Settlers flood olive and apricot fields in Sebastia with wastewater

Settlers flood agricultural lands in the town of Sebastia, north of Nablus, with wastewater.

The mayor of Sebastia, Muhammad Azim, stated that the settlers of “Shafi Shimron” settlement, which is built on the lands of a number of villages northwest of Nablus, flooded the lands west of the town with wastewater.

He explained that these lands are planted with apricot and olive trees, which incur heavy losses for farmers.

(Source / 21.10.2020)

Israel is committing war crimes in Hebron, researcher says

An Israeli settlement in the West Bank on 19 November 2019 [Mosab Shawer/Apaimages]
An Israeli settlement in the West Bank on 19 November 2019

Kareem Jubran, Field Research Director at Israeli rights group B’Tselem, said on Tuesday that the Israeli occupation is carrying out war crimes in the West Bank city of Hebron, Al-Watan Voice reported.

According to Al-Watan Voice, Jubran told Voice of Palestine radio that an Israeli court is looking into an order to evacuate 12 residential neighbourhoods in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, over claims that they are areas used for military training.

Jubran reiterated the importance of the voice of the international community, stressing that there should be international pressure placed on the Israeli government to cancel this military order.

The Palestinian people in the neighbourhoods of Al-Khair and Al-Majaz of Masafer Yatta are banned from getting building licences.

Jubran stressed that the actions of the Israeli occupation in this area amounted to war crimes and forced displacement, calling on the EU to take action on the ground to stop the Israeli aggression in Masafer Yatta.

READ: Palestinian courts to look at legal action against Israeli settlers

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Israeli soldiers seal Palestinian’s bedroom with metal sheeting

Israeli soldiers in the West Bank on 21 February 2020 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli soldiers in the West Bank on 21 February 2020

Israel occupation forces have sealed the bedroom of a Palestinian man who is suspected of killing a soldier, Wafa news agency has reported. “The room was sealed following the Supreme Court decision that cancelled the demolition order issued for the terrorist’s home,” said the army.

Nazmi Abu Bakr, 49, was accused of murder after he allegedly dropped a brick onto the head of an Israeli soldier who later died. The incident took place on 12 May, during an early morning Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank town of Ya’bad.

Instead of using concrete to seal the room, as reported last week, soldiers fixed metal sheets over the windows and hung barbed wire inside the room to prevent entry.

According to a relative, Abu Bakr’s family of nine are currently homeless due to the damage to their house and the health hazard that is a direct result of the army’s action.

Eyewitnesses pointed out that Israeli soldiers occupied a few homes in the neighbourhood while the room was being sealed. A few local residents were assaulted in the process.

READ: Palestinian courts to look at legal action against Israeli settlers 

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Al-Azhar: Israel settlements blatant encroachment on Palestinian lands

A picture taken from the Palestinian village of Qirah, south of Nablus, shows the illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel in the background on June 22, 2020 [JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images]
A picture taken from a Palestinian village in Nablus, showing an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank on 22 June 2020 

Egypt’s Al-Azhar condemned Israel’s approval of building thousands of new settlement units in the occupied West Bank, stressing that they are encroaching on the territories of the occupied Palestinian state and provoking Palestinians.

“Al-Azhar confirms its position rejecting such steps that come within the framework of the policy of imposing a fait accompli. This policy will not change the reality of the Arab identity of the Palestinian land, and that the Zionist entity is usurping the lands of the oppressed Palestinian people, the owner the land,” Al-Azhar said in a statement published on Sunday.

Al-Azhar called on the international community to take all measures to stand against the colonial acts practised by Israel which complicate the current situation.

“Those acts are a slap to the UN Security Council’s resolutions and the international decisions related to the Palestinian state’s rights and its cause,” the statement added.

Last week, Israel approved the construction of 4,948 settlement units in the occupied West Bank on the request of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

WATCH: Firefighters tackle blaze at Al-Azhar Mosque

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Israel detains child in night raid in occupied West Bank

Israeli security forces take a Palestinian minor into custody in the West Bank on 20 December 2017 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages]
Israeli security forces take a Palestinian minor into custody in the West Bank on 20 December 2017

Israeli occupation forces arrested 14 Palestinians, including at least one child, in night raids across the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPS) has reported.

According to the PPS, at least four Palestinians were detained when Israeli soldiers broke into and ransacked their homes in occupied East Jerusalem. One of those detained was a 15-year-old child from the Isawiyeh neighbourhood.

In Bethlehem, Israeli forces barged their way into Dheisha refugee camp, south of the city, where they rounded up four others, including a 42-year-old man. Similar raids took place in Qalandia refugee camp north of Jerusalem and Hebron, as well as Nablus.

Wafa news agency said that the raid triggered confrontations with local residents during which soldiers opened fire on protestors. No injuries were reported.

READ: The spirit of Palestinian resistance

The Israeli army carries out frequent arrest campaigns across the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians. Children living in occupied East Jerusalem are the most targeted, the PPS said. Many apparently face arrest at least once a month.

The PPS recorded the arrest of more than 3,000 Palestinians by Israel from the beginning of this year to the end of August.

