Israel to demolish 16 residential buildings near Jerusalem

The buildings comprise of 100 apartments

Israeli forces took on Thursday measurements of 16 Palestinian residential buildings slated for demolition in Wadi al-Hummus neighbourhood, Sur Baher, southeast of occupied Jerusalem.

Head of the Wadi al-Hummus Committee Hamada Hamada said that the Israeli occupation forces along with staff from the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem took measurements of the 16 buildings, which comprise of 100 apartments, in preparation to demolish them.

Mohammad abu-Teir, one of the owners of the buildings, confirmed.

This step, Hamada explained, came after the ultimatum given by the Israeli occupation to the owners to demolish their apartments on their own came to an end today, thus the demolition will be carried out at any moment.

The owners are expected to pay overpriced demolition fees as the Israeli occupation will carry out the demolition.

The Israeli high court has recently approved the demolition of the buildings, thus upholding military allegations that the buildings are close to the Israeli Separation Wall and “pose a security threat” due to their proximity to the illegal wall.

Palestinian appeals to demolition orders are frequently dismissed by Israeli courts, which are in fact complicit in perpetuating the Israeli policies of forcible transfer and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

The buildings are located in Area A, supposedly under the full jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority as per the Oslo Accords.

The demolition is expected to have a disastrous effect on all other areas of the West Bank adjacent to the apartheid wall, putting these areas at a high risk of mass demolitions under security pretexts and putting the lives of Palestinians living in such areas at the risk of imminent forcible transfer.

(Source / 18.07.2019) 

Israel demolishes 4 Palestinian shops in occupied Jerusalem

Palestinians in Jerusalem face such demolitions by Israeli occupation almost every day

Israeli occupation municipality demolished on Wednesday four Palestinian shops in Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan under the pretext of lacking building licenses.

A large number of police forces cordoned off the area where the shops were located and preceded with the demolition.

The shops were owned by Mohammad Abbasi, a local resident, who received notice on Tuesday that his shops would be demolished.

Abbasi, as a result, could empty a very few portions of the goods and furniture in the shops before they were demolished.

Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem say they are forced to build without permits because getting one from the Israeli municipality, which is biased toward Jews in the city, is an impossible task.

(Source / 17.07.2019) 

Pollution deprives Gazans of pleasure of recreation at the sea

Hours of electricity supplies have increased; however, the problem continued because it is a result of a chronic disaster

By Zakaria al-Madhoun

Hassan Qassem’s family failed to find a safe and clean swimming area along the shore of Gaza City to swim in because of the pollution of the sea with sewage.

The seashore is the only natural relief for the two million people living in the Gaza Strip in light of the continuing electricity crisis and the 13-year-long Israeli siege.

Despite encouraging reports of a drop in the rate of pollution in the sea after increasing the hours of electricity supplies, this, however, has not been achieved and the problem persists.

Qassem, 39, from Sheikh Radwan, east of Gaza City, brought his seven-member family, mostly children, to the Sudaniyeh seashore but where shocked to see that the colour of the water was dark brown and it smelled bad.

“The children insisted that we go to the sea for the summer vacation and due to the heat and power outages,” he said. “But the disaster was the pollution of the sea and therefore I prevented my children from swimming for fear for their safety and health,” Qassem told WAFA.

Electricity crisis

The problem of the sea pollution with sewage is mainly due to the continuation of the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip since 2006, and thus the municipalities pump thousands of litres of untreated sewage into the Mediterranean Sea.

Some people do not care that the sea is polluted with sewage and they go for a swim along with their children because they cannot afford to rent private cabins placed along the shore.

The beaches of Gaza are crowded with thousands of vacationers every day to escape the heat of the summer and the long hours of interruption of electricity from their homes.

Health authorities warn of the transmission of bacteria, parasites and viruses to vacationers because of the pollution of the sea.

Along the Gaza Strip’s 40 kilometres coastline, most areas are not suitable for swimming. Signs warning of swimming or fishing have been posted along the beach.

The best Gaza beaches

In general, the majority of north Gaza and Gaza governorate beaches are bad for swimming, as well as the south of the Gaza Strip where the situation is slightly better but remains relatively bad.

The best area for swimming in Zouaydeh and Deir al-Balah in the central province where pollution is low.

