Army Detains And Interrogates Four Palestinian Children Near Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers detained, on Sunday evening, four Palestinian children in Beit Ijza village, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, and interrogated them for several hours.

The Detainees’ Media Center has reported that the soldiers invaded Beit Ijza, and stopped the four children before detaining and interrogating them for several hours.

The center said the children have been identified as Majd Ramadan Abu Kafia, 10, Mo’tasem Ahmad Gharib, 9, Mohammad Salim Gharib, 10, and Mousa Eid Salem, 10.

The children were all released, on Sunday at night, after the soldiers interrogated them for several hours.

On Monday at dawn, the soldiers abducted eight Palestinians from the West Bank governorates of Ramallah and Bethlehem, and summoned six others for interrogation, in Hebron, in southern West Bank.

(Source / 25.01.2021)

Islamic Official Shot and Killed in Israel

On Sunday afternoon, a Palestinian official identified as Sheikh Muhammad Abu Najem, was shot and killed in the city of Jaffa, in the western part of Israel. The Hamas party issued a statement blaming Israel for the murder. Israeli police in Jaffa say they opened an investigation into the shooting, but have not identified any suspects.

According to local sources, Abu Najem, said to be in his forties, was shot dead and his cousin was seriously injured from gunshots fired at them by an assailant in the Old City neighborhood of Jaffa.

Hamas officials held the Israeli occupation forces responsible for the assassination of Sheikh Abu Najem. The statement issued by the party condemned “the malicious scheme carried out by the occupier to liquidate the occupied land from the Palestinian people, especially those working to preserve Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa, and those confronting the [Israeli] attempts to capture the sacred land.”

The statement called on Palestinians living inside what is now Israel (who constitute 20% of the population of Israel) to “confront the conspiracies of the enemy, the instigators of sedition and the perpetrators of crimes within our steadfast Palestinian society.”

According to the Palestinian news site “Arabs 48”, Sheikh Muhammad Abu Najem, was shot dead by an unknown person in Jaffa, while another young man, a relative of the Sheikh, was wounded. The imam of the Hassan Bek mosque in Jaffa, Sheikh Ahmed Abu Ajwa, also confirmed the death of Sheikh Muhammad Abu Najem, as a result of his injury in the shooting.

The Israeli police claimed to have opened an investigation into the circumstances of the crime, but no suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder.

It is worth noting that Palestinians who lived in the occupied interior of Israel, known as “48 Arabs”, since they are descendants of about 160,000 Palestinians who remained in their lands after the establishment of Israel on Palestinian land in 1948. These Palestinians live within the borders of the Israeli state, possess Israeli citizenship, and number about one million people.

Palestinians in Israel say that the Israeli authorities do little to prevent crime in the ‘Arab’ areas and neighborhoods. Since the beginning of 2021, six Palestinians with Israeli citizenship have been killed in unsolved murders in Arab areas in Israel.

(Source / 25.01.2021)

Army Issues Demolition Orders Targeting Agricultural Structures Near Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers invaded, Sunday, the al-Khader town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and handed demolition orders targeting privately-owned Palestinian agricultural structures.

Ahmad Salah, a local nonviolent activist against the Israeli occupation and its colonies, said the soldiers handed Ibrahim Suleiman a demolition order targeting his shack which he uses to store his harvest and agricultural tools.

Salah added that the army is alleging the shack, although on land privately owned by Salah, was not licensed by the “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation.

The soldiers also handed a demolition order targeting a well, used by the farmers to irrigate their crops and farmlands.

The structures and the well are in Area C of the occupied West Bank, about %60 o the occupied territory, under full Israeli control.

The lands are under the constant threat of illegal annexation, and the structures on them face repeated demolitions and other violations under the pretext of lacking a permit issued by the Israeli occupation authorities, even if they are licensed by the local town councils.

On Monday, the soldiers abducted two Palestinians from Hebron, including one who was taken prisoner near Nablus, in the occupied West Bank.

The soldiers also abducted eight Palestinians from the West Bank governorates of Ramallah and Bethlehem.

On Sunday evening, the soldiers detained four children in Beit Ijza village, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, and interrogated them for several hours.

(Source / 25.01.2021)

Israeli Army Demolishes Palestinian-owned Home, Injures Civilians, Detains Teen Near Bethlehem

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Many Palestinians, on Monday were shot and wounded by rubber-coated steel bullets, others suffered inhalation injuries, and one teenager was detained after Israeli troops invaded al-Walaja town, 4 kilometers northwest of Bethlehem, to demolish a Palestinian-owned home.

The army stormed the central occupied West Bank village, surrounded the under-construction home, and knocked down the home based on the pretext of lacking an Israeli issued building permit.

Several Palestinian residents gathered in the area to protest the destruction of the home, according to local sources. Soldiers reacted by opening fire at the unarmed civilians with rubber-coated steel rounds and teargas canisters.

As a result, many Palestinian civilians were shot and injured with rubber-coated steel bullets, while others suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

Sources added that Israeli forces detained a local Palestinian teenager, identified as Nabiel Ali, and took him to an unknown location when they retreated from the village.

