Israeli officials angered by Al Jazeera’s submission of request to ICC to probe Abu Akleh’s killing

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli occupation’s officials are outraged by Al Jazeera’s request for an ICC investigation into the cold-blooded killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

Al Jazeera Media Network announced on Tuesday that it has submitted a formal request to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate and prosecute Israel’s killing of the veteran Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

Despite wearing a protective helmet and blue bulletproof vest clearly marked as “PRESS,” the 51-year-old veteran journalist was shot and killed by Israeli forces in the head while she was covering an Israeli military raid into the Jenin refugee camp on May 11, sparking international outrage and calls for accountability for attacks on journalists.

Al Jazeera’s request includes a dossier on a comprehensive six-month investigation by Al Jazeera that gathers all available eyewitness evidence and video footage, as well as new material on the killing of Abu Akleh.

The request submitted to the ICC is presented “in the context of a wider attack on Al Jazeera, and journalists in Palestine”, said Rodney Dixon KC, a lawyer for Al Jazeera, referring to incidents such as the bombing of the network’s Gaza office on May 15, 2021.

“It’s not a single incident, it’s a killing that is part of a wider pattern that the prosecution should be investigating to identify those who are responsible for the killing, and to bring charges against them,” he said.

“The focus is on Shireen, and this particular killing, this outrageous killing. But the evidence we submit looks at all of the acts against Al Jazeera because it has been targeted as an international media organization.

“And the evidence shows that what the [Israeli] authorities are trying to do is to shut it up,” Dixon said.

Al Jazeera hopes the ICC prosecutor “does actually start the investigation of this case” after the network’s request, Dixon said.

In response to the request, outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said, “Nobody will interrogate IDF soldiers and nobody will lecture us on combat ethics, definitely not Al Jazeera.”

War Minister Benny Gantz, who is also set to be replaced in the coming weeks, said, “I regret the death of Shireen Abu Akleh, but we need to remember that this was a clear incident of combat that was probed in the most rigorous and in-depth manner, and I advise various bodies, and also Al Jazeera, to go and check what happens to journalists in Iran and in the area where Al Jazeera broadcasts from.

“There is no army that acts with a work ethic like the IDF’s and I want to emphasize my full backing, and that of the entire security establishment, for the commanders and soldiers who are acting to defend the citizens of Israel,” Gantz added.

Outgoing Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman called to have Al Jazeera’s Israeli press credentials revoked after it filed the complaint.

“It is completely unacceptable for Al Jazeera to sue Israel and lecture us on morality,” said Liberman, head of the Yisrael Beytenu party. “It’s not logical that this body has the right to broadcast from Israel. I call on the Government Press Office to revoke the press cards of all Al Jazeera reporters in Israeli territory.”

Itamar Ben Gvir, the extremist Otzma Yehudit party leader who is set to become police minister in the upcoming government, called for Al Jazeera to be expelled from ‘Israel’.

“Al Jazeera not only covers [events] in an antisemitic way, distorts the truth and publishes lies — it also acts against the State of Israel around the world,” he claimed in a statement. “This propaganda network should be expelled from the country and not given the opportunity to continue its anti-Israel series of lies.”

Al Jazeera’s request complements the complaint submitted to the ICC by Abu Akleh’s family in September, supported by the Palestinian Press Syndicate and the International Federation of Journalists.

A new documentary by Al Jazeera’s Fault Lines shows how Abu Akleh and other journalists, wearing protective helmets and bulletproof vests clearly marked with the word “PRESS”, were walking down a road in view of Israeli forces when they came under fire.

Abu Akleh was shot in the head as she tried to shield herself by a carob tree. Al Jazeera producer Ali al-Samoudi was also shot in the shoulder.

The new evidence submitted by Al Jazeera shows “Shireen and her colleagues were directly fired at by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)”, Al Jazeera Media Network said in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement added the evidence overturns claims by Israeli authorities that Shireen was killed in crossfire and it “confirms, without any doubt, that there was no firing in the area where Shireen was, other than the IOF shooting directly at her”.

“The evidence shows that this deliberate killing was part of a wider campaign to target and silence Al Jazeera,” the statement said.

Once the ICC has reviewed the evidence it will decide whether it will probe Abu Akleh’s killing as part of ongoing investigations.

Investigations carried out by the United Nations, Palestinian and Israeli human rights organisations, and international news outlets concluded that Abu Akleh was killed by an Israeli soldier.

