Video| Injuries among citizens and journalists in Israeli attacks on protests

An Israeli soldier opening fire at a protest

Qalqilya (QNN)- Israeli forces repressed a peaceful protest in Kafr Qaddum on Saturday, wounding two young men. Meanwhile, Israeli settlers in Masafer Yatta attacked journalists with their dogs. The attack left several injuries. Locals of both villages protested against the Israeli settlement.

The coordinator of the Popular resistance in Kafr Qaddum, Murad Ishtewi, said Israeli forces raided the village ad attacked the protest.

The Israeli attack left two limb injuries. Citizens took Both cases to a hospital.

In the same vein, Israeli forces attacked another anti-settlement protest in Masafer Yatta in southern Hebron. Israeli soldiers repressed the protest using tear gas and sound bombs. Simultaneously, the Israeli army announced the area as a closed military zone.

Israeli settlers attacked journalists using their dogs. Several journalists got wounded.

(Source / 24.01.21)

Palestinian Foreign Ministry complains companies operating in illegal Israeli settlements

Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has complain about companies operating in the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem.

The ministry said in a statement it has sent letters to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Abu Al-Gheit, and the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Yusef Al-Othaimin, complaining about the companies operating in the illegal Israeli settlements in the OPT.

In these letters, the ministry said it talked about the negative and hostile impact of that on the inalienable rights of the Palestinians, on top of which is the right to self-determination, and other economic, social and cultural rights.

It said that companies and businessmen from member states have concluded trade agreements aimed at importing products from illegal Israeli settlements located on the land of the occupied State of Palestine in violation of international law.

The first shipments of olive oil and honey products from the settlement company Torra Winery, located in the illegal settlement of Rehelim built on stolen lands belonging to the Palestinian village of al-Sawiya, and from Paradise Honey Factory in the settlement of Harmash, have arrived at their destinations.

The ministry stressed that the settlements violate international law, United Nations resolutions, including Security Council Resolution 2334, contribute to a war crime, and a violation of the resolutions of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, all of which affirmed the illegality of settlements and their products.

The ministry called the High Commissioner and other parties to address all institutions and individuals to clarify these legal violations, which affect the Palestinian rights, considered an assault on them, and are consistent with colonial projects, and to call on them to go back on these violations, and also to call on states to take all necessary measures, including legal follow-up.

It also called to enact local laws to deter any individual, institution, or company that is proven to be directly or indirectly complicit in any commercial or other business with the illegal settlements, and to hold them accountable as they contribute to a war crime against the Palestinian people, their rights and resources.

(Source / 24.01.2021)

To justify broken bones, Israeli occupation police prevent Palestinian workers from appearing in court

 Palestinian workers enter Israel through the Mitar checkpoint in the West Bank city of Hebron, on May 3, 2020

Israeli occupation police have refused to bring Palestinian workers who have been arrested while working without permission to court, in order to hide their brutality against them, the Israeli Haaretz newspaper reported on Thursday.

Haaretz said that a large police force attacked a group of Palestinian workers in the Modiin settlement near the occupied city of Jerusalem, causing fractures and severe physical harm.

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According to the paper, the occupation police attacked the workers in a construction site after receiving a false tip claiming that they planned to carry out an attack in the illegal settlement, noting that two workers suffered various fractures on the body and face and a dislocated shoulder.

The judge at the Magistrate’s Court in Petah Tikva demanded the Israeli occupation police clarify how they dealt with the detainees, and to explain why they decided not to bring three of them to the court.

The police claimed three workers entered quarantine due to suspicion of being infected with coronavirus, however they did not present health reports supporting their allegations.

However, according to Haaretz, “the three men denied they had any symptoms. The court criticized the Israeli Prison Service for not allowing them to attend the hearing and demanded to see medical documentation that would support the doctor’s opinion.”

One of the detained Palestinian workers told the court that the Israeli special forces arrived at the construction site and assaulted him and his colleagues breaking his arm and nose, although none of them resisted detention or attempted to escape.

