Israeli settlers attack Palestinian shepherds east of Bethlehem

Days of Palestine – Bethlehem – Israeli settlers chased Palestinian shepherds while they were grazing their livestock in the village of Kisan, east of Bethlehem, and attacked them with dogs.

Ahmad Ghazal, the head of Kisan village council, said that settlers from a nearby illegal settlement attacked a number of Palestinian shepherds from the village of Kisan, by throwing stones at them, which led to the injury of a citizen with a stone and unleashed their dogs towards them.

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The dogs reportedly attacked and injured several sheep.

Ghazal indicated that settler attacks on shepherds in Kisan have increased recently, in addition to the seizure of large areas of land.

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(Source / 25.01.2021)

Israel arrests several citizens in the West Bank and summons others for investigation

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – Israeli occupation forces on Monday arrested a number of citizens from the occupied West Bank and handed over notices for others to review the occupation intelligence.

In the city of Bethlehem, in the south of the occupied West Bank, the Israeli occupation forces arrested two brothers from the Dheisheh camp, south of the city.

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According to local sources, the Israeli occupation forces arrested the two brothers Muhannad (25 years), and Rami Fahmy Qawar (19 years), after they raided their relatives’ house and searched it.

The Israeli occupation vehicles also stormed the town of Bir Zeit, Ramallah district, and arrested Palestinian young men.

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In the town of Beit Rima, the Israeli occupation forces arrested a student at Birzeit University, Omar al-Rimawi, after raiding his home in the town.

In the same context, the Israeli occupation forces raided the city of Hebron, and several young men delivered summonses to review the occupation authorities.

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation force had arrested the young Salim Rajoub at a checkpoint in the city of Hebron.

The Israeli occupation forces carry out daily raids and search campaigns in separate areas in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem, to arrest and terrorize citizens and destroy the contents of their homes.

(Source / 25.01.2021)

Israeli forces notify Jordan Valley residents of intention to demolish structures

Days of Palestine – Jordan Valley – Israeli occupation forces Monday stormed Khirbet al-Mateh in the northern Jordan Valley and distributed demolition notices to a number of families.

Local sources reported that the Israeli occupation forces handed 6 demolition notices, including 9 families, who live in Khirbet al-Mateh in the northern Jordan Valley.

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Yesterday, Sunday, the Israeli occupation had notified the suspension of work in the homes of Khaled Ali Salameh, the poor, resident of Khirbet al-Mila.

Local sources indicated that the so-called “Israeli Civil Administration” photographed the homes of citizens in Khirbet al-Mateh.

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The attacks of the Israeli occupation and its settlers in the West Bank have escalated steadily in recent years, in terms of the quantity and the size of the damage inflicted on the Palestinian citizens.

The Jordan Valley is the food basket of Palestine, and it is the area most affected by the annexation project, which will devour tens of thousands of dunams of agricultural land.

Several areas in the West Bank, especially in the Jordan Valley and villages adjacent to the settlements, are under constant attack with the aim of confiscating more lands, building a settlement road, and displacing the population.

(Source / 25.01.2021)

Euro-Mediterranean: Gaza is almost unlivable after 15 years of blockade

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor called for putting an end to the 15-year-old tragedy of the Gaza blockade; stressing that the current arrangements for holding general Palestinian elections require serious international guarantees that the blockade will end without conditions related to the election results.

In its annual report on the repercussions of the Gaza blockade, entitled “suffocation and isolation”, Euro-Med Monitor examined the Israeli blockade effects on the lives of Gazans. The report compares Gazans’ living conditions before the blockade on one hand, and the current situation (15 years after) on the other.

We are now entering 2021, the fifteenth year of Israel’s naval blockade and land siege, and the global community seems unfazed by the unlivable conditions in the tiny coastal enclave .

Noura Erakat, Euro-Med Monitor’s member of Board of Trustees

The report confirms that during the past decade, the per capita economic losses in Gaza has reached about $9,000 due to the long-term closure and the military operations to which the Gaza Strip is subjected too. A United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report issued on November 25, 2020, concluded that the economic cost of the Israeli occupation on the Gaza Strip during the past decade is estimated at %16.7 billion.

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Noura Erakat, Euro-Med Monitor’s member of Board of Trustees, said that “We are now entering 2021, the fifteenth year of Israel’s naval blockade and land siege, and the global community seems unfazed by the unlivable conditions in the tiny coastal enclave or the fact that an entire generation has grown up isolated from the world – save for its contact with advanced weapons technologies raining down on them from Gaza’s skies.

