Israeli undercover forces murder Palestinian youth in West Bank

The killing of Fahd came several hours following the killing of a 17-year-old teen by Israeli police near the French Hill colonial settlement in the occupied city of Jerusalem

Israeli undercover forces murdered on Tuesday at dawn Palestinian youth in the occupied West Bank city of al-Bireh, according to medical sources.

Undercover Israeli forces sneaked their way into Umm Al Sharayet neighbourhood, where they shot and killed a young man identified as Ahmad Jamil Fahd, and left him to bleed to death.

Speaking in an interview with Voice of Palestine radio, Director of the Palestine Medical Complex, Ahmad al-Bitawi, confirmed that that body of Fahd, a resident of Am’ari refugee camp, east of Ramallah city, was rushed to the medical facility, where medics announced him dead.

The killing of Fahd came several hours following the killing of a 17-year-old teen by Israeli police near the French Hill colonial settlement in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Israeli police fired multiple gunshots towards Zuhdi al-Tawil several times near the tram stop after he purportedly carried out a stabbing attack, killing him.

This came just few days after the end of 11-day Israeli onslaught on Gaza, which killed some 283 Palestinians, including 70 children and 40 women, and wounded over 1,950 others and brought widespread devastation to the already impoverished coastal enclave.

(Source / 25.05.2021)

The occupation strikes a number of citizens during marches in separate areas of the West Bank

Today, Friday, a number of civilians were wounded with rubber-coated metal bullets, live bullets, sponge bullets and tear gas canisters, during the occupation’s suppression of anti-settlement marches, which started in each of; Salfit, and in Beit Dajan, east of Salfit, and Deir Jarir, east of Ramallah, and Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqilila.

The official news agency reported that a citizen was hit by a gas canister directly in the head, and dozens of people suffocated as a result of the occupation forces’ suppression of Friday prayers that were held over the lands threatened by the seizure of “Al- Marhat and Al-Ras “, west of Salfit.

The official news agency reported that the owners of the lands threatened by the occupation to seize them in favor of settlement, in the “Al-Marhat and Al-Ras” area, in addition to dozens of citizens participated in the Friday prayer, inviting the PLO factions, the municipality of Salfit, the governorate institutions, the Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission, and the Popular Resistance Committees.

She explained that a citizen was hit with a tear gas canister directly in the head and was transferred to the Martyr Yasser Arafat Hospital in the city, in addition to the injury of dozens of suffocation.

It is noteworthy that more than 50 dunums are threatened with being seized by the occupation, west of Salfit, with the aim of establishing a new settlement outpost, and the occupation forces paved the way for the seizure by uprooting dozens of fruit trees several weeks ago at the site.

In the village of Beit Dajan, east of Nablus, two civilians were shot and dozens of people suffocated with tear gas, after the Israeli occupation forces suppressed an anti-settlement activity.

A member of the Popular Committee for Land Defense in the village of Beit Dajan Salim Abu Jaish said that the occupation forces attacked the participants in the peaceful event, which was launched from in front of the Great Mosque in the center of the village to the eastern region, which is threatened with seizure in favor of settlements.

He added that a young man was injured by live bullets, and another by rubber-coated metal bullets, both of which were in the Al-Qadam area, and were taken to the hospital, while dozens were suffocated with tear gas, indicating that the event came on the occasion of the anniversary of the re-establishment of the People’s Party.

He explained that the eastern region in the village is witnessing confrontations that are still continuing in three locations: Al-Thagah, Al-Khirba and Al-Masif.

It is noteworthy that the eastern region in the village of Beit Dajan has been witnessing continuous confrontations on Fridays for several months, and it is threatening to be seized by the occupation in favor of settlements.

In the village of Deir Jarir, east of Ramallah, a number of citizens were suffocated, as the Israeli occupation army suppressed, today, Friday, a march condemning the establishment of a new settlement outpost in the “Al-Shorfa” mountain area.

The official news agency reported that clashes broke out between the youths and the occupation soldiers in the Ras al-Qanater area near the village, during which the soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters, which resulted in a number of them suffocating .

A march was launched from the center of the village towards the Jabal Al-Shorfa area, denouncing the occupation’s intention to establish a new settlement outpost on large areas of the village’s lands.

