30 Administrative Detainees Start Hunger Strike

On Sunday, 30 Palestinian detainees, imprisoned by Israel under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial, started a hunger strike.

A few days earlier, the detainees stated that they are ongoing with the struggle against Administrative Detention, adding that Israel is using these illegal measures, holding them captive without charges, as a means to oppress them without even having to make up charges against them.

They said in the past, Israel alleged it is using Administrative Detention due to “security concerns,” but nowadays, it just uses it to punish the detainees without having to justify or explain its measures.

Israel has recently escalated the use of Administrative Detention orders against hundreds of detainees, many of whom have already spent years behind bars without charges under repeatedly renewed orders.

Currently, 760 detainees are held under the Administrative Detention orders, and approximately %80 of them are former political prisoners who spent years in prison.

The number of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons is about 4650, including 180 children and 32 women.

(Source / 25.09.2022)

Israel Court releases Imam detained over anti-occupation activism; now under restrictive conditions

Sheikh Yousef Al-Baz 

The Israeli Supreme Court approved, on Thursday, the appeal filed by the defence committee for Palestinian citizen of Israel, Sheikh Yousef Al-Baz, 64, from the city of Lod and ordered to place him under restrictive conditions.

The Supreme Court returned Al-Baz’s case file to the Israeli District Court in Lod to determine the conditions for his release by electronic registration.

On 10 August, the Lod District Court extended Sheikh Al-Baz’s detention until the completion of judicial procedures against him.

Al-Baz was detained on 17 June over claims of incitement on social media, referring to his posts published during the Israeli offensive on Gaza in May last year, when thousands of Palestinians in Israel took to the streets in solidarity with the besieged enclave.

“I suggest that you stop your bullies, because your provocation will take us back [to the streets] and you will pay the price for these actions,” Al-Baz wrote on Facebook, allegedly addressing Lod (Lydd) Deputy Mayor, Yossi Harush, after the violent Israeli crackdown on the city’s residents.

READ: Israel charges imam with incitement over anti-occupation activism

“And, as for the war you are threatening us with, Yossi Harush, we promise you that we will easily give up our souls in order to teach you to stop your bullying,” he continued.

Footage of Al-Baz addressing Palestinian citizens of Israel accusing Israeli Police of carrying out “dozens of incidents of slaughter” and vowing that Israel will “exit the land” before the Palestinians do, were also referenced.

Al-Baz served as Imam of the Al Omari Great Mosque in Lod from 1991 to 2018, and still delivers speeches in the mosque and other mosques across Israel.

Commenting on his posts, the 62-year-old said: “That’s my Facebook. I am responsible for it and I stand behind every word that I posted,” stressing that criticising the Israeli occupation is “not incitement”.

According to Israeli media, he was not arrested during the protest in May because of fear that this would have fuelled unrest on the streets.

(Source / 24.09.2022)

PA condemns Israel’s ‘execution’ of Palestine youth in Jerusalem

Israeli police intervene in the funeral procession for a Palestinian youth Walid Sharif, killed by Israeli forces during a raid on Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem on May 16, 2022

The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Friday condemned Israel’s “execution” of Palestinian youth Mohammad Usama Abu Jomaa in Jerusalem and for detaining his body, Al Watan Voice reported.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, the PA announced: “The Israeli occupation forces opened fire at Abu Jomaa without any reason, leaving him dead immediately.”

According to the PA, the Israeli occupation also detained Abu Jomaa’s body and has not yet released the autopsy results.

According to the statement, the PA said the “execution” of the Palestinian youth: “Is part of the daily killings of Palestinians under the instruction of the Israeli political level.”

The PA attributed full responsibility for “committing this crime” to the Israeli occupation government and called on the international community to afford protection for Palestinians.
Concluding the statement, the PA urged the International Criminal Court to: “Immediately start investigating crimes committed by the Israeli occupation and its settlers against Palestinians.”

