Two Detainees Continue Hunger Strike Protesting Administrative Detention

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported that two political prisoners held by Israel are continuing the hunger strikes for the 81st and 46th days, protesting their continued Administrative Detention without charges or trial.

The Committee stated that Khalil Awawda, 40, from Ethna town, northwest of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, began his strike 81 days ago and is suffering various serious complications.

It said the detainee is now dependent on a wheelchair and suffers a sharp pain in the joints and migraine, dizziness, blurred vision, and other complications.

The Committee also said that the Prison Authority frequently transfers him to Israeli hospitals to undergo medical checkups; however, he is constantly sent back to the prison clinic without being examined.

“The constant transfers are another way to punish the detainees and prevent them from resting,” the Committee said, “The prison authority is trying to cause more pressure and exhaustion to force the detainees to end the hunger strike without achieving their legitimate demands.”

Also, detainee Rayed Rayyan, 27, from Beit Doqqo village, north of occupied Jerusalem, continues the hunger strike for the 46th day, despite his deterioration of health.

The Committee said Rayyan has constant migraine, joint pain, fatigue, Glaucoma, repeated vomiting, and dizziness, and cannot walk or stand.

(Source / 22.05.2022)

Shireen Abu Akleh’s death exposes Israel for what it is – a murderous regime

A comprehensive report on Shireen Abu Akleh’s murder, and why it played out the way it did. Her story, like that of the Palestinian people, is one of courage in the face of injustice. In mourning her murder, let us acknowledge the facts of Palestinian life – and death.by Kathryn Shihadah – IsraelPalesineNews

For a few days last week, the name of Shireen Abu Akleh was in the headlines of virtually every news outlet on the planet. Her death and the debacle of her funeral procession were front-page news.

The details of her story, however, could not be covered in a one-minute report or a few column inches on a news website. In fact, Shireen’s story is in many ways the story of 7 million Palestinians living under the Israeli regime.

Israel has killed over 10,000 Palestinians since 2000 (start of the Second Intifada), but mainstream media ignores these deaths for the most part. Shireen Abu Akleh’s name made the cut, perhaps because she was an American citizen and a well-known journalist.

Shireen did not die while reporting in an active conflict zone. Rather, she and other journalists, dressed in helmets and bulletproof vests marked Press, were standing what should have been a safe distance from the site of an Israeli raid.

Wednesday, May 11

Eyewitnesses described the scene as “dead quiet” on Wednesday, May 11 just before several shots rang out, and Shireen was found lying face down, shot in the head.

(Israel has killed well-known, well-loved Palestinians before, men and women who posed no threat – for example photojournalist Yaser Murtaja and volunteer medic Razan al-Najjar.)

Within hours of Shireen’s death, as her loved ones gathered to mourn, Israeli police invaded the gathering, demanding that the Palestinian flags outside the house be removed. Mourners shouted at them till they finally left.

(The Palestinian flag makes Israeli soldiers and police crazy. Examples: they chased and beat a child for having a flag on his bicycle, and harassed a young woman whose head covering included stripes in the colors of the Palestinian flag. More on the flag below.)

Damage control

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett announced almost immediately, “According to the data we currently have, there is a considerable chance that armed Palestinians, who fired wildly, are what led to the unfortunate death of the journalist.” Israel’s foreign minister, defense minister, other ministers, and IDF spokesperson repeated this statement.

The Israeli military explained further that there had been a skirmish in which Palestinians were shooting in an “uncontrolled manner” and Israeli forces “returned the fire as accurately, carefully, and responsibly as possible.”

Somehow, Shireen Abu Akleh was “killed in the exchange.”

The officer in charge of the raid asserted, “I am sorry for every innocent person who is hurt in the course of IDF operations,” he said. “We do our best to avoid it.”

The Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem easily disproved Israel’s “data.”

(Israeli leaders are always quick to declare the innocence and proficiency of their soldiers, and the desire to protect Palestinian civilians – while painting Palestinians as less civilized. 

When put in a corner, they may admit to an individual soldier’s momentary lapse of judgment, as here, or find a minor offense to punish, as here. But at no point are Israel’s oppressive policies questioned.

Israel has also repeatedly lied about its officers’ actions, only to be caught later. Examples herehere, and here.)  

