Israeli occupation forces have killed four Palestinians, including two children, and wounded 1,090 others, including 141 children, during the previous 20 days, a United Nations (UN) report revealed on Saturday.
In the report, which covered the period between 8 and 28 July, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) stated that the Palestinians were killed and wounded in the occupied West Bank.
According to UNOCHA’s report, since the start of this year, Israeli occupation forces have killed 50 Palestinians, including 11 children, in the occupied West Bank.
During the same period, at least 11,232 other Palestinians have been wounded in the occupied West Bank, including 584 children.
One of the latest prominent flashpoints is the new illegal Israeli settlement outpost known as Evyatar, located in the village of Beita in the West Bank city of Nablus.
According to the UN report, out of the 11,232 Palestinians wounded during the reported period, 939 were injured by the Israeli occupation forces guarding the site of the illegal settlement.
The settlement was erected on Palestinian-owned land near Beita. While the settlers vacated the settlement on 2 July, Israeli forces have since been stationed to guard the buildings, awaiting the decision by Israeli authorities on whether the land can be classified as “state land” and whether a Jewish religious seminary can be established on the site.
The report added: “Since the establishment of the settlement in early May, Israeli forces have killed five Palestinians, including two children, and injured at least 3,077 others, including 381 children, in similar incidents.”
Other Palestinian protesters gathered in Beit Dajan, also in Nablus, and were violently dispersed by the Israeli occupation forces.
Every Friday, Palestinians organise marches and demonstrations in the occupied West Bank against illegal Israeli settlements and the Israeli apartheid wall.
Israeli and Palestinian estimates indicate that about 700,000 settlers live in 164 settlements and 116 outposts in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, Israeli occupation forces attacked hundreds of Palestinians in Hebron’s neighbourhood of Beit Amer as they took part in the funeral of Palestinian youth Shawkat Awad, 20, who succumbed to wounds he sustained during Israeli attacks on protests.
Tens of Palestinians took part in an anti-settlement and eviction demonstration in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem, Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.
An Anadolu Agency reporter disclosed that tens of Palestinians, including Arab Israeli MKs, gathered in Sheikh Jarrah and chanted against Israeli settlements and the forced evictions of Palestinian families.
According to Anadolu Agency, Israeli occupation forces stormed the area and violently dispersed the demonstration, noting that the Israeli troops confiscated Palestinian flags raised by the protesters.
For three months, Israel has prevented Palestinians and foreign activists from reaching Sheikh Jarrah to show solidarity with its Palestinian families threatened with eviction.
During this time, Israeli forces have cracked down on any activism organised there and on journalists covering the events. They have also prevented access for paramedics to treat those attacked by Israeli police or troops.
In Sheikh Jarrah, 28 Palestinian families have been facing forcible evacuation from their homes inhabited since 1956. The homes were built on Palestinian land given to the families by the Jordanian government, which ruled the area before the Israel occupation, in coordination with UNRWA.
Jewish groups claim that this land belonged to Jews before they occupied Palestine in 1948. Palestinians deny this as it is the pretext that Israel uses to steal Palestinian lands from Palestinian owners.
The Miles of Smiles convoy announced the arrival of humanitarian and medical aid to the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing, while ambulances are expected to arrive within the next month after obtaining approval from Egyptian authorities.
Dr Essam Youssef, general coordinator of the convoy, said in a press statement yesterday that the convoy submitted a request to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry detailing the list of people who are supporting the convoy and urged the Egyptian authorities to approve the entry of these delegations at the appropriate time.
Youssef pointed out that the aid that has arrived includes medicines, medical equipment and assistive devices for persons with special needs, in addition to relief aid for poor families.
The convoy coordinator thanked the Egyptian authorities for allowing the delivery of aid and approving the entry of ambulances, noting that this has been transported in coordination with the Sons of Sinai Company and the Tahya Misr Fund.
Youssef said there are 25 fully equipped ambulances waiting to enter the Strip.
Youssef stressed the need to continue relief work to support the Gaza Strip, which suffers from high poverty and unemployment rates due to the occupation and the continuous Israeli siege which has been ongoing for 14 years, in addition to the significant shortage of medicines and medical supplies, and the state of exhaustion experienced by the medical sector as a result of the blockade, successive wars and the repercussions of the coronavirus.
The commission disclosed in a report that the 40 female Palestinian prisoners in Damon prison are facing “brutal detention and interrogation conditions” and are “subjected to all methods of psychological torture and deprivation of the most basic life necessities.”
