PA calls for ‘Western intervention’ to stop demolitions in Jerusalem

Palestinian Authority minister of Jerusalem affairs Fadi al-Hadami is pictured during a cabinet meeting in town of al-Ram, near Jerusalem, in occupied West Bank on November 15, 2021 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]
Palestinian Authority minister of Jerusalem affairs Fadi al-Hadami is pictured during a cabinet meeting in town of al-Ram, near Jerusalem, in occupied West Bank on November 15, 2021

The Palestinian Authority, yesterday, called on ambassadors and representatives of Western countries to rapidly intervene to stop “Israel’s escalation in demolishing Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem.”

The call came in a message sent by the PA’s Jerusalem Affairs Minister, Fadi al-Hadami, to the ambassadors, consuls-general and representatives of Western countries to Palestine.

“I am writing to draw your attention to the dangerous escalation of house demolition decisions in parallel with the noticeable increase in the number of demolished houses since the beginning of this year,” al-Hadami said.

He pointed out that an Israeli court had given the “green light to demolish dozens of homes in the neighborhoods of Wadi Yasoul and Al-Bashir in Silwan,” warning that the decisions would “displace hundreds of Palestinians, most of whom are children.”Israel continues to take over the villages belonging to Palestinians, displacing many from their homes.

Israel continues to take over villages belonging to Palestinians in Jerusalem, displacing many from their homes – Cartoon

The court decision, al-Hadami explained, came after a Palestinian family was handed over a decision to demolish a residential building in Silwan’s Wadi Hilweh area, where four apartments and a medical centre are located.

He went on, adding that the 10 families in the Al-Tur town were also threatened with displacement after a decision by the occupation municipality to demolish their 5-storey residential building. “Hundreds of Palestinian homes in Silwan’s Al-Bustan neighborhood, as well as others, are at risk of demolition by Israeli forces,” the official reiterated.

Hidmi noted that more than 139 buildings had been demolished since the beginning of the current year, stressing that demolition decisions were “significantly increasing”. “The danger of evicting Palestinians from their homes and the process of ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem includes the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood,” he added.

On Tuesday, the Israeli authorities demolished a Palestinian-owned home in Silwan, under the pretext of “unauthorised construction”.

Palestinians, Israeli, and international human rights organisations say that the Israeli municipality is deliberately reducing building permits granted to Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

OPINION: Words of solidarity with the Palestinians and acts of alliance with Israel

(Source / 01.12.2021)

Why were these Palestinian prisoners willing to die of starvation?

As Americans plan holiday meals and bake Christmas cookies, let’s be aware of the Palestinians who have been on hunger strikes – some for well over 100 days – just to obtain a basic right: to know why they’re in prison or be released.  by Kathryn Shihadah 

A small group of Palestinian prisoners just spent weeks at death’s doorstep. Several are still there. They were on a hunger strike, demanding simple, basic rights that Israel refused to give – until the last second.

Many Americans are unaware of the common practice in Israel, known as administrative detention.

According to Addameer, a Palestinian prisoners’ rights organization, administrative detention is

a procedure that allows Israeli occupation forces to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial.

The secret information or evidence cannot be accessed by the detainee nor his lawyer, and can according to Israeli military orders, an administrative detention order can be renewed for an unlimited time.

The court issues an administrative detention order for a maximum period of six months, subject to renewal.

Under international law, administrative detention is to be a last-resort action, as it robs individuals of basic human rights – but Israel uses it profusely.

Starting as early as 1968, Palestinian administrative detainees and political prisoners have participated in hunger strikes to call attention to Israel’s  violation of international law and inhumane treatment, including torture, poor medical treatment, and denial of family visits.

(Read more about administrative detention here and here.)

Recent strikers

Just last week, Kayed al-Fasfous ended a 131-day hunger strike – that’s over 4 months – when Israeli authorities finally gave in to his simple demand: to know the charges against him or be released. He will be freed on December 14.

It is unknown whether Israel will ever reveal the charges against him.

Al-Fasfous, age 31, married with a young daughter, was detained in October 2020 for a 6-month term, which was then extended for another 6 months. When he learned that another 6-month term would be added – still without charges or trial – he began his hunger strike. That was July 15.

When his mother was allowed to see him in October, her son – a former bodybuilder – had lost over 65 pounds, but was handcuffed to his hospital bed.