(Source / 24.01.2021)

Palestinian worker dies after inhaling teargas thrown by IOF

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- A 50-year-old Palestinian worker was announced dead of a heart attack early today morning while running from Israeli occupation forces in the occupied West Bank.

The worker, identified as Fo’ad Joudeh, died after Israeli occupation forces attacked a group of Palestinian workers by teargas near the village of Far’oun in the occupied West Bank.

Local sources said that he died after inhaling a large amount of tear gas, originating from gas grenades thrown by the Israeli occupation forces at the man and the other Palestinian workers.

Due to the lack of job opportunities in the West Bank, some Palestinians are forced to look for employment in Israeli-occupied Palestine in order to make a living.

However, entrance into the Israeli-occupied Palestine requires that Palestinians from the West Bank apply for entry permits, which are virtually impossible to obtain.

As a result, Palestinian workers from the West Bank regularly attempt to cross the apartheid Wall without a permit, putting them at risk of being arrested or attacked by Israeli occupation forces.

Since 2002, ‘Israel’ has been constructing a wall that stretches for more than 700 kilometres, annexing Palestinian land inside the occupied West Bank. This wall is known as separation wall or apartheid wall.

(Source / 24.01.2021)

In 869 operations, ‘Israel’ damaged 6507 trees in 2020

Ramallah (QNN)- The committee against the wall and settlement on Sunday said Israeli forces uprooted, broke, and damaged 6507 trees in 869 operations in 2020.

In an expanded report, the committee documented Israeli violations throughout the occupied land in 2020.

It stated that the Israelis discussed 23 laws, aiming at preventing payments for Palestinians or defending Israeli officials and settlers, who committed crimes against Palestinians.

It added that the Israeli government formed the ministry of settlement, appointing the hard-core MK Tzipi Hotovely. The ministry aims at supporting illegal settlement.

The occupation state also issued a bill to provide tax exemptions and concessions for illegal settlers and provide them with weapons training.

The report revealed that the total area of Palestinian land, announced as Israeli government land, in the West Bank and Gaza has reached nearly 1700 square km, making 30% of Palestinian land.

It added that last year saw a competition between Israeli officials to issued laws that annex parts of the West Bank or even all of it.

The Israeli government approved plans to construct 6719 settlement units, while plans to construct 8060 units are being discussed. An Israeli order allowed the occupation state to confiscate three Palestinian natural reserves.

The committee also stated that the occupation state demolished 869 structure last year, 65% of them were in the West Bank.

It added that Israeli settlers carried out over 930 attacks, wounding 197 citizens last year.

(Source / 24.01.2021)

Two ex-Israeli soldiers sue colleague over Gaza crimes

Former Israeli soldier testifies about crimes committed during 2014 Gaza war

Two former Israeli soldiers filed a defamation lawsuit against a colleague for revealing crimes all three committed during the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip in 2014.

Israeli Channel 7 said the soldiers sued their former colleague Yaron Zeev for telling the NGO Breaking the Silence about the crimes and are demanding compensation of 2.6 million shekels ($790,000).

The two accuse Zeev of giving “false testimony” to the organization.

Breaking the Silence is an Israeli NGO established by veteran Israeli soldiers that gives former soldiers a platform to confidentially recount their experiences in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The lawsuit says Zeev’s testimony was used by “international investigators and included serious reports against the [Israeli] army distributed at the United Nations and in dozens of countries around the world.”

According to the channel, this is the first time that the Israeli public prosecution revealed the soldier’s name concealed by Breaking the Silence.

In 2015, the group revealed testimonies of soldiers who took part in the 2014 invasion of Gaza, who recounted orders given to military tanks to bomb randomly as long as there was no “visible danger.”

“When you look at the full picture, it is something that we have been doing all the time. We were shooting deliberately all day,” Zeev said in his testimony.

Over 2,322 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed – and some 11,000 injured – in the 51-day Israeli offensive in 2014.

