Report: PA committed 2,578 violations in West Bank in 2021

A man stands with his chest bared during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Palestinian security forces in the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on June 26, 2021, following a demonstration against the death of human rights activist Nizar Banat while in the custody of Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces earlier in the week [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images]
A man stands with his chest bared during confrontations between Palestinian protesters and Palestinian security forces in the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on June 26, 2021, following a demonstration against the death of human rights activist Nizar Banat while in the custody of Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces earlier in the week

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has committed 2,578 violations against Palestinians in the West Bank during 2021, the Committee of Families of Political Detainees announced on Friday.

In its annual report, the committee said that 2021 could have been named “the black year of the PA’s suppression of freedoms.”

The report stated that the violations included oppression of people, raids of mosques, dispersing protests in public squares, cancelling elections and using heavy sticks to beat anti-corruption protesters.

According to the report, the PA’s violations caused the deaths of two Palestinians, including activist Nizar Banat, who was kidnapped by the PA security services and beaten to death, and Amir Issa Abu Khaled Al-Ledawi, who died of injuries after his vehicle overturned while being chased by Palestinian Security Services (PSS) forces.

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In addition, the report pointed out that the PA’s violation of national principles continues, including the security cooperation with the Israeli occupation army against the Palestinian resistance and chasing the Palestinian freedom fighters.

The report announced that 592 Palestinian detainees experienced “the worst, psychological, verbal and physical torture inside the PA prisons,” noting that this pushed 43 to go on hunger strike in protest against their detention conditions.

At the same time, the report stated that the violations also included suspension of salaries and defamation against students, university professors, lawyers, engineers, preachers, traders, doctors and even MPs.

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(Source / 16.01.2022)

Palestinians married to Israeli citizens excluded from COVID vaccine pass

Video Thumb - Palestinians married to Israeli citizens excluded from Covid-19 vaccine pass [MEMO]

Proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 is required to gain admission to a range of public places

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Despite receiving all required doses of the vaccine Palestinians with legal residency in Israel have reported difficulties acquiring the Israeli Health Ministry’s ‘Green Pass’ – certifying they have been vaccinated against or recovered from the virus.

Proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 is required to gain admission to a range of public places.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel has called on the Health Ministry to urgently look into the issue which could jeopardise the Palestinian residents’ access to employment and other services.

“My wife hasn’t lived [in the occupied Palestinian territories] since 2004…The Health Ministry is washing its hands of us.” says Adam Ziadna, Palestinian citizen of Israel. He added:

We feel humiliated and discriminated against after so many months of trying to issue a Green Pass so we can live like normal people in Israel.

(Source / 16.01.2022)

Hamas: ‘Demonstrations in Negev prove Israel’s inability to defeat Palestinians’

Palestinian Bedouins, who are natives of the Negev Desert in the south of Israel, stage a demonstration against the planting works carried out by the Jewish National Fund, on January 13, 2022 in Israel [Mücahit Aydemir / Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian Bedouins, who are natives of the Negev Desert in the south of Israel, stage a demonstration against the planting works carried out by the Jewish National Fund, on January 13, 2022 in Israel

Hamas Spokesperson Hazem Qasem asserted on Friday that the uprising in the Negev region demonstrates that the Zionist occupation cannot defeat the Palestinians despite using all of its “colonial tools”.

“Using all of its colonial tools, the Zionist Israeli occupation failed to uproot our people from the Negev,” Qasem avowed in a statement.

“Palestinian patriotism achieved clear progress against the Zionist colonial mechanisms,” he added, pointing to the Jewish National Fund (JNF)’s project to plant trees in the Negev region as a means of removing the Arabs from their lands.

“This is a continuous battle,” he expressed, adding:

It will never end without the victory of our people, who are the real owners of the land.

Read: Many injured as police break up protests in Israel’s Negev region

Earlier on Friday, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Adalah, disclosed that the Israeli police used “all brutal means” to suppress a “legal” demonstration organised on Thursday in the Negev. Adalah reported that the Israeli police detained a large number of protesters.

There are around 300 Israeli Arabs – Palestinians who did not flee the Israeli occupation in 1948 – living on five per cent of their land, while Israel confiscated 95 per cent of it in 1948.