Al-Fasfous has 7 brothers, all of whom have spent time in administrative detention; 3 are being held right now. Al Jazeera reports that twice, when one of the brothers was arrested in his home, Israeli soldiers assaulted his wife, causing her to miscarry both times.

Ayyad al-Hreimi recently agreed to end his 2-month hunger strike when Israeli authorities set his release date in March, 2022. He too was protesting his administrative detention without charges or trial.

Al-Hreimi was taken prisoner in April, and has spent 9 years behind bars. He is 28 years old.

Detainee Ala al-A’raj also recently ended his hunger strike after 103 days. His administrative detention was canceled, and Israel has agreed to file a formal indictment against him. Al-A’raj has been in prison since June.

According to the International Middle East Media Center, al-A’raj is “a former political prisoner who was repeatedly abducted and detained by Israel since the year 2007, and spent 5 years in prison.” He is 34 years old.

Israeli forces took Miqdad al-Qawasma into custody in January 2021. His hunger strike ended after 113 days, when Israeli officials agreed to a release date of February 2022, assuring that they will not extend his administrative detention at that time.

At the age of 24, al-Qawasma has already spent more than 4 years in prison.

Louay Al-Ashkar, a father of 8, conducted a 49-day hunger strike; he just reached an agreement with Israel on Sunday.

palestinian protest in support of hunger strikers
Palestinians gather in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross building to demonstrate in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Ramallah, June 22, 2021

Still striking

Hisham Abu Hawwash has passed the 100th day of his hunger strike, and is in serious condition. He is serving his 3rd consecutive term of administrative detention. At age 39, he has already spent 8 years in Israeli prisons for his resistance against the occupation.

Abu Hawwash has 5 children.

One other Palestinian prisoner is also hunger striking to protest his administrative detention: Nidal Ballout, a father of 2, has been striking for just over a month.

Hundreds more

These may be the only Palestinian prisoners recently or currently conducting hunger strikes to protest their administrative detention – but far from the only ones who are being held. Over 500 Palestinians are at this moment administrative detainees in Israeli prisons (over 4,000 additional Palestinians are political prisoners).

Recently, the United Nations declared, “As we have done many times before, we once again call on Israel either to charge and try, or release, all of the administrative detainees…Israel’s practices exceed all of the international legal boundaries.”

“Option of last resort”

Richard Falk, former UN Special Rapporteur for Occupied Palestine, writes that Palestinian hunger strikers “are keenly aware that they are choosing an option of last resort, which exhibits a willingness to sacrifice their body and even life itself for goals deemed more important.”

He continues: “A hunger strike is an ultimate form of non-violence…physically harmful only to the self, yet possessing in certain circumstances unlimited symbolic potential to change behavior and give rise to massive displays of discontent by a population believed to be successfully suppressed.”

Indeed, Palestinians across the Holy Land have been rallying persistently for their peacefully-protesting brothers.

Falk describes how peaceful protest places oppressors in a tricky position: nonviolent action gives protestors a “decisive advantage symbolically” in what he calls the “legitimacy wars.” This causes the oppressor to “fight back, defame, and use violence to destroy by any means the will of the oppressed to resist.”

For example, in response to rights groups’ use of the “apartheid” label to describe Israel’s regime of control, and the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement, Israel “mounted a worldwide defamatory pushback…shamelessly playing ‘the antisemitic card.”

The US plays a part in Israel’s bullying of peaceful protesters: we provide not just $10 million a day in military aid to Israel, but outsized support in Congress and the United Nations.

This is shameful. Americans should stand on the side of the oppressed – not bankroll the oppressor.

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(Source / 01.12.2021)

Three injured by IOF gunfire during night clashes in eastern Nablus

clashes

NABLUS, (PIC) – Three Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets and many others suffered from their exposure to tear gas during violent clashes last night with the Israeli occupation forces (IOF), who stormed the eastern area of Nablus City to provide protection for Jewish settlers.

According to the Red Crescent, its ambulance crews provided medical assistance for three wounded young men and transferred one of them to a hospital after he suffered a rubber bullet injury in his chest.

Red Crescent paramedics also helped about 33 others who suffered from inhaling tear gas during the events.

The skirmishes, which continued into the dawn of Tuesday, started after Israeli troops aboard military vehicles stormed the area and spread through its streets in order to provide protection for buses and cars carrying hundreds of settlers.