It is noteworthy that a number of settlers, protected by the occupation army, set up a tent in the area about two months ago, began digging, and placed a water tank in the place.

This area has been targeted by settlers for years, as they graze their sheep on the village’s farms, which causes great losses to farmers.

In Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqilya, three young men were wounded with sponge bullets in clashes that erupted with the occupation soldiers, following the end of Friday prayers and the start of the weekly march towards the closed entrance since 2003.

And local sources reported to Al-Quds that the occupation soldiers brutally suppressed the participants and pursued them even inside the alleys of the village and fired tear gas canisters at homes, which led to mass suffocation, and they were treated on the ground.

The weekly march in Kafr Qaddum has been launched for ten years on Fridays and Saturdays, and it is brutally suppressed every time. The occupation refuses to respond to the people of the village by opening the closed entrance, depriving them of communication with the outside surroundings, isolating them completely, and forcing them to use a long road until leaving the village.

(Source / 14.02.2021)

The occupation forces a citizen to demolish a livestock pens east of Bethlehem

 The occupation authorities forced the citizen Suleiman Ahmed Al-Wahsh, from the village of Al-Fardis, east of Bethlehem, to demolish a livestock pen.

The Director of the Office of the Resistance to the Wall and Settlement in Bethlehem, Hassan Barijia, told our correspondent that the citizen Al-Wahsh demolished his 60-square-meter farm this Friday morning, after he had been notified four days before that it would be demolished, under the pretext of not having a permit given a one-week deadline. .

Al-Wahsh said: The farm where he used to raise 50 head of livestock was a source of livelihood for his family of 14.

(Source / 14.02.2021)

Jerusalem: Settlers storm Bab al-Rahma cemetery

Today, Saturday, a group of settlers stormed the Bab al-Rahma cemetery adjacent to the eastern wall of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to local sources, the settlers performed rituals near the Lions Gate after they stormed the Mercy Cemetery, violating the sanctity of graves, with the protection of Israeli police officers.

The Bab al-Rahma cemetery is one of the most famous cemeteries in occupied Jerusalem, and it extends from the Bab al-Asbat area to the end of the eastern Al-Aqsa Mosque wall, and reaches the Umayyad palaces south of the mosque.

(Source / 14.02.2021)

In the Gaza Strip, owing money is part of day-to-day life

The average debt among the poorest refugee households amounts to more than twice their annual income

By Gaza Protection Consortium (GPC)

In order to meet their basic needs in Gaza, some 90 per cent of families have accumulated significant debt, relatively to their income, in a manner that is unsustainable and has negative ramifications.

“I have lived in rented accommodation for the past 25 years,” said Sabreen, aged 40, who lives in Beach Camp, near Gaza City, along with her husband and six children. “During these years, I was evicted 15 times for not paying rent. My husband was a fisherman, but he has been ill for the last six years and can’t work.”

Sabreen’s eldest sons, Mahmoud, 17, and Muhammad, 15, dropped out of school to work in the fishing and construction trades. In order to cover their basic needs, such as food, water and health, the family relies primarily on borrowing and has accumulated 14,000 Israeli shekels, equivalent to about US$4,360.

The outbreak of COVID-19, and the measures implemented to contain it, have eroded the already limited purchasing power and resilience of poor people like Sabreen across the Gaza Strip. By the third quarter of 2020, 48.6 per cent of the work force in Gaza was unemployed, while the proportion of poor households is estimated to have reached 64 per cent, by the end of 2020.

With the purpose of developing a cash assistance programme for the most vulnerable families, and generating a baseline for future evaluations, the Gaza Protection Consortium (GPC) carried out a multi-sectoral needs assessment among refugee families living in “deep poverty”, i.e., with an income of less than ILS 1,974 per month (about $615).

While registered refugee families benefit from food assistance and services provided by UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, this has not been sufficient to lift them out of extreme poverty, and many require additional support. The serious financial crisis affecting UNRWA may result in further deterioration in the socioeconomic situation of refugees in Gaza.

The assessment was conducted between August and September 2020, in which period all families meeting the above criteria were contacted, either in person or by phone, resulting in a total of 2,241 family representatives being interviewed.