The problem of the sea pollution is noted to the people, but also for those who leased rest areas from the municipalities for a large amount of money.

Some of these people told WAFA that they may not be able to pay the salaries of their workers this year, pointing out that people cannot stand the smell of the sea and the sewage pollution.

Since the start of the problem of pollution in 2013, private cabins began appearing along the coast attended by people who can afford them at a cost of between 250 and 400 shekels ($70 -$110) for 12 hours.

Unemployment rate in the Gaza Strip is about 51 per cent, while 80 per cent of the population depends on relief assistance provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and Arab and international humanitarian agencies.

(Source / 16.07.2019) 

Palestinian prisoner dies in solitary confinement in Israeli jails

Israeli forces brought Taqatqa handcuffed to his family house about two weeks ago to search it and that he was severely beaten before taking him back to prison

Palestinian prisoner Nasser Taqatqa, 31, was announced dead on Tuesday morning in solitary confinement in Israeli jails, Qadri abu-Baker, head of Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, said

Abu-Baker said that the Israeli forces detained Taqatqa about a month ago after raiding his family home in the town of Beit Fajjar, south of the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Then, Abu-Baker said, he was moved to the Israeli prison of al-Jalameh for interrogation, after which he was put in solitary confinement in Nitzan Prison, where he passed away.

During his detention, he was severely tortured and harshly interrogated, but no lawyers were allowed to contact him or got the chance to be briefed about the reasons for his detention.

Jawad Thawabteh, an activist from Bethlehem, said that the Israeli forces brought Taqatqa handcuffed to his family house about two weeks ago to search it and that he was severely beaten before taking him back to prison.

The Palestinian Prisoner Society said Taqatqa was detained on June 19, which was his first arrest, and was still undergoing interrogation when he was declared dead for reasons that are still unknown.

His family said that he did not have any medical or health issues before he was detained.

(Source / 16.07.2019) 

Palestinian child killed in Israeli settler hit-and-run attack

Such attacks carried out by the Israeli Jewish settlers always go unpunished

An extremist Israeli Jewish settler ran over Palestinian child on Monday night in West Bank city of Al-Khalil, causing him severe injuries; later one announced dead in Israeli hospital.

The Palestinian child was identified as Tareq Zabania, seven years old, from Tarqumia in Al-Khalil.

He was riding his bicycle when the unknown extremist Jewish settler ran over him.

Eyewitnesses told Palestine Post 24 that the Israeli Jewish settler, who killed the Palestinian child, fled to Adhoura Settlement, leaving the child bleeding in very bad conditions.

Then, an Israeli ambulance evacuated him to an Israeli hospital where he was declared dead from his injuries.

Such attacks carried out by the Israeli Jewish settlers always go unpunished.

Last year, the Israeli TV Channel 7 revealed an Israeli ministry had used to encourage such attacks and paid rewards for the Jewish attackers.

(Source / 16.07.2019) 

Israeli navy attacks Gaza fishermen, detains two

Gaza fishermen come under daily Israeli attacks in the depth of the sea

Israeli occupation navy attacked on Saturday morning Palestinian fishermen near Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, detained two fishermen and seized their boat.

Local sources said that the Israeli navy shot live fire at the fishing boat owned by Mohammad and his brother Ahmad Bardawil.

Then, they opened the water hoses at the fishing boat while sailing in the sea before detaining the two brothers and seizing the boat.

Gaza fishermen report daily harassment by the Israeli navy, which prevents them from doing their work and earning a decent living.

(Source / 13.07.2019) 

Israeli occupation wounds 72 protesters during weekly Gaza protests

Since the start protests, Israeli occupation has killed 306 Palestinians, including 44 children, two women, nine disabled, two journalists and four paramedics

Israeli occupation forces shot and wounded 72 peaceful Palestinian protesters during Friday protests of Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege in Gaza.

According to Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights said that the number included 24 children, two women, one paramedic and two journalists.

The protests started on 30 March 2018 to call for ending the 13-year-old strict and oppressive Israeli siege imposed on Gaza, as well as to reinforce the Palestinians’ right of return to their homeland they were forced out in 1948.

Since the start of the protests, the Israeli occupation forces have killed 306 Palestinians, including 44 children, two women, nine disabled, two journalists and four paramedics.

In addition, they have wounded 17,318 protesters, including 4,141 children, 777 women, 172 journalists and 201 paramedics.