Arabs in the Negev region consist of Bedouin tribes living in villages scattered across the area. Many have been there since before the Israeli occupation.

Read: Forestation in Negev to continue, Israel minister says

Israel is trying to steal more Palestinian land in the Negev - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]
Israel is trying to steal more Palestinian land in the Negev – Cartoon

(Source / 15.01.2022)

Jerusalem Islamic Waqf: ‘Israel occupation forbids increasing Al-Aqsa guards’

Director of Al Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani in Jerusalem on 27 July 2017. ( Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency )
Director of Al Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani in Jerusalem on 27 July 2017 

The Directorate of the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf revealed on Friday that the Israeli occupation authorities have rejected and prevented the implementation of its decision to increase the number of guards at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Director of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani explained: “Occupation authorities are constantly seeking to deport and arrest the guards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially in light of the increase in almost daily incursions by settlers to Al-Aqsa Mosque, and their attempts to perform Talmudic rituals and prayers.”

In an exclusive statement to Arabi21, he stressed: “The violations by the occupation authorities and extremists are continuing against Al-Aqsa Mosque. The occupation is trying to impose new policies against Al-Aqsa Mosque, to create a new reality.”

Due to the expected increase in the number of settlers that may raid Al-Aqsa Mosque, Al-Kiswani shared: “There is a decision to increase the number of guards and employees, in coordination with the Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs”.

He indicated: “There are interventions (by the occupation) to prevent the guards who were employed or re-employed by those previously contracted in 2017. The occupation authorities threatened to arrest the new guards if they start their job.”

He considers that the practices of the occupation authorities are: “A blatant interference in the affairs of Islamic Awqaf. This matter has been reported to the Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, and it is addressing the matter with the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – this is what we were promised.”

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The Director of the Directorate of Jerusalem Islamic Waqf warned: “The directorate is keen that the guards of Al-Aqsa Mosque are not to be arrested or attacked by the occupation.”

“The Directorate of Jerusalem Islamic Waqf is carrying out its duty towards Al-Aqsa Mosque, and preserving its Islamic and Arab identity, even though the price for that may be high, which is the deportation and arresting of Al-Aqsa guards, the expulsion of employees and the restriction on the Directorate of the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf,” he informed Arabi21.

He stressed that all occupation measures: “Will not deter us from fulfilling our duty towards Al-Aqsa Mosque and preserving it, in light of the fierce attack of the occupation against it.”

The official of the Directorate of the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf expressed his deep regret over the state of: “Failure of the Arab and Islamic position towards what is happening in Al-Aqsa, which is a stance that unfortunately does not support the position of the directorate in facing the fierce attack on Al-Aqsa and attempts to Judaise it, and the rejection of the de facto policy by force of occupation and weapons.”

Al-Quds International Institution confirmed: “The targeting of Al-Aqsa guards and Directorate of Jerusalem Islamic Waqf staff by the occupation aims to end the presence of the Islamic Awqaf, to impose the occupation’s management of Al-Aqsa, to monopolise the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to assume control over it instead of the Islamic Awqaf.”

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Al-Quds International Institution expressed its surprise in a statement received by Arabi21 that the repeated attacks by the occupation against the guards of Al-Aqsa and the staff of the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf: “Passed without any comment or official Jordanian position at any level.”

The institution warned: “The occurrence of such aggression without any response would tempt the occupation with greater aggression, and it is a dangerous indication about the retreat of the official cover for Al-Aqsa Mosque, at a time when it is exposed to an existential threat targeting its identity.”

(Source / 08.01.2022)

Palestinian prisoners enter 40th year in Israel detention

Karim Younis, the longest-serving political prisoner who has been incarcerated by Israel since 1983 [Ma'an News Agency]
Karim Younis, the longest-serving political prisoner who has been incarcerated by Israel since 1983

The two longest-serving Palestinian freedom fighters incarcerated in Israel have entered their 40th and last year behind bars, Palestinian Wafa news agency reported citing the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) yesterday.

