IOA displaces Jerusalemite family in Jabel Mukabe

demolition policy

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) on Sunday morning displaced a Palestinian family after forcing it to demolish its own house in Jabel Mukaber, southeast of Jerusalem, at the pretext of unlicensed construction.

A few days ago, an Israeli municipal crew handed the homeowner, Khalil Shekirat, a demolition notice before a police officer phoned him today and asked him to carry out the measure with his own hands or else the municipality would raze the house and make him pay a lot of money.

Shekirat started in the morning to empty the house as a prelude to demolishing it.

Meanwhile, another house is also threatened with demolition in the same neighborhood after its owner recently received a notice in this regard from the Israeli municipality

According to the family of Matar, a municipal crew came to their house (built in 2011) on the second day of the Eid al-Adha holiday and ordered them to demolish it within 21 days.

The family was able to have the demolition order frozen over the past years and paid fines of 30,000 shekels, but the Israeli municipality decided a few days ago to issue a final demolition order against the house.  

The majority of Jerusalemite citizens had to comply with such Israeli orders to avoid paying exorbitant money to the IOA.

The Jerusalemites have no choice but to build without licenses because there are no structural maps that respond to the natural increase in their numbers, and for that reason, they are denied house permits.

The IOA also imposes building restrictions on the Palestinian natives in Jerusalem and makes it hard for them to obtain construction licenses.

Israel’s systematic demolition of Palestinian homes in Occupied Jerusalem is believed to be aimed at psychologically destroying the Jerusalemite families in an attempt to force them to move from the holy city.

(Source / 25.07.2021)

IOA bars entry of fuel shipments for Gaza power plant

fuel tankers

GAZA, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) on Sunday decided to tighten its blockade on the Gaza Strip and said that paid shipments of fuel would not be allowed in through the Karam Abu Salem border crossing.

The ministry of national economy in Gaza said that the IOA barred entry of 25 tanker trucks carrying fuel supplies for the sole power station in Gaza.

The IOA did not provide a reason for its decision, which is likely to prompt the power plant to shut down some of its turbines and decrease the current hours of electricity distribution.

(Source / 25.07.2021)

Jewish settlers rebuild outpost in southern al-Khalil

Settlers fence Ein al-Hilweh spring in the northern Jordan Valley

Jews seize land

WEST BANK, (PIC) – A horde of Jewish settlers on Sunday rebuilt an outpost for themselves in Birin area of Yatta City, south of al-Khalil.

Local official Rateb al-Jabour said that settlers embarked in the morning on rebuilding the outpost, which local residents already demolished in Birin area near the illegal settlement of Pnei Hever.

Jabour added that local residents stood in the face of concrete mixer trucks as they were heading for the outpost before Israeli forces stormed the area and declared it a closed military zone.

He warned that the settlers plan to connect the outpost site with illegal settlements in the east of Yatta.

Meanwhile, another group of settlers in the morning started to fence the Ein al-Hilweh spring in the northern Jordan Valley, which they seized several months ago.

Local sources said that the settlers prevented local shepherds from reaching the area of the spring to water their cattle.

Recently, the same settlers hurled rocks at the shepherds and their cows to prevent them from approaching the spring.

They also planted many trees around Ein al-Hilweh and built a nearby room as well as a makeshift road connecting their settlement with the spring.

(Source / 25.07.2021)

IOA orders Jerusalemite to demolish his home

Demolished house

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) on Friday ordered a Jerusalemite citizen to raze his house within three weeks in Silwan, Jerusalem.

Jerusalemite sources reported that the IOA handed Mohammed Mahmoud Matar from the Ein al-Lawza area in Silwan a notice to demolish his home, where he, his wife and five children live, within 21 days.

The area of Silwan town’s land is 5,640 dunums, including 12 neighborhoods in which almost 58,500 Jerusalemites live. On the other hand, there are 78 settlement outposts in which 2,800 Jewish settlers live.

On October 25, 2017, the IOA issued the Kaminitz Law imposing severe penalties on Jerusalemites, for alleged building violations. The penalties include paying high fines that may amount to hundreds of thousands or millions of shekels, stopping the use of the building or closing it, asking residents to evacuate their homes or shops, or issuing demolition orders against them.