READ: Israeli forces injure 11 Palestinians in anti-settlement rally

(Source / 24.09.2022)

Abbas ‘dares’ US to prosecute Shireen Abu Akleh killers

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gives a speech in Ankara, Turkiye on August 23, 2022 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of killing Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and urged the US to prosecute her killers.

Abbas announced before the United Nations (UN) General Assembly that Israel is killing the Palestinian people without accountability, as it did with Shireen Abu Akleh: “Who was killed by a sniper’s bullet intended to kill her, and Israel admitted that the sniper did indeed kill her.”

He added that Abu Akleh holds American citizenship in addition to her Palestinian nationality and urged: “I dare the US to punish, hold accountable or prosecute the killers who killed her. Why? Because they are Israelis.”

Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli bullets on 11 May while covering an Israeli military operation in Jenin camp in the northern occupied West Bank.

For the first time, the Israeli occupation army admitted this month that there is a “high possibility” that one of its soldiers killed the Palestinian journalist in May.

Abu Akleh was wearing a bulletproof vest with the word “press” emblazoned across it and a protective helmet when a bullet hit her.

READ: Poll: 74% of Palestinians do not want Abbas as president

(Source / 24.09.2022)

UN experts slam UK’s repeated plan to move British embassy in ‘Israel’ to occupied Jerusalem

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Two United Nations experts have strongly slammed UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’s suggestion that she is considering moving the British embassy in ‘Israel’ from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem, stressing they see “no valid reason why a similar move by the United Kingdom now needs to be ‘reviewed’.”

Truss told Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid she is weighing the relocation of the UK’s Israel embassy during a meeting at the United Nations summit in New York City on Wednesday, The Telegraph reported, a decision that would follow former US President Donald Trump’s provocative move.

An unnamed UK government spokeswoman said Truss informed Lapid “about her review of the current location of the British Embassy in Israel,” according to news reports.

In response, Lapid tweeted on Thursday his thanks to the British leader for considering the move. “We will continue to strengthen the partnership between the countries,” he said.

In 2017, former US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the U.S. Embassy to the occupied Jerusalem in May 2018, prompting criticism from the Palestinians, most Muslim-majority countries, and many states in Europe, as they concerned that it would undermine prospects for a two-state solution to the so-called “Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

The UK prime minister at the time, Theresa May, criticized Trump’s move. Truss, however, told the UK’s Conservative Friends of Israel last month, before she became prime minister, that she would review the UK’s decision to remain in Tel Aviv if she became the British leader.

“I understand the importance and sensitivity of the location of the British Embassy in Israel. I’ve had many conversations with my good friend Prime Minister Yair Lapid on this topic,” she said.

In a three-page footnoted letter sent to UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly on Tuesday, Michael Lynk, who served as UN special rapporteur focused on human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 until May, and Ardi Imseis, who worked for 12 years at the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), have condemned Truss’s suggestion, saying “no doubt Prime Minister Liz Truss will ask you to take charge of the view she promised to the Conservative Friends of Israel.”

“We write, as friends of the United Kingdom to say that there is nothing to review: the British Embassy should stay in Tel Aviv unless and until there is a comprehensive peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians with Jerusalem as the shared capital of the two states.”

The United Kingdom, they write, has long supported international law and UN Security Council resolutions which have established that Israel is prohibited from asserting claims of sovereignty over any part of the Palestinian territories it occupies.

Elsewhere in the world, they note that the UK has endorsed the principle that states cannot annex conquered territory, including in relation to Russia’s illegal invasion and occupation of Crimea and Ukraine.

“We see no valid reason why a similar move by the United Kingdom now needs to be ‘reviewed’. Doing so would not be consistent with the United Kingdom’s public assertion that it stands firm on respect for international law,” they write.

(Source / 24.09.2022)

PCHR: “Sixth in This Year: Cancer Patient Dies after Israel Denies His Travel for Treatment Abroad”

The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR): Date: 21 September 2022:  Yesterday, 20 September 2022, a patient namely, Tayseer Daoud Yousuf Al-Sayegh (67), died at dawn when the Israeli authorities denied his travel for treatment at Al-Muttala’ Hospital in occupied Jerusalem. Accordingly, since the beginning of this year, the number of patients denied travel for treatment abroad has risen to 6, including 3 children.

