Israel arrests 6 Palestine fishermen off Gaza coast

The Israeli Navy arrested, on Monday, six Palestinian fishermen and confiscated two boats, south of the Gaza Strip shores, Anadolu News Agency reports.

“The Israeli navy forces arrested six fishermen and confiscated two boats,” Nizar Ayyash, Head of Gaza’s fishermen union, told Anadolu Agency.

He added that “the six fishermen were working near the Palestinian-Egyptian maritime borders.”

There was no comment from Israeli authorities on the arrest.

READ: Gaza’s fishermen struggling for a catch to feed their families

However, Israeli media reported earlier that “the Israeli navy stopped two fishing boats off the coast of the Gaza Strip, near the maritime borders with Egypt, confiscated the boats and detained the fishermen on board, and handed them for investigation.”

Israel allows Palestinians in the blockaded Gaza Strip to fish only at a distance of 15 nautical miles.

Roughly 50,000 Gazans earn their living through fishing, according to the fishermen union.

Palestinian fishermen often suffer from multiple Israeli violations, including attempting to sink Palestinian boats in the sea, firing at them as well as narrowing the fishing area for long periods.

READ: Israel bans fish exports from Gaza to West Bank

(Source / 28.11.2022)

Palestine journalist among those arrested by Israel in West Bank raids

The Israeli Occupation Forces detained a Palestinian journalist this morning, along with 17 Palestinians, during a military raid across the Occupied West Bank.

According to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS), the Israeli forces arrested Sabri Jibril, 35, after raiding and searching his home in the town of Tuquo, based south-east of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.

His arrest comes a few days after he was held and interrogated at an Israeli army checkpoint during his return from an event in support of prisoners.

The soldiers at the checkpoint had also confiscated his phone and press card, added PPS.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said that the Israeli Occupation has committed 513 violations against Palestinians journalists so far this year, including the killing of Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh and her media colleague, Ghofran Warasneh.

Meanwhile, six Palestinians from the Jerusalem governorate, including five from the town of Hizma, based east of Jerusalem, were detained by Israel soldiers during overnight raids at their homes.

Israeli forces raid Palestinian homes on an almost daily basis across the Occupied West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering protests with residents.

In the Ramallah area, soldiers raided the Umm Al-Sharayet neighbourhood of Al-Bireh city and detained a former prisoner after breaking into and searching his home.

Moreover, soldiers detained two Palestinians from the northern West Bank city of Qalqilya.

The mass arrest of Palestinians is nothing new. According to a 2017 report by Addameer, over the past 50 years more than 800,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned or detained by Israel. This figure is now believed to be closer to one million.

READ: ICC urged to investigate Israel’s crimes

(Source / 28.11.2022)

Israel bans Palestinians from entering Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron

Excavations works around and under Ibrahimi Mosque continue on the 28th anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre, in Hebron, West Bank on February 22, 2022

Israeli occupation authorities have banned Palestinians from entering the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied city of Hebron, the Palestinian Ministry of Endowment announced yesterday.

“The occupation authorities will close the Ibrahimi Mosque, starting Friday afternoon until Saturday evening,” the ministry said in a statement, noting that the move had come under the pretext of “celebrating the Jewish Sabbath holiday.”

The ministry added that the Israeli authorities were “taking advantage of the Jewish holidays to harass Palestinians by  imposing collective punishment on them, preventing them from accessing holy sites, and interrogating them at military checkpoints.”

“Every year, the Ibrahimi mosque is completely closed for ten days in conjunction with Jewish religious holidays,” the statement added.

The Ibrahimi Mosque is located in Hebron’s Old City, it falls under the Israeli occupation’s control. It is believed to have been built over the tomb of the Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him).

On 25 February 1994, the extremist Israeli Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire on Palestinian worshippers during Fajr (dawn) prayer at the mosque, killing 29 and wounding about 200 others.

During protests following the massacre, the Israeli occupation forces killed 20 Palestinians and wounded over 150.

Since then, the Israeli occupation has closed the main street in the city and divided the mosque into two parts – one for Palestinians and one for Jews. During the Jewish holidays, Israel prevents Palestinians from entering the mosque.

READ: Hamas calls for protecting Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron

(Source / 18.11.2022)

Israel sets up AI-controlled machine gun in occupied Hebron 

AI-controlled machine gun at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank 

The Israeli occupation forces have installed a new AI-controlled machine gun at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron to track and shoot at Palestinians. Manufactured by Israeli company Smart Shooter, the gun fires stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets, and is also capable of firing tear gas. It is being tested as part of a pilot scheme at Al-Shuhada Street checkpoint.

A spokesperson for the Israeli occupation army told Haaretz that it is “examining the possibility of using remotely controlled systems for the employment of approved measures of crowd dispersal [which] does not include remote control of live gunfire.”

Palestinians in the Old City of Hebron are harassed daily by illegal settlers and occupation soldiers who aim to force them out of their homes in order to establish illegal Jew-only settlements in the area.

Hebron-based Palestinian peace activist Issa Amro expressed serious concern regarding the risk of failure of the AI technology.