The average household assessed had 6.4 nuclear members, slightly above the Gaza average of 5.8. However, nearly half had extended family members residing within the same dwelling, bringing the effective average size to 7.5 members. About half of the families have at least one member with a chronic illness or disability. Nearly three-quarters of the adults reported that they had not engaged in any form of paid work in the preceding 30 days, while 22 per cent reported having a temporary job during that period, and only four per cent a permanent job.

One of the assessment’s key findings is that, in order to meet their basic needs, some 90 per cent of the assessed families have accumulated significant debt, relatively to their income, in a manner that is unsustainable and has negative ramifications. Other coping mechanisms reported by the families to meet their basic needs, include reducing non-food expenditures (41 per cent), sending family members elsewhere to eat (29 per cent), and withdrawing their children from school (five per cent).

The average monthly income reported by the surveyed households amounted to ILS 382 (~$119), while the monthly expenditure, on average, was ILS 726 (~$226). The average household debt accumulated by the time of the assessment stood at ILS 10,173 (~$3,169), which is equivalent to more than twice the annual income of the surveyed families.

On average, the assessed families allocate 41 per cent of their monthly expenditure on food, followed by debt repayment (16 per cent), health (9 per cent) and education-related expenses (7 per cent). The large expenditure on food is also noteworthy in light of the fact that almost all families are beneficiaries of UNRWA’s food assistance.

Provided that an average family does not take on new liabilities, it would take six years to fully repay their debt without assistance. Two thirds of the surveyed households reported that they had not made any repayments in the month preceding the assessment.

The bulk of the debt is incurred informally, mostly from local shops, family members, friends, other members of the community and employers. Very few families reported resorting to formal lending from institutions, such as banks and local savings and loan organizations.

Over half of the families (52 per cent) reported debts accrued from more than one lender, and nine per cent with three or more lenders. The limited capacity of families to repay their debts is expected to reduce the ability and/or willingness of lenders to continue lending, thus rendering this coping mechanism unsustainable.

The high level of indebtedness, along with the incapacity of families to repay, is a significant source of stress and hardship. One quarter of families reported being at risk of imprisonment and 23 per cent report not feeling safe in their area in connection to their debt, presumably due to potential confrontations with the lender. Of the 10 per cent of the assessed families living in rented accommodation, two-thirds (66 per cent) reported being at risk of forced eviction due to their inability to pay the rent.

“I cannot sleep thinking about our debts,” said Sabreen. “We owe rent money for this and for previous houses we rented. We also owe money to sellers at the vegetable market and local shops. I used to borrow from my sister, but now, because of COVID-19, her financial situation is worse and she cannot help us. One of my son’s friends lent us ILS 1,700 (~$530), and now he wants his money back.”

Ensuring basic needs through cash assistance

Based on the assessment, the GPC identified the 1,499 most vulnerable refugee households to be provided with cash assistance. The assistance consists of five monthly transfers (from October 2020 to February 2021) of ILS 1,185 (~$369) per month per family. This amount is estimated to cover 60 per cent of the ‘Minimum Expenditure Basket’ (MED), as calculated by the interagency Cash Assistance Working Group.

Beneficiaries are expected to use this assistance to meet their basic needs, such as improving their food consumption and reducing the use of negative coping strategies. However, the assistance, which is distributed via electronic cards to be used at ATM machines, is unconditional and unrestricted. This modality is aimed at ensuring the freedom of beneficiaries to determine their own priorities, as well as their dignity.

Kefaiah, 46, and mother of two children, is one of GPC’s beneficiaries. She is an amputee and suffers from diabetes, while her husband, Alaa, is paralyzed. Both require regular medical treatment and medications that cost about ILS 330 per month. They have used some of the cash assistance they received to cover the fees for a private medical visit and avoid overcrowding at a public hospital during the pandemic. “In the past, the pharmacy owner refused to give me the medicine on credit, as he did not trust my ability to repay, but after I started receiving the cash assistance I was able to get our medicines,” said Kefaiah.

The extension of the GPC’s cash intervention programme beyond the current phase, ending in February 2021, depends on the willingness of donors and member states to contribute the necessary funding.