(Source / 24.01.2021)

The occupation authorities bulldoze lands south of Bethlehem

Days of Palestine – Bethlehem – The Israeli occupation authorities bulldozed today, Saturday, lands in the village of Maasara, south of Bethlehem.

The director of the Wall and settlement Resistance Commission office in Bethlehem, Hassan Brijieh, stated that the occupation forces bulldozed the lands of Suleiman Musa Brijieh near ” Migdal Ouz” settlement , which lies on the lands of the town of Beit Fajjar, covering an area of three dunams.

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This comes as part of continuous bulldozing campaigns in preparation for expanding settlements in the West Bank.

(Source / 24.01.2021)

Settlers close “Gush Etzion” junction in Beit Fajar, south of Bethlehem

Days of Palestine – Bethlehem – Israeli settlers closed today, Saturday, “Gush Etzion” junction, south of Bethlehem, under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces.

Local sources reported that settlers gathered at Gush Etzion Junction, waving Israeli flags, and blocking the movement of the citizens’ vehicles to and from the Hebron governorate.

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In a related context, clashes occured between Palestinians and the occupation forces in the town of Beit Fajar, south of Bethlehem.

Local sources stated that the occupation forces stormed the town and threw tear gas canisters on citizens’ houses.

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The sources added that the occupation forces seized the CCTV recordings from the shops.

(Source / 24.01.2021)

Haniyeh discusses with Miladnov the path of the Palestinian elections

Days of Palestine – Gaza – Hamas Cheif, Mr. Ismail Haniyeh held an online meeting with Mr. Nikolai Miladnov, the Special Coordinator of the United Nations Secretary-General in the Middle East, during which there was an extensive discussion about the course of the Palestinian elections.

At the beginning of the meeting, Mr. Haniyeh expressed his thanks and appreciation for the role that Mr. Miladnov played throughout his tenure as Special Coordinator for the Secretary-General of the United Nations in the Middle East throughout the past period, as Mr. Meladnov will end his work in this position.

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During the meeting, Mr. Haniyeh stressed the important role of the United Nations and the international community in the upcoming Palestinian elections file, especially in ensuring the integrity of procedures, arrangements, and freedom of voting, and pressuring the Israeli occupation so that it does not constitute an obstacle to the electoral process and its conduct, especially in the occupied city of Jerusalem, stressing the need to recognize the election results whether related to the institutions of the authority or the organization, and the consequent formation of a government and executive committees, and not to repeat the 2006 mistake that led to the division in the Palestinian arena.

Mr. Haniyeh explained that Hamas made great efforts to reach this moment, which led to the issuance of presidential decrees on the dates of the legislative and presidential elections and the National Council so that the people would say their word in choosing its leadership on democratic grounds, reviewing the steps prior to issuing the decrees and the steps that must be taken during the next stage including the issues around which national dialogues will take place in the coming days in Cairo.

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Mr. Haniyeh affirmed that Hamas sees the elections as an entry point for arranging the internal Palestinian home, ending the division, strengthening the principle of partnership, and protecting the national project, which is going through great challenges, and the re-engagement of our people abroad in the leading institutions.

For his part, Mr. Meladnov praised Hamas’s position on holding elections and the need to move forward in achieving this democratic option, pointing to some possible obstacles that must be overcome, and affirming readiness to support all steps that would enhance Palestinian democracy.

(Source / 24.01.2021)

Israel prevents restoration works at Al-Aqsa

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – The Israeli occupation forces on Sunday prevented the completion of the restoration works of marble and internal pillars at the Dome of the Rock prayer building in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Head of the Mosque’s Reconstruction committee Bassam al-Hallaq said that the occupation forces stormed the Dome of the Rock and prevented Palestinian workers from carrying out renovations to the interior of the prayer building and they threatened to arrest them if they insisted on continuing their work.

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Al-Hallaq added that the occupation forces prevented yesterday the Al-Aqsa Reconstruction Committee from carrying out maintenance and restoration works in Al-Marwani Mosque.

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(Source / 24.01.2021)