Gaza marks Palestinian Prisoners’ Day

April 17 marks Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, an international day of action for Palestinian political prisoners

Israel detains about 4,500 Palestinians in its jails, among them 41 women and 140 children below 18 years. Since the beginning of 2021, Israeli authorities have arrested nearly 1,400 Palestinians.

Nearly 550 inmates suffer from various diseases and require close monitoring and healthcare. At least 10 inmates suffer from cancer of varying degrees, including Fouad al-Shobaki, 82, the oldest of the prisoners. So far, 368 jailed Palestinians have been infected with the coronavirus.

Some Palestinians have spent 40 years in captivity with 543 sentenced to several life sentences.

Prisoners’ Day has been commemorated annually since 1974 after the first Palestinian detainee – Mahmoud Hijazi – was released in a swap deal with Israel.

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Gaza marks Palestinian Prisoners' Day [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Gaza marks Palestinian Prisoners' Day [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Gaza marks Palestinian Prisoners' Day [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Gaza marks Palestinian Prisoners' Day [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Gaza marks Palestinian Prisoners' Day [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

(Source / 19.04.2021)

Abbas tells US advocacy group that Israel is on path to apartheid

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas holds a placard showing maps of historical Palestine [ALAA BADARNEH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas holds a placard showing maps of historical Palestine 

Mahmoud Abbas has warned that Israel is on the path to becoming an apartheid state in a speech to the annual J Street Conference in America. The President of the Palestinian Authority addressed the progressive Jewish advocacy group online and spoke about the precarious situation facing Israel. He also mentioned the removal of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) from the US terrorist list and steps to re-establish ties with Washington.

“Moving away from the two-state solution will eventually lead to a de facto one-state solution, an apartheid state,” said Abbas. “[This is] something neither we nor the entire world would accept. A one-state solution will only perpetuate the conflict.”

Although Abbas warned that Israel is on the road to becoming an apartheid state if it fails to agree to a two-state solution with the Palestinians, a major Israeli human rights group has concluded that the Zionist state has already passed that threshold. In January, B’Tselem described Israel as an “apartheid” state that “promotes and perpetuates Jewish supremacy between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.” A similar conclusion was reached by the UN in 2017.

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Speaking about resuming peace talks and turning a new page in relations with Washington, Abbas said, “We are ready to resume peace negotiations with our Israeli counterpart on the basis of international legitimacy, resolutions and signed agreements, and under the auspices of the International Quartet.” The 85-year-old reiterated support for a two-state solution based on pre-June 1967 borders and international law to create an independent and sovereign Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The PA cut relations with the administration of former US President Donald Trump following several bitter disagreements including America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the relocation of the US Embassy to the occupied city. Abbas explained that the PA now sought to open a new page with the Biden administration.

“However, this requires the elimination of some obstacles, the most important of which is removing the PLO name from the terrorism list pursuant to the Congress Anti-Terrorist Act of 1987,” Abbas said, with reference to the relevant legislation. US presidents have traditionally waived the application of the law, allowing for relations to continue as normal, but Abbas wants the terrorism designation to be rescinded completely.

South Africa stands with Palestine - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
South Africa stands with Palestine – Cartoon 

(Source / 19.04.2021)

Gaza: 23 deaths, 466 new cases of COVID-19, and 1,501 recoveries

Gaza: 23 deaths, 466 new cases of COVID-19, and 1,501 recoveries

Gaza post – The Hamas_run Ministry of Health stated on Thursday.

-The total number of samples that were withdrawn was 1131 in the last 24 hours.

– 466 new COVID-19 cases.

– 1501 recovery cases.

– 23 COVID_19 deaths.

-The total cumulative of the infected since last March 90088 cases include:

_ 20178 active cases.

_ 69149 recoveries.

 761 deaths.

-The total number of cases requiring medical care in the hospital is 421 .

-The total number of serious and critical cases are 305 .