“These conditions are unconscionable and have no moral, legal, or policy justification. The siege must end without preconditions and condemned to the history of atrocities never to be repeated again”.

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The report indicated that unemployment rate in the Gaza Strip is still among the highest in the world. After it reached 23.6% in 2005, in 2020, it reached 49%, while the per capita share of the GDP shrank by 27%.

Poverty rates also jumped from 40% in 2005 to 56% in 2020. Poverty gap increased as well from 14% to 20%, and the cost of lifting the Gaza population out of poverty quadrupled, from $209 million to $838 million.

The report stated that in 2020 the monthly rate of goods trucks entering the Gaza was about 7,000. This number is not enough for half of Gaza’s needs, taking into account the population increase since 2005 and the number of trucks entering in that year.

Before the blockade was imposed on the Gaza Strip, the monthly rate of Palestinians traveling via Erez crossing, run by Israel, was about 30,000 travelers. In 2019, the number was about 14,960 travelers, while in 2020, it dropped to 4,600 cases – a decrease of about 85% from the rate before the blockade in 2006.

As for the Rafah crossing bordering Egypt, in 2019, the monthly rate of travelers via the crossing was about 12,172 cases, while in 2020, the monthly average was only 4,245 cases.

The report confirmed that the crossing work was mainly affected by the outbreak of the Coronavirus. It was closed for extended days, while hundreds of thousands of patients, students and businesspeople remained waiting for the opening of the crossing.

As for the health sector, it remains the most affected, showing a clear indication of the deteriorating humanitarian conditions. In addition to the acute shortage of medicines and medical equipment, hospitals and primary care centers are still operating at low levels of capacity. The situation further exacerbated after the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

The ongoing arrangements for holding the general Palestinian elections require local, regional and international mobility to end the blockade and provide guarantees that it will not be repeated in the future if it was lifted.

The right approach to ensure the upcoming elections success is the issuance of a binding international resolution to end the blockade, which international legal references agree to constitute as war crimes. Guarantees should be provided that the blockade will not be repeated (if it was ended), the will of the Palestinian voters will be respected, and a peaceful and democratic circulation is ensured in a way that achieves stability and prosperity for the Palestinians.

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(Source / 25.01.2021)

Extremist settlers destroy 120 olive trees in Kafr ad-Dik

SALFIT, PALESTINOW.COM — Jewish settlers on Saturday morning wreaked havoc on olive trees and agricultural structures and equipment in Kafr ad-Dik town, west of Salfit in the occupied West Bank.

According to SAFA news agency, a horde of settlers from the illegal settlement of Bruchin destroyed and uprooted about 120 olive trees in a grove belonging to two brothers from the family of al-Ahmad in Kafr ad-Dik.

The settlers also destroyed large parts of an agricultural fence surrounding 16 dunums of Palestinian-owned land in Dohr Subuh area in the north of Kafr ad-Dik.

They also smashed the door and windows of an agricultural storeroom belonging to a local resident in the same area, and destroyed and stole some of its contents.

(Source / 25.01.2021)

Palestinian worker dies due to IOF tear gas bombs

TULKAREM, PALESTINOW.COM — A Palestinian worker died, on Sunday morning, near the illegal Annexation Wall, in Far’un village, south of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, after the soldiers chased many Palestinians and fired gas bombs at them.

Palestinian medical sources said Fuad Sabti Jouda, 48, from Iraq at-Tayeh village, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, suffered a heart attack after suffocating due to the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

They added that Jouda was among several Palestinian day laborers who were trying to cross into Israel through a breach in the illegal annexation when, when the soldiers fired many gas bombs at them, and chased them.

The man suffered a fatal heart attack due to the severe effects of teargas inhalation, and extreme exhaustion, while the soldiers did not even attempt to provide him with the urgently needed first aid.

Jabr Jouda, the deceased man’s brother, said Fuad is a married father of four children and worked in hauling furniture between the two sides of the illegal wall, and added that he had a permit for entry and work in Israel; however, his permit expired a few days ago.

He also said the Palestinian medics moved the brother’s corpse to Rafidia hospital, in Nablus.

Many workers said that the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs at the workers, causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

It is worth mentioning that dozens of Palestinians have been shot and injured, in addition to suffering the effects of teargas inhalation, over the last few months during similar Israeli violations targeting Palestinian workers near the gates of the Annexation Wall in several parts of the West Bank.

(Source / 25.01.2021)

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.

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)