Thursday, May 12

Next, Israel offered to do a joint investigation of the incident with the Palestinians. The Palestinian Authority, unwilling to allow the alleged perpetrator of the murder to participate in the case, turned this offer down. An Israeli official stated, “Without a serious investigation, we will not reach the truth.”

(The Israeli government is notorious for finding itself innocent whenever it self-investigates – video here – occasionally slapping a low-level soldier with a minor charge. Israel also refuses to allow international investigators access to check on human rights of Palestinians.

When a group reports that the Israeli military is guilty of a crime, Israel invariably calls both the group and the report “antisemitic,” and/or claims they are trying to “delegitimize Israel.” Examples herehere, and here.)

Friday, May 13

By the following day, Israel had a new take: an Israeli official acknowledged that perhaps an Israeli bullet had deflected off the ground, or off a wall – and hit Shireen right under her safety helmet.

Al Jazeera described Israel’s spinning of the incident as a “PR blitz to manipulate mainstream media coverage of the shooting.” By stating immediately after the killing that they had “data” indicating Palestinians were to blame, global headlines felt obligated to give Israel the benefit of the doubt – even though the theory was absurd and disproved almost immediately. Further,

According to an Israeli official, this PR blitz has already influenced leading news organizations, including the Associated Press, Sky News, the BBC, and AFP. The official said that these agencies – which initially reported that Abu Akleh had been killed by Israeli fire – were now reporting that the circumstances of her death are under investigation.

(Israel has for decades had remarkable control over mainstream media, as has been documented numerous times, including by If Americans Knew – see thisthis, and this for example).

Saturday, May 14

Al Jazeera journalist and friend of Shireen, Guevara Al-Budairi reported that while she and others were in the morgue, dressing Shireen for the funeral, they  “could not find any piece of bone [skull] in the back of her head. The skull was completely shattered. That is proof that she was killed by the Israeli army because no one else has this modern weapon.” (This has not been confirmed anywhere else.)

The funeral

The funeral procession took place in East Jerusalem, which the world considers occupied Palestinian territory.

Nevertheless, Israel called the shots.

Israeli officials blocked West Bank Palestinians from attending the funeral, banned the waving of Palestinian flags, and forbade the chanting of nationalist slogans. The coffin was to be transported from St. Joseph French Hospital to Mount Zion Cemetery by car, not on foot.

Palestinians, determined to grieve their Palestinian hero as they chose, defied Israel’s attempt at micromanagement.

When pallbearers came out of the hospital with Shireen’s coffin, an estimated 150 Israeli riot police rushed in and began attacking the mourners, shoving and beating them, grabbing flags from their hands, and shooting tear gas and stun grenades into the crowd. The pallbearers nearly dropped the coffin (video).

(Excessive force is the norm for Israeli police and soldiers. See thisthis, and this for example. Israel also “battle-tests” new kinds of weaponry on Palestinians, then sells its products to repressive regimes worldwide.)

Israeli police confront mourners as they carry the casket of slain Shireen Abu Akleh, May 13, 2022.
Israeli police confront mourners as they carry the casket of slain Shireen Abu Akleh, May 13, 2022

“But we can explain”

In addition to the massive police presence, Israeli drones overhead captured video of the event. One recorded “two young men throwing what appears to be a water bottle at the police officers.”

The police published the clip, explaining that the mourners were “disrupting public order.”

Some officers claimed that mourners began to throw stones, “and the officers were forced to use riot dispersal means.” Israeli police arrested at least six rioters; ten Palestinians required medical attention following the police brutality.

(A classic Israeli move is to incite “violence” – resistance – and then quell it violently – see thisthis, and this for example – and then to blame Palestinians – see thisthis, and this for example.)

Israeli brutality toward the mourners was so severe that Shireen’s family relented and had her coffin (draped in a Palestinian flag) placed in a hearse – but by this point, Israeli violence had been live-streamed around the world.

As the hearse made its way toward the cemetery, Israeli police grabbed Palestinian flags off the vehicle and even broke its windows in order to remove the flag from Shireen’s coffin.

Eventually, Shireen and her loved ones made it to the Catholic cemetery, and she was laid to rest.