Local sources said that dozens of young men blocked roads in the eastern area with rocks, burning tires and garbage containers, and confronted Israeli soldiers and their patrol vehicles by throwing stones and Molotov cocktails.

The IOF intensively used tear gas and rubber bullets in the streets of eastern Nablus during the clashes.

Meanwhile, local sources reported that Palestinian resistance fighters opened fire at Israeli troops in Balatat Askar street in eastern Nablus, without providing further information.

Israeli troops and settlers storm almost every week the eastern area of Nablus to perform rituals at the tomb, which they think is the resting-place of the biblical patriarch Joseph, while locals and Palestinian historians affirm that the grave belongs to a local medieval Muslim Sheikh called Yousef ad-Duwaik.

(Source / 30.11.2021)

US supports Palestine budget for the first time since 2017

Workers of United Nations Palestine Refugee Agency (UNRWA) prepare aids distribute to Palestinian refugees in Al-Shati Camp in Gaza City, Gaza on January 14, 2020 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]
Workers of United Nations Palestine Refugee Agency (UNRWA) prepare aid to distribute to families in Gaza on 14 January 2020

The US provided Palestinian hospitals financial support in October, data from the general budget has shown. This is the first such move since March 2017.

Washington suspended its support for the Palestinian budget in the first quarter of 2017, by order of former President Donald Trump, followed by suspending support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

According to budget data released by the Ministry of Finance today, the United States supported the Palestinian general budget with 32.3 million shekels (approximately $10 million).

The Palestinian Ministry of Finance said, in a statement to Anadolu Agency, that the US financial support was allocated to Jerusalem hospitals “to be able to provide services in an optimal manner.”

In addition to this, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has resumed activity in the Palestinian territories, after suspending its work in 2018, and began financing local projects nearly two months ago.

The Palestinian Authority is suffering from a sharp decline in external grants, the severity of which has increased during the current year, with a complete halt to Arab support.

During the first ten months of this year, budget support fell to $49 million, compared to $321 million in the corresponding period of 2020.

UNRWA: Eight countries pledge $614m during conference

(Source / 30.11.2021)

UK charity issues amber warning over Gaza’s water crisis

Palestinian children fill jerrycans with drinking water from public taps at a refugee camp in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 30, 2019 [SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images]
Palestinian children fill jerrycans with drinking water from public taps at a refugee camp in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 30, 2019

An amber alert has been issued over the Gaza Strip’s water crisis which is having a serious impact on public health, with children, in particular, facing the risk of water-borne disease, a British charity has warned.

Gaza has been under a strict Israeli siege for 14 years and has been subject to repeated Israeli onslaughts during that period which have led to wide scale damage, high rates of unemployment and poverty.

According to Human Appeal, the severe restrictions on Gaza have left nearly two million people with severely limited access to clean water, depriving civilians of regular access to drinkable water.

“Winter is especially brutal in Gaza. Families already face a debilitating blockade, medical shortages, daily power cuts, unemployment and undrinkable water,” said Dr Mahmoud Shatat, Human Appeal’s Global Water and Sanitation Hygiene Adviser.

Gaza water desalination plant
Human Appeal's Gaza water desalination plant

He added the 11-day Israeli offensive on Gaza last May severely affected basic water infrastructure and exacerbated the crisis in the besieged enclave.

“The most vulnerable families still haven’t recovered from the bombings in May, when over 50,000 homes were damaged, and now they face a freezing winter with heavy rains and flooding.”

“The entire population of Gaza are at risk of waterborne diseases, such as kidney failure, dehydration, and fatal diarrheal disease. One of the biggest health risks of children today in Gaza is drinking contaminated water. Even prior to the last escalation, the entire population of the Gaza Strip depended on one single aquifer for water, which is chronically contaminated by salt water and sewage.”

Additionally, many people in Gaza must resort to buying their drinking water from private suppliers as municipal tap water often does not work because of long power outages, and is usually too salty to drink even when it does.

READ: Israel’s theft of Palestinian water must be stopped

Therefore, Human Appeal UK have started building a desalination plant in the Rafah area of Gaza, including three wells, projected to provide clean and safe drinking water for to up to 60,000 people for the next 15 years, as well as providing school and university students with clean drinking water through the supply and installation of decentralised desalination units.