According to PPS, Karim Younis, 63, and his cousin, Maher Younis, 64, both from the Arab-Israeli town of Ara in northern Israel, were detained on 6 January 1983 for their resistance of the Israeli occupation and sentenced to life in prison, which was later commuted to 40 years.

PPC said the Younis cousins were supposed to have been freed in 2014 in a deal brokered by then-US Secretary of State John Kerry in which Israel was supposed to free all Palestinian prisoners detained before the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords that launched the peace process between the Palestinians and Israel.

The prisoners were due to be released in four batches. However, Israel did not fulfil its obligations, releasing only the first three batches which included mainly

Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Detains from occupied East Jerusalem and Israel were not released.

In a previous interview with Arab48, Karim’s mother, Sobhia Younis, who is over 80 years old, said the most painful moments during his decades of captivity, was in 1985 when Karim was supposed to be released as part of a prisoner swap deal and Israeli authorities decided to detain him just as he was walking out of prison.

Both prisoners are due to be released in a year’s time, PPS said.

READ: Will 2022 be the ‘Year of the Palestinian Prisoners’?

(Source / 07.01.2022)

Israel to build new town near Gaza Strip

Director General of the Ministry of Construction and Housing, Aviad Friedman [Wikimedia]
Director General of the Ministry of Construction and Housing, Aviad Friedman 

Israel’s National Planning and Building Council yesterday approved establishing a new Jewish community in the periphery of the occupied Gaza Strip, Anadolu reported.

The new settlement would be given a temporary name – Hanoun – and it will be home to 500 Israeli Jewish families.

Anadolu reported a statement issued by the Israeli Construction and Housing Ministry, saying: “The National Planning and Building Council held a meeting today and agreed to ask the Israeli government to approve building Hanoun settlement.”

It will be located east of the Kibbutz of Sa’ad under the jurisdiction of the Sdot Negev Regional Council.

“The new settlement will meet the settlers’ demands in the region and will reinforce our southern borders with the Gaza Strip,” the statement also said.

Director General of the Ministry of Construction and Housing, Aviad Friedman, said: “This is an important step regarding the expansion of settlement on the periphery of Gaza. This reinforces the whole area.”

Friedman said that there is “much demand” on relocation to the south “where there is qualitative life with wide spaces.”

“I expect the new settlement would attract many young families.”

The government must not approve the development before construction can begin on site.

READ: Israel settlers aim to terrorise Palestinians out of their land, research finds

(Source / 05.01.2022)

Israel movement calls on PM to stop meetings with PA president

Naftali Bennett, Israel's prime minister, during the Jerusalem Post Conference in Jerusalem, Israel, on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 [Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg via Getty Images]
Israel’s prime minister Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem on 12 October 2021

An Israeli security movement, which includes former and retired security officials, has called on Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to stop meetings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Channel 7 reported.

The movement said in a statement yesterday that Abbas is a “supporter of terrorism, a Holocaust denier, and a corrupt dictator who hates his own people”, adding that horrific crimes against human rights are being committed in the basements of his security agencies.

The movement’s Director-General, Brigadier General (reserve) Amir Efifi, said: “Abu Mazen [Abbas] denies the occurrence of the Holocaust and funds education on the basis of hatred for Jews and that Israel is not legitimate. We should not mix things up, as Abu Mazen is an enemy.”

“Abu Mazen is a corrupt leader who lacks legitimacy, funds terrorism worth NIS1.2 billion [$0.39 billion] annually, leads the global campaign to delegitimise Israel, and promotes brutal and anti-Semitic incitement in Palestinian education,” he said, adding that the possibility of the Palestinian Authority continuation after Abbas is not great.

Last week, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz hosted Abbas in his home for a meeting where they discussed the importance of “deepening security coordination,” and combating terrorism.

The meeting has been slammed by both Palestinians and right-wing Israelis.

OPINION: Mahmoud Abbas and his loyalty to US-Israeli interests

(Source / 05.01.2022)

Right-wing Israeli attacks Palestinian journalist

Palestinian video journalist Fayez Abu Armeleh was attacked by a right-wing Israeli protester today as he covered events on the ground outside the hospital where hunger striker Hisham Abu Hawash is being held

Palestinian video journalist Fayez Abu Armeleh was attacked by a right-wing Israeli protester today as he covered events on the ground outside the hospital where hunger striker Hisham Abu Hawash is being held.