Priests and friends mourn over the body of veteran Al Jazeera Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh (Akleh), on May 11, 2022 before her body is transferred for burial.
Priests and friends mourn over the body of veteran Al Jazeera Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh (Akleh), on May 11, 2022 before her body is transferred for buria

As one of her fellow journalists described the moment,

We finally arrived at the small monastery in the city and the church bells began ringing for Shireen, who is from a Christian family from Bethlehem.

Around Shireen’s corpse, we all stood as Muslims and Christians, listening to the priest’s prayer in silence.

When I looked around I saw multiple cameras filming. Behind each one was a Palestinian journalist sobbing, knowing that Shireen will never be on the other end of those lenses again.

(Israel itself, and mainstream media, fail to ask the obvious questions: Why were Israeli police there to begin with? How would the funeral procession have played out if no Israeli police had been present? What actual harm were the Palestinian flags causing, that they had to be ripped out of mourners’ hands, and that the hearse windows had to be broken?)

Israel wreaked havoc in East Jerusalem that day – but that’s not all. Israel is adept at multitasking.

Meanwhile, Hebron

On May 13 – the same day as Shireen’s funeral – something significant was also happening in Hebron.

Hebron is a Palestinian city in the occupied Palestinian territories, but some Israeli Jews want to get rid of all the 200,000 “Arabs” and turn it into a Jewish city.

In the heart of Hebron, about 700 Israeli settlers have taken up residence; thousands of Israeli soldiers and police guard them. They make life nearly unbearable for their Palestinian neighbors.

On Friday, Hebroni peace activist Issa Amro filmed Israeli settlers carrying suitcases, mattresses, and other belongings into an uninhabited three-story home. The home belongs to a local Palestinian, and was under renovation.

Now it is the residence of illegal Israeli squatters, protected by Israeli soldiers

Meanwhile, Masafer Yatta

Outside Hebron is a group of villages collectively known as Masafer Yatta with a total population of perhaps 1,500 Palestinians.

On Wednesday, May 11, the same day as Shireen’s murder, Israeli bulldozers destroyed 19 structures in Masafer Yatta – 9 were family homes, the rest were storage buildings or shelters for sheep.

The buildings were located in the Palestinian territory, but within land confiscated by Israel for occasional use as a “military firing zone.” There are enormous unpopulated areas within Israel that would be suitable for firing zones, but Israel insists on using these Palestinian lands.

Following a 20-year court battle, the Israeli High Court of Justice recently declared the destruction of these Palestinian villages, and the expulsion of the residents, legal and acceptable (read more about Israeli firing zones here).

(Israel is struggling to ethnically cleanse Palestinian neighborhoods and villages, as well as Bedouin groups in parts of the Palestinian territories including East Jerusalem, and inside Israel. Designating regions as “firing zones” is one of many methods. Others include confiscating property to build or expand illegal settlements, withholding services, impeding movement, and more.)

An Israeli bulldozer demolishes a Palestinian farm in the village of al-Fikheet within area C, south of the occupied West Bank, 18 October 2020
An Israeli bulldozer demolishes a Palestinian farm in the village of al-Fikheet within area C, south of the occupied West Bank, 18 October 2020 

Meanwhile, more deaths

On Wednesday, just hours after Shireen had been assassinated, Israeli soldiers killed a 16-year-old Palestinian boy, Tah’er Khalil Yazouri.

He had been part of a group of minors who were allegedly throwing stones at Israeli police. The police opened fire, killing him with a bullet to the heart. Another boy was hit in the leg.

According to IMEMC, the International Middle East Media Center, “The soldiers also fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs at many schoolchildren after several army jeeps invaded the area.”

On Saturday, the day of Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral, Walid Al-Sharif, age 21, died – 3 weeks after Israeli soldiers had shot him in the head with a sponge-tipped bullet. Al-Sharif had been inside the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, defending it from frequent Israeli settler intrusion and police raids. Al-Sharif was one of 57 Palestinians injured that day.

Notably, on both occasions, the police were not in any immediate danger when they used deadly force.

(Israel frequently claims, in incidents as small as stone-throwing or as enormous as a full-blown “war,” that it is exercising its right to self-defense. However, Palestinians trying to exercise the same right – resisting their oppressor – are routinely punished, including collective punishment, which violates international law.)