(Source / 18.04.2021)

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report | March 30 – April 12, 2021

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Protection of Civilian Report for March 30 – April 12, 2021On 6 April, Israeli forces shot at a car, killing the 45-year-old Palestinian driver and injuring his wife at a checkpoint in Bir Nabala (Jerusalem). According to the Israeli authorities, after halting, the car accelerated suddenly in an apparent attempt to run over soldiers. According to the injured woman, her husband was following a soldier’s instructions to proceed. The checkpoint where the incident took place had been set up as part of a search-and-arrest operation.Another 52 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces across the West Bank. Twenty-three were wounded during four search-and-arrest operations in Silwan (occupied East Jerusalem), in the refugee camps of Al ‘Aroub (Hebron) and Aqbat Jaber (Jericho) and in Nablus city. Twenty-two were injured in two weekly protests against settlement activity in the villages of Kufur Qaddoum (Qalqilia), and Beit Dajan (Nablus). Two boys (aged 13) were injured in two separate incidents in Hebron city; one of them lost an eye from a rubber bullet during clashes, in which he was not involved. Two Palestinians were injured in clashes in Sebastia (Nablus) during a visit of Israelis to the archaeological sites there, and another during a visit of Israelis to Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus. An elderly man was injured during clashes, which erupted while Israeli forces were confiscating a tent in Bani Na’im village (Hebron). Another Palestinian was injured while attempting to cross a breach in the Barrier in the Jerusalem area. Of the injuries, 29 were treated for tear gas inhalation, 12 were hit by rubber bullets, five were shot with live ammunition, and six were physically assaulted or pepper-sprayed.Israeli police forces physically assaulted nine activists, including an Israeli parliament member, demonstrating against the eviction of Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem. The Jerusalem District Police Chief has ordered a debrief of the officers involved and the injured parliamentarian has reportedly filed a complaint with the Ministry of Justice.Israeli forces carried out 154 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 167 Palestinians across the West Bank. The Ramallah governorate recorded the highest number of operations (43), followed by Jerusalem (27) and Hebron (23).In Gaza, on at least 14 occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near Israel’s perimeter fence or off the coast, reportedly to enforce access restrictions, with no injuries reported.Citing the lack of building permits, 20 Palestinian-owned structures were demolished or seized in Area C and East Jerusalem, displacing 13 people and affecting the livelihoods of about 90 others. Ten structures were demolished in eight communities in Area C, with one incident displacing seven people in the Dhahrat an Nada area of Bethlehem. In Susiya (Hebron), the Israeli authorities seized a tent provided as humanitarian assistance. In East Jerusalem, a family of six were forced to demolish their home in the Jabal al Mukkabir neighbourhood, and six livelihood structures were demolished in Al ‘Isawiya. The Israeli authorities also issued six stop-work orders against at least 32 Palestinian residential and agriculture structures and a road in Khirbet ar Ras al Ahmar (Tubas).Perpetrators known or believed to be Israeli settlers injured seven Palestinians, including two boys, and damaged Palestinian-owned trees. The boys were physically assaulted in two separate incidents in the H2 area of Hebron. The other five were stoned or physically assaulted while working their land, including four in An Nabi Salih (Ramallah) and one in Jalud (Nablus). Palestinians reported that about 100 olive saplings were uprooted in Qusra (Nablus). A house was damaged by a Molotov cocktail in the H2 area of Hebron and water meters were damaged in Kifl Haris (Salfit). Settlers bulldozed privately-owned Palestinian land in Qaryut (Nablus) and Al Bqai’a (Hebron). In Deir Jarir (Ramallah), settlers physically assaulted and injured an Israeli activist who was providing protective presence to Palestinian herders.Perpetrators known or believed to be Palestinians physically assaulted and injured two Israelis, and caused damage to eight Israeli-plated vehicles by throwing stones and other objects at them, while they were travelling on West Bank roads. The incidents were recorded by Israeli sources.

(Source / 18.04.2021)

Two Palestinian brothers enter their 29th year in Israeli jails

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – Two Palestinian prisoners, Abdul-Jawad Shamasneh (57 years) and his brother Muhammad (51 years), from the town of Qatanna, are among the old prisoners who have been detained before the signing of the Oslo Agreement

The Palestinian Prisoner Society said in a statement that Mohammad Shamasneh and Abdel-Jawad from the twon of Qatanna in the occupied West Bank, were arrested on this day in 1993, and was sentenced to a life in prison.

Read More: Two Palestinians from Jenin enter their 20 years in Israeli jails

For five years now, the two have been deprived of their right to family visitation of their mother, who is a sick old woman, and one of them, Abdel-Jawad, is also denied family visitation of his two sons by the occupation authorities.

According to Palestinian estimates, there are 4,400 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, including 39 women and 155 children, and around 350 being held under Israel’s administrative detention policy, which allows holding Palestinians without charge or trial.

