Israeli army rearrests young man whose entire family was killed or detained

Ramallah (QNN)- The Israeli army on Saturday rearrested Muhammad Barghouthi (20 years old), the son of slain Omar Barghouthi. Muhammad’s brother Saleh was killed by the Israeli army, while his brother Assem has been detained since 2020 and sentenced to four life sentences.

Muhammad’s mother said a large number of Israeli soldiers broke into the family’s house and arrested her son, taking him to an unknown place.

“An officer said to me: you have brought up saboteurs. I said: yes, and I’m glad of it. He said: I was created to screw up your lives. I said: keep dreaming, you’ll never screw up our lives. Each one of us knows what he’s doing. You’ll never screw up our lives and you can’t hurt a fly”, Muhammad’s mother said.

“He said: When I’m done with your sons I’ll start doing this to your grandsons. I said: keep dreaming. So, you’re proud of the big army that you’ve brought with you?! A spoon has defeated you!”.

Local sources said violent confrontations erupted in Birzeit and Kobar during the Israeli raid to arrest Muhammad.

(Source / 25.09.2021)

Mercy-USA contributes to vital UNRWA programs in Gaza

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has signed an agreement with Mercy-USA for Aid and Development to provide critical health and education interventions to Palestine refugees living in the Gaza Strip.

According to a UNRWA press statement,  the US$ 250,000 contribution will provide funding for some 35,000 mammograms to at-risk Palestine refugee women. Additional health interventions include the provision of medical equipment for vision screening ensuring more than 90,000 students are screened for visual impairment via services managed by UNRWA school health teams. Glucometers and glucostics for hundreds of diabetic Palestine refugees, most of them children, will also be provided.

Read More: Hamas rejects US-UNRWA Framework agreement

The contribution will also support educational services for 520 visually impaired refugee girls and boys who receive care at the UNRWA Rehabilitation Centre for the Visually Impaired (RCVI). Funding will be used to provide dozens of tablets for students to ensure access to education, especially in the event of a return to remote learning in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Mercy-USA is also financing upgrades and repairs to the RCVI facility’s yard and solar power system, with the aim of enhancing the learning environment for students and their teachers. Through its specialized education, rehabilitation, orientation and life skills classes, the RCVI has assisted thousands of visually impaired students in gaining the skills and the confidence they need to successfully navigate hurdles to education access and job opportunities in Gaza. This is the third round of funding support from Mercy-USA to the UNRWA RCVI, providing invaluable support to the critical services provided by the Centre.

UNRWA health, education and relief, and social services programs are three of the Agency’s core programs delivered to Palestine refugees across all five of its fields of operation. In the Gaza Strip alone, the UNRWA Health Department has historically registered an average of 4 million patient consultations across 22 healthcare centers every year. Additionally, the Agency is proud to provide free primary education to more than 286,000 girls and boys across 278 schools in the 365 km² enclave.

Read More: Austria signs agreement for EUR 2 million to UNRWA

Mercy-USA, a long-standing partner to the Agency, seeks to alleviate human suffering by supporting projects focused primarily on health, nutrition, and economic and educational empowerment.

(Source / 25.09.2021)

Palestinian prisoner moved to hospital after 46 days on hunger strike

Palestinian Inforamtion Centre
Palestinian prisoner, Alaa Al-Araj

Palestinian prisoner on hunger striker in Israeli jail, Alaa Al-Araj, was transferred to hospital yesterday after his health deteriorated, the Palestinian Information Centre reported his wife saying.

Al-Araj has been held under administrative detention – without charge or trial – in Israeli jails since 30 June and he has been on an open hunger strike against his illegal detention for 46 days. During that time, he lost 30 kilogrammes and now suffers serious health problems.

He has previously been detained by occupation forces and has served a total of five years in Israeli jails.

There are currently some 4,500 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, 41 of whom are women, 160 children and 360 administrative detainees, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club.

READ: The 6 have been recaptured, but do not despair 

(Source / 24.09.2021)

Hamas denies having assets, investments in Sudan

Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem [hazemaq/Twitter]
Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem, 25 February 2021

Hamas yesterday denied having any assets or investments in Sudan, following media reports claiming the authorities in Khartoum had seized them.

“We don’t have any investments in Sudan,” said spokesman Hazem Qassem. “We do not have a problem with any Sudanese authority,” he added.