Abu Hawash agreed to end his 141-day hunger strike yesterday after Israeli authorities agreed to release him on 26 February. He has been held since 27 October 2020 without charge or trial.

Anadolu video journalist Abu Armeleh was covering protests outside the Shamir Medical Centre when Israelis attacked him, causing him to fall to the ground with a head injury.

Though there was a strong police presence outside the hospital the assailant was not captured and his identity remains unknown.

The attack was captured during a live broadcast on Al-Ghad TV with the man seen with his face covered, an Israeli flag tied around his neck verballyabusing and beating the journalist.

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(Source / 05.01.2022)

Israel refuses to provide evidence for banning Palestinian rights groups

Salah Hamouri, Franco-Palestinian lawyer and field researcher for ADDAMEER (Conscience) Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, gives an interview with AFP at the NGO's offices in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 1, 2020 [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images]
Salah Hamouri, Franco-Palestinian lawyer and field researcher for ADDAMEER (Conscience) Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, gives an interview with AFP at the NGO’s offices in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 1, 2020

The Israeli occupation authorities have failed to provide evidence for outlawing six Palestinian human rights and civil society groups, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel (Adalah) said on Tuesday.

“The organisations have not received any of the evidentiary materials that the Israeli authorities purport to justify this draconian and sweeping measure,” Adalah said in a statement.

Adalah pointed out that it had sent a letter to the Israeli security authorities, demanding that they reveal all of the evidence forming the bases of the designations.

“There is no justice, fairness or due process for the organisations, without access to these materials in their entirety in order to defend themselves,” Adalah stressed.

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On 19 October 2021, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz designated six leading Palestinian human rights and civil society groups as “terrorist organisations” under Israel’s domestic Counter-Terrorism Law which was ratified in 2016.

The Israeli military commander in the occupied West Bank also outlawed all the six groups, declaring them “unlawful associations.”

Adalah’s legal team said that “the designations constitute a blatant political decision aimed at destroying Palestinian civil society, based on arbitrary law and emergency measures.”

In its statement, Adalah described the six groups as “the most vocal against Israel’s occupation and apartheid policies locally and internationally and provide needed services to a wide range of Palestinian communities,” hinting that this is the real reason behind banning them.

“These baseless designations aim to delegitimise and discredit the work of these groups, placing the organisations, their staff and their supporters in danger of criminal charges,” the statement said.

Adalah reiterated that the six groups did not have any information about the reason for their designation. “To date, they have had no meaningful opportunity to review and challenge the bases of the designations, as no evidence has been provided to them,” Adalah said.

READ: Palestine NGOs call for boycotting meetings with US envoy

(Source / 28.12.2021)

BDS declares support for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails

A protest calling for the boycott of Israel in Johannesburg, South Africa on 31 May 2019 [Afro-Palestine Newswire Service]
A protest calling for the boycott of Israel in Johannesburg, South Africa on 31 May 2019

Palestinian BDS National Committee declared on Tuesday its support for the Palestinian administrative detainees inside Israeli jails, a statement said.

In response to the Palestinian detainees, the Palestinian BDS National Committee called for the boycotting of Israeli courts in every matter related to administrative detention “in order to contribute to ending this illegal detention.”

The BDS committee said in its statement: “We stand in support of the 520 administrative detainees, who are being deprived of their basic rights inside the Israeli jails.”

According to the statement, the committee said: “This support came in light of the increasing Israeli apartheid and crimes against female and male prisoners inside the Israeli jails.”

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The BDS committee stated that the practice of administrative detention is banned by international law because it detains prisoners without any charges.

Meanwhile, the committee announced that it is ready to take any measure in support of the prisoners’ cause, including boycotting and divesting from banks, universities and other institutions “conspiring with Israel against our prisoners.”

The BDS committee renewed its call for popular action in order to pressure the Israeli occupation to release the prisoners.

It also called for the intensification of international action to hold Israel accountable for its crimes against the Palestinian people and their rights.

(Source / 28.12.2021)