The report cited the testimony of prisoner Mona Qaadan, 50, from the Jenin governorate in northern West Bank, who has been detained for nearly three months.
According to the commission, Qaadan was continuously interrogated for 22 days, from 8:30 am until 4 am the next day. Qaadan was arrested for the sixth time and has spent a total of eight years in Israeli prisons.
“During the [interrogation sessions], she remained handcuffed with iron handcuffs to the back, attached to a chair and was subjected to obscenities, insults and threats to arrest all her family, including her brother Tariq, who was actually arrested later,” the report disclosed.
The report quoted Qaadan describing her detention cell as: “Full of damp and smelly, sometimes cold and sometimes hot, they (the jailers) controlled the room’s temperature, and although I asked for cleaning materials several times, they refused.”
Israel detains around 4,850 Palestinians, including 225 children and 540 administrative detainees.
“I am tired of reporting the same brutality every day, of thinking of new ways to describe the obvious.”
Those are the words of Mohammed El-Kurd, the renowned Palestinian activist from East Jerusalem. He and his family are threatened with expulsion from their homes. They have committed no crime, but are being kicked out solely and exclusively because they are not Jewish, and Israel is a Jewish supremacist state.
Mohammed and his sister Muna El-Kurd had an upswing of media attention back in May-June, when the Israeli war against Gaza was being resisted by the Palestinian “Unity Uprising”.Now, that has died down. But the Palestinian plight remains the same.
“The situation in Sheikh Jarrah is not hard to understand,” Mohammed wrote in his Guardian opinion piece debut this week. “It is a perfect illustration of settler colonialism, a microcosm of the reality for Palestinians across 73 years of Zionist rule.”
Zionism, Israel’s officially sanctioned – and only legally protected – ideology is a racist one.
El-Kurd’s apparent weariness over having to dream up imaginative new ways of saying and writing the same thing day in and day out, week in and week out, is sadly familiar to those of us who report on the injustices against the Palestinians as our jobs.
Ethnic cleansing is wrong. Ethno-religious supremacy is wrong. Killing children is wrong.
Israeli forces killed 17-year-old Mohammad Munir Mohammad Tamimi yesterday around 5:30 pm in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. He sustained gunshot wounds to the back and exit wounds to his abdomen. He was pronounced dead around midnight in hospital.
Israel has killed 11 Palestinian children in the West Bank since the start of the year. And that’s in addition to the 60 children in Gaza it has killed in the same timeframe.
Muhammad Munir Tamimi had been among a group who had confronted a heavily armed gang of Israeli soldiers invading their village with nothing more than stones. The Israelis even blocked the seriously wounded teen’s evacuation to a hospital in Ramallah as he lay bleeding from his guts – something Israeli soldiers make a habit of.
Israeli forces shot and killed 11-year-old Mohammad Mo’ayyad Bahjat Abu Sara today near Beit Ummar north of Hebron in the occupied West Bank. Mohammad was shot while sitting in the back of his father’s car and was pronounced dead after surgery at Al-Ahli hospital in Hebron.
On Wednesday another Palestinian child was struck down by Israeli army gunfire.
Mohammad Mo’ayyad Bahjat Abu Sara, 11 years old, was gunned down in the hail of Israeli bullets which struck the car he, his father and his family had been using to shop for groceries. Six Israeli soldiers had pelted the car with no less than 13 bullets, according to eyewitnesses.
Palestinian media outlets posted harrowing photos of the car with its abandoned groceries, including bags of bread apparently covered in the dead child’s blood.
In the early hours of yesterday morning, Israeli army thugs raided DCIP’s West Bank office, stealing computers, clients files and hard drives. The human rights group said that no documents were left in the office to give any indication of the reason for the raid, and they did not leave behind any receipt of materials seized.
Khaled Quzmar, the general director of DCIP, said: “This latest act by Israeli authorities pushes forward an ongoing campaign to silence and eliminate Palestinian civil society and human rights organizations like DCIP.”
BREAKING: Israeli forces raided our main office in Al-Bireh today around 5 a.m., confiscating computers, laptops, and files concerning our Palestinian child detainee clients in the Israeli military courts. We were not informed of the reason for the raid.
The group called for Israeli authorities to immediately end their persecutions of Palestinian human rights groups, demanding that “the international community must hold Israeli authorities accountable.”
That is exactly what is missing.
