U.S. House approves $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system

Washington (QNN)- The U.S. House of Representatives approved on Thursday a stand-alone bill to provide $1 billion to ‘Israel’ to replenish its Iron Dome missile-defense system, just two days after the funding was removed from a final House-passed bill to prevent a government shutdown.

The measure passed 420 members voting in favour of the bill, and nine against.

The bill is now headed to the Senate, which will need to approve it as well.

Some of the most liberal House Democrats had objected to the provision and said they would vote against the broad spending bill if it was included.

Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Pramila Jayapal were among those who threatened to vote against the bill if the Iron Dome funding was included.

That threatened the bill’s passage, with Democrats only narrowly controlling the House, because Republicans have opposed the plan to fund the federal government through Dec. 3 and raise the nation’s borrowing limit.

In response to the U.S. House of Representatives’ decision to provide the $1 billion to ‘Israel’, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett thanked “all members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic and Republican alike, for their sweeping support for Israel and the commitment to its security.”

Bennett added that “those who try to challenge this support got a resounding response today,” apparently referring to the Progressive Democrats who had removed on Tuesday the extra $1 billion.

Following the removal, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced that he would bring a suspension bill, which requires support from two-third of members, to approve the provision with support of members from both parties.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, introduced the bill on the House floor today.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian Progressive Democrat and was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents, called the Israeli occupation government an “apartheid regime,” and announced she would oppose the bill.

“I will not support an effort to enable and support war crimes, human rights abuses and violence. We cannot be talking only about Israelis’ need for safety at a time when Palestinians are living under a violent apartheid system,” she said.

Rashida Tlaib@RashidaTlaib
I will not support a standalone supplemental bill of $1 billion to replenish the bombs Israel used to commit war crimes in Gaza.

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Rashida Tlaib@RashidaTlaib
I plan on casting a no vote. We must stop enabling Israel’s human rights abuses and apartheid government.

Rasha@RashaMK · 23 sep.UNBELIEVABLE tomorrow the House leadership will be bring up a separate supplemental to fund Israel’s state sanctioned violence. They failed to get the Iron Dome funded yesterday & here we are CALL TO ACTION: Call Congress & tell them this unacceptable! https://appropriations.house.gov/news/press-releases/delauro-introduces-iron-dome-supplemental

Rep. Ilhan Omar expressed her disapproval of the funding tweeting on Thursday, “Given the human rights violations in Gaza, Sheikh Jarrah, and ever-growing settlement expansion, we should not be ramming through a last-minute $1 billion increase in military funding for Israel without any accountability.


Ilhan Omar@IlhanMNGiven the human rights violations in Gaza, Sheikh Jarrah, and ever-growing settlement expansion, we should not be ramming through a last-minute $1 billion increase in military funding for Israel without any accountability.

As of November 2020, the United States had provided $1.6 billion to ‘Israel’ for Iron Dome batteries, interceptors, co-production costs and general maintenance, according to Congressional Research Service.

(Source / 24.09.2021)

Over 80 Palestinian Islamic Jihad prisoners protest in Israeli Ktzi’ot prison

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Over 80 Palestinian Islamic Jihad prisoners are protesting in Israeli Ktzi’ot Prison in protest against the punitive and repressive measures taken by the Israeli prisons’ administration following the Gilbou’s prison break.

The Palestinian prisoners in Ktzi’ot Prison have demanded that the situation in the prison be returned to how it was before restrictions were implemented after six Palestinian prisoners managed to free themselves from Gilbou prison earlier this month.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad warned Israel Prison Service against suppressing the protest, saying it held ‘Israel’ for responsible for any harm to the prisoners.

The prisoners have demanded the Israeli prisons’ administration to end its policy of repression, abuse, and arbitrary transfers and release isolated prisoners to regular sections, return detention conditions to what they were before September 5, and to end the policy of arbitrary administrative detention and stop the renewal policy for administrative detainees, among other demands.

Such tensions came after the heroic act of six Palestinian prisoners who managed to free themselves on September 6 2021, from Gilbou prison, a high-security Israeli prison, through a secret tunnel they had reportedly dug beneath the prison.

