Israeli Army Abducts Seventeen Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, at least seventeen Palestinians from several parts of the occupied West Bank, including the occupied capital, Jerusalem, after the army invaded and ransacked dozens of homes.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, the soldiers invaded Tuqu’ town, east of the city, searched many homes, and abducted eight Palestinians identified as Hamza Adnan al-Badan, 22, Moath Nabil Salman, 20, Baha’ Saqer Salman, 20, Yahia Mousa Sha’er, 20, Mohyeddin Nayef Salman, 22, Marwan Fuad Sabah, 26, Mojahed Hussein Hajahja, 16, and Omar Suleiman Hajahja, 16.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Ward Ma’moun Oweis and Saif Oweis, from their homes in the Ras al-Amoud neighborhood.

Also in Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Khaled from his home in Qalandia refugee camp, north of the city.

In Ramallah, in the central West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Hasan Mfarreh from his home in the city, in addition to Amin Arman from his home in Ein Yabrud town, east of the city.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted Radwan Abdullah Abu Daoud, from his home in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, in addition to Abed Mousa Warasna, 57, from his home in Shiokh town, northeast of Hebron, and the former mayor for Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, Farhan Mousa Alqam, 57.

The soldiers also installed many roadblocks in Hebron city, in addition to the main entrances of Sammoa’, Sa’ir, and Halhoul towns, and the al-Fawwar refugee camp, in the Hebron governorate, before stopping and searching dozens of cars.

In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Ibrahim Ahmad Abu M’allah, from Qabatia town, south of the city, after stopping him at a military roadblock near the Arab American University where he studies.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also invaded Nabi Elias village, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and demolished an agricultural shed owned by Rezeq Farid Abu Sa’ad.

(Source / 18.01.2022)

Army Invades School, Abducts Two Schoolchildren, Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday morning, a Palestinian school in Deir Nitham village, north of Ramallah, in the central West Bank, abducted two schoolchildren and assaulted staff.

Media sources said several army jeeps surrounded the school before the soldiers invaded it.

They added that the soldiers assaulted school staff, including teachers, and abducted two schoolchildren, identified as Ramez Tamimi and Ahmad Tamimi.

On Tuesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted at least seventeen Palestinians from several parts of the occupied West Bank, including the occupied capital, Jerusalem, after the army invaded and ransacked dozens of homes.

(Source / 18.01.2022)

Soldiers Invade Palestinian Farmlands In Gaza

Several Israeli military vehicles invaded, on Tuesday morning, Palestinian farmlands in the northern and southern parts of the Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses said several military vehicles, including bulldozers, advanced dozens of meters into farmlands in Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and bulldozed sections near the fence.

In addition, several vehicles invaded farmlands near Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the coastal regions, and bulldozed sectioned near the fence.

It is worth mentioning that, on Monday, the soldiers carried a similar invasion into farmlands in Beit Lahia, while Israeli navy ships attacked Palestinian fishing boats near the shore of Gaza city.

The army frequently attacks farmersshepherds, workers, and fishermen across the eastern parts of the coastal region and in Palestinian territorial waters, leading to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to preventing the Palestinians from tending to their lands and from fishing to provide for their families.

In March of this last year 2021, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.

(Source / 18.01.2022)

Israeli Police Continues Attacks In Negev, Abducts 40 Palestinians

Israeli police officers and soldiers abducted, Tuesday, at least 40 Palestinians in several villages in the Negev amidst ongoing bulldozing and uprooting of the villagers’ lands in a move that precedes their illegal annexation.

Eyewitnesses said the police abducted more than 40 Palestinians, mostly children, during the ongoing protests in the villages of Sa’wa al-Atrash, Tal as-Sabe’, az-Zarnouq, Shqeib as-Salam, and various areas in the Negev.

The abductions took place after the Palestinians in Sa’wa al-Atrash village, supported by residents of various surrounding villages, protested the ongoing bulldozing and uprooting of their lands.

The police, including Border Police officers, stormed and ransacked dozens of homes in the Negev villages, before abducting the Palestinians.

It is worth mentioning that, last week, the police abducted more than 130 Palestinians, including many women and children, and later released some of them.

The Higher Steering Committee in the Negev held the Israeli police responsible for the escalation, especially the use of force against unarmed civilians, trying to defend their homes, lands, and livelihoods.

It added that the police used helicopters and drones to fire gas bombs at the unarmed civilians, in addition to the physical attacks against them.

On Monday, the committee held a meeting and decided to hold solidarity protests in support of the village, and the abducted Palestinians, and called for an urgent meeting in the Negev to organize unified processions against the ongoing illegal displacement of the native Palestinians in the Negev.

It said that, on December 13, 2021, the police abducted more than 86 Palestinians in the Negev during the ongoing protests against the displacement and the bulldozing of the lands and added that the protest received a permit from the police, however, the officers attacked the nonviolent protesters regardless of that order.