“The system was placed in the centre of a heavily populated area, with hundreds of people passing by. Any failure of this technology could have an impact on many people,” he explained to Haaretz. “I see that as part of the transition from human to technological control. We Palestinians have become an object for training the high tech-industry of the Israeli army, which is not held to account for what it does.”

This news comes after Google was found to be providing advanced AI and machine-learning capabilities to the Israeli government through its controversial “Project Nimbus” contract.

According to experts with digital civil rights organisation Access Now, Israel’s use of surveillance and facial recognition technology appears to be among the most elaborate by a country seeking to control a subject population.

READ: Al-Aqsa Mosque stormed by Israeli soldiers to allow illegal settlers in

(Source / 27.09.2022)

Calls to protect Palestinian journalists from Israeli violations

Muslim and Christian demonstrators gather to protest held at the Saint Porphyrius Church in Gaza City, Gaza on May 15, 2022, upon the call of the Palestinian Journalists’ Union and the Council of Representatives of the Arab Orthodox Church for reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, who died as a result of fire opened by Israeli soldiers during a raid in the Jenin refugee camp

Human rights organisations have today demanded protection for journalists from “Israeli violations” in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The call came as part of events to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian Journalist.

Rawhi Fattouh, head of the Palestinian National Council, said in a press statement, that “journalists in the homeland and in the diaspora have sacrificed dozens of martyrs, wounded and prisoners in their path of giving for the sake of honest words and siding with the just cause of their people.”

He denounced “the occupation forces’ targeting of media institutions, the assassination or injury of dozens of journalists with intent to kill, and their arrest, the last of whom is the truthful martyr [Al-Jazeera correspondent who was killed last May], Shireen Abu Akleh.”

“We believe in the power of word, image and freedom of expression, and we also believe in the power of mass struggle and popular resistance in the face of the racist occupier.”

For its part, Hamas called for “strengthening solidarity with Palestinian journalists and media institutions and providing them with protection and support.”

Izzat Al-Rishq, head of the movement’s media office, said: “Israel disregards international laws that protect journalists, and commits crimes against humanity, which will not succeed in concealing the truth and gagging.”

READ: Video proof that Shireen Abu Akleh was targeted by Israel, researchers say

He added, “The persecution, harassment and terrorism practiced against Palestinian media institutions, their closure, destruction and the repeated attempts to combat Palestinian content on social media, are a biased policy adopted by the occupation that serves its racist agenda and contributes to misleading the global public opinion.”

Al-Rishq called “to unify media efforts among all Palestinian, Arab, Islamic and international press and media institutions to serve the Palestinian cause.”

The Information Office in the Gaza Strip said that Israel is committing various forms of violations against Palestinian journalists.

“These violations range from the direct targeting or arrest to prevention of coverage, and ban on travel and movement, in addition to restrictive measures and storming the homes of journalists, especially in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem.”

It noted that more than ten media offices were damaged in August when the Israeli occupation army “targeted a tower in the Rimal neighbourhood of Gaza City, with four missiles.”

The office recorded more than 173 cases of violations by social networking sites and the Israeli occupation in the context of combating Palestinian content.

It called on “human rights organisations and those that defend media freedoms to expose the systematic violations Israel commits against Palestinian journalists, and to provide them with full protection.”

READ: Facebook violating human rights of Palestinian users, report finds

In turn, the Beirut-based Arab Journalists Support Committee called on the International Criminal Court to hold the occupation accountable for its crimes against Palestinian journalists.

In its statement, the committee said that the Israeli occupation has committed 513 violations against Palestinian journalists since the start of the year, including the killing of Abu Akleh and journalist Ghufran Warasna in the West Bank.

It added that “160 journalists have been injured by live, rubber and sponge bullets, poisonous gas bombs, pepper spray and sound bombs, since the beginning of this year.”

According to the statement, the committee observed about “61 cases of arrest, detention, summons, bans from Al-Aqsa Mosque, and house arrest against journalists, as well as 30 cases of extension and postponement of arrest and issuing new sentences for detained journalists.”

The committee called for “launching a local, Arab and international campaign to expose the occupation’s practices against journalists, and to intensify monitoring and documentation of crimes in order to prepare a complete case to file complaints before international courts in order to punish those responsible.”

(Source / 26.09.2022)

8 homeless as Israel forces Jerusalemite to demolish his home

Israeli diggers demolish Palestinian family’s home in East Jerusalem on August 03, 2022

Israeli occupation authorities forced a Jerusalemite to demolish his own home, leaving his family of eight homeless.

Local sources reported that Fareed Jaber started to demolish his home near the Old City’s Bab Al-Asbat, to avoid the heavy fines imposed by the occupation authorities. He was ordered to level the property as it did not have the impossible to obtain building permits required.

The occupation municipality imposes strict conditions and high fees on Palestinian Jerusalemites seeking to obtain permits, the approval of which can take years. Many are compelled to build without as their families grow.