The six prisoners were identified as:

Mahmoud Arda, 46 years old, from Arraba town in Jenin, imprisoned since 1996, sentenced to a life and 15 years and belonged to the Islamic Jihad movement.

Mohammad Arda, 39 years old, from Arraba town in Jenin, imprisoned since 2002, sentenced to a life and belonged to the Islamic Jihad movement.

Yaaqob Qadri, 49 years old, from Beir al-Basha town in Jenin, imprisoned since 2003, sentenced to a life and belonged to the Islamic Jihad movement.

Ayham Kamanji, 35 years old, from Kufr Dan town in Jenin, imprisoned since 2006, sentenced to a life and belonged to the Islamic Jihad movement.

Zakaria Zubaidi, 46 years old, from Jenin refugee camp, imprisoned since 2019, was not sentenced, and is a former commander of Fatah’s Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.

Munadel Infeiat, 26 years old, from Yabad town in Jenin and imprisoned since 2019, was not sentenced and belonged to the Islamic Jihad movement.

Four of the six breakers were rearrested by the Israeli occupation on September 11, after five days of large-scale sweep operations throughout occupied Palestine using high-tech systems and the two others were rearrested on September 19, after 13 days of sweep operations.

(Source / 24.09.2021)

Video| Israeli forces shoot young man in Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces on Wednesday shot at a young man near a school in Al Tour in occupied Jerusalem.

Local sources said Israeli forces opened fire at Bassam Abu Sbeitan then arrested him despite his injury in his left leg.

The sources added that Israeli forces attacked and beat up school kids during their raid.

(Source / 23.09.2021)

Due to medical negligence, Palestinian ex-detainee in Israeli jails dies of leukemia

Occupied Palestinian (QNN)- Palestinian ex-detainee in Israeli jails, Hussein Masalma, has died on Wednesday, after a long struggle with illness and due to medical negligence, in a Palestinian hospital in Ramallah.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has confirmed last night that 39-year-old Masalma, who was recently released from an Israeli prison after his condition seriously deteriorated, has died at a Palestinian hospital in Ramallah, in central West Bank.

The PPS stated that Masalma, who is from the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, was released from Israeli prisons in February 2021, after serving a 19-year sentence, when his condition became extremely serious after he was denied from receiving an urgent specialized medical treatment for Leukemia.

The PPS added that Masalma was first moved to Hadassah Israeli medical center, before being sent, a week ago, to the Istishari Arab Hospital in Ramallah.

The PPS held the occupation state fully responsible for Masalma’s death, especially since he was subject to medical negligence while in prison, and only started receiving treatment when his condition became serious.

It is worth mentioning that Masalma started suffering from complications and sharp pain in late 2020.

However, the occupation state took more than a month to send him to the clinic of the Negev Desert detention camp and was only moved to an Israeli hospital when his condition became very serious, and the physicians found out that he has an End-Stage of Leukemia.

Masalma was arrested in 2002 for resisting the occupation and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Masalma stated after his release that he has been suffering for two years and that the Israeli physicians didn’t render an accurate diagnosis to his condition.

“For more than two years I have been suffering, and they couldn’t diagnose my condition currently,” he said, “It is not just me, there are so many detainees suffering from serious conditions.”

(Source / 23.09.2021)

Pictures & Video| Hundreds Palestinians participate in funeral of ex-detainee died due medical negligence

Bethlehem (QNN)- Hundreds of Palestinians took part on Thursday in the funeral of ex-detainee in Israeli jails, Hussein Masalma, as he died on Wednesday, after a long struggle with illness and due to medical negligence, in a Palestinian hospital in Ramallah.

The Palestinians participated in the funeral after various Palestinian political factions declared today a general strike and called for massive popular protests across the occupied West Bank.

39-year-old Masalma, who was recently released from an Israeli prison after his condition seriously deteriorated, has died at a Palestinian hospital in Ramallah, in central West Bank on Wednesday.

Masalma, who is from the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, was released from Israeli prisons in February 2021, after serving a 19-year sentence, when his condition became extremely serious after he was denied from receiving an urgent specialized medical treatment for Leukemia.