“More urgent help is needed as 97% of ground water in Gaza is undrinkable, forcing families in Gaza to spend a third of their income to buy what they can afford in bottled water, often at extortionate rates,” said Dr Shatat.

Human rights organisations have warned for years about the deteriorating water situation in the Gaza Strip. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), both salinity and nitrate levels in Gaza’s groundwater have been “well above” the guidelines for safe drinking water.

About 50 per cent of Gaza’s children suffer from water-related infections, the WHO said.

(Source / 30.11.2021)

Experts point to ‘effective role’ of UN General Assembly on Palestine

A picture shows a United Nations flag fluttering above a UN-run school in Ramallah on 8 April 2021 [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images]
A picture shows a United Nations flag fluttering above a UN-run school in Ramallah on 8 April 2021 

The UN General Assembly has become paralyzed, but has an important role in affecting international law on Palestine, top experts said on Monday and reported by Anadolu News Agency.

“The UN General Assembly is today paralyzed on the question of Palestine, primarily because of the ability of the US veto. Why can’t peace resolution be initiated (by the General Assembly) beginning with arms embargo on Israel,” suggested Michael Lynk, the sitting UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine, told an international conference.

Emphasising a rock-solid human rights framework grounded in international law, Lynk said the General Assembly has a “more effective role” to play on Palestine.

Referring to the “Uniting for Peace” Resolution invoked in the case of the Korean War in the 1950s by the General Assembly, he said: “It was developed in 1950 because the UN Security Council was hampered by the threat of veto in the face of the Korean question.”

Pointing to the provision of international sanctions on Tel Aviv, he said Israel has decided “it can bear criticism as long as it is without consequences.”

READ: Mohammed El-Kurd addresses UN on anniversary of Palestine partition

Around 19 speakers and 450 experts, scholars in legal and international relations came together today for a hybrid conference hosted by the UK-based Law for Palestine, debating the effectiveness of international law with regard to the Palestine issue.

Students and faculty at the West Bank’s Birzeit University, Al-Quds Open University in Ramallah, Islamic University of Gaza and Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, besides members of the Independent Commission for Human Rights, joined the conference physically, as well as through video link.

The conference also marked the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Lynk also suggested seeking an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice at The Hague on the question of the illegality of occupation with regard to settlements and annexation of East Jerusalem, besides the location of a wall in the West Bank.

“Israel has stepped beyond all of the parameters that are set out in humanitarian law and the laws of the occupation,” he added.

“The General Assembly should show its support to ongoing investigation by the office of the prosecutor by International Criminal Court,” he said, calling for a “more effective role” of the world body in protecting human rights organizations.

Richard Falk, a former UN Rapporteur and international law expert, said the inter-governmental structure of diplomacy “as filtered through the UN has proved to be a huge disappointment in the case of Palestine.”

READ: US supports Palestine budget for the first time since 2017

He urged popular solidarity to play its role in the Palestinian struggle to put pressure on the UN.

“The Israeli designation of widely respected and courageous human rights groups in Palestine as ‘terrorist organizations’ exhibits Israeli panic … moral panic and it is a sign of weakness, not a sign of confidence or strength,” he said.

“I find hope in the present situation, but the challenge for the rest of the world is to exhibit a more militant form of solidarity (with Palestinians) that has existed in the past,” Falk added.

John Dugard, former UN Rapporteur, said the UN had contributed to dismantling the apartheid in South Africa, but “I must confess that I am very disappointed in the overall conduct of the United Nations.”

He said other member states of the UN have “not been prepared to stand up and to describe the way the UN Security Council has failed in its task to promote peace and justice in the Middle East.”

“It is not an understatement to say that ESCWA (UN Economic, Social, and Cultural Committee – West Asia) has not contributed in any way at all, whatsoever, to the solution of peace. It has been guided and obstructed at the same time by the US and has achieved absolutely nothing,” he added.

“This is the root cause, that Israel is armed by western powers and is able to commit atrocities in Gaza, in particular, but also throughout the occupied Palestine territories. It is important that the General Assembly should recommend an arms embargo on Israel and it should also identify Israeli actions constituting apartheid,” he suggested.