(Source / 24.07.2021)

Palestinian teen succumbs to his IOF-inflicted wounds in Ramallah

Ramallah clashes

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – A Palestinian teenager died on Friday evening from injuries sustained in Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raid in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that Muhammad At-Tamimi, 17, had died of serious wounds sustained during IOF shooting at Palestinian protesters in Nabi Saleh.

Local sources reported that IOF raided the village and fired live bullets at the young men, wounding Tamimi in his abdomen.

He was taken to the Martyr Yasser Arafat Hospital in Salfit where he was pronounced dead of his wounds a few hours later.

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses said that IOF attacked the weekly march in Kafr Qaddoum in Qalqilia province and fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at the participants. 

Dozens of citizens suffered breathing problems and were treated in the field.

The march started after Friday prayer from the Omar bin Al-Khattab Mosque with the participation of hundreds of townspeople who condemned the continued attacks by IOF and Jewish settlers. 

Kafr Qaddum witnesses a weekly march against settlements and against the closure of the village’s main street, which has been closed for more than 18 years.

(Source / 24.07.2021)

IOF kidnaps Palestinian, clashes with others in Beita town


NABLUS, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Thursday evening kidnaped a Palestinian young man from his home in Beita town, south of Nablus, and attacked local youths rallying near Mount Sobeih in the same town.

According to local sources, the IOF stormed Karm Nimr area of the town and kidnaped a young man from his home.

Meanwhile, violent clashes broke out near Mount Sobeih, where the IOF showered young protesters with tear gas canisters and fired rubber bullets at them.

Several young men reportedly suffered injuries during the events.

Recently, local youths from Beita town and other areas of Nablus started to organize protest events, especially at nighttime, as a form of popular resistance against the Israeli occupation and its settlers, who set up an outpost on Mount Sobeih.

During the events, the young men torch tires, uses loudspeakers to play religious slogans, national songs and sirens, and flash laser beams and flashlights at soldiers and settlers.

Organizers say the night rallies are aimed at creating confusion among Israeli soldiers and settlers and forcing them to leave the area.

(Source / 23.07.2021)

IOF injures Palestinian, detains 5 others in West Bank and Jerusalem


RAMALLAH, (PIC) – A citizen was wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets during clashes with Israeli occupation forces (IOF) while five others were arrested in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses reported that IOF stormed on Friday Beita town and confrontations erupted. IOF fired rubber-coated metal bullets and sound bombs at the young men, wounding a civilian with a metal bullet in his mouth.

Meanwhile, IOF arrested three citizens during their storming of a house in Beita.

Kamal Bani Odeh, the director of the Prisoners Club in Tubas, stated that the IOF soldiers arrested one released prisoner from Tubas, in addition to two ex-prisoners and a citizen from Tammun town.

On Thursday evening, local sources reported that the Israeli police arrested Muhammad Daoud, 29, while he was in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

(Source / 23.07.2021)

One killed, ten injured in Gaza blast

Gaza blast

GAZA, (PIC) – A Palestinian citizen was killed and ten others wounded in an explosion that rocked the Zawiya market in eastern Gaza City on Thursday morning.

Photos taken of the scene of the incident displayed vast destruction, as a result of the explosion, in buildings and shops.

Iyad al-Buzum, the interior ministry spokesman in Gaza, said that the police forces, civil defense brigades, and ambulance crews were dealing with the incident, evacuating the wounded and investigating the cause of the blast.

The civil defense said that the blast occurred in the basement of a three-story building in the market where gas cylinders are filled.

(Source / 22.07.2021)

Palestinians in Gaza are still living through the trauma

Two months after Israel’s military offensive

By Motasem Dalloul

A family of four sons, two daughters, and both their parents has been homeless since 12 May when their apartment was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike on their six-story residential tower block in Al Naser neighborhood north of Gaza City. Raed Subaih, 45, is the head of the family. “We feel as if we are beggars when we seek the rent for our temporary home,” he told me.