Each of the over 10,300 Palestinians killed (more than 2,300 of them children) since 2000 is part of the story of Israeli colonial domination over the indigenous Palestinian population – a story that Americans helped to write.

Leading human rights organizations including Amnesty InternationalHuman Rights Watch, and Israeli rights group B’Tselem have concluded that Israel’s policies against the Palestinians amount to a form of apartheid.

Perhaps Shireen Abu Akleh has had her 15 minutes of posthumous fame; perhaps she will be remembered only by her Palestinian audience and fellow journalists. But Israel’s oppression has lasted for 74 years, with no end in sight.

It behooves the international community – all people who believe in the cause of justice – to hold Israel accountable for its crimes against Palestinian individuals and families, and its ongoing crime against the people of Palestine.

(Source / 20.05.2022)

Hamas warn settler calls to demolish Dome of the Rock ‘playing with fire’

A view from the Petra Hotel at the Jaffa gate area in Jeruslalem's old city shows the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex on March 29, 2022 [HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images]
A view from the Petra Hotel at the Jaffa gate area in Jeruslalem’s old city shows the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex on March 29, 2022

Hamas yesterday warned that settler calls to demolish the Dome of the Rock “is playing with fire.”

“Zionist ‘Lahava’ Organisation’s call for colonial settlers to demolish the Dome of the Rock and build their alleged temple on anniversary of occupying East Jerusalem is a direct provocation of the Palestinian people and the Islamic Ummah,” a statement said.

Israeli occupation authorities issued a final decision to allow the Israeli flag march, organised by right-wing extremists, to pass through Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem to commemorate the day the eastern part of the holy city was occupied. The march is due to be held on 29 May.

The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (Kan) said the flag march was approved following a security assessment by Public Security Minister, Omer Bar-Lev, and Police Commissioner, Kobi Shabtai.

“We hold the occupation fully responsible for the repercussions of the dangerous escalation against our identity, values and sanctities,” Hamas said.

“Hamas calls on the Palestinian masses to mobilise and gather in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque to confront the occupation’s dangerous Judaisation schemes.”

READ: Palestinian resistance deterred Israel, defeated its fake narrative

“We also call on our Ummah, leaders, organisations and people to shoulder their historic responsibilities to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque, and on the international community with its institutions and organisations to criminalise and prevent these encroachments that will have severe repercussions on the entire region.”

During last year’s annual flag march, Israeli far-right supremacists shared selfies posing with guns and messages such as “Tonight we are not Jews, we are Nazis.” A report by Amnesty International on the conduct of Israeli police during May and June’s crackdown on Palestinians found that it had failed to protect Palestinians from Jewish supremacists who had organised attacks and publicised their plans in advance.

Occupation authorities cancelled a planned flag March outside Jerusalem’s Old City organised by right-wing Israeli extremists and which was due to be held in April.

The march was announced days after Al-Aqsa Mosque was stormed by Israeli occupation forces who attacked Palestinian worshippers. At least 152 Palestinians were wounded when Israeli troops entered the mosque and fired at Palestinians.

(Source / 19.05.2022)

Ukrainian takes refuge in Gaza from the war in her home country

Ukrainian Viktoria Saidam (R), accompanied by her Palestinian husband Ibrahim Saidam, show their passports at their family home in the refugee camp of Bureij in the central Gaza Strip on March 22, 2022 [SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images]
Ukrainian Viktoria Saidam (R), accompanied by her Palestinian husband Ibrahim Saidam, show their passports at their family home in the refugee camp of Bureij in the central Gaza Strip on March 22, 2022 

Ukrainian citizen Victoria Saidem has sought refuge from the war in her own country by going to Gaza with her husband, despite it being under an Israel-led siege since 2007, Le Monde has reported. More than two million Palestinians live the besieged Gaza Strip, one of the most closed areas in the world.

“I don’t have a choice,” Saidem told the French newspaper. “My husband is from Gaza and his family can host us.”

She met her husband Ibrahim in Vinnytsia in Ukraine. She had been working in a pharmacy since she was 18 while studying. He went to Ukraine to study medicine. They married in 2020.

Although her husband had friends in Germany, which was easy to reach from Ukraine, he insisted that he wants to be a doctor, not a dish washer in a restaurant. Ibrahim also wanted to see his 90-year-old grandfather, who was going to have two major operations in Gaza. He passed away two weeks ago with his grandson beside him.

