Hamas hails UN report on Israel’s siege on Gaza

Yahya Sinwar, the head of Hamas in Gaza on April 30, 2022

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas on Friday hailed the United Nations Office for Human Rights Affairs (UNOCHA)’s report shedding light on the Israeli siege on Gaza.

In a statement, Hamas Spokesperson Abdel-Latif Al-Qanou announced: “This report is considered a new UN document added to a series of previous documents that monitors the crimes and violations of the Zionist occupation.”

Al-Qanou called for the international community to hold Israel accountable for its “oppression and aggression” against Palestinians.

He also called for the international community to pressure the Israeli occupation to stop its violations and attacks on Palestinians, as well as to lift its oppressive siege on Gaza.

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The UNOCHA report shared that Israel’s land, sea and air blockade: “Has significantly exacerbated previous restrictions, limiting the number and specified categories of people and goods allowed in and out through the Israeli-controlled crossings.”

According to the report: “Israeli forces restrict access off the Gaza coast, currently only allowing fishermen to access 50 per cent of the fishing waters allocated for this purpose under the Oslo Accords.”

It also reported: “Unemployment levels in Gaza are amongst the highest in the world: the Q1 jobless rate in 2022 was 46.6 per cent, compared with an average of 34.8 per cent in 2006. Youth unemployment for the same period (age 15-29) stands at 62.5 per cent.”

The report added: “31 per cent of households in Gaza have difficulties meeting essential education needs such as tuition fees and books, due to lack of financial resources, and 1.3 million out of 2.1 million Palestinians in Gaza (62 per cent) require food assistance.”

The report also noted that Gaza’s sole power plant and electricity bought from Israel only meet about 50 per cent of the electricity demand in Gaza, while 78 per cent of piped water in Gaza is unfit for human consumption.

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(Source / 02.07.2022)

Israel settlers, police attack Sheikh Jarrah protest 

About a hundred of people gather to protest against Israel’s occupation, illegal settlement policies and deportation of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem on February 25, 2022

Israeli occupation police detained five Palestinians after Israeli settlers attacked them during the weekly anti-expulsion protest in Sheikh Jarrah.

Saleh Diab, an activist from Sheikh Jarrah, said: “A number of Israeli settlers spread in the area during the weekly protest and attacked the protesters as soon as they had arrived near a farm of the Salem family.”

The settlers stole the Palestine flag from the protesters and tore it up, Diab shared.

He added: “Settlers’ aggression on the protesters continued in the presence of the Israeli occupation police.”

In addition, he said that the Israeli police attacked the protesters and detained five of them while they were on their way home.

Diab explained that protests have been organised weekly for years in rejection of the Israeli decisions to expel Palestinians from their homes.

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(Source / 02.07.2022)

HRW: Palestinian authorities ‘systematically mistreating and torturing’ detainees

Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian man in Jerusalem on 28 February 2022



 

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has criticised Palestinian authorities in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip in its recent report for systematically torturing critics in detention, which could amount to crimes against humanity.

Entitled “Palestine: Impunity for Arbitrary Arrests, Torture”, the international rights group called for donor countries to cut off funding to Palestinian security forces that commit such crimes and urged the International Criminal Court to investigate.

The report found that the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas both “commonly use positional abuse or shabeh, where officers placed detainees in painful stress positions for many hours at a time, using a mix of techniques that often left little or no trace on the body.”

“This tactic, which parallels years of Israeli practice against Palestinians, can amount to torture when it constitutes deliberate infliction of severe harm,” the report added.

HRW’s report comes a year after the death of Nizar Banat, a 43-year-old activist who was a stern critic of the PA and Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas. His family says he died after security forces stormed his residence in the middle of the night and beat him with metal batons and has accused the PA of trying to cover up the details.

Protests over Banat’s death were responded with extreme violence by PA security agencies.

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“More than a year after beating to death Nizar Banat, the Palestinian Authority continues to arrest and torture critics and opponents,” said Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at HRW. “Systematic abuse by the PA and Hamas forms a critical part of the repression of the Palestinian people.”

The report includes a list of Palestinians who had been arbitrarily arrested in the aftermath of Banat’s death.

Hamza Zbeidat, 38, told HRW that PA police forces arrested him as he arrived at a planned August 2021 protest about Banat’s case. Prosecutors later charged Zbeidat with insulting “higher authorities”, “unlawful assembly” and inciting “sectarian strife”.  He said he spent three nights in an overcrowded, tiny cell without proper ventilation and tested positive for Covid-19 several days after his release, with charges outstanding.