His family’s temporary isn’t far away, “but it is in very poor condition.” He received $2,000 from the government in Gaza immediately after his apartment was destroyed. “We could only afford some of the basics such as mattresses, blankets, and kitchen appliances,” he explained. “However, the destruction of our house was not only a material loss. Yes, we lost our home, our documents, and our furniture, but all of these can be replaced, even if slowly and after a great deal of suffering, but our memories and our happy times could not be replaced. The suffering and trauma cannot be erased.”

Like other residents of the building on 12 May, Subaih received a phone call from Israeli intelligence agents telling him to leave his home within 10 minutes because it was going to be bombed. They gave no reason but insisted that the building must be evacuated immediately before being destroyed.

Each of the six floors had two apartments; ten families lived in the building peacefully until they were ordered to leave and Israel made them homeless. They, like hundreds of other families who lost their homes to Israeli bombs, are struggling to afford the rent for their temporary accommodation. Those who cannot pay have been living in makeshift tents or with their relatives.

“Our home was destroyed on the eve of Eid Al-Fitr,” Subaih pointed out. “I wish that we could have rebuilt our home before Eidul Adha, but it seems that Eidul Adha will be in the same temporary home.” He adds that they have set up a tent near the rubble that was once their apartment block, where they receive guests.

The Israeli onslaught lasted for ten days and nights between 11 and 21 May. Almost 1,500 families had their homes destroyed completely or badly damaged. Another 13,000 families live in homes which require essential repairs to make them practically habitable, but they are unable to carry out the repairs due to the ongoing Israeli blockade of Gaza which leaves building materials in short supply. Meanwhile, Subaih tries to salvage what he can from the remains of his apartment as the rubble is removed.

The roads across Gaza are congested. Eidul Adha is approaching, and the busy streets and markets suggest prosperity and happiness. The reality, though, is that the Palestinians in Gaza are wandering the streets to fill the time; they are window shopping, not buying. Poverty is rising.

Last week, Israel announced an “easing” of the siege and allowed clothes and some other goods into Gaza, which had been held for months at Israeli ports. According to Ahmed Selmi, a salesman in a clothes shop in the center of Gaza City, this Eid is very different. “Many of our local residents are still affected by the Israeli offensive. Their purchasing power is very weak, so even though some goods have been allowed into the territory, business is slow.”

Palestinian MP Jamal Al-Khodari has said that the closures of the border crossings have inflicted massive losses on the Gaza economy. Ninety per cent of factories have closed and unemployment has risen sharply to 60 per cent.

With a chronic shortage of disposable income, noted Ahmed Habboush who owns a shop in Al Zawiyeh Market, the most popular in Gaza, people are unable to buy anything. Some shop owners in other markets have erected tents to display their goods but to no effect. The serious economic situation is affecting everyone.

The medical and psychological impact of the Israeli offensive is ongoing for many people, as is the physical impact of losing homes and infrastructure necessary for a normal life. Two months after Israel’s ten-day assault, though, all of these factors are responsible for the trauma that far too many Palestinians are feeling on every level. The sad fact is that they are unable to see any light at the end of the very dark tunnel into which Israel has plunged them.

(Source / 21.07.2021)

Jordan’s King calls for preventing Israel from taking unilateral steps

King Abdullah of Jordan

During his meeting with US national security advisor

NEW YORK, (PIC) – Jordan’s King Abdullah II has emphasized the importance of preventing any unilateral Israeli measures that would destabilize the region.

This came during a meeting held on Monday in Washington between King Abdullah and US national security advisor Jake Sullivan, according to Jordan News Agency (Petra).

The two sides discussed a number of regional issues, especially the Palestinian question, where the Jordanian King stressed the pivotal role of the US administration in advancing peace efforts on the basis of the two-state solution.

They also talked about the need to find political solutions to the region’s crises, in addition to the regional and international efforts to combat terrorism within a holistic approach.

US president Joe Biden on Monday held White House talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah, who started a visit to the country recently.

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Jordan’s economy were among other issues tabled by the Jordanian King during his recent meetings in Washington with the US president and other top officials.

(Source / 21.07.2021)