UN experts slam UK’s repeated plan to move British embassy in ‘Israel’ to occupied Jerusalem

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Two United Nations experts have strongly slammed UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’s suggestion that she is considering moving the British embassy in ‘Israel’ from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem, stressing they see “no valid reason why a similar move by the United Kingdom now needs to be ‘reviewed’.”

Truss told Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid she is weighing the relocation of the UK’s Israel embassy during a meeting at the United Nations summit in New York City on Wednesday, The Telegraph reported, a decision that would follow former US President Donald Trump’s provocative move.

An unnamed UK government spokeswoman said Truss informed Lapid “about her review of the current location of the British Embassy in Israel,” according to news reports.

In response, Lapid tweeted on Thursday his thanks to the British leader for considering the move. “We will continue to strengthen the partnership between the countries,” he said.

In 2017, former US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the U.S. Embassy to the occupied Jerusalem in May 2018, prompting criticism from the Palestinians, most Muslim-majority countries, and many states in Europe, as they concerned that it would undermine prospects for a two-state solution to the so-called “Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

The UK prime minister at the time, Theresa May, criticized Trump’s move. Truss, however, told the UK’s Conservative Friends of Israel last month, before she became prime minister, that she would review the UK’s decision to remain in Tel Aviv if she became the British leader.

“I understand the importance and sensitivity of the location of the British Embassy in Israel. I’ve had many conversations with my good friend Prime Minister Yair Lapid on this topic,” she said.

In a three-page footnoted letter sent to UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly on Tuesday, Michael Lynk, who served as UN special rapporteur focused on human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 until May, and Ardi Imseis, who worked for 12 years at the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), have condemned Truss’s suggestion, saying “no doubt Prime Minister Liz Truss will ask you to take charge of the view she promised to the Conservative Friends of Israel.”

“We write, as friends of the United Kingdom to say that there is nothing to review: the British Embassy should stay in Tel Aviv unless and until there is a comprehensive peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians with Jerusalem as the shared capital of the two states.”

The United Kingdom, they write, has long supported international law and UN Security Council resolutions which have established that Israel is prohibited from asserting claims of sovereignty over any part of the Palestinian territories it occupies.

Elsewhere in the world, they note that the UK has endorsed the principle that states cannot annex conquered territory, including in relation to Russia’s illegal invasion and occupation of Crimea and Ukraine.

“We see no valid reason why a similar move by the United Kingdom now needs to be ‘reviewed’. Doing so would not be consistent with the United Kingdom’s public assertion that it stands firm on respect for international law,” they write.

(Source / 24.09.2022)

Palestinians mark 40th anniversary of Sabra and Shatila massacre

A Palestinian woman passes by a sign marking the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut, Lebanon 

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- On Friday, Palestinians around the world marked the 40th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre which took place on September 16, 1982, in the Sabra and Shatila camps in Lebanon.

The massacre, committed against the camps’ residents, lasted for three days, 16-17-18 September, during which a large number of martyrs, including men, children, women and elderly unarmed civilians, mostly Palestinians, were savagely killed. Several Lebanese citizens also fell during the massacre, and the number of martyrs was estimated at between 3,500 and 5,000 of the 20,000 people who were living in Sabra and Shatila at the time of the massacre.

The massacre began after the Israeli army, led by the then Minister of War Ariel Sharon and Raphael Eitan, prevented media from reaching the area.

The “Young Men”, a gang recruited by Elie Hobeika (a prominent figure in the Phalanges as well as the Lebanese Forces intelligence chief and liaison officer with Mossad), from men who had been expelled from the Lebanese Forces for insubordination or criminal activities, used bladed and automatic weapons to liquidate the camp’s residents. Meanwhile, the mission of the Israeli army was to surround the camp and illuminate it at night with flares.

The Israeli occupation army and its collaborators surrounded the Sabra and Shatila camps. Hundreds of gunmen were taken down under the pretext of searching for Palestinian fighters.

The massacre was part of the Israeli exploitation of Lebanon’s civil war, aiming at murdering as much native Palestinians as possible and driving the rest of them away.

On 16 December 1982, the United Nations General Assembly condemned the massacre and declared it to be an act of genocide. The independent commission headed by Seán MacBride concluded that the Israeli occupation authorities or forces were responsible for the massacres. In 1983, Israel’s investigative Kahan Commission found that Ariel Sharon bore “personal responsibility” for the slaughter.

A recent report issued this June by Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth revealed, however, Israel’s direct responsibility for the Sabra and Shatila massacre carried out in collaboration with the Lebanese al-Kataeb militia, led by Bashir Gemayel.