Earlier yesterday, Reuters reported that officials from a task force set up to dismantle the regime of ousted President Omar Al-Bashir seized real estate, company shares, a hotel in a prime Khartoum location, an exchange bureau, a TV station, and more than a million acres of farmland.

A number of Hamas officials have denied the report, with senior member, Musa Abu Marzouk explaining that “some of what’s reported here is old”, adding that “most of it has nothing to do with Hamas”.

Meanwhile, political analyst Hazem Ayyad described the reports as “distorted and aimed to link Hamas with the coup in a ridiculous way.”

The report that the property has been confiscated came two days after the Sudanese Ministry of Defence announced that it had foiling a coup attempt orchestrated by Bashir loyalists.

Hamas: We presented mediators with framework for prisoner swap, received no reply

(Source / 24.09.2021)

PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR): Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
  1. Summary for September 16 – 22, 2021

The Israeli occupation authorities continue to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and attacks on civilians, turning the West Bank into isolated blocks of land. Israeli settlement expansion on Palestinian properties and land continued, as this week the occupation authorities confiscated 49,000 dunams of land from Bethlehem, allegedly for constructing a nature reserve.

The Israeli settlement expansion works continued on Palestinian lands and properties. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip enters its 15th year under closure, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

Army shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

10 Palestinians were wounded, including a woman, and a journalist in army attacks across the West Bank. Three were recorded, including a woman, during an army assault on a protest in Hebron; another in Jerusalem; and 4 in a military incursion into Jenin. Another injury was reported in Salfit, and a journalist was wounded in Nablus.

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli Navy ships opened fire 6 times at fishing boats in the Gaza Sea, and the army fired twice on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza.

Army incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

Israeli forces carried out 104 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 49 Palestinians were arrested, including 14 children. Soldiers confiscated money from several homes during these raids.

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military conducted two limited incursions.

Demolitions:

PCHR fieldworkers documented 3 violations:

  • Bethlehem: 49 thousand dunams of land confiscated in Kisan, allegedly for constructing a nature reserve
  • Occupied East Jerusalem: Palestinian man forced to self-demolish his home in Jabel al-Mukaber.
  • Hebron: generator confiscated in Yatta.

Israeli Settler-attacks:

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: 2 Palestinian drivers assaulted; one stabbed in the back and the other was strangled.
  • Bethlehem: settlement road constructed in Kisan.
  • Nablus: assault on agricultural land and at least 10 fruitful olive trees were cut in Burin.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Israel imposed the closure of all Gaza Strip and West Bank crossings from 16 – 17 September 2021 for Yom Kippur.

The Israeli occupation authorities continued to ban the entry of dozens of goods, including construction materials, in collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the Israeli closure imposed on the territory entered its 15th year, without an end in sight that would fulfil Palestinians’ right to enjoy their economic, social, and cultural rights.

Meanwhile, occupation authorities continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the 2000 Second Intifada -still closed to this date- and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest, especially at al-Karama border crossing, alongside the Palestinian-Jordanian border.

I. Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

• At approximately 21:00 on Friday, 17 September 2021, dozens of Palestinians gathered in Silwan, occupied East Jerusalem, and threw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli military vehicles. Soldiers raided the area while heavily firing rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades; the army chased the protestors who threw firecrackers at a settlement outpost and set fire to several surveillance camera poles that authorities implanted in the area. Violent clashes lasted for hours and reached Wadi al-Hilweh neighborhood; several windows were crashed and vehicles were damaged.

• At approximately 11:00, dozens of “Combatants for Peace” activists, and international solidarity activists and local residents of Masafer Yatta, southern Hebron, gathered for a peaceful sit-in where they attempted to deliver a water tank to a local household in al-Mafkara area. While the gathering were on the road that leads to Masafer Yatta, which is used by settlers to reach “Avigal” settlement, large IOF troops arrived in the area along with an Israeli police patrol. The soldiers intercepted the march of the water tank and fired tear gas canisters at participants, forcing them to disperse. A while later, the activists resumed the march, and the Israeli soldiers assaulted and arrested several of them and took them to the military vehicles parked in the area. IOF also fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades at the activists. As a result, Adam Rabee (44) was hit with a tear gas canister in the abdomen causing him 3rd-degree burns; he was taken to the medical center in the city. Also, Khloud Abu-Ra’ya was hit with a tear gas canister in the back, causing cuts and burns that required her transfer to hospital.

