UNRWA: Living conditions of Palestinian refugees in Gaza Strip worsening

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said on Wednesday that the living conditions of Palestinian refugees in the besieged Gaza Strip “are getting worse.”

“The living conditions of the Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip are getting worse due to 14 years of Israeli blockade and lack of jobs,” said Matthias Schmale, director of UNRWA operations in the Gaza Strip.

“The agency resorted to implementing the unified food basket system in the Gaza Strip because the living standards have become the same and it isn’t easy to differentiate between the poor people and their levels of living,” Schmale said.

“The well-known definition of extreme or absolute poverty is no longer suitable, and there is no need to conduct poverty surveys because most of the Palestinian refugees in Gaza need help,” he said.

He also said the UNRWA has asked the government’s authorities to provide it with a database of employees who receive salaries above the minimum wage.

“The UNRWA is ready to increase food aid to refugees, in quantity and quality, if it obtains funds and the names of those who do not need food coupons are cancelled,” he added.

UNRWA officials have said that the agency is experiencing “a most serious financial crisis” in its history due to the severe shortage of donations for it.

The UN body’s financial crisis began after the United States decided to cut 360 million U.S. dollars for the agency in 2018, which was 30 percent of its annual budget.

The UNRWA provides life-saving services to about 5.6 million Palestinian refugees in its five fields of operation that include Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, as well as the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 04.03.2021)

IOF shot three Palestinian women in Jenin

JENIN, PALESTINOW.COM — Three Palestinian women on Wednesday morning suffered injuries after the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed Jenin city and randomly opened fire at local youths.

According to local sources, the IOF indiscriminately opened fire at a group of young men in the vicinity of Martyr Khalil Suleiman Hospital in Jenin, injuring three women.

A woman in her 50s identified as Dunya Sawalmeh suffered a shrapnel injury from the Israeli shooting during her presence outside the hospital.

Two other women identified as Suhair Abu Mashayyakh and her daughter Wisam also suffered injuries from flying glass shards as the IOF shooting caused window damage to the car they were aboard inside the hospital’s yard.

In a separate incident, a horde of Jewish settlers last night attacked Palestinian homes on the outskirts of Huwara town in southern Nablus.

Local official Ghassan Daghlas said that the settlers attacked homes near the building of Huwara Country Swimming Pool before local residents warded them off, adding that one house and one car sustained damage in the attack.

(Source /04.03.2021)

Extremist settlers attack Roman Church in Al-Quds

OCCUPIED AL-QUDS, PALESTINOW.COM — Jewish settlers torched the entrance to the monastery of the Roman Catholic Church in Occupied Jerusalem on Monday evening and the church council accused Orthodox Jews of being behind this attack.

Local sources said that settlers set fire to the entrance to the church’s monastery and fled.

The Head Council of Catholic Churches in the Holy City condemned the settlers’ assault, adding, “This is the fourth attack targeting the same monastery within one month and we strongly condemn such acts of sabotage”.

It called on the Israeli security authorities to seriously investigate these incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Christian Islamic Organization for Supporting Jerusalem and the Holy Sites also condemned the settlers’ assault on the Roman Church and demanded a condemnation of these acts.

(Source / 03.03.2021)

Occupation forces arrest Palestinian child in Qalqilya

QALQILYA, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested on Sunday evening a Palestinian child during clashes in Jayyus town, northeast of Qalqilya.

Local sources said that IOF arrested the 15-year-old boy, Majd Bayda, after beating him while he was near the southern wall built on the citizens’ lands.

IOF abused and stripped him of some of his clothes near the wall surrounding Jayyus, the sources added.

The IOF soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets and stun grenades during the clashes that erupted around the wall in the town.

Jayyus is one of the villages most affected by the Israeli separation wall as the occupation confiscated most of its agricultural lands.

Meanwhile, IOF arrested the released prisoner and student at Al-Najah University, Zuhdi Deeb Qawareq, 27, while he was passing through the Huwara military checkpoint.

Eyewitness reported that IOF arrested Qawareq while on his way to Nablus.

Qawareq is from Awarta village, south of Nablus, and he has spent 15 months in the occupation prisons, during which he went on a hunger strike.

(Source / 03.03.2021)

IOF shot Palestinian young man near Ramallah

RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli soldiers shot, Wednesday, a young Palestinian man with a rubber-coated steel bullet, after the army invaded Abu Shkheidim village, northwest of Ramallah, in central West Bank.

Local sources said the soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at Palestinian youngsters, who protested the invasion, wounding one of them.