READ: ‘UN must reverse decision to partition Palestine’

(Source / 30.11.2021)

Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign Holds Vigil In Solidarity With Palestine

November 29, 2021: For IMEMC NewsNiall Ó Brolcháin:  A large crowd gathered as the Derry Branch of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) held a vigil at 6pm in Guildhall Square, Derry, Ireland. The vigil was to celebrate International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Derry’s majestic Guildhall council office was illuminated by a projection of the Palestinian flag onto the front of the building after a successful request was made to Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) by Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People takes place every year on November 29. The United Nations chose this date to mark the shameful day in 1947 when the UN voted to partition Palestine against the wishes of the indigenous people. Seventy-four years on, the Palestinians continue to suffer the disastrous consequences of that imperial decision to allow the colonisation of Palestine.

Speakers addressing the vigil were introduced by Derry IPSC chairperson Catherine Hutton and included Davy McCauley of the Derry Anti War Coalition, Deputy Mayor Christopher Jackson (Sinn Féin) and People Before Profit (PBP) Councillor, Shaun Harkin.

Other vigils were held throughout Ireland in solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters in Belfast, Strabane, Omagh, Drogheda, Dundalk, Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway.

After the Dublin vigil, a protest was held supporting the Trinity College, Dublin (TCD) BDS Campaign to send a message to Ireland’s entry in the Miss Universe contest, Kat Walker and her sponsors that Ireland stands firmly with Palestine and calling for her to withdraw from the pageant which will take place in ‘Israel’ later this year.

(Source / 30.11.2021)

EuroMed Monitor: Punishing Journalists – Israel Extorts Palestinian Journalists, Bans Them from Traveling

Israel indefensibly prevents dozens of Palestinian journalists from traveling as a punishment for their journalistic work or expression of their opinions, Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor said in a report released Monday.

Entitled “Punishing Journalists: Israel’s Restrictions on Freedom of Movement,” the report documented cases in which the Israeli intelligence service and the Israeli General Security Service (Shin Bet) extorted Palestinian journalists over their right to travel and movement.

Several journalists told Euro-Med Monitor that Israeli officers notified them that the travel ban against them could only be removed if they report security information about Palestinians to the Israeli intelligence or work for Israel.

Others said that Israeli officers promised to allow them to travel if they gave up their journalistic work or stopped working for certain media outlets. Had the journalists refused the offer, they would have been subjected to physical and psychological attacks, including beatings, detentions, home break-ins, and threats of continuous prosecution, they said.

Journalist Radi Karama, 32, from Hebron in the southern West Bank, told Euro-Med Monitor: “I was interrogated by an Israeli officer who introduced himself as the one responsible for the travel ban. We talked about the details of the travel ban. He presented me with several proposals, all centered on working with the Israeli security in exchange for removing the ban.

He offered me a monthly salary of $3,000 in return for working with him, but I categorically refused that… [after that] I was surprised that a large group of the Israeli army stormed my house. I was arrested and taken to the Kiryat Arba settlement in Hebron. That night was the worst in my life […] He [the officer] told me that the removal of the travel ban is conditional on working with him.”

In addition to research, the report is based on dozens of interviews Euro-Med Monitor’s team conducted with Palestinian journalists who are banned from traveling in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.

The journalists said that travel bans come in administrative decisions issued by the Israeli authorities, including the intelligence service, without following legal or judicial procedures nor informing the journalists at the time of their issuance. Journalists are also not informed of the authority that issued the decision, the reasons behind it, or how to remove or object to the decision.

Most journalists learn of the ban in one of five ways: when applying for a travel permit, while at the crossing, by the Civil Administration, when returning from abroad, or in a Shin Bet interview.

Nour Olwan, Euro-Med Monitor’s Chief Media Officer, said: “For decades, the Israeli authorities have been tightening the grip on journalists in the Palestinian territories, by direct targeting, arrests, intimidation, damage to equipment, and more.”

“In recent years, another undisclosed form of abuse against them has escalated. An increasing number of journalists have begun to find themselves banned from traveling without justification or explanation, apparently to punish them for their work,” she said.

“The Israeli authorities’ pursuit of such arbitrary policies against Palestinian journalists to silence them is a setback for freedoms of expression and journalistic work in the Palestinian territories,” she added.

In some cases, the Israeli authorities do not inform journalists or their lawyers of the reasons for the ban. In other cases, they are told that the reason is in a “secret file.”