(Source / 13.07.2019) 

Report: 3,987 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria since 2011

Tens of them starved to tortured to death in Syrian

At least 3,626 Palestinian refugees have been killed in Syria between March 2011 and June 2019, the Action Group for Palestinians in Syria revealed on Tuesday.

The number included the Palestinian refugees killed in attacks in the war-torn country, in prisons and during the migration journeys.

According to the Action Group, 1,977 were killed in refugee camps – an increase of 24 victims when compared to last year.

Nearly 75 per cent of the refugees killed were from Yarmouk refugee camp, amounting to 1,422, the group said, stating that scores starved to death as a result of the siege on the area.

Daraa witnessed the death of 263, Khan Al-Sheikh 202, Aleppo 168 and Al-Hussainiyeh 124, it revealed.

Some 188 refugees whose residence is unknown were also killed.

The group said that 1,212 were killed in air strikes, 1,077 were died after being shot, 604 were tortured to death in Syrian prisons, 311 died after being targeted by snipers and 205 died as a result of starvation and lack of medical care.

(Source / 11.07.2019) 

Rights group: 450 Palestinian refugees live in ‘harsh conditions’ on Greek island

The number of Palestinians there is well above the camp’s normal capacity

At least 450 Palestinian refugees who fled from war in Syria now live in harsh condition on Greek island of Chios, Action Group for Palestinian Refugees in Syria revealed on Tuesday.

The refugees are in Al-Qarora Camp on the island after their movements were blocked by the Greek authorities.

According to the Action Group, the camp is not equipped with any facilities for hosting refugees, many of whom sleep in the open air because of the overcrowding and lack of tents.

The number of Palestinians there is well above the camp’s normal capacity.

The refugees have called upon the UN and other international institutions to intervene in order to end their suffering and provide a better life for their women and children.

The Greek authorities, meanwhile, have been accused of marginalising the Palestinian refugees deliberately, and delaying official recognition of their status.

Unofficial statistics reported by the Action Group put the number of Palestinian refugees from Syria who are distributed across the Greek islands at around 4,000 people.

(Source / 11.07.2019) 

Israeli sniper shot Palestinian security officer in Gaza

Al-Adham, 28, married to Noura al-Adham and father of three kids aged between two to six years old

An Israeli occupation sniper shot dead on Thursday morning Palestinian security officer near the eastern side of the northern Gaza city of Beit Lahiya.

The Palestinian ministry of health in Gaza identified the officer as Mahmoud al-Adham, 28, married to Noura al-Adham and father of three kids aged between two to six years old.

In a statement, the Palestinian interior ministry said that Al-Adham was carrying his duty when he was shot by the Israeli sniper.

Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas military wing, pledged that shooting Al-Adham “will not go unpunished because the Israeli occupation sniper shot him from a close range and he could identify Al-Adham was a security officer.”

Hamas warned that “if the Israeli violations did not stop, it would suspend the truce agreement and stop the Israeli crimes.”

Throughout the past year and a half, the Israeli occupation has carried out several offensives on Gaza, with Israel launching airstrikes, tank shelling and artillery bombing that killed tens of Palestinians, sparking retaliatory rocket fire by the Palestinian resistance towards Israel.

Later on Thursday, the Israeli occupation military claimed a misunderstanding led its troops to kill a member of Hamas “as he was trying to prevent Palestinian youths from breaching the security fence earlier in the day.”

The highly irregular acknowledgment of such a mistake appeared to be an effort by the Israeli occupation to calm tensions with Hamas and prevent another round of violence.

“This morning, IDF soldiers spotted a number of Palestinians in the area of the security fence in the northern Strip. An initial investigation determined that it was a member of Hamas’s restraint force who had come to the area because of two Palestinians who were moving toward [the fence],” the army said in a statement.

The Israeli soldiers opened fire at the Hamas field commander, Mahmoud al-Adham, 28, fatally wounding him. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

“The IDF troops who arrived in the area had identified the restraint operative as an armed terrorist and opened fire due to a misunderstanding. The incident will be investigated,” the army said.

Israeli army statement was released shortly after the various resistance groups in the Gaza Strip convened their joint operations committee to discuss a possible retaliation to the incident, according to Palestinian media reports.

(Source / 11.07.2019)