Ezzat Badwan, the mayor of Kobar nearby town, said several army jeeps invaded the al-Morouj area in the town, and inspected sheds that received demolition orders nearly two months ago.

He added that protests erupted in Abu Shkheidim during the invasion, in addition to Kobar Mazra’a al-Gharbiyya nearby villages.

(Source / 25.02.2021)

Activists of Palestine Action occupy Elbit’s roof

ENGLAND, PALESTINOW.COM — Several activists from Palestine Action have occupied the roof of an Israeli-owned arms factory based in the UK, and blocked the entrances from the ground, forcing the site to halt its production of deadly weapons.

Fight Israel’s industry of war & join the resistance at https://t.co/1q0pkJxH5I donate to #ShutElbitDown for good at https://t.co/MgnBGihUAJ pic.twitter.com/KSztdjOAdc

— Palestine Action (@Pal_action) February 23, 2021

On Tuesday morning, the activists climbed on to the roof of Elbit’s UAV Engines factory in Staffordshire, smashed the windows and prevented the site from opening.

They have chained the factory gates shut to block off all access and splattered the building in blood-red paint.

Israel’s massacring Elbit in Shenstone bleeds red for its heinous crimes against humanity as Palestine Actionists stand strong #ShutElbitDown pic.twitter.com/SYjkCZzNfu

— Palestine Action (@Pal_action) February 23, 2021

The activists have also displayed banners reading ‘Shut Elbit Down’ and ‘Elbit Arms: Israel Kills’.

Police have arrived at the scene but as of yet, no arrests have been made. Activists continue to keep the factory closed, preventing the workforce from accessing the building.

The action comes after a three-day rooftop occupation last September that cost the company an estimated £145,000 in damages.

There have been other similar ‘shutdowns’ by Palestine Action in November 2020 and January 2021.

Today’s factory closure is the group’s second large-scale action this month, as on 1st February, Palestine Action joined forces with Extinction Rebellion North to occupy Elbit-Ferranti in Oldham for 16 hours, in what was described as the “first of many” collaborations.

A member of Palestine Action said about today’s occupation, “We’re back, and this is once again, a clear and unwavering message to the immoral profiteers of war and the perpetrators of crimes against humanity that we’re not going away until Elbit’s lethal chain of weapons factories are hounded out of the UK. Petitioning and protests don’t work, so it’s our moral obligation to take matters into our own hands and use direct action to shut these death factories down for good.”

Over the last 16 years, Elbit has established a large presence in the UK, opening 10 production sites across England and Wales, including four factories.

Elbit provides the Israeli occupation with around 85% of its killer drones. These drones murdered 164 Palestinian children in Gaza in 2014 and Israeli occupation uses them in daily surveillance and regular attacks.

The company’s profits skyrocketed after its equipment was used in the brutal 2014 assault on Gaza, helping ‘Israel’ to seal contracts with militaries all over the world.

In 2018, Elbit purchased IMI Systems, known for producing cluster munitions, the IOF’s sole supplier of small calibre ammunition.

So not only are the drones in the skies made by Elbit, the bullets being shot by Israeli occupation snipers are also made by Elbit.

Israeli F-16 fighter jets and Apache and Cobra attack helicopters are all made with Elbit equipment.

They have repeatedly been used to attack civilian areas, homes and refugee camps, resulting in thousands of casualties in Gaza, the West Bank, and Lebanon.

Also, Elbit’s Hermes 450 is one of the most used drones in the world. The company markets the drone as “combat proven”, having battle-tested it on Palestinian people.

Elbit’s biggest single customer is the “Israeli Ministry of Defence,” the war criminals.

Since 2018, the UK government has bought £45m worth of military equipment from the company despite its role in aiding and escalating Israel’s war crimes in order to maintain its illegal occupation of Palestine and sustain its brutal system of apartheid.

In January, Britain’s Ministry of Defence gifted the company with a £102 million contract to develop new surveillance technology to enable “frontline” soldiers to detect and accurately fire on alleged “enemy” targets in a matter of seconds.

Palestine Action, which launched in August 2020, is working to shut Elbit’s UK-based war industry down and has collectively hit the firm’s sites around 50 times in just 6 months, also targeting its London landlord, LaSalle Investment Management.

Actions have caused Elbit’s factories to close on five separate occasions, while a series of occupations and well-attended public protests at its London HQ has disrupted the company’s business-as-usual complacency and raised considerable public awareness.

(Source / 25.02.2021)

IOF demolishes house of Al Aqsa mosque chief guard

OCCUPIED AL-QUDS, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli forces, accompanied by bulldozers, demolished the house of the chief guard of Al Aqsa mosque compound Fadi Olayyan in Issawiyyeh in occupied Jerusalem this morning.