(Source / 25.01.2021)

Israeli Settlers Uproot Dozens Palestinian-owned Olive Trees near Hebron

Illegal Israeli settlers uprooted, on Monday, dozens of Palestinian-owned olive trees in the Al Baq’a area, east of Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank.

Aref Jaber, owner of the olive trees, told the Palestinian WAFA News Agency, that illegal settlers from Kiryat Arba, an illegal Israeli colony, built on Palestinian lands, invaded his privately-owned land and uprooted dozens of olive trees under the protection of Israeli soldiers.

Jaber added that Israeli colonists often attack Palestinian farmers in the area by uprooting trees or destroying water tanks in attempts to force Palestinians out of their lands in order to take over.

In related news, a crowd of extremist Israeli colonists attacked, on Saturday evening, Palestinian journalists who were documenting their actions, south of Hebron.

Similarly, on Friday, east of Yatta town, south of Hebron, several colonialist settlers attacked Palestinian homes attempting to invade them, however the local Palestinian community intercepted and forced the settlers too retreat.

(Source / 25.01.2021)

Israeli Settlers Attack Shepherds near Bethlehem

A group of Israeli settlers attacked, on Monday, Palestinian shepherds attending to their sheep at the village of Kiysan near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Abi Hanahal  hurled stones and released attack dogs  at Palestinian shepherds and their sheep near the village injuring one shepherd, local sources reported.

Khalaf Ebyiat sustained light wounds and some of his sheep where also injured after being hit with a stone hurled by the settlers, sources added.

Recently settler attacks targeting Palestinian shepherds in the area have escalated, head of the village council Ahmad Ghazal told local news sources. He added that settlers are installing new caravans on lands owned by the villages in an attempt to build a new settlement there.

(Source / 25.01.2021)

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) Protection of Civilians Report for January 5-18, 2021

  • Two Palestinians reportedly attacked Israelis in two separate incidents and were subsequently shot; one was killed and the other injured. On 5 January, at the Gush Etzion junction (Hebron), a 25-year-old Palestinian man approached the security coordinator of an Israeli settlement and threw a knife at him, following which the latter shot and killed him, according to Israeli sources. On 13 January, at a checkpoint in the old city of Hebron, a Palestinian man reportedly tried to stab a Border Police officer and was then shot and injured by Israeli forces. The day before, at Qalandiya checkpoint (Jerusalem), a Palestinian man reportedly attacked an Israeli security guard with a screwdriver and was subsequently arrested.
  • 79 Palestinians, including 14 children, were injured across the West Bank in clashes with Israeli forces. Most of those wounded (59) sustained their injuries in protests against the establishment of two settlement outposts near Al Mughayyir and Deir Jarir villages (Ramallah) or against settlement activities near Kufur Qaddoum (Qalqilia). An Israeli soldier was also injured in one of the clashes in Al Mughayyir; the village’s main entrance was blocked for vehicular movement for over a week. Eight Palestinians were shot and injured while trying to enter Israel through a breach in the Barrier near Tulkarem. Another two Palestinians were injured in two protests against the shooting of a man during a confiscation incident occurred on 1 January in Ar Rakeez, in southern Hebron, and against the uprooting of trees in Deir Ballut (Salfit). The remaining injuries were recorded during search-and-arrest operations in Qabatiya (Jenin), Tammun (Tubas) and the Aqbet Jaber (Jericho) and Ad Duheisheh (Bethlehem) refugee camps, or in clashes at various checkpoints. Fifty-five of the injured people were treated for inhaling tear gas, 14 were shot with live ammunition, eight were hit by rubber bullets, and the remaining ones were physically assaulted.
  • Israeli forces carried out 161 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 157 Palestinians across the West Bank. The Jerusalem governorate has continued to record the highest number of operations (33), mostly occurring in East Jerusalem.
  • Two Palestinians sustained critical injuries in the Hebron governorate when unexploded ordnance they were handling exploded, in separate incidents. One of them was working his land near the Barrier, next to As Samu’ village, and the other, a 17 year-old boy, was herding his livestock near Mirkez, in an area that the Israeli authorities designated for military training. The Israeli army supported the transfer of the boy to an Israeli hospital for medical treatment.
  • On 18 January, two rockets were shot from Gaza towards Israel, following which, Israeli forces carried out airstrikes in Gaza. The Palestinian rockets were reportedly activated automatically due to the weather conditions and fell into the sea next to Israel’s coast. The Israeli strikes reportedly struck military targets, damaging an agricultural field in Khan Younis.
  • On at least 47 occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near the perimeter fence or off Gaza’s coast, presumably to enforce access restrictions. Also, on two occasions, Israeli forces conducted land levelling near the fence.
  • Citing the lack of building permits, the Israeli authorities demolished or seized 24 Palestinian-owned structures across Area C, displacing 34 people and otherwise affecting almost 70. Ten of the targeted structures, including homes, animal shelters and mobile latrines, were located in the Beit Iksa Bedouin community (Jerusalem), where 27 people, half of them children, were displaced. Four of these structures had been provided as humanitarian aid. A family of seven living in an ancient building in Khirbet Fraseen (Jenin) was displaced following the removal or demolition of windows, doors, water pipes, electricity cables and a toilet they had added to their home, which the Israeli authorities say is located in an archaeological site. A recently constructed school in Umm Qussa (Hebron) received a ‘removal notice’ under Military Order 1797, which allows for its demolition within 96 hours. No demolitions were recorded in East Jerusalem.
  • Israeli authorities uprooted about 1,370 Palestinian-owned trees on grounds that the land had been declared ‘state land’, and confiscated 237 sheep claiming they were grazing in an area declared as a nature reserve. The uprooting incidents occurred in Deir Ballut (Salfit) and Beit Ummar (Hebron). In 2020, the Israeli authorities uprooted an estimated 4,164 Palestinian trees, nearly 60 per cent more than in 2019. The confiscation of the sheep took place near Near Wadi Fuqin (Bethlehem), where the herder was issued a fine of ILS 50,000 (US$15,200).