Meanwhile, HRW said security forces were not held to account for the alleged torture they imposed, which included the use of “solitary confinement and beatings, whipping their feet, painful stress positions for prolonged periods and hoisting their arms behind their backs with cables or rope.”

Palestine is part of the Convention Against Torture, which requires members to work to prevent torture.

(Source / 01.07.2022)

Israel court postpones expulsion of Palestinian family from Silwan

Residents, who watched the demolition of their home, experience sadness as Israeli excavators demolish 2-storey building, belonging to Palestinian al-Rajbi family, claiming that they are “unlicensed” in Silwan Neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, Jerusalem on May 10, 2022

The Israeli High Court yesterday delayed a decision to expel a Palestinian family from its home in Wadi Al-Hilwa of occupied Jerusalem’s Silwan neighbourhood.

The court, according to Safa news agency, said it was awaiting a reply from the Custodian of Absentee Property on why he had declared the house as an absentee property without checking the heirs of the previous owner.

Lawyer Mohammad Dahla told Safa that the house was originally owned by the late Musa Samreen, who had granted unconditional permission for Mohammad Samreen and his wife to live in it.

The lawyer said that he had explained this in the appeal filed to the court prior, noting that the court accepted the appeal and decided to wait for the reply from the Custodian of Absentee Property.

He said that the court asked the Custodian of Absentee Property to clarify the reason why it had decided that the house is an absentee property while the resident, who might have a will from the late owner, is living in the house.

Israeli District Court has previously decided to expel the Palestinian family from the house in favour of settlement groups and the El Ad Settlement Fund.

The Absentees’ Property Law was the main legal instrument used by Israel to take possession of the land belonging to the internal and external Palestinian refugees, and Muslim Waqf properties across the state.

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(Source / 30.06.2022)

2 Palestinians run over then detained by Israel soldiers

Israeli forces in the West Bank on 11 April 2022

Two Palestinians drivers were run over and detained yesterday by Israeli occupation officers who hit them with their vehicle near the town of Al-Khader to the south of occupied Bethlehem, reported Wafa news agency.

Local eyewitnesses said Israeli officers hit the Palestinians, who were riding on their motorcycle. The pair, from the Dheisheh Refugee Camp, suffered severe injuries.

Following treatment at the Palestine Red Crescent Society, the two were detained by the Israeli soldiers during a night raid.

Night raids by Israeli occupation forces are a near daily practice in the occupied West Bank. Israel claims that such raids are essential for intelligence purposes, but rights groups have slammed the practice, insisting that the goal is to oppress and intimidate the Palestinian population and increase state control. Like checkpoints and the illegal Separation Wall, the raids are part of the DNA of the occupation, say critics.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967. Human rights abuses against Palestinians and breaches of international law are daily occurrences.

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(Source / 30.06.2022)

Israel ‘exploits’ Palestinian prisoners’ deteriorating health

People, holding photos of Palestinian prisoners and Palestinian flags, stage a demonstration demanding that the corpses of Palestinian prisoners who lost their lives in Israeli jails be returned to their families in front of International Committee of the Red Cross building in Gaza City, Gaza on May 23, 2022

More than 4,500 Palestinian prisoners have been enduring harsh detention conditions inside Israeli jails, including 600 sick detainees who do not have access to proper healthcare, Safa news agency reported yesterday.

Safa reported sources close to the prisoner issue saying that 200 of the 600 sick prisoners are suffering from chronic diseases and are not undergoing the necessary medical treatment.

A recent statistic issued by the Palestine Prisoners’ Club (PPC) stated that six prisoners inside Israeli jails have been diagnosed with cancer since June 2021, bringing the total number of prisoners suffering from cancer to 23.

Meanwhile, Safa reported that the Israeli prisoners of war held captive by the Palestinians have proper detention conditions and receive the best healthcare, citing the video footage of the Israeli prisoner who suffered from a sudden deterioration in his health.

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However, former Palestinian prisoner Raafat Hamadouneh told Safa that the Israeli occupation “exploits the suffering and pain of the prisoners inside the interrogation rooms to grab false confessions.”

In addition, he said, the Israeli prison services do not recognise that a Palestinian prisoner is sick, “but when a prisoner starts complaining from pain, it reinterrogates him to get new confessions.”

Hamdouneh cited several cases, including children who suffered injuries caused by Israeli army fire being handcuffed and chained to their beds.