  • Meanwhile, a soldier attacked Ely Deeb, pushing him to the ground causing cuts in the face. Deeb was taken to hospital in Israel and underwent surgery. The assault severed Deeb’s lacrimal artery. Also, several activists were arrested and taken to interrogation centers in Israel.
  • Adam Rabee stated that the sit-in intended to expose the Israeli policy banning Palestinians from supplying water to their homes, located in areas under Israeli security administration. The policy aims to drive Palestinians out of their lands due to drought. He added that the sit-in held the slogan of “right to water.” He added that soldiers used new tear gas canisters that emit black smoke and have a strong effect on the respiratory system.
Combatants for Peace – Photo: Ghassan Bannoura

• At approximately 16:00 on Friday, 17 September 2021, soldiers attacked a peaceful protest in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, pushing and assaulting protestors.

  • PCHR fieldworker stated that dozens of Palestinians and activists gathered at Sheikh Jarrah entrance and raised signs with slogans against the occupation and illegal settlements, as well as Palestinian flags. They were physically assaulted by Israeli forces, who confiscated their Palestinian flags; on the other hand, the soldiers provided full protection to a sit-in protesting the Palestinian protest, the sit-in was organized by settlers who live in settlement outposts that were seized from the Arab neighborhood. The settlers raised the Israeli flag and insulted the Palestinian people and leaders with profanity.

• At approximately 23:00, dozens of Palestinians gathered in al-Ram, occupied East Jerusalem, and threw stones and Molotov cocktails at military vehicles. Soldiers fired rubber-bullets and tear gas canisters in the area. As a result, Odai I. Ghnaiman (20) sustained minor wounds from a rubber bullet in the foot. He was taken to a medical center for treatment.

• At approximately 09:00 on Saturday, 18 September 2021, Israeli Navy gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.

• At approximately 02:30 on Sunday, 19 September 2021, Navy gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.

• At approximately 03:00, clashes erupted in Jenin’s eastern neighborhood while soldiers were retreating following a military operation in the city, where 4 Palestinians were arrested, including Ayham F. Kamamji (35) and Monadel Y. Infiat (32) who fled Gilboa prison earlier this month.

• PCHR fieldworker stated that while soldiers were retreating, dozens of Palestinians gathered and threw stones at military vehicles. Soldiers fired live and rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, and stun grenades at the protestors. As a result, 4 Palestinians, including a child, were taken to hospital for treatment.

• At approximately 06:30, Israeli navy gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.

• At approximately 00:30, soldiers stationed on Qarawat Bani Hassan southern entrance in Salfit, assaulted the participants at a protest against land confiscation for illegal settlement expansion. They chased Palestinians amidst clashes, fired rubber bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. A 30-year-old Palestinian sustained a rubber bullet injury in the right leg.

• At approximately 08:05 on Monday, 20 August 2021, Navy gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them. The attack continued off and on until 09:00, and was repeated at 22:15, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.

• At approximately 12:10 on Tuesday, 21 September 2021, Navy gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.

• At approximately 14:00, soldiers stationed along the Gaza Strip border area in Beit Hanoun, opened fire on and off at a group of shepherds, stirring fear among them and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.

• At approximately 23:45, soldiers stationed along the Gaza Strip border area in Jabalia, opened fire in the area. No casualties were reported.

• At approximately 14:00 on Wednesday, 22 September 2021, soldiers invaded al-Tur High School for Boys in occupied East Jerusalem, alleging that a patrol was attacked with rocks by students. During the raid, soldiers fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters in the school and chased students. 16-year-old Bassam Abu-Sbitan fell and broke his leg, then the army dragged him on the street into one of their military vehicles. He was taken to hospital and is currently arrested by Israel.

  • Abu-Sbitan’s mother said that her son was going to the pharmacy to purchase medication for his father as the clashes erupted. She added that soldiers chased her son without cause, terrorizing him; as he was fleeing the area, he fell and broke his leg. Despite his screams of pain and inability to walk on his hurt leg, soldiers dragged him and arrested him.

• At approximately 18:46 on Wednesday, 22 September 2021, photojournalist Nasser Suliman Mohammed Shtayyeh (51) was hit with a rubber bullet in the head that a soldier shot at him while he was covering the clashes in Deir al-Hatab. The clashes started after settlers started construction in “Elon Moreh” settlement.