Masalma was first moved to Hadassah Israeli medical center, before being sent, a week ago, to the Istishari Arab Hospital in Ramallah and he started suffering from complications and sharp pain in late 2020.

However, the occupation state took more than a month to send him to the clinic of the Negev Desert detention camp and was only moved to an Israeli hospital when his condition became very serious, and the physicians found out that he has an End-Stage of Leukemia.

Masalma was arrested in 2002 for resisting the occupation and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Masalma stated after his release that he has been suffering for two years and that the Israeli physicians didn’t render an accurate diagnosis to his condition.

(Source / 23.09.2021)

Dozens Israeli settlers storm archeological site of Sebastia for 2nd day in row

Nablus (QNN)- Dozens Israeli settlers stormed the archeological site of Sebastia in Nablus in the occupied West Bank, for the second day in a row, with the occupation forces’ protection, under the pretext of celebrating Jewish holiday.

Local sources said dozens of Israeli settlers forced their way into the site under the protection of the Israeli forces, who deployed earlier today at the village entrances and proceeded to close the site, preventing Palestinians from accessing it and from opening their shops, to make room for the settler intrusion.

The settlers’ raid came under the pretext of marking the week-long Sukkot holiday, a Jewish holiday which started on Monday evening, September 20 and ended next Monday, September 27.

Today is the second day in which the settlers stormed the site.

The Hamas group has condemned the occupation authorities’ closure of the site and preventing Palestinians from accessing it, describing the move as form of the “Zionist Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people.”

Sebastia is an ancient town dating back 3,000 years. It extends over 5,000 dunums [1,235 acres] and is inhabited by 3,500 people. Herod the Great named the city Sebaste — meaning Augustus — in honor of Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar in 27 B.C.

The city, famous for its dozens of Roman archaeological pieces and sites, continuously faces attacks by Israeli settlers and the Israeli forces, who have their eyes set on its archaeological sites.

The settlers also repeatedly raided the archeological site of Sebastia, as in June only, the settlers raided it more than three times.

Israel’s archeological activities in Palestinian territory aim to extend the policy of dispossessing Palestinians of their lands and cultural assets.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

(Source / 23.09.2021)

Palestinians declare general strike after ex-detainee in Israeli jails died of Leukemia

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Various Palestinian political factions declared on Thursday a general strike and called for massive popular protests across the occupied West Bank over the death of ex-detainee in Israeli jails, Hussein Masalma.

The protests will take place during and after Masalma’s funeral which will be held on Thursday at 11:30 before noon.

Family and friends bid farewell to the Palestinian ex-prisoner Hussein Masalmeh, who died of cancer due deliberate medical neglect in the Israeli occupation prisons. #Palestine#Bethlehem

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39-year-old Masalma, who was recently released from an Israeli prison after his condition seriously deteriorated, has died at a Palestinian hospital in Ramallah, in central West Bank on Wednesday.

Masalma, who is from the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, was released from Israeli prisons in February 2021, after serving a 19-year sentence, when his condition became extremely serious after he was denied from receiving an urgent specialized medical treatment for Leukemia.

Masalma was first moved to Hadassah Israeli medical center, before being sent, a week ago, to the Istishari Arab Hospital in Ramallah.

It is worth mentioning that Masalma started suffering from complications and sharp pain in late 2020.

However, the occupation state took more than a month to send him to the clinic of the Negev Desert detention camp and was only moved to an Israeli hospital when his condition became very serious, and the physicians found out that he has an End-Stage of Leukemia.

Masalma was arrested in 2002 for resisting the occupation and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Masalma stated after his release that he has been suffering for two years and that the Israeli physicians didn’t render an accurate diagnosis to his condition.

“For more than two years I have been suffering, and they couldn’t diagnose my condition currently,” he said, “It is not just me, there are so many detainees suffering from serious conditions.”

(Source / 23.09.2021)

Israeli forces deploy at Sebastia entrances in Nablus to make room for settler intrusion

Nablus (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces since Wednesday morning have deployed at the village of Sebastia entrances in Nablus and at the road leading to the archaeological site and prevented the owners of shops from opening them.

