamp Abbas’s controversial decisions, according to the investigation.

After killing of the activists Nizar Banat, the Palestinians have already come out to reject the ruling elite. Amid growing discontent with the status quo, Palestinians know they must unite not only to resist Israel, but also to reclaim their own institutions.

People who have remained on their land and resisted occupation for more than seven decades can surely reclaim their cause from an illegitimate leadership.

Globally, Palestinians need to unite to pressure the current leadership to make way for the next generation, and to push western states to stop supporting the status quo, which gives Israel the cover it needs.

Such calls for change can bring significant pressure on Abbas and his team to step down – and this movement will continue long past the PCC meeting.

(Source / 15.02.2022)

Media Foundation Launch Lifesaving Campaign to Support Palestinian Detainees in Israeli Prisons

DAYS OF PALESTINE – GAZA – Palestinian Media Foundation have launched, early this week, a tweeting campaign to encourage people to support the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli occupation prisons.

The campaign expresses the concerns for the lives of Palestinian suffering from health complications in Israeli prisons, according to campaign’s invitation.

Days of Palestine invited all social media users to join the campaign and condemn Israel’s inhumane treatment of Palestinian prisoners.

The Executive Director of ‘Days of Palestine’ Media Foundation, Eng. Saber Elyan, said that the campaign seeks to make people aware of the situation of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.

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“The Israeli occupation deliberately uses these arbitrary measures against Palestinian prisoners in order to undermine them.” he added.

“We demand proper medical care be provided and, ultimately, their release from prison.” Elyan stressed.

“We need your support of Palestinian prisoners and human rights, and we encourage you to share their stories to put pressure on the occupying government.” Elyan said. “We call on the international community to hold Israel accountable for their actions and to protect the lives of prisoners, under the precepts of justice, human rights, and international law.” Elyan called on the social media users.

Many activists, politicians, journalists and writers participated in the campaign, stressing their continued support for the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli occupation prisons.

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In recent months, several Palestinians have lacked proper medical care in Israeli prisons; many of them are at imminent risk of being murdered by the Israeli government.

(Source / 15.02.2022)

Palestinian Group Helps Gaza Children with Cancer in Jerusalem’ Hospitals

Many Palestinians have lost their lives since 2006, as Israel refuses to issue medical permits for those living in the Gaza strip. Over the past 16 years, Israel has imposed a blockade on the strip after Palestinian resistance group Hamas won the legislative elections.

While children affected with cancer do get medical permits to be treated in Jerusalem hospitals, their parents are not allowed to accompany them. They are either left alone in hospitals or one of the old grandparents is only allowed to attend to them.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency coinciding International Childhood Cancer Day, which is being observed on Tuesday, Nimah Alyan, 22, from Jerusalem, said that to overcome such issues, she has created an initiative to help cancer-affected children and their families.

“We were nine friends at the beginnings, today we are more than 20 volunteers from Jerusalem and its neighborhoods. This experience has made my heart a tender,” she said.

The idea to set up the group came when Alyan met the seven-month-old child Mayar, who had come from Gaza to Jerusalem after being diagnosed with a tumor in the retina. Although her mother was allowed to accompany her to Israeli Hadassah Ain Karam Hospital, she was unable to communicate with anyone in the hospital

“For more than ten days her mother did not know any clear details about her daughter’s health status, because she did not speak Hebrew or English. Because of this, the mother had days and nights of fear, she thought doctors would have surgery to remove her daughter’s eye,” she said.

Meanwhile, the mother herself got sick, as she was pregnant and was not able to take care of her ailing child.

Reeling under pressure, the mother sent a message to one of the social media activists in Jerusalem who forward the message to Alyan. A few hours later, Alyan was at the hospital with that activist.

“We talked to the medical staff there and they clarified for us the details of the situation in Hebrew. Language is one of the major challenges for the Palestinians who come from Gaza,” Alyan told Anadolu Agency.

They take children from the Beit Hanoun military barrier on the north of Gaza to Jerusalem in their cars, escorting them to the hospital and providing support during their chemotherapy and surgical treatment.

“Those who speak Hebrew stay with children to understand and follow up the medical situation for them and give these details for their families in Gaza,” she added.

Alyan highlighted that they are trying to help socially too by keeping the contact between the volunteers and the families of the children and performing supportive activities at the hospital to make these children feel safe and well.

“These children are a part of us, and their stories touch me deeply. For all my life, I can’t forget Mayar’s mother’s facial expressions when we told her that her baby wouldn’t lose her eye,” said Alyan.