Shtayyeh, from Salem village in Nablus who works for Flasha and Seba USA, said to PCHR fieldworker;

“at approximately 18:30 on Wednesday, I learned that there were clashes in the nearby town of Deir al-Hatab between the villagers and soldiers who were protecting settlers doing construction work for the expansion of “Elon Moreh” settlement, which is established on Palestinians’ lands in the village. I drove there, along with my 14-year-old son, and I parked in a distant area. I started taking pictures, I was the only photojournalist in the area. I had clearly marker PRESS attire on; nonetheless, I was shot from at least 20 meters away by a soldier with a rubber bullet directly in the head. I was covered in my own blood. My son drove me to the local pharmacy and called a Palestinian Red Crescent Society ambulance, which took me to hospital.”

II. Incursions and arrests

  1. Thursday, 16 September 2021

• At approximately 02:00, soldiers arrested Isma’el Mohammed Naser (33), after raiding and searching his house in Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.

• At approximately 14:00, soldiers arrested Zeyad Naser al-‘Adowein after raiding and searching his house in Ras Shihada area in Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.

• At approximately 17:00, soldiers arrested Hisham Mohammed Manasra (15) and Mo’awiya Khair Allah Manasra (14), after raiding and searching their houses in Beitunia, west of Ramallah.

• The army carried out (3) incursions in Azzun, east of Qalqilya; Qarawat Bani Hassan, west of Salfit; and Burqa village, northeast of Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

  1. Friday, 17 September 2021

• At approximately 08:00, soldiers arrested Wissam Mohammed Thalji Sidr (28), after raiding and searching his house in Bab Huta neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods.

• At approximately 17:30, soldiers severely assaulted and arrested Shadi Hasan al-Mohtaseb (37) and Abdullah Hasan al-Mohtased (23), after stopping them at a military checkpoint established near al-Za’tary building which the Israeli settlers seized near the Ibrahimi Mosque, in Hebron’s Old City. Soldiers took them to a police center in “Kiryat Arba’” settlement.

• At approximately 15:00, soldiers arrested Mohammed Waleed Sabarnah (15), after raiding and searching the grocery
store, where he and his father work in Khilat al-Kotla area, near “Karmei Zur” settlement, south of Beit Ummar. Soldiers took him to an unknown destination.

• At approximately 19:00, soldiers arrested Ramzi Adel Salah (37), from Abu Dis, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, while passing through the Container military checkpoint, northeast of Bethlehem.

  1. Saturday, 18 September 2021

• At approximately 04:50, soldiers arrested Abdul Naser Adnan Rabi (52), after raiding and searching his house in Qalqilya.

• At approximately 09:00, the army arrested Baker Mohammed Oweis (23), after stopping his vehicle in Ras al-‘Amud neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

• At approximately 16:30, the army severely assaulted and arrested Hamad Fawwaz Fafisha (20) and Dia’ Tareq Fafisha (24), from Hebron’s Old City, while present in al-Sahla area, near the Ibrahimi Mosque.

• At approximately 18:00, the army arrested Yazan Ishti (23) and Osama Mujahed (26), while present near Herod’s Gate, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s Gates.

• At approximately 18:00, the army arrested Tawfiq Khalil Afana (29), while passing through al-Za’eem military checkpoint, east of the occupied East Jerusalem.

• The army carried out (3) incursions in Beit Ummar, Hebron, and Beit Kahil in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

  1. Sunday, 19 September 2021

• At approximately 00:00, the army arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Mohammed Alian (22), Amjad Derbas (51) and his son, Alaa (21).

• At approximately 01:00, the army arrested (4) civilians after surrounding and storming a house in Jenin belonging to Abu Ja’far family, in the eastern side of Jenin. The arrestees are: Ayham Fo’ad Kamamji (35) and Monadel Ya’qoub Nufei’at (32); the 2 prisoners of 6 who escaped from Gilboa prison on 06 September 2021, Abdul Rahman Abu Ja’far (28) and Mahmoud Ridwan Abu Ja’far (32), who were arrested under the pretext that they provided help for Kamamji and Nufei’at.

• Around the same time, the army arrested Monir Farah Manasra (44), after raiding and searching his house in Arabiya area, east of Bani Na’im, east of Hebron. They confiscated (170,000 NIS) that the family saved for the medical operation of their 3-year-old girl who is suffering from a hole in the heart (VSD), in addition to financial guarantees and checks of 30,000 NIS.

