Three Palestinian prisoners have cancer in Israeli jails

Palestinian Commission of Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs announced on Saterday that three Palestinian prisoners are suffering from cancer in Israeli jails.

The three prisoners are Nidal Abu Ahour, Imad Abu Ramouz and Omar Orabi and they all have been diagnosed with cancer.

Abu Ahlur who suffers from kidney cancer is the most serious among the three prisoners.

The Palestinian Commission of Prisoners expressed serious concern about the health condition of the Palestinian prisoners, pointing out that medical negligence in the prisons is the reason behind the deterioration in their health.

Israeli authorities commit flagrant violations against the Palestinian prisoners, including depriving them of the right to healthcare, protection from infectious diseases and non-discrimination.

Israeli occupation detains nearly 5,400 Palestinians, including 41 women, 170 children and 370 administrative detainees who it holds without charge or trial.

(Source / 29.11.2020)

Renew commitment to Palestinian people, UN chief urges

Commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called to renew commitment to the Palestinian people.

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As the @UN turns 75, the question of Palestine remains distressingly unresolved. On #PalestineDay, let’s renew our commitment to the Palestinian people in their quest to achieve their rights and build a future of peace, dignity, justice and security.

“Let us together resolve to renew our commitment to the Palestinian people in their quest to achieve their inalienable rights and build a future of peace, dignity, justice and security,” Guterres stated.

He said that prospects for a two-State solution are growing more distant, pointing out that the expansion of illegal settlements, demolition of Palestinian homes and structures, violence and continued militant activity, are causing great misery.

He urged ‘Israeli’ and Palestinian leaders to explore every opening to restore hope and achieve a two-State solution.

He also expressed his committment to support Palestinians and ‘Israelis’ to resolve the conflict and end the occupation.

“I remain committed to supporting Palestinians and Israelis to resolve the conflict and end the occupation in line with relevant UN resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements in pursuit of the vision of two States – Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous and sovereign Palestine – living side by side in peace and security, within secure and recognized borders, on the basis of the pre-1967 borders, with Jerusalem as the capital of both States,” he said.

He added, “We must also do all we can to ease the suffering of the Palestinian people.”

Guterres expressed his concerns over the financial situation facing UNRWA.

“The agency plays an essential role as the main provider of direct and often life-saving assistance to many of the 5.7 million Palestine refugees.”

“I appeal to all Member States to urgently contribute to enable UNRWA to meet the critical humanitarian and development needs of Palestine refugees during the pandemic.”

(Source / 29.11.2020)

Palestine registers 16 coronavirus deaths, 1927 new infections

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – Minister of Health Mai Alkaila announced today that 1927 new coronavirus infections, 16 deaths and 957 recoveries were recorded in Palestine during the last 24 hours.

She said while six deaths were registered in the West Bank, seven others were reported in the Gaza Strip, while three deaths were registered in occupied East Jerusalem.

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On the geographic distribution of the new infections, Alkaila pointed out that 119 cases were registered in Hebron, 206 in Nablus, 103 in Bethlehem, 47 in Qalqilia, 133 in Ramallah, 127 in Jenin, 12 in Jericho, 59 in Salfit, 86 in Tulkarm, 43 in Tubas, and 22 in the West Bank side of the Jerusalem governorate.

In the Gaza Strip, a total of 738 new cases were registered, while 232 cases were reported in occupied East Jerusalem.

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According to the Health Minister, the rate of recovery has so far reached 78.7 percent of the total cases since the outbreak of the pandemic in March, whereas active cases reached 20.5 percent and deaths stood at 0.8 percent.

She added that 67 coronavirus patients remain in intensive care, of whom 12 are on respirators.

(Source / 29.11.2020)

Palestinian detainee enters his 29th year in Israeli detentions

The Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Fawzi Fulna (57 years), from Safa town in Ramallah, entered his 29th consecutive year in the Israeli occupation prisons on Sunday.

The Prisoner Club stated, in a statement, that the prisoner is one of the old prisoners, whom the occupation refused to release, among the fourth group of old prisoners.

The occupation authorities arrested Fulna on November 29, 1992, and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

It is noteworthy that 26 prisonersin Israeli detentions arrested before the Oslo Accords, the oldest of whom are Karim Yunis and Maher Younis.

(Source / 29.11.2020)

PCPS: Dozens of sick prisoners facing death in Israeli jail

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RAMALLAH, (PIC) – The Palestinian Center for Prisoners Studies (PCPS) has warned that many prisoners with serious health problems are facing death in light of their exposure to medical neglect in Israeli jails, calling for providing them with appropriate medical care.