Mikhail Yousuf Nicola Al-Nasrawi (28), the patient’s companion, said that in a medical examination for al-Sayegh at al-Quds Hospital in Gaza City late in July 2022, doctors discovered a cancerous tumor spread in his lung and liver and confirmed the urgent need for an urgent treatment protocol that is not available in the Gaza Strip Hospitals and only available in Al-Muttala’ Hospital in occupied Jerusalem.

Thus, al-Sayegh received medical referral and a hospital appointment on 05 September 2022. He then applied for a permit to the Israeli authorities to travel via Beit Hanoun ‘Erez’ crossing and receive treatment at the Hospital on the date appointed for his treatment, yet the latter delayed responding to his travel permit and the appointment date expired.

As a result, he had to obtain a new appointment on 02 October 2022 and applied again for the permit to allow him to travel. The patient headed to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) to help him obtaining a permit, but his health condition deteriorated, and he died at dawn on Tuesday before his permit was issued.

PCHR, in its capacity as the legal representative, intervened and sent an urgent request to the Israeli legal advisor at Bein Hanoun “Erez” crossing to allow the patient to travel on 05 September 2022 but received a response that the permit was denied.

PCHR then submitted a challenge to the Israeli Prosecution on 15 September to all the patient to travel due to his serious condition, but the patient died before receiving a response to the challenge.

According to PCHR’s follow-up, since the beginning of so far this year, the Israeli authorities have obstructed the travel of 5,001 patients with serious diseases that lack treatment at the Strip’s hospitals.[1]

These restrictions coincide with the deterioration of the healthcare system in the Gaza Strip due to the Israeli-imposed closure on the Gaza Strip for the last 16 years, causing a perpetual shortage of essential drugs and medical devices and insufficient number of specialized health personnel.

PCHR condemns the obstruction of Gaza Strip Patients’ travel for treatment abroad, and calls on the international community, including the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to exert pressure on the Israeli occupation authorities to assume their legal responsibilities towards the Gaza Strip population, including patients, and to ensure that adequate and safe mechanism is provided for their travel.

PCHR calls on the international community to pressure Israel to lift the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip in line with Security Council Resolution No. 1860 that calls for the unimpeded provision and distribution of humanitarian assistance throughout Gaza, including of food, fuel, and medical treatment which means allowing the entry of medical supplies used in radiotherapy, chemical drugs and periodic examinations for cancer patients that are not available in Gaza hospitals.

(Source / 21.09.2022)

PCHR Condemns Israeli Authorities’’ Attempts to Impose Distorted Version of Curriculum in Occupied Jerusalem Schools

The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR)Date: 20 September 2022: The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the Israeli decision to impose a distorted version of the official Palestinian curriculum in occupied East Jerusalem.

PCHR emphasizes that Jerusalem is an occupied city since 1967 according to the United Nations and Security Council resolutions, and the occupying power shall make no changes to the curriculum and cultural heritage of the occupied city.

PCHR believes that the new Israeli measures aim to obliterate the Palestinian identity and deprive Jerusalemite students of being part of their social and cultural fabric and exercising their right to education.

According to PCHR’s follow up, on 25 August 2022, Palestinian schools in occupied East Jerusalem received a decision from the Israeli Ministry of Education to prohibit teaching the Palestinian curriculum and threatened to revoke licenses from the non-compliant educational institutions.

Moreover, in late July 2022, Israeli authorities handed notices to al-Ibrahimiyya and al-Iman Schools and their branches and threatened to revoke their licenses if they do not teach the Israeli-imposed curriculum.

Ziad Shamali, Head of the School Students’ Parents Committee in occupied East Jerusalem, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that Israel seeks to impose the distorted version of the Palestinian curriculum on 42,000 students in 82 private schools in the City, adding that this curriculum seems to be similar to the official Palestinian curriculum, but contains alteration of the Palestinian national and societal concepts and values.