• At approximately 02:00, the army arrested Salah Mahmoud al-Batran (39), after raiding and searching his house in Idhna village, west of Hebron.

• At approximately 03:00, the army handed Ibrahim Abdullah al-‘Arrouj (38) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in military checkpoint (300), after raiding and searching his house in Jannatah, east of Bethlehem.

• At approximately 04:00, the army arrested Ameer Ahmed Taqatiqa (17), after raiding and searching his house in Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem.

• At approximately 05:00, the army arrested Omar Amer Abu al-Hawa (21), after raiding and searching his house in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

• At approximately 13:00, the army arrested Ahmed Abu Khudair (25), after raiding and searching his house in Shu’afat neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

  1. Monday, 20 September 2021

• At approximately 00:00, the army arrested Mo’ath Monthir Abu al-Hawa (14), while present in one of the stores on the main street of al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

• At approximately 02:00, the army arrested Sami Ibrahim al-Harimi (18) and handed his brother, Nour al-Dein (22) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in military checkpoint (300), after raiding and searching their house in Abu Njeim village, south of Bethlehem.

• At approximately 03:00, a group of undercover “Mista‘arvim” (Israeli Special Unit dressed like Palestinian civilians) sneaked into Bayt Rima village, northwest of Ramallah. They used a car and a bus with Palestinian registration plates and stationed in front of Abu al-Izz Supermarket for food supply, near Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Mosque. They stormed and searched the supermarket and arrested Khair al-Dein Moshrif al-Rimawi (22), the owner of the supermarket. Soldiers took him to an unknown destination.

• At approximately 04:00, the army arrested (3) civilians, after raiding and searching their houses in Anabta village, east of Tulkarm. The arrestees are: Yousef Hasan Hannoun (26), Bara’ Yousef Mezyid (21), and Tamer Issam Nassar (22).

• At approximately 08:00, the army arrested Belal Ali Qatanani (26) and Nour Ashraf Shawahnah (24), after raiding and searching their houses in Hable village, south of Qalqilya.

• At approximately 16:00, the army arrested Sultan Mahran Shuweiky (16), after raiding and searching his house in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

• At approximately 16:50, the army arrested Salah Nadeen Bedo (15), after raiding and searching his house in Shuweika, in Tulkarm.

• At approximately 20:00, the army arrested Hamza Mohammed al-Joulani (31), after raiding and searching his house in Bab Huta neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods.

• At approximately 23:00, the army arrested Mohammed Ali al-Jabbar (15), after raiding and searching his house in al-Tur neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods.

• The army carried out (3) incursions in Sa’ir, Beit Kahil and al-Aroub refugee camp in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

  1. Tuesday, 21 September 2021

• At approximately 00:30, the army arrested Izz al-Dein Mohammed Za’loul (18), after raiding and searching his house in Husan village, west of Bethlehem.

• At approximately 16:00, the army arrested Ameer al-Dein Khalil Abu al-Hawa (17) and Mustafa Mohammed Abu al-Hawa (16), while present near Herod’s Gate in the occupied East Jerusalem.

• At approximately 18:00, the army arrested (4) civilians including 2 children, after raiding and searching their houses in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The arrestees are: Brownk Zaki Zaytoun (20), Mohammed Mahdi al-Shalloudi (17), Sultan Samer Sarhan (16), and Mahdi Abed Jaber (18).

• The army carried out (3) incursions in Hebron, Surif and Dayr al-‘Asal villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

  1. Wednesday, 22 September 2021

• At approximately 03:15, the army arrested Sobhi Samer Zeid (17), after raiding and searching his house in al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah.

• At approximately 14:00, the army closed a military checkpoint established at the entrance of al-Shuhada street in Hebron and banned the movement of civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli soldiers deployed in Be’er Sheva street and closed the stores before groups of settlers arrived to visit the “Tomb of Otniel Ben Knaz” under the Israeli army’s intensive protection.

III. Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank a. Demolitions, Confiscations, and Notices

• On Tuesday afternoon, 21 September 2021, ‘Ali Mohammed ‘Abeidiyah self-demolished part of his house in Jabal al-Mukaber neighborhood, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

  • ‘Ali ‘Abediyah said that he built 2 additional rooms in his old house in 2017 so it would be enough for his family after his wife delivered his baby girl Mariam. ‘Abeidiyah added that the two rooms were a living room and a bedroom for his 4-year-old daughter of only 40 sqms. He said that the Israeli Municipality raided his house in the beginning of the month and handed him a decision to self-demolish the 2 rooms or the Municipality will send its crews to carry out the demolition and fine him with tens of thousands of shekels for the demolition costs, forcing him to self-demolish the 2 rooms.

• On Tuesday morning, 21 September 2021, the Israeli authorities issued a decision to seize 48,700 dunums from Kisan village in eastern Bethlehem and turn it to a nature reserve.

  • Hassan Breijiyeh, Director of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission in Bethlehem, said that the Israeli authorities issued a decision to take over around 49,000 dunams from Kisan village allegedly for turning it into a nature reserve, noting that big part of these lands had been already confiscated and roads were built in it. Breijiyeh added that the seized area is located in southeastern Kisan village and near al-Rashayidah village; they were agricultural lands and used as livestock pastures. The area also included Wadi al-Hajjar historical site characterized with its historical caves, geological diversity, and wildlife.
  • Brejiyeh added that the Israeli decision is intended to continue settlement expansion in the area and to turn it to a nature reserve, which will be transformed in the future for a settlement project. He explained that this decision aims to facilitate seizure of Palestinian lands in Kisan for the expansion of “Abi HaNahal settlement.”

• At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 22 September 2021, soldiers backed by military vehicles and accompanied with the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Kherbet al-Sfeir, southwest of Yatta, south of Hebron, behind the annexation wall. The Civil Administration employees confiscated a generator belonging to ‘Othman Abu Qbeitah after raiding his under-construction house in the area.

b. Israeli Settlers’ attacks on civilians and their property

• At approximately 13:00 on Friday, 17 September 2021, 3 settlers severely beat up a Palestinian driver from Silwan, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, when the latter was on his way back from his work in Givat Shaul settlement, which was established on the lands of displaced Deir Yassin village in West Jerusalem. They stabbed him 3 times in his back; as a result, he was hospitalized for treatment.

  • The 43-year-old driver namely Mohammed Abu Nab, said that when he was driving the bus as usual in Givat Shaul settlement, he overrode a car with 3 settlers, outraging them, so they hit his bus and blocked the road in front of him. They then hit him on his head from the bus window and got into the bus to stab him 3 times in his back. They also kicked him and beat him before running away. Abu Nab said that this attack was not the first of its kind for Arab drivers as they have been exposed to constant racist attacks and insulted just for being Arabs. Abu Nab added that the Israeli police arrived at the scene and attempted to arrest him instead of the 3 settlers and denied him first-aid. He fainted after bleeding so much. Abu Nab said that the stabs could have caused him severe harm as they were very near to the spine and could have caused him paralysis or a laceration to one of his organs.

• On Tuesday morning 21 September 2021, Israeli settlers built a settlement road in Kisan village, east of Bethlehem, to connect Ibei Hanahal settlement established on it with the settlement industrial zone established between Kisan and al-Menia village, east of the city.

  • Ahmed Ghazal, Kisan Village Council Deputy Director, said that Ibei Hanahal settlers started building a new settlement road (two kilometers long and four meters wide) in a hilly area overlooking Wadi al-Hajjar to the northwest of the village. Ghazal added that the road is aimed at connecting the settlement of Ibei Hanahal with the industrial settlement that was built on the Palestinian lands in the west of the village near al-Menia village. He said that the industrial zone included solar units and recycling factories and the new road would annex hundreds of nearby dunams. It should be noted that the Israeli settlers and the army have recently targeted Kisan village as only few hours before the settlers’ attack on the village lands, the Israeli authorities issued a decision to seize 48,700 dunams in favor of establishing a nature reserve.

• At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 22 September 2021, a group of settlers from “Yitsahar” settlement established on the Palestinian lands of southern Nablus assaulted the agricultural lands in southern Burin village and cut 10 fruitful olive trees that were planted 70 years ago belonging to Akram Musbah Ibrahim ‘Omran from the same village.

(Source / 24.09.2021)

WAFA: “Palestinians reject framework agreement signed between their refugee agency and the US”

Thursday, September 23, 2021 (WAFA) – Palestinian representatives of national and Islamic forces and refugees meeting in Ramallah today have rejected a recent framework agreement signed between the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and the United States, saying it cancels the rights of return for the refugees.