It is worth mentioning that on December 26, 2021, the Israeli government approved the establishment of four colonies, which would house 3000 Israeli colonists on Palestinian lands in the Negev, including other infrastructure for those colonies, such as industry projects, high-voltage electricity projects, and phosphate factories.

The approval also included construction plans for the colonists in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights with a budget of around $323 Million, as part of a larger plan to build 10-12 colonies in the Negev.

The Bedouin communities in the Negev, especially those designated as “unrecognized villages” although they predate Israel, are subject to frequent demolitions of homes, tents, and structures, including barns, land confiscation, the uprooting and bulldozing of farmlands, along with various other violations.

(Source / 18.01.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians, Confiscate Truck, Construction Material, Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers invaded, Tuesday, Kafr Malek town, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, before abducting two workers in a school construction site.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers invaded the Ein Samia area in the town, before attacking construction workers, and abducted two of them, in addition to confiscating a truck and construction equipment.

The workers are building a school for the Bedouins in the area; however, Israel is trying to stop the work because the construction is in Area C of the occupied West Bank and requires a permit from the so-called “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of the illegal Israeli occupation.

The area is subject to frequent Israeli invasions and violations, while about two months ago, the soldiers displaced a Bedouin family from the area.

It is worth mentioning that, a year ago, illegal Israeli colonizers installed an outpost in the Ein Samia area, prompting constant protests that were attacked by the soldiers, leading to the injury of dozens of Palestinians, including many who were shot with live ammunition in addition to rubber-coated steel bullets.

On Tuesday morning, the soldiers invaded a Palestinian school in Deir Nitham village, north of Ramallah, abducted two schoolchildren, and assaulted staff.

On Tuesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted at least seventeen Palestinians from several parts of the occupied West Bank, including the occupied capital, Jerusalem, after the army invaded and ransacked dozens of homes.

(Source / 18.01.2022)

Grieving crowd takes part in funeral of 65-year-old Palestinian Al-Haj Suliman al-Hathalin

Palestinians participate in funeral of 65-year-old Palestinian anti-occupation Al-Haj Suliman al-Hathalin

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Thousands of grieving Palestinian mourners participated on Tuesday in the funeral procession of 65-year-old Palestinian anti-occupation Al-Haj Suliman al-Hathalin, who was recently run over and critically injured by an Israeli truck in the village of Umm al-Khair and succumbed to his wounds yesterday.

Thousands of Palestinians were seen participating in the Al-Haj Suliman’s funeral earlier today which took place in the village of Umm al-Khair.

The mourners were holding the flags of Palestine and chanting slogans mourning Al-Haj Suliman and his steadfastness.

Thousands of Palestinians take part in the funeral procession of slain anti-occupation activist and icon Haj Suleiman Hathalin, 65, in Masafer Yatta area, south of the occupied West Bank.

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On Monday morning, Al-Haj Suliman al-Hathalin, from the Palestinian community of Umm al-Khair in the Masafer Yatta, died of wounds he sustained earlier this month after he was badly injured when he was run over by a truck that was towing a Palestinian-owned vehicle confiscated by the Israeli occupation authorities.

Al-Haj Suliman was taken to a hospital in Hebron after he was critically injured. However, he was in a serious condition and was in an induced coma, on a ventilator, after he had surgery to stop a brain hemorrhage.

He also had fractures in his skull, spine, chest and pelvic area and the doctors were fighting for his life, as local sources said.

Al-Haj Suliman has been known as a slender, elderly man who gives every visitor to the community a passionate history lesson, complete with maps and aerial photographs showing the historical presence of Palestinians there and how the illegal settlement of Carmel, established right next to the community, has taken over their land.

Just a stone’s throw away from the village is the Israeli settlement of Carmel, built in the 1980s on land belonging to the al-Hathalins, its lush gardens, electricity and piped water, standing in stark contrast with the barrenness of Umm al-Khair, where the community is forced to live off the grid and buy tanks of water at exorbitant prices.

The community has faced a constant threat of displacement ever since the settlement was built and it continues to expand on to their land.

Masafer Yatta is one of the most remote and sparsely populated areas of the occupied West Bank – completely in Area C, and under full Israeli military and civil control.

Seventeen small Palestinian villages are included in the area with a population of approximately 1,100.

Israeli settlers began constructing settlements in the area in the 1980s and there are now more than a dozen settlements and outposts there, as well as Israeli military installations.

Residents of Umm al-Khair and surrounding villages nonviolently resist Israeli settler violence and military occupation, by continuing to live on and work their land.