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Soldiers Abduct Nine Palestinians, Halt Construction Of Many Facilities, In West Bank

Israeli soldiers invaded, Tuesday, many Palestinian homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, searched and ransacked many homes before abducting nine Palestinians, including former political prisoners, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported. The soldiers also handed warrants halting the construction of homes, north of Jerusalem.

The PPS office in Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, has reported that the soldiers abducted Haitham Mer’ey Shehada, 34, and Saif Hifthi Abu Libda, 27, after invading their homes and searching them.

Also, several army jeeps invaded the eastern area of Tulkarem city, before storming a restaurant, and abducted Amjad Abu Shanab, 45.

In addition, the soldiers abducted a child, identified as Wadea’ Monther Ra’ey, 13, in addition to Jamal al-Jondi, from the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, while Abdullah Abu Sneina, was abducted in Hebron city.

The soldiers also invaded and ransacked homes in the city, causing damage; owners of some of the homes have been identified a Najib D’eis, Samah D’eis, and Abu Mustafa ad-Damiri, in addition to installing roadblocks in Halhoul Bridge area, the entrance of the al-Fawwar refugee camp, in the northern and southern parts of Hebron, before stopping and searching many homes, and interrogated the residents while inspecting their ID cards.

In Jericho Palestinian city, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers invaded and searched homes in the center of the city, and abducted a college student, identified as Suleiman Khalaf Nawaj’a, 21.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Qalandia, north of occupied Jerusalem, and handed warrants halting the construction of three homes in addition to dozens of structures, including walls and storage facilities.

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Soldiers Abduct Seven Palestinians In Bethlehem And Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers and police officers abducted, Monday, seven Palestinians, including two young women, in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli police abducted two young women in Salahuddin Street in Jerusalem, while they were heading to pray in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

An altercation took place in the area when Palestinian youths tried to ensure the release of the two young women.

Eyewitnesses said Israeli policemen violently handcuffed the young women and took them to an Israeli detention center in Jerusalem.

The occupation authorities frequently harass and assault Jerusalemites, in addition to imposing large financial fines under various pretexts the latest of which was violating coronavirus restrictions.

The occupation government has recently escalated its targeting of Jerusalemites through the daily arrests of dozens of youths.

In addition, Israeli soldiers abducted five Palestinians, including a former political prisoner from Bethlehem, and four from Al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, in southern West Bank.

Several army jeeps invaded the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, before the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes, and abducted four young men, identified as Tamer Al-Badawi, Salim Jawabreh, Qusai Al-Badawi, and Muhammad Al-Balasi.

The army also set up military roadblocks at the entrances to Sa`ir and Halhul towns, near Hebron, stopped and searched many vehicles, and interrogated the Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers searched homes and abducted Abdul-Hadi Hammad.

(Source / 21.10.2020)

Israeli warplanes strike school in Syria

Damascus (QNN)- Israeli warplanes last night struck a school in Al Qunaitra in southern Syria.

The state’s news agency SANA reported that at nearly 12:05 am, Israeli warplanes bombarded a school in the village of Al Hurriyyeh in the north of the governorate, adding that the strike caused material damage.

The governorate has seen several Israeli aggressions. A recent strike targeted a vehicle, killing and wounding several people.

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Israeli cop who murdered autistic man acquitted

Rana, mother of Iyad Halak, 32, holds his photo at their home in East Jerusalem’s Wadi Joz, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian near Jerusalem’s Old City who they had suspected was carrying a weapon but turned out to be unarmed. A relative said Halak was mentally disabled and was heading to a nearby school for people with special needs

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The investigation department of the Israeli police in occupied Jerusalem decided on Wednesday to acquit the Israeli cop, who murdered the autistic young man, Iyad Al Hallaq, from his charges.

Israeli media reported that the Israeli police closed the file of the murder of Hallaq although he did pose any danger.

The Israeli police department, however, is considering to send the Israeli cop for trial over “reckless homicide.

On May 30, Israeli police officers opened fire at Iyad Hallaq, a 32-year-old Palestinian autistic man, accusing him of holding a gun, which turned out to be his gloves and face mask.

Hallaq was shot with ten bullets even with the appeals of bystanders, who repeatedly told the police that Hallaq wasn’t posing any threat.

Israeli police claimed that Hallaq was holding a toy gun but changed its claims claiming that the disabled guy refused to obey police orders.

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Israeli warplanes attack agricultural land in Gaza Strip

Days of Palestine – Gaza – Israeli occupation warplanes on Tuesday night attacked an agricultural land in the east of Dair Al-Balah city in the middle of the Gaza Strip.

Local sources affirmed that the Israeli warplanes bombarded an agricultural land in the eastern parts of the Dair-Albalah city.

Read More: Israeli orders to stop construction work on agricultural sheds south of Bethlehem

No injuries reported according to the Ministry of Health.

Israeli occupation spokesperson claimed that one rocket launched from Gaza toward an open-land near the Gaza border.

Read More: Israeli warplane attacks a target in the besieged Gaza Strip

(Source / 21.10.2020)