Wasel Abu Yousef, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and coordinator of the National and Islamic Forces, told the meeting that “from the very first moment of (former US President Donald) Trump’s term in office to the (current Joe) Biden administration, steps have rolled out to abolish UNRWA, halt aid to refugees, redefine the refugee, and now this dangerous agreement, which is an attempt to abolish the rights of the Palestinian refugees.”

He stressed that the right of refugees to return to their homes and land they were forced out from when Israel was created in Palestine in 1948 is firm and is one of their inalienable rights as defined in UN resolution 194.

There is a consensus among the Palestinians on rejecting this “dangerous agreement which abolishes the right of return for refugees,” he said.

The agreement, said one of the participants in the meeting, stipulates that any refugee who is proven to be involved in what it terms “terror” activity, meaning resisting the occupation, or proven to have received military training will not receive UNRWA aid and if employed by the UN agency will be fired from his work and lose all his rights.

(Source / 24.09.2021)

Over 80 Palestinian Islamic Jihad prisoners protest in Israeli Ktzi’ot prison

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Over 80 Palestinian Islamic Jihad prisoners are protesting in Israeli Ktzi’ot Prison in protest against the punitive and repressive measures taken by the Israeli prisons’ administration following the Gilbou’s prison break.

The Palestinian prisoners in Ktzi’ot Prison have demanded that the situation in the prison be returned to how it was before restrictions were implemented after six Palestinian prisoners managed to free themselves from Gilbou prison earlier this month.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad warned Israel Prison Service against suppressing the protest, saying it held ‘Israel’ for responsible for any harm to the prisoners.

The prisoners have demanded the Israeli prisons’ administration to end its policy of repression, abuse, and arbitrary transfers and release isolated prisoners to regular sections, return detention conditions to what they were before September 5, and to end the policy of arbitrary administrative detention and stop the renewal policy for administrative detainees, among other demands.

Such tensions came after the heroic act of six Palestinian prisoners who managed to free themselves on September 6 2021, from Gilbou prison, a high-security Israeli prison, through a secret tunnel they had reportedly dug beneath the prison.

The six prisoners were identified as:

Mahmoud Arda, 46 years old, from Arraba town in Jenin, imprisoned since 1996, sentenced to a life and 15 years and belonged to the Islamic Jihad movement.

Mohammad Arda, 39 years old, from Arraba town in Jenin, imprisoned since 2002, sentenced to a life and belonged to the Islamic Jihad movement.

Yaaqob Qadri, 49 years old, from Beir al-Basha town in Jenin, imprisoned since 2003, sentenced to a life and belonged to the Islamic Jihad movement.

Ayham Kamanji, 35 years old, from Kufr Dan town in Jenin, imprisoned since 2006, sentenced to a life and belonged to the Islamic Jihad movement.

Zakaria Zubaidi, 46 years old, from Jenin refugee camp, imprisoned since 2019, was not sentenced, and is a former commander of Fatah’s Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.

Munadel Infeiat, 26 years old, from Yabad town in Jenin and imprisoned since 2019, was not sentenced and belonged to the Islamic Jihad movement.

Four of the six breakers were rearrested by the Israeli occupation on September 11, after five days of large-scale sweep operations throughout occupied Palestine using high-tech systems and the two others were rearrested on September 19, after 13 days of sweep operations.

(Source / 24.09.2021)

Palestine warns of financial crisis unless Israel releases tax revenues

Palestinians hold banners during a demonstration demanding boycott against Israeli products in response to cutting of Palestinian tax revenues in Ramallah, West Bank on 6 August 2019. [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians hold banners during a demonstration demanding boycott against Israeli products in response to cutting of Palestinian tax revenues in Ramallah, West Bank on 6 August 2019

The financial which the Palestinian Authority is suffering from is likely to get even more complicated during the coming period unless Israel releases tax revenues it has withheld, the finance minister said.

Speaking during a meeting with donors and foreign representatives, Shukri Bishara reviewed the financial situation of the Palestinian Authority and the pressures exerted by the Israeli government, including withholding and illegally deducting Palestinian tax revenues.

“Mr. Bishara explicitly informed representatives of the international community that the [Palestinian] government had exhausted all available options to secure financing, and will not resort to more borrowing from banks,” a statement issued by the Palestinian Ministry of Finance said.

