Campaign of arrests, raids in West Bank and Jerusalem

IOF arrests

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested several Palestinians on Sunday night and at dawn Monday during raids in various areas of the West Bank and Jerusalem.

In Bethlehem, IOF arrested Sami Abdul-Jabbar Hasnat, 23, from Dheisheh refugee camp, south of the city, after raiding and searching his family’s home.

In Ramallah, the IOF soldiers arrested Othman Sabah Zebar and Hussam Ata Zebar after they stormed and searched their families’ houses in Kober town, north of Ramallah.

Local sources said that IOF arrested Louai Abu Aliya, from his family’s home in al-Mughayir, east of Ramallah. His brother was arrested last week.

In al-Khalil, IOF arrested Abd al-Hamid al-Sharawna from Deir Samet town, south of al-Khalil, after breaking into his family’s house.

The IOF soldiers also stormed Tayseer Abu Subaih’s house from al-Khalil before arresting him.

In Nablus, IOF broke into the house of Mohammed Hassan Qat, in Madama, south of Nablus, and arrested his young son, Amid Qut.

In Occupied Jerusalem, the Israeli police arrested Samer Munther Attia and Mahmoud Awni Attia after searching their houses using police dogs in al-Issawiya village, northeast of Jerusalem.

The occupation police arrested Muhammad and Ali Affana from their home in Abu Dis town. Luay Jaber, 20, was also arrested from al-Zaim village, east of Occupied Jerusalem.

The Israeli police arrested the boy Omar Ishaq Abu Sbitan from Al-Tur town, in Jerusalem.

(Source / 18.01.2012)

Israeli police kidnap Aqsa guard during his work at holy site

Aqsa guards

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation police on Monday morning kidnaped one of the Aqsa Mosque guards during his usual work at the Mosque’s gates.
According to local sources, the IOF kidnaped Aqsa guard Tareq Sanduqa at the Aqsa Mosque’s Majles Gate.

Sanduqa was taken to a police station in the Old City for interrogation.

During 2020, the Israeli police banned 13 Aqsa guards and employees from entering the Mosque for different periods.

The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) and its police in Jerusalem always give themselves the right to issue orders banning Muslim worshipers and Awqaf employees from entering the Aqsa Mosque and take upon themselves to decide who can and cannot pray at the Mosque despite the fact that they have no jurisdiction over the Islamic holy place.

According to signed agreements, Jordan is the custodian of the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.

In a separate incident, Israeli soldiers on the same day kidnaped a young man in Deir Abu Da’if village, east of Jenin.

According to local sources, soldiers broke into and ransacked the house of Majdi Awwad in Deir Abu Da’if and took him prisoner.

(Source / 18.01.2021)

IOF arrests ex-prisoners among others

IOF arrests

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested on Monday night and at dawn Tuesday several Palestinians during raids into various areas in the West Bank as settlers continued their attacks in the vicinity of Nablus.

In Jenin, IOF arrested Amir Ahmed Zakarneh after storming and searching his home in Qabatiya, south of Jenin.

In Tubas, IOF broke into Tamoun town, east of Tubas, and intensified their presence in the Al-Mahamid – Rafid Mosque neighborhood in the town. The ex-prisoner, Othman Bani Odeh, was arrested after raiding and searching his family’s home, noting that the IOF had arrested his brother two days ago.

In Tulkarem, IOF arrested the engineer Muhammad Al-Jallad, 54, and Abdel-Fattah Qaddumi, 52, in addition to Hudhaifa Abu Sarees, 22, from Nour Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarem, after breaking into and searching their homes.

In Qalqilya, the IOF soldiers stormed Jayyus town, east of Qalqilya, and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters near the eastern entrance to the town.

In Nablus, IOF vehicles raided Madama town, south of Nablus, and set up a military checkpoint at its entrance.

Meanwhile, settler groups continued their attacks against Palestinian vehicles passing by the Hawara checkpoint, south of Nablus.

In Ramallah, the IOF soldiers stormed Birzeit town and arrested Amr Bairat after they raided and searched his house and tampered with its contents.

In al-Khalil, IOF broke into the town of Beit Ummar, north of al-Khalil, and deployed their vehicles in the town’s streets.

The IOF soldiers launch daily search and arrest campaigns in the West Bank during which they raid homes, destroy property and terrorize residents especially women and children.