(Source / 18.01.2022)

Israeli forces arrest over 40 Palestinians, including minors, in Al-Naqab

Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian girl from the Al-Naqab during protests against Israel’s bulldozing works in lands of the Al-Naqab

Al-Naqab (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces arrested over 40 indigenous Palestinians, including minors, after raiding several villages in the Al-Naqab desert, south of 1948-occupied Palestine, at the dawn of Tuesday, on the grounds of the recent protests against Israel’s bulldozing works in their lands.

Local sources reported that earlier today, well-armed Israeli occupation soldiers stormed several villages of the Al-Naqab desert, including al-Zarnouq, Abu Talul, Tel as-Sabi and Khashim Zanh, and arrested over 40 Palestinians, including minors, on the grounds of participating in the recent protests against Israel’s bulldozing and demolition works in their lands.

10-year-old Palestinian Bedouin Amer is one of over 40 indigenous Palestinians arrested by the Israelis in the Naqab province, south of 1948-occupied Palestine, during the recent protests against Israeli apartheid.

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Since the start of the protests, the Israeli forces arrested over 140 Palestinians from the Al-Naqab.

Last night, the forces also arrested 7 Palestinian youths, including 5 minors, from the al-Zarnouq village.

Last week, hundreds of peaceful Palestinian protesters took part in a large demonstration in several villages of the Al-Naqab against Israel’s repeated demolition and bulldozing works in their lands.

The Higher Follow Up Committee of Arabs in the Naqab, a local umbrella body that represents Palestinians in the area, announced a general strike in response to Israel’s demolitions.

“We took the decision to undertake proactive measures, beginning with adopting a cumulative resistance programme over a period of six months that will lead to a regional general strike and a massive demonstration outside the prime minister’s office, and the internationalisation of the issue to expose the racist practices [of Israeli authorities] before international institutions,” the committee said in a statement.

The general strike was announced in villages facing the threat of Israeli demolition including al-Atrash, al-Sawa, al-Zarnouq, al-Ruwais, Beir Haddaj and Khirbet Watan.

However, the Israeli occupation forces stormed the Palestinian villages in the Al-Naqab desert and started violently attacking and arresting the peaceful protesters who gathered to denounce the demolition work.

The Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs directly and intensively towards the protesters to disperse them, resulting in the suffocation of dozens of them due to gas inhalation. They also used skunk water cannons to disperse the nonviolent protesters.

Israeli occupation forces attacked peaceful Palestinian protesters demonstrating against Israeli apartheid in the village of Al-Atrash in the Al-Naqb desert, south of 1948-occupied Palestine.

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This all started on January 9, when the Jewish National Fund (JNF) began several days of the so-called “planting trees” on disputed land in the Al-Naqab.

For over three days, the Israeli bulldozers carried out demolitions on lands of local Bedouins used for cultivation.

The forces closed off the villages and prevented the residents from entering their lands. Thus, the Palestinian residents moved their protests to the entrance of the villages.

The Israeli demolitions in al-Naqab are part of a controversial Israeli plan, led by the JNF, to plant trees in the region.

Last month, Israeli forces attacked Palestinians in six villages: al-Mashash, al-Zarnouq, Bier al-Hamam, al-Ruwais, al-Gharaa, and Khirbet Watan, destroying crops and excavating soil.

The JNF and the Israel Land Authority (ILA) were planning to plant hundreds of trees on lands from the six Bedouin villages, which had all received demolition orders and faced the displacement of thousands of residents “in the name of developing the area.”

‘Israel’ has used the forestation projects as a tactic for land grabs and to prevent Palestinians from returning to lands from which they have been displaced.

The residents say that such policies are an attempt to pressure them into being internally displaced despite Bedouins having lived on or near these lands prior to Israel’s establishment in 1948.

There are almost 100,000 Palestinians live in 35 Bedouin villages in the Al-Naqab and are all unrecognized by the Israeli occupation government who views the Bedouin residents of these villages as illegal squatters and does not provide them with basic services or infrastructure, including electricity, water, sewage systems, roads, schools or hospitals.

The Israeli occupation government considers those Palestinian villages “unrecognised,” and therefore they are under threat of demolition.

(Source / 18.01.2022)

Video| Israeli forces arrest two Palestinian schoolchildren after raiding school in Ramallah

Ramallah (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces arrested two Palestinian students on Tuesday morning after raiding their school and attacking teachers in the village of Deir Nidham, north of Ramallah in the center of the occupied West Bank.

Local sources said that Israeli occupation soldiers arrested two Palestinian students, identified as Ramez al-Tamimi and Ahmad al-Tamimi, from their classroom after raiding their school and attacking the teachers who tried to prevent the soldiers from arresting the children and confront the raid.

The video footage of the arrest moments shows the occupation soldiers blindfolding the two students while sitting them on the ground in the extremely cold weather.