In collaboration with Augusta Victoria Hospital’s cancer department, the initiative carries out voluntary entertainment activities frequently and assistance in the provision of accommodation supplies for children.

“When I see the sense of safety and reassurance in these children’s eyes, I realize the importance of what we’re doing, and we have to keep doing this,” she said.

(Source / 15.02.2022)

Israeli Occupation Forces Demolish Palestinian Two-Story Building in West Bank

DAYS OF PALESTINE -WEST BANK – Israeli occupation forces demolished, on Tuesday morning, a Palestinian house in al-Bireh city in the occupied West Bank city.

Wissam Jouwailes, the owners of the building, built his house about a year ago, noting that the Israeli occupation forces notified him two months ago to demolish it.

He added that the army raided their neighborhood and demolished his house without any prior demolition notice.

Hundreds of Palestinians face forced displacement and ethnic cleansing from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, other Jerusalem neighborhoods and West bank.

(Source / 15.02.2022)

Israeli Occupation Forces Kidnap 16 Palestinians from West Bank

DAYS OF PALESTINE – WEST BANK – Israeli occupation forces, on Tuesday overnight, kidnapped 16 Palestinians, including three minors, from various parts of the West Bank, according to Palestinian sources.

Israeli occupation forces kidnapped 4 Palestinians after storming their houses in al-Am’ari  refugee camp, south of al-Bireh city and Ramallah.

In occupied Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers stormed al-Eizariya town, southeast of the city, where the soldiers detained another and ransacked his house as well as his brother’s, turning them upside down.

Israeli soldiers kidnapped a Palestinian after storming his house in Beit Sahur city, east of Bethlehem.

Israeli occupation forces also carried out a similar raid in Beit Fajjar town, south of the city, kidnapped two minors.

In Hebron, Israeli soldiers kidnapped three Palestinians, including two 15-old minors, after storming the houses of their families in Jabal Abu Rumman neighborhood.

Israeli occupation forces opened fire towards Palestinians, injured a Palestinian by a concussion grenade in his foot.

In the northern West Bank, the occupation forces stormed Jenin city, re-kidnapped a former prisoner and thoroughly searched his house, turning it topsy-turvy.

The military vehicles also stormed Askar refugee camp, east of Nablus and Kafr Qaddoum village, east of Qalqiliya where the soldiers detained 2 Palestinians.

Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank.

(Source / 15.02.2022)

Israeli Occupation Forces Continue Suppression of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah

DAYS OF PALESTINE – JERUSALEM – Israeli occupation forces arrested 31 Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem, according to Palestinian sources.

Palestinians were protesting against the encroachment of land belonging to a Palestinian family inside occupied Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

The Palestinians were opposing the setting of a “camp” office by an ultra right-wing Jewish member of the Israeli parliament from the Religious Zionism party, Itamar Ben Gvir.

Hundreds of local Palestinians gathered and tried to remove the tents erected by Gvir’s supporters when Israeli security forces fired at them with rubber coated bullets, tear gas and sound bombs.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, at least 31 Palestinians were injured, with six of them hospitalized. The Israeli forces also arrested at least 13 Palestinians.

Local NGOs and rights groups have long pointed to a range of Israeli practices and policies in Jerusalem aimed at altering the demographic ratio in favour of Jews, a goal laid out as “maintaining a solid Jewish majority in the city” in the municipality’s 2000 masterplan.

Unlawful settlement expansion, Palestinian home demolitions, and restrictions on urban development are some of the main ways being used to realize this goal, according to rights groups.

Israel militarily occupied the eastern half of the city in 1967. Only 13 percent is zoned for Palestinian development and residential construction, most of which is already built up.

Some 57 percent of all land in occupied East Jerusalem has been expropriated by the Israeli occupation, including from private Palestinian owners, for both the building of illegal settlements and zoning of land as “green areas and public infrastructure”. The remaining 30 percent comprises “unplanned areas” where construction is also banned.

At least 280 Palestinian households in Jerusalem consisting of 970 people, including 424 children, are at risk of forced displacement by Israeli authorities, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA).

Grassroots al-Quds, a Jerusalem-based Palestinian NGO, said Israel’s actions come as part of “a large-scale plan to empty al-Sheikh Jarrah of its Palestinian residents,” including plans to build new illegal Jewish settlements.

In May, popular Palestinian protests erupted when Israeli authorities attempted to forcibly displace six Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah for settlers to move in.

(Source / 15.02.2022)