The Kataeb Party, or the Lebanese Phalanges Party in English, is a Christian political party in Lebanon. Its militia was the largest and best organized political paramilitary force in Lebanon. It is estimated, when fully mobilized at the time of the massacre, the Phalange had 5,000 militiamen, of whom 2,000 were full-time.

At the time, the leader of the Kataeb Party was Bashir Gemayel, the president-elect of Lebanon and the leader of the Lebanese Forces, who was assassinated on September 14 that year when an explosion rocked the Party’s headquarters in the Achrafieh area of Beirut.

The Phalangists sought revenge, claiming that the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was responsible for Gemayel’s assassination.

According to the report, the military commanders in the Israeli occupation army and Kataeb held meetings to coordinate the massacre.

The Israeli daily said based on documents secured by Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman, former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin approved Sharon’s plan to attack the Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut.

The documents further revealed a coordination meeting between Kataeb officials and the Israeli commanders was held in Beirut two days after the massacre to mull the means of concealing the Israeli involvement.

(Source / 16.09.2022)

So far, ‘Israel’ committed about 4,000 crimes in occupied Jerusalem in 2022

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

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation has committed 3,940 crimes against Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem since the start of the year, the Palestine Information Centre confirmed in a Monday report.

The number of the Israeli occupation’s crimes against the Palestinians in the occupied city has increased sharply in 2022, the Centre said, adding that 1,299 violations were carried out in April alone, including the deliberate killing of six Palestinians in Jerusalem and the wounding of 1,114 others, including women and children.

During the period January 1 to August 3, 2022, the Centre noted that 34,117 colonial Israeli settlers broke into Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, compared with 28,013 during the same period last year.

At the same time, the Israeli occupation issued 89 banning orders against Palestinians as well as employees at Jerusalem’s Waqf (Endowment) Department.

The Israeli occupation arrested 1,455 Palestinians in the occupied city during the reported period, demolished 71 homes and issued demolition orders against dozens of others.

(Source / 14.09.2022)

Israeli forces shot, kill two Palestinian youths near Jenin

Jenin (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces shot and killed two Palestinian youths during the early morning hours of Wednesday at the Al-Jalama checkpoint, in the north of the West Bank city of Jenin.

The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that Ahmad Abed, 23, and Abdelrahman Abed, 22, from the town of Kafr Dan, were shot and killed by Israeli occupation soldiers in an exchange of gunfire at the Al-Jalama checkpoint, during the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday.

Local reports said Ahmad was an officer in the Palestinian Authority security services.

The Israeli occupation forces claimed that soldiers operating surveillance cameras spotted “two suspects,” near the Palestinian village of Jalamah. The forces then started arrest procedures.

At that point “the suspects opened fire at the soldiers,” the occupation claimed in a statement, adding the soldiers “took cover and shot at the suspects, neutralizing them.”

The Israeli occupation also confirmed the death of an Israeli officer during the exchange several hours after the incident, according to Israeli media reports.

Since the start of 2022, Israeli occupation has killed 148 Palestinians, including 97 in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem and 51 in the besieged Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Helath Ministry.

(Source / 14.09.2022)

Watchdog: Since 1993, ‘Israel’ arrested over 135,000 Palestinians

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli occupation has arrested over 135,000 Palestinians, including 20,000 children and 2500 girls and women, since signing the Oslo accords in 1993, the Palestinian Commission of Detainees and ex-Detainees Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday.

On the 29th anniversary of the so-called Oslo accords, signed on September 13, 1993 between the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian Liberation Organization, the Commission of Detainees said the Israeli occupation continues its policy of arrest against the Palestinians, as it has been documented more than 135,000 arrest operations of Palestinians since signing the Oslo accrods, including 20,000 children and 2500 girls and women.

The Israeli occupation arrest operations also targeted journalists, workers at human rights groups and civil society organizations and even members of the Palestinian parliament.

The Commission noted that there are currently 4650 Palestinian detainees held in about 23 Israeli prisons, including 180 minors, 32 women and 743 detainees held in administrative detention without charge or trial, adding that there around 600 sick detainees that need medical attention, including 23 suffering from various degrees of cancer.

(Source / 14.09.2022)

In August, ‘Israel’ arrested 607 Palestinians, including 59 minors

Israeli security forces detain a demonstrator during a protest in the flashpoint neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem, 18 February 2022

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli occupation authorities arrested 607 Palestinians in August, including 59 minors and 13 women, Palestinian prisoners’ advocacy groups said in a report on Sunday.