(Source / 12.01.2021)

IOF attacks farmers in southeastern Gaza

IOF on Gaza border

GAZA, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday morning opened fire at Palestinian farmers and their agricultural lands in the east of Khan Yunis City, south of the besieged Gaza Strip.

A reporter for the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) said that the IOF opened machinegun fire towards farmers as they were working their lands in the east of Abasan area in Khan Yunis.

Luckily, no one was hurt in the shooting attack.

(Source / 10.01.2021)

IOF arrests two lawyers in West Bank among others

IOF arrests

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided on Saturday night and at dawn Sunday various areas of the West Bank and Jerusalem. Several Palestinians were arrested, including two lawyers.

In Tulkarem, IOF broke into the city and stationed in many of its neighborhoods, without any arrests or injuries reported.

In Jenin, IOF stormed a fuel station and several shops, and seized surveillance camera recordings near the entrance to Ya’bad town, southwest of Jenin. Qusay al-Sheikh was also arrested from Jenin.

In Nablus, settlers attacked Palestinians, their vehicles and property at the crossroads of Burqa, Hawara, and Za’tara south of Nablus and the Sarra-Jeet road to the west.

In Ramallah, a group of settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles on the road near the Shilo settlement, north of Ramallah.

In al-Khalil, IOF arrested lawyer Suhail Al-Husseini and his son, lawyer Fahd, after storming their home in the Jabal Jawhar area of al-Khalil.

IOF stormed Yatta town, south of al-Khalil, and arrested Hussein Al-Harini after searching his house and tampering with its contents.

Meanwhile, IOF set up military checkpoints at the entrances to the towns of Beit Anoun, Bani Naim and Wadi al-Saman and closed the iron gate at the entrance to Beit Awa town, west of al-Khalil.

In Occupied Jerusalem, the Israeli police stormed Kafr Aqab town, to the north of Jerusalem, and stationed in the vicinity of the Al-Rajabi family home.

The occupation police raided Al-Tur town in Jerusalem and arrested Hamouda Abu Sbitan after they raided and searched his house in the town.

Palestinian youths fired fireworks at the Israeli police in Issawiya village, northeast of Occupied Jerusalem.

The IOF soldiers launch daily search and arrest campaigns in the West Bank during which they raid homes, destroy property and terrorize residents especially women and children.

(Source / 10.01.2021)

Israeli police allow settlers to defile Aqsa despite lockdown

Jews defile Aqsa

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – Despite the Israeli coronavirus lockdown on the holy city, a horde of Jewish settlers escorted by police forces on Sunday morning desecrated the Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem.

According to the Islamic Awqaf Administration in the holy city, 14 settlers entered the Mosque through al-Maghariba Gate and provocatively toured its courtyards under police guard.

The settlers also performed Jewish prayers during their tours at the Islamic holy site.

Since the first day of the lockdown, the Israeli police have facilitated the entry of many settlers to the Aqsa Mosque.

At the pretext of preventing the spread of coronavirus, the Israeli police recently imposed a tight lockdown on the holy city and announced a number of movement restrictions on the Palestinian local residents, such as “traveling more than 1,000 meters from home, except in special circumstances, is forbidden.”

(Source / 10.01.2021)

Corona in Palestine: 20 deaths, 699 new infections within 24 hours


RAMALLAH, (PIC) – The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah announced on Sunday that 20 deaths and 699 new infections with the coronavirus and 1,015 recoveries were recorded during the past 24 hours.

It confirmed in the daily epidemiological report of coronavirus that the recovery rate of coronavirus reached 89.2 percent while the rate of active infections reached 9.7 percent, and the death rate was 1.1% of all infections. 

The new infections were distributed as follows: Tubas 34, Nablus 90, Salfit 28, Tulkarem 39, the suburbs of Jerusalem 26, Jenin 26, Jericho and Al-Aghwar 8, al-Khalil 48, Ramallah and Al-Bireh 110, Bethlehem 22, and the Gaza Strip 232, the ministry noted.

The ministry pointed out that there are 98 critically ill patients who have been admitted to intensive care units including 22 who have been placed on ventilators.

Meanwhile, new infection with the coronavirus was recorded among the Palestinian prisoners in Section 10 of the Israeli Negev desert prison. This brings the total number of cases in the Negev prison since the end of last December to 50 cases.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club said that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) keeps procrastinating in announcing the results of prisoners’ corona test results which contributed to the high number of infections.