Al-Shamali indicated that Israeli authorities opened new schools to teach the Israeli curriculum, while they prevent the establishment of new Palestinian schools for Jerusalemite students, despite the dire need for about 2000 classrooms.

On Monday, 19 September 2022, the Students’ Parents Committee in occupied East Jerusalem, announced an all-out strike and did not allow their children to attend school as parts of steps taken by the Committee in protest against the Israeli occupation authorities’ attempts to impose the altered version of the official Palestinian curriculum.

Since 1967, the Israeli occupation has spared no attempts to target the education in occupied East Jerusalem via various measures, including working on distorting or changing the Palestinian curriculum and preventing the establishment of schools or to add new classrooms in already existed schools, especially in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

The Palestinian Ministry of Education denounced in a statement the fierce campaign on the Palestinian education in occupied Jerusalem and the Israeli plans aiming to distort and obliterate the Palestinian identity.

The ministry added that Israel works on altering the Palestinian schoolbooks and threatens schools in occupied Jerusalem to repeal their licenses if the latter do not comply with the altered version of the curriculum.

Furthermore, the Israeli authorities attempt to impose Israeli education programs on Jerusalem’s schools although all these schools, whether private or international, have to obtain a teaching license from the Palestinian Ministry of Education, and this requires their commitment to teach the curriculum, books and exams adopted by the State of Palestine.

The latest Israeli measures are against the UNESCO Resolution No. 212 EX/43. which says that all legislative, administrative, and other measures taken by Israel as an occupying power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Occupied City of Jerusalem are null and void.

Also, the Executive Council of UNESCO, in article 25 of its Resolution no. 207/ 39C, urged the Israeli authorities to cease all their oversight measures on the Palestinian curriculum in occupied Jerusalem, and expressed its ongoing concern over actions and obstacles that prevent Palestinian students from being part of their social and cultural fabric and exercising their right to education.

PCHR condemns the Israeli decision to impose distorted versions of the curriculum on occupied Jerusalem’s schools and calls on the High Contracting Parties to exert pressure on Israel to implement Articles 24, 50 and 94 of the Fourth Geneva Convention relevant to children’s right to education.

Also, PCHR demands respect for UNESCO resolutions relevant to the occupied Palestinian territory, especially ceasing all Israeli measures aiming at changing the character of the occupied East Jerusalem, and not making changes to the Palestinian curriculum adopted in the city.

(Source / 21.09.2022)

Palestinians mark 40th anniversary of Sabra and Shatila massacre

A Palestinian woman passes by a sign marking the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut, Lebanon 

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- On Friday, Palestinians around the world marked the 40th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre which took place on September 16, 1982, in the Sabra and Shatila camps in Lebanon.

The massacre, committed against the camps’ residents, lasted for three days, 16-17-18 September, during which a large number of martyrs, including men, children, women and elderly unarmed civilians, mostly Palestinians, were savagely killed. Several Lebanese citizens also fell during the massacre, and the number of martyrs was estimated at between 3,500 and 5,000 of the 20,000 people who were living in Sabra and Shatila at the time of the massacre.

The massacre began after the Israeli army, led by the then Minister of War Ariel Sharon and Raphael Eitan, prevented media from reaching the area.

The “Young Men”, a gang recruited by Elie Hobeika (a prominent figure in the Phalanges as well as the Lebanese Forces intelligence chief and liaison officer with Mossad), from men who had been expelled from the Lebanese Forces for insubordination or criminal activities, used bladed and automatic weapons to liquidate the camp’s residents. Meanwhile, the mission of the Israeli army was to surround the camp and illuminate it at night with flares.

The Israeli occupation army and its collaborators surrounded the Sabra and Shatila camps. Hundreds of gunmen were taken down under the pretext of searching for Palestinian fighters.

The massacre was part of the Israeli exploitation of Lebanon’s civil war, aiming at murdering as much native Palestinians as possible and driving the rest of them away.