While cash assistance is essential to provide some temporary relief to affected families, it is far from being a sustainable solution. Reducing poverty and aid dependency requires significant changes in key policies and practices shaping Gaza’s situation, including a lifting of Israel’s blockade, in line with Security Council Resolution 1860, a long-term halt in hostilities between Palestinian armed groups and Israel, and a resolution of the internal Palestinian divide, among others.

(Source / 18.01.2021)

A boy from Gaza shot by the occupation forces defies disability with parkour sport

Mahmoud Abu Awad – Muhammad Aliwa (18 years old), from the Gaza Strip, did not find a better way to challenge the circumstances of his amputation in his right foot than to continue his hobby of practicing sports, which he feels gives him a lot of strength And determination and positive energy even before he was shot by an Israeli sniper who deliberately targeted him on both feet during his participation in the return marches on the eastern borders of Gaza City.

Alywa, a resident of the Sajaiya neighborhood, overcame all the obstacles he had faced since his injury on the eleventh of September of 2018, with the help of his family and friends who did not leave him for a moment, until he managed to overcome his ordeal, until he returned to practice his life normally despite all that he could face Suffering on different levels.

The injury did not prevent the young Muhammad Aliwa from practicing football, which he used to professionally, but he later resorted to a more dangerous sport, in an attempt to challenge the circumstances left by the injury, until he started practicing a sport known as “parkour”, so he sought to train in it with the help of some young men. Master it.

Aliwa told that he received great encouragement from his family and friends to live his life normally, and to continue practicing sports of all kinds, including “parkour”, indicating that since he was a young age, he preferred sports over other hobbies, especially as it gives him a lot of hope for life. And help him overcome daily life obstacles.

With one foot, and with several quick and successive movements, through which Muhammad Aliwa shows his strength, he succeeded in becoming a good player who can compete with healthy young men in any competition.

Alywa points out that the sport of “parkour” is dangerous as it is described, but he feels very happy when he practices it, and hopes to continue with it, and that he will not be exposed to any accident that deprives him later of this game, which gives him a special feeling that he is able to defy all other difficulties and obstacles, and gives him strength And determination to go on with life.

He points out that he succeeded in overcoming the state of frustration he felt after the injury, until he started practicing this sport even if it was with only one foot, indicating that he did not see it as a dangerous sport as described, especially since he insisted on practicing it until he succeeded in it, as he said. .

He adds: “All occupation attempts to kill us or harm us have not and will not succeed. We are a people who always have the ability to overcome all adversities and obstacles, and we have the determination and strength to overcome what we face due to the occupation and others.”

He expressed his hope that there would be a party that would embrace him to represent Palestine in this sport on the Arab and international levels, and even enter local competitions.

(Source / 10.01.2021)

The Prisoners´ Association: The occupation forces abuse and abuse 4 prisoners during the arrest process

A report issued by the Prisoners and Editors Affairs Authority today, Wednesday, recorded live testimonies of prisoners and minors, in which they list details of their abuse and the degrading treatment and torture they are subjected to during their arrest from their homes, and their interrogation in Israeli detention centers.

Among the testimonies revealed by the commission’s report, the testimony of Khaled Al-Qeni (16 years) from the town of Kafr Qaliil in Nablus, where the occupation forces stormed his house accompanied by police dogs in the middle of the night and broke the entrance door, and arrested him and his two brothers (Walid and Yahya). The police officer, his brother Yahya, lifted some of him with his foot, and then they were thrown into the military jeep and taken to the “Hawara” detention center. Then the minor Khaled was taken to the Lod Police Station for questioning, and he was interrogated for 6 consecutive hours while he was handcuffed and footed, and later he was transferred to a detention center. Megiddo, where he is now.

The occupation army attacked the minor Abdul-Hadi Nazzal (16 years) from the town of Qabatiya in Jenin, where members of the “Al-Yisam” unit attacked him and threw him on the ground and then severely beat him and punched him, and then dragged him to the ground and placed him on the military (Tactron), and continued By hitting him and slapping him in the face, and later he was transferred to the “Hadera” police station for interrogation,

After completing his interrogation, he was taken to the “Jalameh” detention center, and there he was detained in a solitary cell, and interrogated for several times and for long hours, in addition to his transfer to the so-called bird rooms (agents) for three days in an attempt to extract confessions from him. He remained 16 days in “Jalameh”, after which he was transferred to “Megiddo” detention center, according to the commission’s report.