In the cases where they are informed of the reasons, journalists are usually charged with posing a threat to regional security, incitement through the media, or belonging to or working for banned parties.

The report pointed out that in cases of extreme necessity, international law allows limited restrictions on freedom of movement, provided that these restrictions are proportionate and do not entail discriminatory measures or result in other violations that affect a wide range of civilians who do not pose a security threat to individuals or groups. However, most of the Israeli restrictions on Palestinians were disproportionate and discriminatory.

Olwan said that Israel is obligated to grant Palestinian journalists their right of movement inside and outside the Palestinian territories without hindrance or restrictions under international human rights law and international humanitarian law, in addition to the Oslo Accords that Israel signed with the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1995, which guaranteed the Palestinians’ right to freedom of movement and travel.

The Israeli authorities should abide by their responsibilities as the occupying power; remove travel bans against Palestinian journalists based on their journalistic work or exercising their right to freedom of expression; and stop pursuing, arresting, and threatening journalists, and randomly interrogating them at crossings and military checkpoints because of their journalistic activity.

An investigation should be opened into the cases mentioned in the report, in which Israeli officers tried to extort Palestinian journalists over their right to travel in exchange for working with the Israeli intelligence.

Full report in English
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The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor is a Geneva-based independent organization with regional offices across the MENA region and Europe

(Source / 30.11.2021)

Watchdog: 9 Palestinian mothers held behind Israeli prisons bars

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- As people around the world celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, there are 9 Palestinian mothers held in Israeli jails.

The Palestinian Commission for detainees and ex-Detainees Affairs said in a statement that 9 mothers out of 32 female prisoners are not only suffering the hardships of the Israeli prisons but are also suffering from their inability to be with their children.

The mother prisoners in Israeli jails are even living difficult psychological conditions as a result of extreme anxiety and stress, and constantly thinking of the conditions of their children and how they live without their mothers, but the more difficult for the mother prisoner is when her husband is also in prison, which means their children have to live without the care of their parents, according to the watchdog.

Among the 9 mother prisoners are:

•Isra’a Jaabis, from Jerusalem, serving 11 years and a mother of one child.

•Fadwa Hamadeh, Jerusalem, 10 years, mother of five children.

•Amani Hashim, Jerusalem, 10 years, mother of two children.

•Nisreen Hassan, Gaza, six years, mother of seven children.

•Aya Khatib, from 1948 territories, in detention, mother of two.

•Khitam Saafin, Ramallah, administrative detention, mother of three.

•Shurouq Badan, Bethlehem, administrative detainee, mother of a child.

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israeli occupation authorities 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).

There are now 32 Palestinian mothers and women held inside Israeli jails.

Inside Israeli jails, Palestinian women suffer 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.

(Source / 30.11.2021)

Palestinian photojournalist receives AJA in picture from Israel’s May aggression on Gaza

Dubai (QNN)- Palestinian photojournalist from Gaza Strip, Mohammed Asad, received on Sunday the Arab Journalism Award (AJA) in Dubai, in the photojournalism category, which is considered the most prestigious journalism award in the Arab world.

The winning picture shows a Palestinian student wearing her uniform and looking up through a hole in the ceiling of her classroom with a missile to the side of the hole, as it was taken in the aftermath of the May 2021 Israeli aggression on Gaza and highlights the barbarism of the occupation.

During its latest aggression on the Gaza Strip, ‘Israel’ killed at least 254 Palestinians, including 66 children, 39 women, and 17 elderly people and wounded more than 1,900, including 380 children, 540 women, and 91 elderly people.

The aggression started on May 10 and ended with a ceasefire brokered by mediator Egypt on May 21.

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in the death of 46 school students and the injury of others, who were targeted either in their homes or nearby. The Ministry of Education and Higher Education reported that the Israeli airstrikes damaged more than 66 school buildings; 55 kindergartens; 12 universities, colleges, and academies; and two directorates belonging to
the Ministry.

Asaad, who is a Middle East Monitor (MEMO) Photographer in Gaza, said that the fact that this photo won “re-introduces the situation in Gaza to the world, informing them that Gaza has suffered, and the students of Gaza are continuing to suffer from the barbarity of the occupation.”

The award is in its twentieth year and was held at the Dubai Expo 2020 in the UAE and saw hundreds of entries submitted for consideration.

(Source / 30.11.2021)