In their joint-monthly report, the Palestinian Commission of Detainees and ex-Detainee affairs, the Palestinian Prisoner Society, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that 607 Palestinians got arrested, last month, by Israeli occupation forces: 148 in occupied Jerusalem, including 30 minors and 7 women, 118 Palestinians in Hebron and 96 others in Bethlehem.

The groups also said that Israeli occupation issued 272 administrative detention orders against Palestinians in August, including 143 new orders and 129 renewal orders.

The groups said a total of 4650 Palestinian detainees are currently held in Israeli occupation prisons, including 32 women, about 180 minors, and 743 held in administrative detention without a charge or trial, including two female detainees and four minors.

(Source / 11.09.2022)

Palestinian mourners take part in funeral procession of youth killed by Israeli forces in Jenin

A final farewell to Hamad Abu Jelda, a 24-year-old Palestinian man who died of wounds on September 11, 2022, sustained by Israeli gunfire during an Israeli raid on Jenin, north of the occupied West Bank

Jenin (QNN)- Hundreds of Palestinian mourners took part today in the funeral procession of a slain youth succumbed to wounds sustained by Israeli gunfire during an Israeli raid in Jenin city few days ago.

24-year-old Palestinian Hamad Abu Jelda succumbed, at dawn today, to wounds sustained by Israeli gunfire during an Israeli military raid in Jenin city last Tuesday.

Following his killing, mourners marched across the city of Jenin, protesting Israel’s violations against the Palestinians.

Abu Jelda, a former detainee in Israeli prisons, is married, and was expecting his first baby before his shooting death.

Earlier on Tuesday, columns of Israeli military vehicles, along with a bulldozer, had raided the city of Jenin.

The Israeli forces also closed off all entrances, while breaking into several neighbourhoods.

They surrounded a building comprising 29 apartments and forced its residents out before starting to demolish and explode an apartment belonging to the Palestinian family of Raad Hazem who was shot and killed by Israeli forces for allegdly killing three Israeli settlers in a shooting operation in occupied Tel Aviv on April 7. Raad’s father and brother are both wanted by Israeli occupation.

During Tuesday’s furious raid, the Israeli forces injured 16 people, including Jelda, and killed a 29-year-old Palestinian, identified as Mohammad Musa Saba’na, according to the Health Ministry.

(Source / 11.09.2022)

Palestinian youth succumbs to wounds sustained by Israeli gunfire in Jenin

Picture of Palestinian youth Hamad Abu Jelda succumbed to wounds sustained by Israeli gunfire during an Israeli raid on Jenin, north of the occupied West Bank, on September 11, 2022

Jenin (QNN)- A Palestinian youth succumbed on Sunday morning to critical injuries sustained a few days ago by Israeli gunfire during a military raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that 24-year-old Palestinian Hamad Abu Jelda succumbed, at dawn today, to wounds sustained by Israeli gunfire during an Israeli raid in Jenin city last Tuesday.

Abu Jelda, a former detainee in Israeli prisons, is married, and was expecting his first baby before his shooting death.

Earlier that day, columns of Israeli military vehicles, along with a bulldozer, had raided the city of Jenin.

The Israeli forces also closed off all entrances, while breaking into several neighbourhoods.

They surrounded a building comprising 29 apartments and forced its residents out before starting to demolish and explode an apartment belonging to the Palestinian family of Raad Hazem who was shot and killed by Israeli forces for allegdly killing three Israeli settlers in a shooting operation in occupied Tel Aviv on April 7. Raad’s father and brother are both wanted by Israeli occupation.

During last Tuesday’s furious raid, the Israeli forces injured 16 people, including Jelda, and killed a 29-year-old Palestinian, identified as Mohammad Musa Saba’na, according to the Health Ministry.

(Source / 11.09.2022)

Israeli forces injure about 37 Palestinians taking part in anti-occupation protests in Nablus

Palestinians take part in an anti-occupation protest in the village of Beit Dajan, north of the occupied West Bank on September 9, 2022

Nablus (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces have injured at least 37 Palestinian protesters in Beita and Beit Dajan villages in Nablus while participating in the weekly anti-occupation protests on Friday.

The Palestinian Red Crescent confirmed the Israeli forces injured about 37 Palestinians taking part in the peaceful protests against Israel’s occupation in Beita and Beit Dajan villages today.

The forces attacked the protesters by intensively firing rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs, live ammunition and tear gas canisters disperse them.