READ: Palestinian family made to ‘pay the price’ in Israel’s illegal collective punishment

(Source / 26.09.2022)

Fatah calls for mobilisation to defend Al-Aqsa from settlers

Fanatic Jewish settlers stormed Al-Aqsa mosque compound accompanying with Israeli riot police within the Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year in Jerusalem on September 26, 2022

Fatah yesterday called on the Palestinians to mobilise and confront extremist right-wing Jewish groups who will storm Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Jewish holidays.

Describing the incursions of extremist Jewish groups and settlers as “part of attempts to Judaise the Holy City,” Fatah stressed: “Tthe Al-Aqsa Mosque and its courtyards are the exclusive right of the Palestinians.”

The so-called Temple Mount groups, who seek to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque and replace it with a Jewish temple, are preparing for large-scale incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque to coincide with the Jewish holiday season, which began yesterday and will continue until October.

Israeli extremist settlers storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque almost daily in an attempt to temporally and spatially divide it.

READ: Blowing Jewish trumpet at Al-Aqsa is ‘disrespectful’ of 1.7bn Muslims, official says

(Source / 26.09.2022)

West Bank: charred body of Palestinian man found in Qalqiliya

Israeli forces in Ramallah, West Bank on March 15, 2019 

A murder investigation is underway after the charred body of a young Palestinian male, believed to be in his twenties, was found in Qalqiliya in the northern West Bank this morning. According to the officers who found the body, there were bullet wounds and signs of severe torture on the corpse, which has been taken to the Institute of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy to be carried out.

Arab48 reported police spokesman Louay Irzeigat as saying that the Public Prosecution has started its investigation into the circumstances of the incident. A report apparently reached the police that shooting was heard in a mountainous area between the towns of Kafr Laqif and Hajjah, east of Qalqiliya.

This came after at least 11 Palestinians were injured on Friday when Israeli forces opened fire to disperse an anti-settlement rally in the city, reported Anadolu. Israel has built 164 settlements and 116 so-called settlement “outposts” in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. Around 650,000 settlers live in the settlements, all of which are illegal under international law.

READ: Israel soldiers filmed beating Palestinian detainees suspended

(Source / 26.09.2022)

Israel Court releases Imam detained over anti-occupation activism; now under restrictive conditions

Sheikh Yousef Al-Baz 

The Israeli Supreme Court approved, on Thursday, the appeal filed by the defence committee for Palestinian citizen of Israel, Sheikh Yousef Al-Baz, 64, from the city of Lod and ordered to place him under restrictive conditions.

The Supreme Court returned Al-Baz’s case file to the Israeli District Court in Lod to determine the conditions for his release by electronic registration.

On 10 August, the Lod District Court extended Sheikh Al-Baz’s detention until the completion of judicial procedures against him.

Al-Baz was detained on 17 June over claims of incitement on social media, referring to his posts published during the Israeli offensive on Gaza in May last year, when thousands of Palestinians in Israel took to the streets in solidarity with the besieged enclave.

“I suggest that you stop your bullies, because your provocation will take us back [to the streets] and you will pay the price for these actions,” Al-Baz wrote on Facebook, allegedly addressing Lod (Lydd) Deputy Mayor, Yossi Harush, after the violent Israeli crackdown on the city’s residents.

READ: Israel charges imam with incitement over anti-occupation activism

“And, as for the war you are threatening us with, Yossi Harush, we promise you that we will easily give up our souls in order to teach you to stop your bullying,” he continued.

Footage of Al-Baz addressing Palestinian citizens of Israel accusing Israeli Police of carrying out “dozens of incidents of slaughter” and vowing that Israel will “exit the land” before the Palestinians do, were also referenced.

Al-Baz served as Imam of the Al Omari Great Mosque in Lod from 1991 to 2018, and still delivers speeches in the mosque and other mosques across Israel.

Commenting on his posts, the 62-year-old said: “That’s my Facebook. I am responsible for it and I stand behind every word that I posted,” stressing that criticising the Israeli occupation is “not incitement”.

According to Israeli media, he was not arrested during the protest in May because of fear that this would have fuelled unrest on the streets.

(Source / 24.09.2022)

PA condemns Israel’s ‘execution’ of Palestine youth in Jerusalem

Israeli police intervene in the funeral procession for a Palestinian youth Walid Sharif, killed by Israeli forces during a raid on Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem on May 16, 2022

The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Friday condemned Israel’s “execution” of Palestinian youth Mohammad Usama Abu Jomaa in Jerusalem and for detaining his body, Al Watan Voice reported.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, the PA announced: “The Israeli occupation forces opened fire at Abu Jomaa without any reason, leaving him dead immediately.”

According to the PA, the Israeli occupation also detained Abu Jomaa’s body and has not yet released the autopsy results.

According to the statement, the PA said the “execution” of the Palestinian youth: “Is part of the daily killings of Palestinians under the instruction of the Israeli political level.”

The PA attributed full responsibility for “committing this crime” to the Israeli occupation government and called on the international community to afford protection for Palestinians.
Concluding the statement, the PA urged the International Criminal Court to: “Immediately start investigating crimes committed by the Israeli occupation and its settlers against Palestinians.”

READ: Israeli forces injure 11 Palestinians in anti-settlement rally

(Source / 24.09.2022)