Eight Palestinians were injured and dozens of Palestinian-owned trees and vehicles were vandalized by perpetrators known or believed to be Israeli settlers. An 11-year-old girl was stoned and injured near her house in Madama (Nablus), six men were physically assaulted in separate incidents while working their land near Aqraba (Nablus) and Kafr Malik (Ramallah), and a man sustained injuries during stone-throwing at Palestinian vehicles in the Ramallah area. At least six Palestinian vehicles were damaged in stone-throwing incidents, while additional cars in East Jerusalem were vandalized during settler protests against the death of an Israeli boy in a car chase with the Israeli Police. Over 230 olive trees and saplings were damaged near the villages of Beit Ummar in Hebron and Jalud in Nablus.

One Israeli woman was injured and 27 Israeli-plated vehicles were damaged by perpetrators believed to be Palestinians in 26 incidents across the West Bank, according to Israeli sources. Twenty-three of these incidents included stone throwing and three involved Molotov cocktails.

(Source / 23.01.2021)

Israeli Military Attacks Palestinian Protesters in Kufur Qaddoum

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Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly Friday protest in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia in the northern part of the West Bank. The soldiers used tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets to attack the demonstrators.

One teen was shot in the hand by a rubber-coated steel bullet and had to be taken to a nearby hospital. Other demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation, and were treated on site.

According to witnesses, the Israeli army fired teargas and rubber-coated steel rounds at demonstrators as they marched on the main street of the town toward the Israeli Annexation Wall that was constructed illegally on village land.

Morad Eshteiwi, media spokesperson for the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in the northern West Bank told reporters that the injured young man was shot in the hand, while several others who suffered from the effects of tear gas were treated at the scene.

Kufur Qaddoum has been the site of weekly protests again the Wall and Israeli settlements since 2011. The protests generally involve marches and chanting, as well as stone throwing when the Israeli military attacks the marches.

Kufur Qaddum is a village of around 3,500 people west of Nablus and east of Qalqilia. The weekly protests began in the village soon after the Israeli military erected a roadblock at the village entrance to prevent Palestinians from using their road — which was re-routed by the Israelis to run through the Kedumim settlement. Even in emergencies, Palestinians are not allowed to use their former road.

The Jewish-only settlement was constructed on land owned by the people of Kufur Qaddoum, which was stolen and taken over by Israeli settlers.

Every Friday since 2011, about 400-500 villagers gather at their end of the road to protest and demand the reopening of their road and land.

(Source / 23.01.2021)

Israeli Army Injures Fifteen Palestinians Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the nonviolent procession in Beit Dajan village, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and injured sixteen Palestinians, in addition to causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The Palestinians marched from the village heading towards their lands, where illegal Israeli colonists installed an outpost, three months ago.

The soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against the protesters, and shot fifteen with rubber-coated steel bullets, in addition to causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The soldiers also shot one Palestinian with a gas bomb in the face before he, and other injured Palestinians, were rushed to local hospitals.

Nasr Abu Jaish, the coordinator of the Popular Committee for Defending Palestinian Lands, who also suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation, said this procession is the sixteenth in three months and added that the Palestinians will continue their protests until the removal of the illegal outpost, built on stolen lands.

(Source / 23.01.2021)

Dozens Of Palestinians Injured In Beit Hanoun Explosion

Updated: The Interior Ministry in Gaza has reported that dozens of Palestinians were injured, on Saturday morning, in an explosion, east of Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza.

The Ministry said the causes of the explosion are still under investigation and added that the medics moved at least 27 Palestinians to the Indonesian Hospital, in northern Gaza.

The explosion caused severe damage to many homes and buildings, in the eastern part of Beit Hanoun.

The Interior Minister added that the explosion apparently took place in one home but was powerful enough to cause damage to surrounding buildings.

(Source / 23.01.2021)