On 16 December 1982, the United Nations General Assembly condemned the massacre and declared it to be an act of genocide. The independent commission headed by Seán MacBride concluded that the Israeli occupation authorities or forces were responsible for the massacres. In 1983, Israel’s investigative Kahan Commission found that Ariel Sharon bore “personal responsibility” for the slaughter.

A recent report issued this June by Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth revealed, however, Israel’s direct responsibility for the Sabra and Shatila massacre carried out in collaboration with the Lebanese al-Kataeb militia, led by Bashir Gemayel.

The Kataeb Party, or the Lebanese Phalanges Party in English, is a Christian political party in Lebanon. Its militia was the largest and best organized political paramilitary force in Lebanon. It is estimated, when fully mobilized at the time of the massacre, the Phalange had 5,000 militiamen, of whom 2,000 were full-time.

At the time, the leader of the Kataeb Party was Bashir Gemayel, the president-elect of Lebanon and the leader of the Lebanese Forces, who was assassinated on September 14 that year when an explosion rocked the Party’s headquarters in the Achrafieh area of Beirut.

The Phalangists sought revenge, claiming that the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was responsible for Gemayel’s assassination.

According to the report, the military commanders in the Israeli occupation army and Kataeb held meetings to coordinate the massacre.

The Israeli daily said based on documents secured by Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman, former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin approved Sharon’s plan to attack the Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut.

The documents further revealed a coordination meeting between Kataeb officials and the Israeli commanders was held in Beirut two days after the massacre to mull the means of concealing the Israeli involvement.

(Source / 16.09.2022)

Israel Releases Jerusalemite Palestinian Journalist Lama Ghosha

On Tuesday evening, Israel released the imprisoned Palestinian journalist, Lama Ghosha, after imposing restrictions on her, including house arrest and barring her from Social Media outlets.

Ghosha will still have to go to a court hearing scheduled for this coming Sunday, September 18, and has to remain confined to her home for ten days, in addition to being barred from social media, until a final ruling is made.

Her conditional release came after her lawyer appealed a decision remanding her until the next court hearing.

Her lawyer, Nasser Odah, said the court decided to release her to house arrest on the condition of not using social media outlets and a bail of $15,000.

The journalist was taken prisoner on September 4 after many soldiers stormed and ransacked her home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem and confiscated her phone and computer.

Lama is a married mother of two children and is studying to obtain her Master’s Degree in journalism at Birzeit University near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

(Source / 14.09.2022)

Palestinian mourners take part in funeral procession of youth killed by Israeli forces in Jenin

A final farewell to Hamad Abu Jelda, a 24-year-old Palestinian man who died of wounds on September 11, 2022, sustained by Israeli gunfire during an Israeli raid on Jenin, north of the occupied West Bank

Jenin (QNN)- Hundreds of Palestinian mourners took part today in the funeral procession of a slain youth succumbed to wounds sustained by Israeli gunfire during an Israeli raid in Jenin city few days ago.

24-year-old Palestinian Hamad Abu Jelda succumbed, at dawn today, to wounds sustained by Israeli gunfire during an Israeli military raid in Jenin city last Tuesday.

Following his killing, mourners marched across the city of Jenin, protesting Israel’s violations against the Palestinians.

Abu Jelda, a former detainee in Israeli prisons, is married, and was expecting his first baby before his shooting death.

Earlier on Tuesday, columns of Israeli military vehicles, along with a bulldozer, had raided the city of Jenin.

The Israeli forces also closed off all entrances, while breaking into several neighbourhoods.

They surrounded a building comprising 29 apartments and forced its residents out before starting to demolish and explode an apartment belonging to the Palestinian family of Raad Hazem who was shot and killed by Israeli forces for allegdly killing three Israeli settlers in a shooting operation in occupied Tel Aviv on April 7. Raad’s father and brother are both wanted by Israeli occupation.

During Tuesday’s furious raid, the Israeli forces injured 16 people, including Jelda, and killed a 29-year-old Palestinian, identified as Mohammad Musa Saba’na, according to the Health Ministry.

(Source / 11.09.2022)