Watchdogs condemn PA’s crackdown on funeral procession of Amjad Abu Sultan

PA policemen attacking a citizen

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- International watchdogs condemned the crackdown by the PA’s police on the funeral procession of Amjad Abu Sultan and called the PA to stop arbitrary detention.

The International Commission to support Palestinian People’s Rights (ICSPR) called on the PA to stop political and arbitrary detentions.

“We are following with deep concern the arbitrary and political detentions in Jenin refugee camp by the West Bank’s security forces over the last few days”, it said.

“The International Commission to support Palestinian People’s Rights (ICSPR) is concerned over the continuous arbitrary and political detentions and fears that detainees may be subjected to mistreatment and violation of their rights.”

In the same vein, Lawyers for Justice condemned the PA’s behaviour and said it has violated the Palestinian basic law, which sates that Palestinians have the right to participate in political life either individually or as groups.

It added that the PA forces also violated basic human rights and called it “to guarantee freedom of opinion and expression, and guarantee freedom of political affiliation, work, and political participation guaranteed by the Basic Law and human rights agreements to which Palestine is a party.”

(Source / 27.11.2021)

Video| PA police in civilian clothes attack funeral procession of child martyr

Bethlehem (QNN)- Local sources said members of the Palestinian Authority’s police in civilian clothes attacked the funeral procession of Amjad Abu Sultan (14 years old) on Friday. The child was killed over a month ago by Israeli soldiers.

Video footage of the incident showed PA cops attacking participants in the funeral, who were raising flags of the PFLP, IJ, and Hamas factions.

The attack sparked outrage among Palestinians on social media, especially that it came following other similar violations.

(Source / 27.11.2021)

UN Register of Damage team visit West Bank villages affected by Israeli apartheid wall

Days of Palestine – Qalqilia – A team from of the United Nations Register of Damage (UNROD) caused by the construction of the wall, a UN body in charge of documenting the damage caused by the Israeli apartheid barrier in the West Bank, today visited a number of villages in the West Bank province of Qalqilia affected by the wall.

Leonid Frolov of the Russian Federation, the UNROD Executive Director, headed the delegation, which visited the villages of Arab Al-Ramadin, Abu Farda, Jayyus and Falamia that are that are badly affected by the barrier.

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Frolov underscored the suffering of the Palestinian villages under Israel’s barrier and apartheid regime, saying the Palestinians deserve to live in peace and free of occupation.

Rafea Rawajba, the Governor of Qalqilia, briefed the delegation on the suffering of the Palestinian population in the area, including the lack of the freedom of movement, as a result of the Israeli military checkpoints and the construction of the apartheid barrier on Palestinian land.

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In 2004, the international Court of Justice in the Hague ruled that the barrier being built around the West Bank was illegal and should be pulled down.

The UN General Assembly established UNROD in a resolution passed on 15 December 2006 as a subsidiary organ with mandate to serve as a record of the damage caused to all natural and legal persons concerned as a result of the construction of the wall by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem.

(Source / 27.11.2021)

Israel sentences Palestinian kid to 10 years in jail; arrests 21 Palestinians

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – An Israeli court has handed down a ten-year prison sentence to a 17-year-old Palestinian boy after accusing him of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack in occupied Jerusalem.

Palestinian media reports said the Israeli central court also imposed a fine of 170,000 shekels (55,000 US dollars) against 17-year-old Mohammed Sabbah on Wednesday.

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Sabbah was detained after being shot and critically wounded by Israeli forces on October 28, 2019. He was held at Ramla prison hospital for six months, where he underwent several medical surgeries and is currently held at Megiddo prison.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies (PCBS) said in a report in September that Israeli authorities had clearly escalated targeting Palestinian children in the current year.

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The aim is to deter Palestinian minors from resisting the Israeli occupation, ruin their educational opportunities, destroy their future and create a weak and cowardly generation, the PCBs said.

According to Palestinian authorities, Israeli forces have arrested about 1,200 Palestinian minors across the occupied West Bank, including the Old City of al-Quds, and the besieged Gaza Strip so far this year.

There are reportedly more than 7,000 Palestinians held at Israeli jails. Hundreds of the inmates have been apparently incarcerated under the practice of the so-called administrative detention.