As Mohammed El-Kurd alluded to, the plight of the Palestinians is probably one of the most well understood, well explained and well documented injustices in history.
As he concluded in his Guardian piece: “The problem is not ignorance, it is inaction.” There is no political will in the West to hold Israel to account for its crimes.
UN human rights experts Monday called on the Palestinian Authority and Israel to reschedule elections for the Palestinian presidency, legislature, and municipalities within a reasonable time to ensure “free, fair, democratic, peaceful, and credible” polls, reports Anadolu Agency.
The Palestinian parliamentary elections had been scheduled for May and the presidential polls for July.
They were, however, postponed indefinitely on April 29 by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas due to concerns about Palestinians’ ability to vote in East Jerusalem.
“We are deeply concerned by the postponement of the scheduled elections in Palestine,” said the experts.
The experts included Michael Lynk, special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territory; Irene Khan, special rapporteur on the right to freedom of expression; and Clement Nyaletsossi Voule, special rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly.
“The Palestinian elections present a monumental opportunity to renew the democratic process, to address the long-standing internal political divisions, to strengthen accountable institutions, and to take an important step towards achieving the fundamental national and individual rights of the Palestinian people,” the experts asserted.
“We call upon Israel to clearly state that it will allow the full democratic participation of Palestinians in East Jerusalem in the planned elections. As the occupying power in East Jerusalem, it must interfere as little as possible with the rights and daily lives of the Palestinians.”
They said that given advances in technology and remote and electronic voting, a variety of means to enable full democratic participation is available.
Palestinian movement Fatah has ruled out any possible of reconciliation with dismissed leader Mohammad Dahlan.
Speaking to Al-Watan Voice, spokesperson Hussein Hamayel said: “Dahlan is behind us, and all the analyses regarding his return to the movement are false.”
This came after Gaza MP Ashraf Jumaa wrote on Facebook: “We are awaiting a dramatic incident.” Some people predicted it could be a reconciliation between Fatah and Dahlan.
“We do not have any interest in reconciliation with Dahlan,” Hamayel stressed, noting that the decision to dismiss Dahlan was taken by Fatah’s Central Committee.
Meanwhile, Dahlan’s Democratic Reform Bloc said he “is always seeking to reunite Fatah”, while calling to “stop the autocratic domination over Fatah.”
Fifty-eight-year-old Dahlan was expelled from Fatah’s ruling body in 2011 on allegations of plotting to overthrow Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and has been living in exile in the UAE since 2012.
He was the former head of the Fatah-dominated Preventive Security Force in the Gaza Strip.
In December 2019, Turkey added Dahlan to its most wanted terrorist list, with a $1.7 million bounty on his head, due to his alleged involvement in perpetrating the attempted military coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government on 15 July 2016, in cooperation with followers of the exiled Turkish cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who remains in the US.
A Jewish Israeli journalist said at the weekend that the establishment of a Palestinian state would “cripple” US interests in the Middle East. Yoram Ettinger added that the land of Palestine is the cradle of Judaism and claimed that the establishment of a Palestinian entity would be a violation of international law.
Ettinger made his comments in the Jewish National Syndicate. Both the League of Nations in 1922 and the UN 23 years later, he said, were “committed to establishing a Jewish National Home in the entire area [of Palestine].”
Having a state of Palestine on what he believes is Israeli territory would, he argued, “add another rogue regime to the stormy region, intensify terrorism and war, inflame regional instability, exacerbate the Israel-Palestinian conflict, undermine the expansion of the Israel-Arab peace process, generate a tailwind for rogue entities and cripple US interests.”
Furthermore, an Israeli “retreat” to the pre-1967 status quo “would obliterate Israel’s posture of deterrence, and would transform Israel from a unique force-multiplier to a strategic liability for the US, depriving it of the largest aircraft carrier, which does not require a single American on board.”
In order to push the Palestinians to forget about their dream of liberating their land, he suggested that, “A dramatic Israeli territorial concession, buttressed by a game-changing international financial package, would entice the Palestinians to abandon the goal to eliminate the Jewish State.”
The journalist pointed out that the US has been supporting a two-state solution which, if implemented, will see a Palestinian state on less than 20 per cent of historic Palestine alongside Israel on more than 80 per cent. To add some historical context to this, it should be noted that the UN 1947 Partition Plan envisaged an almost 50-50 split of the land, with a slight territorial bias towards what became the state of Israel.