In a statement, director of the center Riyad al-Ashqar described the prisoners with serious health conditions as “living martyrs,” affirming that they suffer from medical neglect and are not provided with proper health care.

Ashqar said there are more than 700 prisoners with health problems, and 150 of them suffer from serious issues, such as cancer, kidney failure, heart problems and muscle atrophy.

(Source / 28.01.2020)

Germany to donate €55.5 million for Palestine projects next year

BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 17: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki hold a press conference in Berlin, Germany November 17, 2020. ( REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/Pool - Anadolu Agency )
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki hold a press conference in Berlin, Germany November 17, 2020

Germany is to donate €55.56 million ($65 million) to fund projects in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as Jerusalem, in the coming year.

The announcement was made yesterday by Estephan Salameh, special advisor to Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh.

Salameh said that the German support will be used in various sectors, including water and sanitation, infrastructure for local government bodies and support for the private sector and small companies. According to Wafa news agency, he pointed out that all the projects to be financed by the donation fall within the PA’s priorities.

Moreover, the aid will also help families suffering from difficult economic conditions with much-needed hygiene items, especially in areas that have recorded an increase in Covid-19 infections. The total number of coronavirus cases in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem stands at 93,400.

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Germany’s representative to Palestine, Ambassador Christian Klaghas, said that his country’s support for the Palestinian government for the year 2021 will focus on the economy affected by the coronavirus pandemic by providing temporary job opportunities and maintaining the sustainability of services. He explained that this contribution is a clear message of Berlin’s strong commitment to the Palestinian people at this critical time.

Klaghas added that part of the new aid will go to finance the establishment of a distribution network for the desalination plant programme in the Gaza Strip, which serves about one million citizens in the territory.

In a region rife with conflicts, and now battling the health and socioeconomic impacts of Covid-19, such funds are vital for some degree of regional stability.

(Source / 28.11.2020)

Gaza exports olive oil to Gulf states for the first time

Olives are seen after being picked by farmers during harvest season in Gaza City, Gaza on 2 October, 2018. [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]
Olives are seen after being picked by farmers during harvest season in Gaza City, Gaza on 2 October, 2018

The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture in Gaza announced on Thursday that it will be importing Palestinian olive oil for the first time from the besieged enclave, to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Speaking to the press, the ministry’s Spokesman Adham Al-Basyouni disclosed: “44 tones of olive oil were exported to Arab countries after achieving self-sufficiency for the first time.”

He stated that his ministry exerted efforts to export the surplus of Gaza’s olive oil as part of its support for farmers.

Hamdi Al-Jerjawi, a food and agriculture merchant from Gaza, revealed that the oil was exported to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Al-Jerjawi hailed this measure and stressed that it would help the farmers to improve their capabilities.

It is worth noting that there are 33,400 dunams of olive orchards in Gaza producing 23,250 tonnes of oil annually.

READ: UN records 33 Israel settler attacks on Palestinians picking olives last month

(Source / 28.11.2020)

Hamas condemns Israel’s detention of its leaders in West Bank

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The Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas, 15 April 2016

The Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas on Friday condemned Israel’s detention campaign targeting its senior leaders in the occupied West Bank, a statement announced.

“The Israeli detention campaign targeted senior leaders who reiterated that the national partnership and unity are the bases for the confrontation of the occupation and its plans,” the statement read.

It added: “Hamas’ leaders and members will remain at the forefront, defending the principles of the Palestinians.”

The statement noted that most Hamas leaders had spent tens of years inside Israeli occupation jails: “And remained steadfast in their positions regarding the resistance of the occupation.”

Hamas hailed the Palestinians, who keep confronting the Israeli occupation in the occupied West Bank, stressing that their actions against the occupation reflect the will of the Palestinians to adhere to resistance as the most effective choice to withstand the occupation.

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On Friday at dawn, Israel occupation forces carried out a wide-scale detention campaign against Hamas leaders in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

The most prominent Hamas leaders in Jenin, Abdul-Jabbar Jarrar and Ibrahim Nawahdeh, were among the detainees.

Rights groups say that there are 4,500 Palestinians inside Israeli jails, including 40 women and around 170 children, in addition to approximately 370 under administrative detention.

(Source / 28.11.2020)

Palestinian Detainee Faces Serious Health Complications

The Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Committee stated, Friday, that a political prisoner, held by Israel, is facing profoundly serious health complications at the Ramla prison clinic, which lacks specialists and adequate machines.

The Committee stated that the detainee, Nidal Abu ‘Ahour, 45, from Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, was diagnosed with kidney failure more than ten years ago.