The club stated that the infections in the Negev prison are limited in sections 3 and 10, and most of the cases were recorded in section 3. Nevertheless, there is a possibility of transmitting the virus infection to the other sections, as long as new infections appear among prisoners. 

All the infected prisoners were transferred to Section 8 of Raymond Prison, which is the section designated by the IPS to quarantine prisoners infected with the coronavirus.

The number of prisoners infected with the coronavirus since the beginning of the outbreak reached 190 cases, most of which were in Gilboa prison in November 2020.

The club stressed the need to seriously pressure the occupation to provide a vaccine for the prisoners and for the vaccination process to take place under the supervision of a neutral third party.

The club called on the international authorities, led by the World Health Organization, to double pressure on the occupation to immediately release the sick prisoners whose number is approximately 700, of whom 300 suffer from chronic diseases, in addition to the elderly. 

(Source / 10.01.2021)

Haneyya calls for backing Palestinian efforts to restore unity

In letters sent to heads of state

Ismail Haneyya

GAZA, (PIC) – Head of Hamas’s political bureau Ismail Haneyya on Saturday called in letters sent to heads of state for backing inter-Palestinian steps aimed at restoring the national unity, and congratulated, in particular, the Saudi leadership on the achievement of the Gulf reconciliation.

According to a statement released by the Hamas Movement, Haneyya sent a letter to Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz in which he congratulated him on the success of the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit and the reconciliation declaration that was signed by the member countries in Saudi Arabia.

The Hamas political chief hailed the efforts that had been made by Saudi Arabia to make such achievement, which he said is “a continuation of its historic role in embracing the nation’s issues, and supporting and defending it.”

He also sent a similar letter to Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, applauding his role in holding the GCC summit successfully.

Haneyya affirmed that his Movement considers the Gulf reconciliation an important step in pooling the joint efforts to support the Palestinian cause in light of the challenges facing it.

In addition, the Hamas leader sent letters to a number of international figures and heads of state as part of his political and diplomatic efforts to mobilize Arab, regional and international support for the current steps taking place in the Palestinian arena to restore the unity of the Palestinian people.

(Source / 10.01.2021)

Israeli police attack, arrest several young men in Jerusalem

IOF arrests

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Israeli police attacked on Friday several Palestinians in the Al-Saadiya neighborhood in the Old City of Occupied Jerusalem and arrested several young men. Another young man was also arrested in the Bab al-Amud area in Jerusalem.

Jerusalemite sources reported that the occupation police stormed the Al-Saadia neighborhood and attacked a group of young men while they were in the neighborhood.

The Israeli police arrested Khaled Dajani, Jihad Dajani and other young men and took them to investigation centers in the Old City, according to the sources.

Meanwhile, the Israeli police arrested a young man from the Bab al-Amud area in Occupied Jerusalem.

The Israeli occupation targets Jerusalemites with arrests, deportation orders and fines with the aim of dissuading them from frequenting the Al-Aqsa Mosque and leaving it an easy prey for Israeli settlers.

The occupation targets in particular the employees and guards of Al-Aqsa by arrests, deportation and harassment to discourage them from carrying out their role in protecting the Mosque.

(Source / 09.01.2021)

Sheikh Bakirat detained for 2nd time within 24 hours

Najih Bakirat

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Israeli police arrested on Thursday evening the Deputy General Director of Jerusalem Endowments, Sheik Najeh Bakirat, hours after his release.

Local sources reported that the occupation police arrested Sheikh Bakirat from his home in Sur Baher town in Jerusalem after hours of releasing him and his son Malik, who spent 19 years in the occupation prisons.

The Israeli police arrested on Wednesday evening Sheikh Bakirat after re-arresting his son, Malik, in Al-Maskobiyya prison, west of Occupied Jerusalem, who was supposed to be released.

On Thursday afternoon, the Israeli police released Malik and his father Sheikh Bakirat and re-arrested the father later.

The Israeli occupation targets Jerusalemites with arrests, deportation orders and fines with the aim of dissuading them from frequenting the Al-Aqsa Mosque and leaving it an easy prey for Israeli settlers.

The occupation targets the employees and guards of Al-Aqsa by arrests, deportation and harassment to dissuade them from their role in protecting the mosque.

(Source / 01.01.2021)