Victoria and Ibrahim took a bus to the Romanian border and eventually reached Bucharest. It was a difficult journey because Ibrahim was forced to stand in immigration queues for Arabs and Africans. They then flew to Cairo with tickets bought online by Victoria’s brother.

READ: Gaza sees improved wheat crop this season

It took them two days to get across North Sinai in a small bus. The young Ukrainian woman said that she was worried about the Egyptian police, as Palestinians are familiar with their bribery, violence and humiliating treatment; she feared for her valuables.

On 28 February, the couple reached the Rafah border crossing. “The Egyptian customs officers made sure that Victoria was accompanying me voluntarily,” explained Ibrahim. “When they saw that she was happy, they did not make a fuss.” They now live in Al-Bureij refugee camp near Gaza City surrounded by her husband’s extended family.

Le Monde noted that Victoria is not the only Ukrainian citizen in this situation. A charity in Gaza has reported that there are over 400 Ukrainian wives in the enclave with their children. The Ukrainian population in Gaza is now around 2,000 people. According to Ukrainian diplomats in Ramallah, there are quite a few in the occupied West Bank as well.

(Source / 19.05.2022)

Fatah pays election price for PA’s mistakes, says official

Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, attends by video conference a meeting with deputy Hamas chief Saleh Arouri (unseen) discussing Israel's plan to annex parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on 2 July 2020. [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images]
Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 2 July 2020

The Secretary-General of the Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub, has said that “lessons must be learned from the Birzeit University election result.” Rajoub told Palestine TV on Wednesday evening that his party created a positive atmosphere to ensure that the election could take place. He pointed out that Fatah’s student wing, Shabiba, will respect the result.

Some of the movement’s staff may feel angry and frustrated with the results, he explained. “They have a right to be, but the Central Committee will review and study the result and learn lessons from it, but not at the expense of the democratic choice.”

During the interview, Rajoub said that Fatah should not have to pay the price for the Palestinian Authority’s mistakes and that the nature of the relationship between the PA and Fatah must be discussed.

The Yasser Arafat Bloc, Fatah’s student party, won just 18 seats on the student council at the university, compared with the 28 seats won by the Islamic Bloc, the student party of Fatah’s rival, Hamas.

READ: Hamas student bloc wins landslide victory in West Bank university

(Source / 19.05.2022)

WAFA: “Jerusalem hospital considers prosecuting Israeli police over attacking journalist’s funeral”

JERUSALEM, Monday, May 16, 2022 (WAFA) – A Jerusalem hospital is considering the possibility of prosecuting Israeli police over the recent attack on the funeral procession of slain veteran journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh.

The management of St Joseph hospital said in a press conference that they were considering the possibility of suing Israeli police over their Friday’s incursion into the hospital and attacking the funeral of iconic Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed by Israeli military gunshot to the head on the morning of Friday, May 11, 2022, while reporting from Jenin.

It added that it has contacted a law firm to examine the possibility of initiating a complaint against the Israeli occupation authorities over police violence.

It released security camera footage showing dozens of heavily armed police storming the Sheikh Jarrah-based hospital, including the Emergency unit, during Abu Akleh’s funeral, assaulting medical staff, patients, and the mourners.

Another video footage showed police firing a smoke grenade in the direction of the hospital before muscling inside.

During the conference, the nuns working at the hospital recounts how a mother in labor was ushered into the hospital by her husband through tear gas and escaping gunfire.

The hospital management affirmed that the police attack is a gross violation of humanitarian laws and unjustifiable and that it was only the police who committed and resorted to violence during Abu Akleh’s funeral procession.

Meanwhile, St Joseph’s hospital director Jamil Kousa told WAFA that he has never seen such police violence.

“I have been serving as the director of this hospital for 31 years, during which I have never seen violence similar to police violence on that day,” he said while pointing that police violence was unjustifiable.

(Source / 17.05.2022)

WAFA: “Cancer-stricken former prisoner dies due to complications from medical negligence”

NABLUS, Tuesday, May 17, 2022 (WAFA) – A Palestinian cancer-stricken former prisoner Monday evening died due to complications from Israeli medical negligence at the time of his detention, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society.