As for the captive child Abd al-Rahman Shaqfa (16 years old), he was arrested at dawn, after members of the Special Forces and a number of Israeli soldiers stormed his house in the town of Qabatiya, took him from his home and beat him arbitrarily with the butts of their rifles, and then he was thrown into the military jeep and taken To the “Huwara” detention center, and there he was interrogated seven times, and each time he was interrogated for three consecutive hours while he was wearing a small chair, and later he was transferred to the Cubs Prisoners Department in “Megiddo,” according to the report of the Prisoners Affairs Authority.

The occupation forces also abused the young man Muhammad Abu Aker (26 years old) during his arrest from his home in Dheisheh camp in Bethlehem city, after the occupation soldiers raided his house at dawn and beat and punched him. They also beat his mother and brother, and they were shocked with electricity. It is clear that the prisoner is currently in the “Hawara” detention center, according to the commission’s report.

The commission indicated that these violations, which were monitored through the testimonies documented in the report, are only a small part of what prisoners are exposed to, especially the minors.

The occupation authorities do not stop devising new methods of torture and abuse against them from the first moments of their arrest, in addition to their suffering by throwing them into cruel and inhuman conditions inside the walls of detention centers, striking against all the international laws and conventions that guarantee their rights as prisoners, according to the commission.

(Source / 24.12.2020)

Gaza: A protest stand against UNRWA cuts

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The People’s Committee for Refugees in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip, organized today, Wednesday, a protest against the policy of cuts pursued by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Dozens participated in the stand that was organized in front of the headquarters for the distribution of food aid in the governorate, where the participants raised slogans confirming that the policy of cuts is aimed at liquidating the refugee issue, and calling on UNRWA to retract its decisions and assume its responsibilities towards them.

A number of children who participated in the stand lifted bags of milk and empty containers that were knocked over, in reference to their rejection of all cuts to food aid and other things.

In the coming days, the Gaza Strip will witness a series of similar protests in light of the new UNRWA policies regarding the distribution of foodstuffs, and other measures that it is taking, in light of talk of a suffocating financial crisis.

(Source / 24.12.2020)

The occupation demolishes housing and facilities in Al-Samou, Hebron

Today, Monday morning, the occupation forces raided Al-Samiya area, northwest of the town of Al-Samou, and they demolished properties of citizens of the Al-Qawaein family.

According to a statement by the Wall and Settlement Resistance Authority, the demolitions included the demolition of the house of Shehdat Al-Qawa’in, with an area of ​​200 square meters housing more than 20 people, and they also demolished a 500-square-meter bark of a citizen Ahmed Al-Qawaein and his brother Hammad, in addition to the demolition of a residential house. A well with a capacity of 600 cups for the same family.

(Source / 24.12.2020)

Warning of the emergence of new complications of corona that lead to death, even among young people

The consultant of care and anesthesia, head of the intensive care department at the Istishari Hospital, Dr. Imad Tayem, warned of some citizens’ disdain and their lack of commitment to medical and preventive procedures, warning of the emergence of new complications from the Corona virus that lead to death even for young people who do not have Any chronic diseases.

In an interview with “Voice of Palestine” radio, on Monday morning, Tim said that the cases that enter the intensive care unit suffer from respiratory failure that leads to failure in other organs, especially the kidneys and blood vessels, which happened with a young man from Ramallah governorate who had blood clots after He was infected with the Coronavirus, which led to his death.

Dr Tim explained that one of the means of treating Corona complications in this acute period is to continue taking anti-clotting drugs known as blood thinners, because Corona not only affects the respiratory system and lungs, but also affects the veins and arteries.

The Care and Anesthesia Consultant indicated that, during the last month, he entered the advisory hospital, with cases of infection with the Corona virus for young people who do not have any chronic diseases and whose cases quickly reached fibrosis, pointing out that they are entering the hospital at a final stage, which means it is difficult to save their lives.

(Source / 21.12.2020)