Israeli prison authorities keep Palestinian inmates under deplorable conditions lacking proper hygiene standards. Palestinian prisoners have also been subjected to systematic torture, harassment, and repression.

The Israeli parliament has already approved a law that allows prison officials to force-feed hunger strikers. The law has sparked criticism from rights groups who regard it as a disrespect of the detainees’ rights.

Rights groups describe Israel’s use of administrative detention as a “bankrupt tactic” and have long called on the regime to bring the practice to an end.

Israel has been emboldened by the unconditional support of consecutive US administrations over the past few years. The Israeli military regularly opens fire on Palestinians, accusing them of seeking to stab its troops.

Human rights groups have repeatedly slammed Tel Aviv for its shoot-to-kill policy as a large number of Palestinians killed in such incidents did not pose any serious threat to Israelis.

Troops kidnap 21 Palestinians in West Bank, al-Quds

On Thursday, the Palestinian Information Center said Israeli forces had abducted at least 21 Palestinians during a series of separate overnight raids across the occupied territories.

Citing local sources, the center said the Israeli forces detained at least four Palestinians in Surif town, northwest of al-Khalil (Hebron), early Thursday.

The kidnapped Palestinians were identified as Ahmed Ghunaimat, Khaled Ghunaimat, Ali Ghunaimat, and Musab al-Hoar.

Four more young men were forcibly abducted after Israeli soldiers broke into a number of homes in the West Bank cities of Nablus and Jenin as well as Asira al-Qibliya village.

Israel’s undercover agents also kidnapped a former Palestinian detainee from his home in Tubas City and took him away to an unknown location.

Over a dozen Palestinians were also kidnapped after Israeli police stormed various neighborhoods across East al-Quds and the nearby Qalandia refugee camp.

Local residents and witnesses said the Israeli forces violently searched houses, causing excessive property damage before detaining the Palestinians.

On Wednesday evening, Israeli forces kidnapped a Palestinian passenger at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) border crossing in the north of the besieged Gaza Strip.

The detained passenger, identified as Hasan Abu Mustafa from Khan Yunis, was trying to get approval for travel with his sick wife to the occupied territories.

The Israeli military frequently carries out wide-ranging kidnapping campaigns across the West Bank under the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.

In recent months, Israeli forces have intensified their crackdown on Palestinians by raiding their homes and putting them behind bars.

Thousands of Palestinians are held in Israeli jails without clear charges.

Israeli settlers, mostly armed, regularly attack Palestinian villages and farms and set fire to mosques, olive groves and other properties in the West Bank under the so-called “price tag” policy. However, Tel Aviv rarely detains the assailants.

(Source / 27.11.2021)

Israeli troops attack Palestinians; clashes erupted

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – Dozens of Palestinians suffered from tear-gas inhalation on Friday evening as clashes broke out with the Israeli occupation forces in Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.

The clashes erupted when Israeli occupation troops attacked Palestinians near the Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque with tear gas and sound bombs.

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In Occupied Jerusalem, Israeli police forces tightened restrictions on Palestinians’ access into the Old City and al-Aqsa Mosque.

Eyewitnesses reported that dozens of youths were briefly detained and searched in the Bab al-Amoud area.

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Meanwhile, clashes broke out in Biddu town, northwest of Occupied Jerusalem, after Israeli forces violently suppressed a Palestinian rally calling for the release of the withheld bodies of Palestinian martyrs.

The local residents demanded the immediate release of three local youths’ bodies held in Israeli morgues after being killed by Israeli gunfire last September.

Israel is currently holding the bodies of at least 88 Palestinians who were killed by the IOF for allegedly carrying out or attempting attacks on Israeli targets since September 2015, and is refusing to return them to their families. 

This causes immense suffering to the families, as they are unable to bury their loved ones and perform the mourning rituals.

(Source / 27.11.2021)

Palestinian prisoners continue huger strike in Israeli jails

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – The Palestinian prisoner Nidal Mazen Ballout is the latest prisoner to join an open-ended hunger strike, raising the number of striking prisoners in Israeli jails to three.

The Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees said on Friday that Ballout was detained on October 29 for unknown charges and was subjected to tough investigation in Ashkelon and Ofer prisons. He was investigated for 20 hours per day for a whole week.

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Israeli occupation authorities threatened to hold him in administrative detention according to which he will be held for an indefinite period of time without charge or trial, pushing him to declare hunger strike, the Commission said, noting that Ballout has been on hunger strike for 29 days running. 

Meanwhile, the Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash has continued his hunger strike for 102 days and Luay al-Ashkar for 47 days in protest against their administrative detention.

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Hunger strikes are common among Palestinian prisoners, especially administrative detainees, and have helped secure concessions from Israeli authorities in the past.

Administrative detention is a policy that allows Israel to hold Palestinians for months and even years without charge or trial, in total violation of the prisoners’ right to due process.

Israel currently holds 4,650 Palestinians, including 34 women, 160 children, and 500 administrative detainees.

(Source / 27.11.2021)

Minor among eight Palestinians arrested in fresh IOF arrest campaign


BETHLEHEM, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested eight Palestinians after breaking into several Palestinian towns in the West Bank and Jerusalem on Friday.

One Palestinian citizen was detained in Bethlehem, while several local houses were violently stormed and searched at dawn. 

Two ex-prisoners were also arrested in Kafr al-Labad town, east of Tulkarm.

In Occupied Jerusalem, Israeli police forces arrested an Endowment Authority official and a 17-year-old teen from Silwan town. Three more youths were detained in Shufat refugee camp.

Meanwhile, violent clashes broke out in al-Khalil after IOF soldiers stormed the Arroub refugee camp in large numbers.

Earlier on Thursday, the IOF erected a military checkpoint near Araba town southwest of Jenin, restricting the locals’ movement.

In Qalqilia, IOF soldiers confiscated agricultural tools after storming a local farmer’s land.

The Israeli occupation army often carries out detention raids against Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem, claiming to arrest wanted Palestinians.

(Source / 26.11.2021)

IOA renews house arrest of Jerusalem governor

Quds governor

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) renewed on Thursday night the house arrest of the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith, for four more months.

The Jerusalem governorate said in a statement late Thursday that the Israeli intelligence summoned and interrogated Ghaith for hours in Maskobiya detention center in Occupied Jerusalem.

The statement added that the intelligence accused the governor of not abiding by its orders and of “posing a security threat to the state of Israel”.

The decision further stipulates that the governor would not be allowed to contact any Palestinian Authority official.

Israeli occupation police had broken into the governor’s house in Silwan to the south of the Aqsa Mosque a few days earlier and assaulted him and his family members.

(Source / 26.11.2021)

Dozens injured in weekly Nablus protests

Mount Sobeih

Journalists were among the injured

NABLUS, (PIC) – Violent clashes broke out on Friday afternoon near Jabal Sobeih in Beita town, south of Nablus, amid heavy firing of tear-gas bombs and rubber bullets on the part of Israeli occupation forces (IOF).

Dozens were injured during the clashes, including four journalists.

Local sources affirmed that two journalists were shot and injured by the IOF-fired rubber bullets, while two others suffered from tear-gas inhalation.

The residents of Beita and the surrounding villages have been holding weekly Friday rallies for months to protest the construction of a new Jewish-only settlement at the expense of Palestinian land in Jabal Sobeih.

The IOF soldiers have used lethal violence to disperse the rallies, killing eight Palestinians from the town and injuring over hundreds others.

(Source / 26.11.2021)

IOF suppresses Kafr Qaddum weekly protest

Kafr Qaddum

QALQILYA, (PIC) – The Israel occupation forces (IOF) suppressed on Friday the weekly anti-occupation protest in Kafr Qaddum town in Qalqilia. 

Four people were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets, while dozens others suffered from tear-gas inhalation during the clashes.

Medical sources affirmed that the IOF soldiers showered the protesters with tear-gas bombs.

For many years, villagers from Kafr Qaddum and neighboring villages have been protesting every Friday against illegal Israeli settlements. They also organize the protests to pressure the Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) to reopen the village’s main road, which has been closed by the IOA since 2002.

750,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across Occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of the international law.

(Source / 26.11.2021)