PPS said that Ihab al-Kilani, a resident of Nablus city, passed away a month after being released from Israeli imprisonment.

It pointed that al-Kilani was diagnosed with terminal cancer shortly after ending his 6-month administrative detention term during which he was subject to deliberate medical negligence.

The last time al-Kilani, a father of four, was arrested was in October 2021, and he spent four years and a half in Israeli imprisonment, mostly placed under administrative detention.

PPS presented statistics showing that 22 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody are suffering from different degrees of cancer, most notably Nasser Abu Hamid, a 49-year-old resident of Al-Amari camp who has been detained since 2002 and is serving seven life sentences and an additional 50 years in prison.

PPS added that 600 prisoners are sick, including 200 who suffer from chronic diseases while holding the Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible for al-Kilani’s death and its repercussions.

Israel’s widely condemned practice of administrative detention allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable intervals ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.

The US State Department has said in past reports on human rights conditions for Palestinians that administrative detainees are not given the “opportunity to refute allegations or address the evidentiary material presented against them in court.”

Amnesty International has described Israel’s use of administrative detention as a “bankrupt tactic” and has long called on Israel to bring its use to an end.

According to the latest figures from Addameer, the Palestinian Prisoner Support, and Human Rights Association, there are currently 4,450 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers.

This number includes approximately 530 Palestinians placed under “administrative detention”, which allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable intervals ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.

Mass arrest of Palestinians is nothing new. According to a 2017 report by Addameer, over the past 50 years, more than 800,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned or detained by Israel, this figure is now believed to be closer to 1 million. This means that about 40% of Palestinian men and boys living under military occupation have been deprived of their freedom. Almost every Palestinian family has suffered the imprisonment of a loved one.

(Source / 17.05.2022)

WAFA: “Jerusalem church leaders condemn Israeli police violence at St. Joseph hospital during Abu Akleh’s funeral”

JERUSALEM, Monday, May 16, 2022 (WAFA) – The top church leaders in Jerusalem today condemned in a statement Israeli police brutality at St. Joseph’s hospital during the funeral of slain Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Wednesday in Jenin while covering an army raid into the northern West Bank city.

“We, the Greek Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, and the bishops and the faithful of the Christian Churches in the Holy Land, hereby condemn the violent intrusion of the Israeli Police into a funeral procession of the slain journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, as it was going from Saint Joseph Hospital to the Greek-Melkite Cathedral Church,” the church leaders said in a statement.

“The Police stormed into a Christian health institute, disrespecting the Church, disrespecting the health institute, disrespecting the memory of the deceased and forcing the pallbearers almost to drop the coffin,” they said.

“Israeli Police’s invasion and disproportionate use of force, attacking mourners, striking them with batons, using smoke grenades, shooting rubber bullets, frightening the hospital’s patients, is a severe violation of international norms and regulations, including the fundamental human right of freedom of religion, which must be observed also in a public space,” added the church leaders.

“The St. Joseph Hospital has always proudly been a place of encounter and healing for all, regardless of their religious or cultural belonging, and it intends to continue to be so. What happened last Friday deeply wounded not only the Christian community, the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition, the owner of the Hospital, and all the hospital staff, but also all people who in that place have found and still find peace and hospitality.

“The Sisters and the staff of St. Joseph Hospital will keep their commitment to being a place of healing.

“The tragic episode of last Friday makes this commitment even stronger than ever,” the leaders concluded their statement.

(Source / 16.05.2022)

WAFA: “Palestinians mark 74th anniversary of the 1948 Nakba”

RAMALLAH, May 15, 2022 (WAFA) – Hundreds of Palestinians marked today the 74th anniversary of the Nakba of 1948 when nearly 600,000 indigenous Palestinians were ethnically cleansed from their homes in historic Palestine by invading Zionist militias.

In Ramallah, in the center of the occupied West Bank, hundreds gathered outside President Yasser Arafat Mausoleum and waved flags of Palestine, black banners, and keys of return to affirm the right of return of the Palestinian refugees and their offspring to their pre-1948 homes.

The Nakba anniversary events this year are organized under the slogan “Enough with 74 years of injustice and double standards”, which embodies the continuing injustice inflicted upon the Palestinian people to date by the Israeli occupation and the failure of the international community to implement its resolution.