According to the statement, Bishara stressed on the need to reform the financial relationship with Israel and the tax clearance mechanism, which he said “has become a tool to perpetuate the occupation”.

“Bishara urged the international community to take all necessary diplomatic efforts to urge Israel to respond to the Palestinian demands and called for the return of foreign support to what it was before 2018,” it added.

READ: The limits of ‘human rights’ discourse in Palestine 

The minister has also urged donor countries to restore their aid to the Palestinian treasury to the level it was in  2018, explaining that this aid has fallen by 90 per cent in 2021 compared to 2020.

The PA has struggled with finances since 2018 when the US administration of President Donald Trump cut aid to it and to UNRWA, the UN body which supports Palestine refugees in the region.

Israel also began deducting some of the tax revenues it collects on behalf of the PA, which it says was used to pay stipends to the families of martyrs and prisoners who ‘committed terror attacks’ against the occupation.

Current US President Joe Biden restored aid to the tune of $200 million to  the Palestinians when he took office earlier this year.

(Source / 23.09.2021)

Recently Released Cancer-Stricken Detainee Dies At Hospital In Ramallah

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has confirmed, Wednesday, that a cancer-stricken former Palestinian political prisoner who was recently released from an Israeli prison after his condition seriously deteriorated, has died at a Palestinian hospital in Ramallah, in central West Bank.

The PPS stated that the detainee, Hussein Masalma, 39, from the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, was released from an Israeli prison in February of this year when his condition became extremely serious after he was denied the right to receive the urgently-needed specialized medical treatment for his Leukemia.

The PPS added that the detainee was first moved to Hadassah Israeli medical center, before being sent, a week ago, to the Istishari Arab Hospital in Ramallah.

The PPS held Israel fully responsible for his death, especially since he was subject to medical neglect while in prison, and only started receiving treatment when his condition became serious.

It is worth mentioning that Masalma started suffering from complications and sharp pain in late 2020, and it took Israel more than a month to send him to the clinic of the Negev Desert detention camp and was only moved to an Israeli hospital when his condition became very serious, and the physicians found out that he has End-Stage Leukemia.

The Palestinian was abducted by the Israel army in the year 2002 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He spent 19 years in prison before he was released due to his serious medical condition.

His release came after various appeals, deliberations, and delays by Israeli courts before his lawyer filed an appeal with the Israeli High Court.

In an interview with the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic), in February of this year, Masalma stated that he has been suffering for two years and that the Israeli physicians didn’t render an accurate diagnosis to his condition.

“For more than two years I have been suffering, and they couldn’t diagnose my condition currently,” he said, “It is not just me, there are so many detainees suffering from serious conditions.”

The PPS said that many Palestinian political prisoners, especially those who have been held captive by Israel for more than 20 years are facing serious health conditions, including cancer.

It called on various regional and international human rights and legal groups, including the World Health Organization, to act on ensuring the release of all ailing Palestinian detainees from Israel prisons and to send an independent medical committee to look into these cases.

After the detainee’s death, various Palestinian political factions declared a general strike, Thursday, and called for massive popular protests across the occupied West Bank, during and after his funeral procession which will be held on Thursday at 11:30 before noon.

(Source / 23.09.2021)

Israeli Police Detain A Palestinian Who Reportedly Rammed Colonizer With Car

Israeli sources have reported, Wednesday, that the police detained a Palestinian man after he allegedly rammed an Israeli colonialist settler with his car, near occupied Jerusalem. The injured woman made the allegation that two hours after she was injured.

The sources said that the “incident appears to be hit and run”, and took place near Maale Michmash colony, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem.

They added that the woman suffered a moderate injury before she was moved to a hospital in Jerusalem.

According to the injured woman, who remained alert, a car passed her on the road near the colony, “before turning back and accelerating towards her.”

However, the woman only made the allegation to the police and the medical crews two hours after she was injured.

The Israeli police said they located the Palestinian vehicle, and detained the driver in the al-Ezariyya town, east of Jerusalem, before moving him to an interrogation facility.

It is worth mentioning that Mikhmas, inhabited by about 1700 persons, is a Palestinian village, southeast of Jerusalem, and is surrounded by three illegal Israeli colonies (Michmash, Psegot, and Adam( that were built after Israel occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in the year 1967.

(Source / 23.09.2021)