Local sources said that Israeli forces have deployed at the entrances of Sebastia village and at the road leading to the archeological site of Sebastia, to make room for the settler intrusion.

The forces also prevented the owners of the shops from opening them.



Sebastia is an ancient town dating back 3,000 years. It extends over 5,000 dunums [1,235 acres] and is inhabited by 3,500 people. Herod the Great named the city Sebaste — meaning Augustus — in honor of Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar in 27 B.C.

The city, famous for its dozens of Roman archaeological pieces and sites, continuously faces attacks by Israeli settlers and the Israeli forces, who have their eyes set on its archaeological sites.

The settlers also repeatedly raided the archeological site of Sebastia, as in June only, the settlers raided it more than three times.

Israel’s archeological activities in Palestinian territory aim to extend the policy of dispossessing Palestinians of their lands and cultural assets.

The indigenous of Sebastia, however, said they will not allow the Israeli occupation to one day steal their heritage and will confront every attempt to take over the lands.

In November 2020, Israeli occupation authorities threatened to forcibly remove the 17-meter (56-feet) long Palestinian flagpole erected near the antiquities plaza in the village of Sebastia.

The plaza itself is located in Area B of the West Bank, which is under Palestinian civil control and Israeli military control. ‘Israel’ claims the flagpole provokes the settlers.

In the past years, ‘Israel’ has taken many illegal steps targeting Palestinian heritage sites.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

(Source / 22.09.2021)

Hundreds extremist Israeli settlers accompanied by police break into Al-Aqsa

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- A large number of extremist Israeli settlers accompanied by police broke into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city of Jerusalem in the early morning hours of Wednesday.

Under the occupation forces protection, over 522 Israeli settlers and police broke into the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the morning break-in session.

The settlers entered through the Damascus Gate- which Palestinians call Bab al-Amoud Gate- and they are now provoking the Palestinian worshipers by performing Talmudic prayers using loudspeakers in the courtyards of Al-Buraq Wall, known to Jews as the “Western Wall”, the western portion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israeli occupation authorities allow settler incursions to the mosque since 2003 under the forces protection, despite repeated objections and warnings by the Palestinian religious authorities as the visits provoke worshippers of the mosque.

Israeli forces always facilitate and protect the settlers breaking into the holy site while preventing Palestinian worshipers from enternint it, assaulting and detaining them.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam which located in occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 22.09.2021)

Israeli FM slams US removal of Iron Dome funding from budget bill

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli occupation Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Tuesday night spoke with US House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, slamming the Progressive Democrats pressuring on the Party to remove $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system from a must-pass funding bill to avoid a government shutdown.

During the phone call, Hoyer claimed that the move was a “technical delay” related to discussions over the US debt ceiling and that the defense funding would be approved at a later date, Israeli foreign minister said in a statement.

Hoyer also claimed that it was a view shared by the White House and Democrat House and Senate leaders, while pledging that the Iron Dome funding would soon be allocated, the Foreign Ministry said.

“It is my intention to bring to this floor a suspension bill before the end of this week that will fund fully Iron Dome. I was for that. I’m still for it, we ought to do it,” said Hoyer. “I talked to the foreign minister, Mr. Lapid, just two hours ago and assured him that bill was going to pass this House.”

On Tuesday night, Progressive representatives in the US Congress have successfully removed an extra $1 billion in weapons to the Israeli occupation army. A move that has been seen as a notable victory for Palestinian human rights.

The extra $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome was supposed to be in addition to the nearly $4 billion the US government already sends to the Israeli occupation forces every year.

Since World War II, the United States has given Israel $146 billion in aid, mostly for weapons.

The United States and Israel have an agreement under which the US government will allocate $38 billion from fiscal 2019 through 2028, including $5 billion for missile defense.

A Congress member told The Times of Israel that Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Betty McCollum pushed Pelosi to have the Iron Dome funding removed from the spending bill and managed to succeed through mediation from Congresswoman Rosa Delauro.

Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Pramila Jayapal also threatened to vote against the bill if the Iron Dome funding was included, a Congressional aide said.

(Source / 22.09.2021)