Read More: Two Palestinian detainees enter new years in Israeli prisons

(Source / 18.04.2021)

Hamas lists people with disabilities on electoral list for Palestinian parliament

Hamas Movement nominated four persons with disabilities in the first 69 centers out of 132 in its electoral list “Al Quds is our Destiny” for the upcoming Palestinian legislative elections.

The community activist concerned with the issues of the wounded and the handicapped, Zarif al-Ghora, considered the interest of the list of Hamas in the category of the wounded and the disabled as an important step in regaining their rights guaranteed by the law.

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Al-Ghora, one of the list’s candidates, described during his interview with “Palestine” newspaper, “Al Quds is our Destiny” list included four wounded and disabled people, including a woman, as an unusual precedent, unlike the other lists that did not include any of them.

Al-Ghora indicated that the list is also the only one to nominate a woman with disabilities, who is an academic university doctor, to represent academics and women with disabilities. He added that before the elections, we worked a lot to enhance the political and societal participation of people with disabilities in general, and in particular their participation in the municipal, legislative or presidential elections.

Read More: Palestinian elections: 3 lists for the first days of candidacy

Al-Ghora continued that people with disabilities and the wounded in front of a scene have never imagined it to happen, and this is due to the belief of Hamas in particular, that they are a segment of important societal value and have their presence and their belief in the capabilities of the four candidates.

He considered this step evidence that “Al Quds is our Destiny” is the list of all Palestinians, as it includes people with disabilities, the wounded, prisoners, and the rest of the community.

(Source / 18.04.2021)

Palestinian Prisoner’s Day: continuous suffering behind bars

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Day comes this year and there are still 4,500 Palestinians distributed in 23 prisons and Israeli detention and investigation centers, in difficult circumstances.

According to statistics published by the Prisoners’ Institutions, among the prisoners are 41 girls, most of them in Damon Prison, in addition to 140 children and minors distributed in the prisons of Ofer, Majdou, and Damon.

The number of old prisoners arrested by the Israeli occupation before the Oslo agreement reached 25, the oldest of whom is Karim Yunis and Maher Younis, who has been detained continuously since 1983.

Read More: Prisoner Emad Al-Batran enters his 45-day on hunger strike

Among the prisoners, 62 have passed 20 consecutive years in the Israeli occupation prisons, and they are called “deans of prisoners.”

Israeli occupation still arrested 543 sentences of life imprisonment, and the highest judgment among them is the prisoner Abdullah Al-Barghouti (67 life sentences).

Read More: Prisoner Imad Al-Batran continues hunger strike for the 38th day

There are also 440 prisoners under the clause of “administrative detention,” which is a sentence without an explicit charge, and is based on the so-called “secret file” that the “Shin Bet” intelligence service presents to the court. The detainee and his lawyer are not allowed to view the file.

The administrative detention order can be renewed more than once, and its duration ranges from two months to six months, and it can be extended.

About 550 prisoners suffer from various degrees of diseases, and they are in need of close follow-up and health care, including at least 10 prisoners with cancer.

The number of martyrs of the captive movement has reached 226 since 1967, in addition to the martyrdom of hundreds of them after their liberation due to diseases they contracted inside prisons.

According to the statistics; Of the captured martyrs, 75 were martyred as a result of the deliberate killing policy, 73 as a result of torture, 71 others due to medical negligence, and 7 after they were shot directly.

During the past year, four prisoners have been martyred in prisons due to medical negligence and torture. They are Nour al-Din al-Barghouti, Saadi al-Gharabli, Daoud al-Khatib, and Kamal Abu Waar.

As for the number of martyrs whose bodies are kept by “Israel”, it has reached 7 from the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

(Source / 17.04.2021)

Palestinian prisoner from Jenin enters his 16th year in Israeli jails

Days of Palestine – Jenin -The Palestinian prisoner, Muhammad Khaled Hassan Amoudi, (41 years) from the town of Burqin, west of Jenin, entered his sixteenth year in the Israeli occupation prisons on Saturday.

The director of the prisoner club in Jenin, Montasser Samour, said that the occupation forces arrested Amoudi on April 17, 2006, and the Occupation Court issued a sentence of 11 life imprisonment, in addition to 20 years.