Israeli occupation forces arrest two #Palestinian children during a raid into their school in the village of Deir Nidham in the center of the occupied West Bank.

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Israeli forces’ attacks against Palestinian students has increased lately and such attacks on schools and other education-related incidents, including attacks on educational personnel, threats of attacks, military use of schools, and other interferences with education, significantly impacted Palestinian children’s right to access education.

Sometimes, Parents are forced to drive their children to and from school every day because they are scared of their children being hurt or arrested by the Israeli occupation soldiers.

The schoolchildren are also forced to take alternative routes through villages fields to get home as Israeli soldiers patrol the main roads.

In 2019, the United Nations documented 257 education-related incidents in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip that impacted children’s right to access education.

Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip are routinely denied many rights: right to life, right to education, right to adequate housing, and are denied access to healthcare, among other rights denials inherent in a decades-long Israeli military occupation with no end in sight.

(Source / 18.01.2022)

Richard Falk: The civilian population in the Gaza Strip was and still a victim of collective punishment

Richard Falk, the  former United Nations rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, said that since the imposition of the blockade on the Gaza Strip in 2007, the civilian population of two million has been subjected to a range of conditions that violated the occupying power’s most basic obligations as enshrined in treaties dealing with Occupation.

This came during the international forum organized by the Days of Palestine Foundation in partnership with the “We Are Not Numbers” team and the “October 16” team, under the title (Gaza Siege.. An Ongoing Crime), in the presence of many guests at the local and international levels.

Falk stressed that the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip negatively affects the economic, health and political sectors, as it is a continuous, major and flagrant violation of Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits collective punishment.

Noting that the civilian population of Gaza has been, and still is, the victim of various forms of collective punishment, beginning with the siege itself, which is periodically exacerbated by illegal military attacks carried out by Israel on a large scale every few years; This resulted in a huge number of civilian casualties.

He stressed that the basic essence of international humanitarian law – in particular – with regard to occupation is stipulated in Article Three, which clearly prohibits such an aggressive approach. The law calls on the occupying Israeli power to treat civilians in all circumstances with kindness.

He said that the Israeli occupation defies international law in several ways by carrying out unlawful assassinations and fails to protect the civilian population and uses its air, sea and land war forces against the vulnerable, and therefore I believe that this goes beyond a reasonable conflict, because Israel’s practices are a serious, cruel and continuous violation of the basic duties of a member state of the nations The United States and a sovereign state that respects the nature of the basics of international law.

He pointed out that the United Nations bears a special responsibility towards Palestine, but it did not fulfill it at all and diverted its course with distorted interventions, especially from the United States and the European Union, which have a shameful record regarding Palestine since the British Mandate era.

He concluded by saying: “I thank you for giving me this opportunity, for your patience, and I wish a better future for the people of Gaza in awareness of their urgent demands, and for people like us around the world to show their solidarity with the Gazans.”

(Source / 18.01.2022)

End the Israeli blockade of Gaza is condition to achieve peace: Finnish MP Anna Kontula

Days of Palestine – Gaza – Anna Kontula, a Member of the Finnish parliament, confirmed that Israel continues to build its wall around the besieged Gaza Strip illegally, behind the wall, in Gaza, there are two million people who have hopes and dreams of freedom.

This came during the international forum organized by the Days of Palestine Foundation in partnership with the We Are Not Numbers team and the 16th October team under the title (The Siege of Gaza .. An Ongoing Crime), in the presence of many guests at the local and international levels.

Kontula said that the Palestinian people suffer from the longest occupation in the modern era and the violations of human rights by Israel.

The blockade imposed on Gaza, according to the United Nations and many human rights organizations, contradicts international law and the principles of work of international human rights institutions.

It is a collective punishment of civilians there and has led to a social, economic, and humanitarian crisis in Gaza Strip.

She stated that she and a group of international activists decided in 2019 to visit the besieged Gaza Strip, to hold a demonstration on the borders of the besieged Gaza Strip, and to highlight the desperate and deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip, but unfortunately, we did not reach Gaza because the Israeli authorities stopped us.

She said that our main goal was to raise awareness about the suffocating blockade of the Gaza Strip and to create enough pressure to freeze arms deals between Finland and Israel, as the Finnish arms deals support the continued violation of international law against civilians in Palestine and the Gaza Strip.

She concluded her speech by saying: “We must not allow the construction of the Israeli wall around the Gaza Strip, and Israel cannot be allowed to continue expanding its settlements, besieging Gaza and oppressing the Palestinians. The Israeli settlements are illegal and contradict international law, and represent an obstacle to peace.”

Kontula stressed that the basic condition for achieving peace is ending the Israeli occupation and settlement, as well as stopping the state of racial discrimination and granting equal human rights to all people in the world.

(Source / 18.01.2022)