Beit Dajan and Beita villages have been the site of weekly protests against the Israeli occupation and settlement expansion.

However, although the protests have been peaceful, Israeli forces have suppressed, detained, and assaulted the protesters.

This has resulted in injuring hundreds and killing others.

(Source / 10.09.2022)

For 206th time, ‘Israel’ demolishes Al-Araqib Bedouin village

Al-Araqib (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces demolished on Wednesday Al-Araqib Bedouin village in the Al-Naqab Desert in the 1948-occupied Palestine for the 206th time.

On Wednesday morning, local sources reported, Israeli occupation forces raided the village, which is rebuilt by its residents after each time it has been demolished, and removed all the tents and destroyed the tin shelters placed on the land by the residents to provide a roof over their heads in the cold or hot weather, leaving them homeless.

Translation: Israeli occupation raids the village of Al-Araqib in Al-Naqab

“Unrecognized by Israeli occupation”

Al-Araqib was demolished for the first time in 2000. Wednesday’s demolition was the 206th so far and the tenth since the start of 2022.

The last time Israeli occupation destroyed the village was on August 16, 2022.

In 2021 alone, Israeli occupation forces destroyed the village 14 times.

‘Israel’ does not “recognise” the village, but its residents point out that they own the land and have done, since the Ottoman period, decades before ‘Israel’ was created in occupied Palestine.

Despite the repeated demolitions, every time the residents of Al-Araqib rebuild their tents and small homes. However, the occupation forces return to raze them, sometimes several times in a month.

Al-Araqib village, where 22 Palestinian families live in, is one of 35 “unrecognised” Arab villages in the area, and is constantly targeted for demolition by Israeli bulldozers, for which Bedouins are then charged.

Recently, the Al-Naqab Desert villages have been under the Israeli threat of demolition and bulldozing works.

In January 2022, for over three days, hundreds of peaceful Palestinians took part in large demonstrations in several villages of the Al-Naqab against Israel’s demolition and bulldozing works in their lands.

The Higher Follow Up Committee of Arabs in the Naqab, a local umbrella body that represents Palestinians in the area, had also announced a general strike in response to the Israeli demolitions.

“We took the decision to undertake proactive measures, beginning with adopting a cumulative resistance programme over a period of six months that will lead to a regional general strike and a massive demonstration outside the prime minister’s office, and the internationalisation of the issue to expose the racist practices [of Israeli authorities] before international institutions,” the committee said in a statement.

The general strike was announced in villages facing the threat of Israeli demolition including al-Atrash, al-Sawa, al-Zarnouq, al-Ruwais, Beir Haddaj and Khirbet Watan.

However, the Israeli occupation forces stormed the Palestinian villages in the Al-Naqab desert that time and started violently attacking and arresting the peaceful protesters who gathered to denounce the demolition work. They also fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs directly and intensively towards the non-violent protesters to disperse them.

This all started on January 9, when the Jewish National Fund (JNF) began several days of the so-called “planting trees” on disputed land in the Al-Naqab. For over three days, the Israeli bulldozers carried out demolitions on lands of local Bedouins used for cultivation. The forces closed off the villages and prevented the residents from entering their lands. Thus, the Palestinian residents moved their protests to the entrance of the villages.

During and following the protests, Israeli forces arrested over 140 Palestinians from the Al-Naqab, including minors.

The Israeli demolitions in al-Naqab are part of a controversial Israeli plan, led by the JNF, to plant trees across some 40,000 dunams (15 square miles) of the Naqab.

In December 2021, Israeli forces attacked Palestinians in six villages: al-Mashash, al-Zarnouq, Bier al-Hamam, al-Ruwais, al-Gharaa, and Khirbet Watan, destroying crops and excavating soil.

The JNF and the Israel Land Authority (ILA) were planning to plant hundreds of trees on lands from the six Bedouin villages, which had all received demolition orders and faced the displacement of thousands of residents “in the name of developing the area.”

‘Israel’ has used the forestation projects as a tactic for land grabs and to prevent Palestinians from returning to lands from which they have been displaced.

The residents say that such policies are an attempt to pressure them into being internally displaced despite Bedouins having lived on or near these lands prior to Israel’s establishment in 1948.

There are almost 100,000 Palestinians live in 35 Bedouin villages in the Al-Naqab and are all unrecognized by the Israeli occupation government who views the Bedouin residents of these villages as illegal squatters and does not provide them with basic services or infrastructure, including electricity, water, sewage systems, roads, schools or hospitals.

(Source / 08.09.2022)