The detainee also has a tumor in his kidney, high blood pressure in addition to serious respiratory issues making him dependent on oxygen.

Nidal, a married father of seven children, was abducted by the soldiers a month ago, only a few months after his release from prison, and was sentenced to one year in prison.

He is also a former political prisoner who was held for 14 months under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.

The Committee warned that Abu Ahour could die if he does not receive professional medical treatment and called for his release.

On November 10, 2020. detainee Kamal Abu Wa’er, 46, died of COVID-19, following years of severe medical neglect of his cancer by Israeli Prison Authorities. He suffered from throat cancer, and his health condition witnessed a serious deterioration after he became infected with the coronavirus.

On September 2nd, 2020, detainee Daoud Tal’at Khatib, 45, from Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, died apparently of a heart attack in Ofer Israeli prison.

Throughout the years of imprisonment, he has faced numerous health complications, including a heart attack a few years ago, in addition to undergoing open-heart surgery.

On April 22. 2020, detainee, Nour Jaber Barghouthi, 23,  from ‘Aboud town, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah died in the Negev Desert Detention Camp, after fainting in the shower, and Israeli soldiers failed to provide him with any medical aid for more than thirty minutes.

Barghouti was abducted by the soldiers four years prior to his death and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

On November 26, 2019, detainee Sami Abu Diak, 37, died at an Israeli hospital after he was systematically denied specialized medical care, leading to serious complications that resulted in his death.

Article 91 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states “Every place of internment shall have an adequate infirmary, under the direction of a qualified doctor, where internees may have the attention they require, as well as an appropriate diet. Isolation wards shall be set aside for cases of contagious or mental diseases.”

“Internees may not be prevented from presenting themselves to the medical authorities for examination. The medical authorities of the Detaining Power shall, upon request, issue to every internee who has undergone treatment an official certificate showing the nature of his illness or injury, and the duration and nature of the treatment given.”

Article 92 of the same convention states “Medical inspections of internees shall be made at least once a month. Their purpose shall be, in particular, to supervise the general state of health, nutrition, and cleanliness of internees, and to detect contagious diseases, especially tuberculosis, malaria, and venereal diseases. Such inspections shall include, in particular, the checking of weight of each internee and, at least once a year, radioscopic examination.”

(Source / 28.11.2020)

On the Intl Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Palestinian women call for protection

Palestine (QNN)- 25 November is universally recognized as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The United Nations marks the day by launching a 16-day campaign with the title “Orange the World: #GenerationEquality.”

On this campaign, Palestinian and pro-Palestinian activists call on the international community to protect Palestinian women.

Under Israel’s occupation, Palestinian women are exposed to serious human rights violations.

They are exposed to injury and death amid Israeli forces’ use of excessive and lethal force.

From the start of the Great Return March demonstrations, on 30 March 2018, over 1,800 women have been injured by Israeli occupation forces. In Israel’s 2008 aggression on Gaza, 110 women were also killed.

Palestinian women are also arrested and detained. According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, Israeli occupation detained more than 16,000 Palestinian women since its occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in June 1967.

Over the last 43 years, an estimated 10,000 Palestinian women have been arrested and/or detained under Israeli military orders.

Between 2007 and November 2008, 125 Palestinian women were arrested, detained or imprisoned in Israeli prisons and detention centers (56% of them between the ages of 20 and 30 and 13% of them under the age of 18).

As of November 2010, there are 36 Palestinian women prisoners: 5 have been sentenced to 1 or more life sentences, 15 have been sentenced to a minimum of 10 years, and 4 of them are being administratively detained for an indefinite period of time.

Inside Israeli jails, Palestinian women suufer from harsh imprisonment conditions including medical negligence, denial of education, denial of family visits, solitary confinement, overcrowded cells that are often filled with insects and dirt and lack natural light. Personal health and hygiene needs are rarely addressed by prisons authorities, even in cases involving the detention of pregnant women.

Moreover, the majority of Palestinian women prisoners are subjected to some form of torture or ill-treatment throughout the process of their arrest and detention, including beatings, insults, threats, body searches and sexually explicit harassment and psychological abuse.

Moreover, house demolitions affect Palestinian women, who often suffer from forcible displacement, homelessness, and loss of privacy during displacement. The result of losing their livelihood has profound economic, social, and psychological consequences on women and their families, who are often left homeless, or resulted to live in over-crowded, or less than adequate, conditions.

Violence against Palestinian women on the hands of Israeli occupation is horrible and violates international law; the world must take bold actions against Israel, this is what the Palestinian and pro-Palestinian activits are trying to say in this campagin.

(Source / 28.11.2020)