At 12:00 after midnight, a vigil of silence for 74 seconds will be observed across the occupied Palestinian Territories in memory of the 74 years that followed the Nakba events, while sirens will go off via loudspeakers of mosques and via local radio stations. Church bells will also ring during the events marking the anniversary of the tragic event.

The word “Nakba” means “catastrophe” in Arabic and refers to the systematic ethnic cleansing of two-thirds of the Palestinian population at the time by Zionist paramilitaries between 1947-1949 and the near-total destruction of Palestinian society.

During the events that led to the establishment of today’s Israel, Zionist forces took more than 78 percent of historic Palestine, ethnically cleansed and destroyed about 530 villages and cities, and killed about 15,000 Palestinians in a series of mass atrocities, including more than 70 massacres.

This year marks 74 years of Al-Nakba, or the Palestinian experience of dispossession and loss of a homeland. The anniversary comes at a time where many are angered by the killing of cold-blooded murder of Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by Israeli occupation forces last week in Jenin.

(Source / 15.05.2022)

Palestinian Dies From Serious Wounds He Suffered In Jenin 

A seriously wounded Palestinian man died Sunday at an Israeli medical center from gunshot wounds he suffered after Israeli soldiers shot him two days ago during an invasion of the Jenin refugee camp in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian, Daoud Mohammad Zobeidi, 40, was shot with a live round in the abdomen before Palestinian medics provided him with the needed first aid and rushed him to Ibn Sian hospital in Jenin.

He was later transferred to Rambam Israeli medical center in Haifa due to the seriousness of his condition, and Israelis immediately said he was now considered to be under arrest and would be interrogated if he survived his wounds.

On Saturday, Israel officially informed the family that Daoud was in a life-threatening condition due to gunshot wounds to the abdomen.

Daoud was seriously injured Friday and was among twelve other Palestinians wounded during the Israeli refugee camp invasion, especially during protests and exchanges of fire that took place after the soldiers detonated one home.

Following his injury, his family said Daoud underwent two surgeries at Rambam hospital and then was placed in the Intensive Care Unit hooked to reparatory machines.

Doctors at the Israeli Hospital said they would know more about his condition after observing him in the ICU for 48 hours; however, he succumbed to his wounds.

Daoud, a former political prisoner, is the brother of Zakariyya, one of six detainees who escaped from the heavily fortified Gilboa prison and were captured a week later.

Dozens of Israeli fanatics, led by Member of Knesset Itamar Bin-Gvir, went to the Israeli medical center and held a protest demanding the Israeli authorities to refrain from providing Daoud any medical center “at Israels’ expense.”

It is worth mentioning that Daoud’s mother, and his brother Taha, were killed on April 6, 2002, by Israeli soldiers during the Israeli military offensive in the Jenin refugee camp.

Updated From:
Brother Of Zakariya Zobeidi In Serious Condition
May 15, 2022, at 03:03

Daoud Zobeidi, 40, the brother of Zakariyya, one of six detainees who escaped from the heavily fortified Gilboa prison and were captured a week later, was shot and seriously injured by Israeli soldiers who invaded the Jenin refugee camp Friday.

Daoud was shot during an Israeli military invasion of the Jenin refugee camp. His family said Daoud was rushed to Ibn Sina hospital in Jenin and was later transferred to Rambam Israeli Medical Center in Haifa due to the seriousness of his wounds.

Daoud was shot with a live round in the abdomen; after being transferred to the Israeli Hospital, the Israeli army declared that he was now considered under arrest and would be taken for interrogation if he survived his wounds.

Palestinian sources said an Israeli army sharpshooter shot Daoud after the soldiers surrounded a home in the al-Hadaf area in the refugee camp.

His family said Daoud underwent two surgeries at Rambam hospital and then was placed in the Intensive Care Unit hooked to reparatory machines.

Doctors at the Israeli Hospital said they would know more about his condition after observing him in the ICU for 48 hours.

Dozens of Israeli fanatics, led by Member of Knesset Itamar Bin-Gvir, went to the Israeli medical center and held a protest demanding the Israeli authorities to refrain from providing Daoud any medical center “at Israels’ expense.”

(Source / 15.05.2022)