Read More: Palestinian Prisoner enters his twentieth year in Israeli jails

Samour indicated that the prisoner’s parents had died while he was in Israeli jails, and he was deprived of their farewell, and he is currently in the Ramon desert prison.

There are about 4,400 Palestinian prisoners including 37 female prisoners, and 140 children face inhumane conditions inside Israeli occupation prisons.

Read More: Palestinian prisoner from Tulkarm enters his 19th year of detention in Israeli jails

(Source / 17.04.2021)

Pictures| 70000 worshipers perform Friday prayer at Al Aqsa mosque despite Israeli restrictions

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Nearly 70000 worshipers performed prayers at Al Aqsa mosque on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan despite the Israeli restrictions.

Al Aqsa mosque preacher Sheikh Ekrima Sabri condemned the Israeli restrictions and stressed that the large number of worshipers at Al Aqsa mosque today is a message that those, who aim at judaizing the holy mosque will fail.

He added that Al Aqsa mosque is only for worshipers and condemned the Israeli authorities’ violation when they cut off the loudspeakers to prevent calls for prayers on the first night of Ramadan.

Sabri also called on all Muslims around the world to stand against the Israeli assaults in the holy city.

Masses of worshipers had flocked from the West Bank and Jerusalem this morning toward Al Aqsa mosque to perform Friday prayers, however, the Israeli forces imposed strict restrictions, preventing most of them from reaching the holy mosque.

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Israeli occupation forces deny access of hundreds of Muslim worshipers from the occupied West Bank into occupied #Jerusalem, ahead of the fist Friday prayer of #Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied city, today.

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(Source / 16.04.2021)

Lama Khater: Insistence on that elections be held in Jerusalem

Days of Palestine – Hebron – Lama Khater, the candidate for the “Al-Quds Our Destination” list, confirmed the existence of an intersection between the factions regarding the insistence on holding elections in Jerusalem, pointing out that reaching this stage of Palestinian consensus is very important.

Khater stressed that the idea of ​​”no elections without Jerusalem” needs to be dismantled, describing that the idea of ​​canceling the elections by invoking Jerusalem, by fleeing, and “as if the occupation says there are no elections in Jerusalem, we will resort to the method of rebellion.”

Read More: Israeli intelligence prevents a consultative meeting about the legislative elections in Jerusalem

Khater pointed out that there are proposals from some factions to impose elections in Jerusalem, such as opening boxes in the institutions and headquarters of the Red Cross and the United Nations, and achieving a large public and media presence on election day to expose the violations of the Israeli occupation.

ِAbout the occupation’s opinion on the Palestinian elections in Jerusalem, Khater indicated that the situation is not yet official and is still “foggy.”

Read More: Fatah: We demanded the opening of 18 polling stations in Jerusalem, and no elections without them

The writer Lama Khater emphasized that when the occupation’s position on holding elections in Jerusalem becomes clear, we will have our position with the factions in cooperation with the Election Commission and the rest of the civil society institutions.

Khater relied on the human capital in the city of Jerusalem, explaining that the proposals do not mean that they will be left to a specific faction to implement them, and there is no doubt that turning the elections into a popular political battle with the Israeli occupation must involve all Palestinians.

Khater said that we are now proceeding from a point where the factions and civil society institutions intersected, for the elections in Jerusalem to be a confrontation with the Israeli occupation, not only for the sake of elections but after the transfer of the American embassy to the city and the intensification of settlements, we must take advantage of any opportunity to confirm the Palestinian will in the city.

She recalled the risk of the occupation’s attempt to impose the gates, and how the Palestinian popular will forced the Israeli occupation to retreat from its policies.

She added that When there is an overwhelming popular will during the elections, it may be an opportunity to revive the national sentiment that has been ruined over the past years, due to the authority’s policies in the occupied West Bank.

Candidate Khater pointed out that, in her assessment, the factions should take one step ahead of the occupation, by specifying the steps they want to implement to hold the elections despite the occupation.

She continued that it is possible that a clash or confrontation will occur, but when it occurs during the elections, the occupation will be embarrassed in front of the international community that is monitoring the process.”

On the idea of ​​postponing the elections, Khater said: “I expect that the issue of postponing the elections is not on the table, and I do not think that Fatah will make the mistake of singling out such a decision after all these preparations and national consensus, and I believe that this option is not on the table within the Fatah movement, and we have passed this stage by steps.

(Source / 15.04.2021)