The family of Olayyan said that the Israeli municipality of the occupied city decided to demolish the house at the end of this month but the family was shocked this morning seeing bulldozers starting the demotion.

The demolition was carried out under the pretext that the house has been built without permission.

The family said it has appealed for an Israeli court, which in return rejected the appeal last week.

The Olayyans built the house ten years ago. The Israeli authorities imposed fines on the family before they decided to demolish it.

The building has two stories, including four apartments. It is a house for Ali Hasan Olayyan and his sons.

The demolition of the building has left over 30 members of the Olayyan
family homeless.

The chief guard of Al Aqsa mosque Fadi Olayyan was arrested and expelled from the holy mosque several times for preventing settlers’ raids and trying to prevent Israeli soldiers from entering the prayer rooms at the holy mosque.

(Source / 25.02.2021)

Palestinian farmers attacked by IOF in Gaza

Israeli troops open fire at farmers in Gaza

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli occupation forces today opened fire at Palestinian farmers in the east of the city of Khan Younis in the south of the besieged Gaza Strip forcing the farmers to leave their lands, reported WAFA.

WAFA said that the Israeli occupation forces stationed at the border fence east of the city and targeted farmers and their lands with bullets and sound bombs and forced them to leave their lands, fearing to get shot.

Last week, the occupation forces breached Gaza’s borders east of Deir al-Balah city in the central Gaza Strip and razed farmlands. In the same day, the forces also flooded farmlands east of Gaza City after it emptied basins collecting rainwater, causing serious damage to their crops.

Palestinians complained that ‘Israel’ every year opens the basins during winter to empty them and allows the water to flood and destroy Palestinian land in the Gaza Strip.

‘Israel’ often infiltrates Gaza borders and levels lands reaching some 300 meters inside the Gaza Strip while shooting at Palestinian farmers who attempt to reach their lands in what ‘Israel’ has declared as a buffer zone.

The occupation forces deliberately target farmers on border areas to the north and east of the besieged Gaza Strip and prevent them from accessing their lands.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army announced that its gunboats attacked a Palestinian boat that posed threat to its naval activities off the coast of Gaza, according to the Israeli claims.

A spokesperson for the Israeli army said Israeli forces detected an activity that may pose a threat to Israeli ships. Israeli gunboats attacked the target.

He added that the Israeli occupation army will continue to work against the risky threats in the waters.

Local sources had said that Israeli gunboats attacked fishing boats using shells off the shore of Gaza.

(Source / 24.02.2021)

IOF arrests Hamas member in West Bank

WEST BANK, PALESTINOW.COM — The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Tuesday kidnaped at least 12 Palestinian citizens, including a senior Hamas official and several ex-detainees, during campaigns in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

According to local sources, the IOF kidnaped Hamas official Sheikh Fazee Sawafta, and Obadah al-Kharraz from their homes in Tubas city.

A young man identified as Hasan Amer was also kidnaped from his home in Tayasir village, northeast of Tubas.

In Jenin, the IOF stormed al-Yamun town, searched homes of ex-detainees, interrogated some residents and clashed with local youths.

Local sources said the IOF kidnaped three ex-detainees during its campaign in Yamun town

In al-Khalil, the IOF raided several homes in Beit Ummar town and kidnaped a 17-year-old teenager called Abi Yousef Abu Maria.

In Bethlehem, the IOF kidnaped an ex-detainee called Muaad Suman from the city and two young men from the family of Atallah in Harmala village.

Two Jerusalemite young men were also taken prisoners during IOF campaigns in Hizma town and Shu’afat refugee camp.

(Source / 24.02.2021)

Occupation police arrest Palestinian girl at Masjid al-Aqsa

OCCUPIED AL-QUDS, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli police arrested on Sunday evening a Jerusalemite girl from inside the al-Rahma Gate chapel in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Jerusalemite sources reported that the occupation police stormed the al-Rahma Gate before arresting the girl.

Two years ago, the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) sought to close the al-Rahma prayer hall and impose a temporal and spatial division to impose complete control over the al-Rahma Gate.

However, Jerusalemites and the Palestinians in 1948 Occupied Palestine responded to that scheme and revolted against it forcing the IOA to reopen it after few days.

The IOA targets Jerusalemites with arrests, deportation orders and fines with the aim of dissuading them from frequenting the Al-Aqsa Mosque and leaving it an easy prey for Israeli settlers.

(Source / 22.02.2021)