He also highlighted the case of a former female prisoner who gave birth while she was handcuffed and tied to her bed.

The former prisoner, who is active in support for prisoners’ issue, said that 228 Palestinian prisoners have died inside Israeli jails since 1967, including 72 who died as a result of a lack of proper healthcare.

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(Source / 30.06.2022)

Islamic Jihad warns PA against aggression on Sheikh Khader Adnan

Palestinian activist Sheikh Khader Adnan speaks during a rally near the West Bank city of Jenin July 12, 2015

The Islamic Jihad in Palestine (IJP) has warned the Palestinian Authority (PA) on Friday against any aggression toward its senior leader Sheikh Khader Adnan, a statement announced.

In a statement reported by Safa Press Agency, the IJP condemned the “abuse and threats campaign” targeting Sheikh Khader Adnan.

This campaign is run by “suspicious sides” not loyal to the national Palestinian principles, the IJP’s statement asserted, pointing out that the campaign is run by intelligence agencies of the Zionist enemy.

According to the IJP, such a campaign comes from Israeli attempts to “terrorise the free Palestinians” in the occupied West Bank.

“We stress that targeting Sheikh Khader Adnan is targeting the whole IJP movement,” the statement declared.

It is worth noting that Adnan survived an assassination attempt when an unknown person opened fire at him when he attended funeral services for a Palestinian martyr in Nablus, in February this year.

The assassination attempt was widely condemned by Palestinian factions and NGOs.

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(Source / 25.06.2022)

OCHA: Israel must stop daily pressure to deport Palestinians from Masafer Yatta

An aerial view of a settlement as Masafer Yatta communities living in caves and makeshift buildings determined to remain in their land despite the Israeli court’s decision allowing the forced eviction, south of Hebron in West Bank on May 7, 2022

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory has called on Israel to stop demolitions, military activities and other increasingly coercive measures in Masafer Yatta and allow Palestinian residents to remain in their homes in safety and dignity.

“Pressure on the communities of Masafer Yatta in the West Bank to leave their homes has been mounting since 4 May when the Israeli High Court sanctioned their planned expulsion to make way for military training,” said Yevonne Helle, the acting humanitarian coordinator.

“The humanitarian community stands ready to provide assistance to the people of Masafer Yatta. But ultimately, the authorities must fulfil their obligations to protect them in accordance with international law,” she added.

“Over the past weeks, dozens of people have had their homes demolished in Khirbet Al Fakhiet and Mirkez, in some cases for the third time in less than a year. In Khirbet at Tabban and Khallet Athaba’, new demolition orders have been issued in the past two weeks. Most recently, a military exercise was launched close to residential areas. They are frightened,” she added.

Masafer Yatta is home to 1,144 people, including 569 children. In addition to the immediate impact of any demolitions on lives and livelihoods, these measures could amount to human rights violations including forced evictions, exposing people to the risk of forcible transfer, a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, according to the same source.

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(Source / 24.06.2022)

Israel: Drones, jets carry out missile strikes in Gaza

Israeli drones and fighter jets carried out several strikes on Saturday morning in the besieged Gaza Strip, causing heavy damage. However, no human casualties were reported.

A drone fired one missile at the centre of the Gaza Strip, followed by four other missiles fired by fighter jets that destroyed the site and caused a fire.

In the southeast of Gaza City, an Israeli jet fired two missiles at a Malaka site, east of the Zaytoun neighbourhood, destroying the whole area of the Field Control Forces.

A drone fired two missiles north of Beit Lahiya and a third east of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, destroying security sites and damaging nearby homes.

The Israeli occupation army claimed the attacks came following a missile fired from the Gaza Strip, intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome.

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(Source / 18.06.2022)

Israel settlers attack elderly West Bank Palestinian

Israeli settlers on Saturday night attacked and injured an elderly Palestinian man in the occupied southern West Bank city of Hebron, family sources shared.

The Israeli occupation settlers also attacked Palestinian homes in the area.

Palestinian medical sources identified the elderly man as Abdul Karim Al-Jabari.

Areej, Al-Jabari’s daughter, said that the Israeli settlers attacked her father while he was working on his farm, resulting in head injuries. The elderly man was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Settlers also attacked Al-Jabari’s house, located near the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba, east of Hebron, and other homes in the neighbourhoods. The settlers vandalised gardens and properties, terrorising women and children.

Extremist settlers living in illegal settlements in Hebron regularly attack Palestinian civilians under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces.

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(Source / 18.06.2022)