(Source / 07.12.2022)

Israeli forces demolish Palestinian mosque in Hebron

Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian mosque in Khilet Taha on December 5, 2022

Hebron (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces demolished on Monday a Palestinian mosque in Khilet Taha in the town of Dura, southwest of Hebron.

Local sources reported that Israeli forces, accompanied by heavy machinery, raided the neighborhood of Khilet Taha and demolished a 100-square-meter mosque.

Khilet Taha is under Israeli threat of land confiscation as Israeli occupation seeks to take over around 3000 dunums of Palestinians’ lands in favor of illegal settlement expansion.

Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian mosque in Khilet Taha on December 5, 2022

(Source / 07.12.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians Near Jenin

On Tuesday dawn, Israeli soldiers injured several Palestinians and invaded the homes of former political prisoners in Arraba town, south of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said many army jeeps invaded the town before storming and ransacking the homes of several former political prisoners and interrogating them.

The sources added that the soldiers threatened to arrest and imprison the former political prisoners without providing any reason or justification.

Some of them have been identified as Mustafa Sheebani, Abu Jasser Sheebani, Tareq Qa’dan, Rami Lahlouh, Mohammad Mardawi, Abu Ja’far Ezzeddin, and Basyouni Al-Arda.

The invasion led to protests before the soldiers fired many rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

Medical sources said many Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation before receiving treatment.

(Source / 07.12.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians Near Hebron And Nablus

On Tuesday dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted three Palestinians and violently searched many homes near Hebron and Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

In Hebron, in the southern West Bank, the soldiers abducted two young men, Omar Amer Al-Hreini and Saddam Abu Sabha, from their homes in Yatta town, south of the city.

In Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, the soldiers invaded the Shu’ab As-Seer area, south of the city, searched and ransacked many homes owned by members of the local Za’aqeeq family.

In addition, the army installed roadblocks on streets in the northern parts of Hebron city and the streets leading to Bani Neim, Sa’ir, and Halhoul towns, stopped and searched many cars, and interrogated the Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In related news, the Israeli army said two Palestinians fired several live rounds at soldiers invading an area near Hebron and managed to escape.

The soldiers also invaded Burin, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, searched homes, and abducted Mahmoud Najeh Najjar.

Also, the soldiers injured several Palestinians and invaded the homes of former political prisoners in Arraba town, south of Jenin in the northern West Bank.

Furthermore, many army jeeps invaded Rommana and Zabbouba, west of Jenin, and drove through various neighborhood before withdrawing.

(Source / 07.12.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Shoot Three Palestinians, Including A Child, With Expanding Bullets

On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers shot three Palestinians, including one child, with expanding bullets in Al-Biereh city, in the central West Bank. The soldiers also injured six Palestinians near Nablus.

Media sources said the soldiers attacked Palestinian protesters with live rounds, including illegal expanding bullets, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs.

They added that the soldiers shot three Palestinians, including one child, 14 years of age, with expanding bullets to their legs, before the medics rushed them to a hospital suffering moderate injuries.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Osarin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, leading to protests before shooting one Palestinian with a rubber-coated steel bullet and causing five to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

(Source / 07.12.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Demolish Two Rooms Near Bethlehem

On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers demolished two agricultural rooms in Nahhalin town, west of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.

The Mayor of Nahhalin, Ibrahim Ghayatha, said several army jeeps and two bulldozers invaded the town and headed to the Za’nouna and Qornat Ad-Da’mas areas in the eastern and southern parts of the village.

He added that the soldiers then demolished two agricultural rooms owned by a local farmer, Maher Hasan Abu Ghayatha.

The army claimed the rooms were not licensed by the “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of the illegal Israeli occupation, although the local Town Council licensed them.

(Source / 07.12.2022)

Israeli Soldiers abduct Seven Palestinians In Nablus And Jerusalem

On Tuesday evening, Israeli soldiers abducted seven Palestinians, including three young women, in Nablus and Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers, at the Za’tara military roadblock south of Nablus, in the northern West Bank, abducted a young man, Nour Waddah Hanani, from Beit Dajan village east of Nablus and took him to a nearby military base.

In the occupied capital, Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded the Shu’fat refugee camp northeast of the city, searched homes, and abducted two young men, Saleh Houshiyya and Riyad Qirrish.

In Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted three young women from the holy site’s courtyards and took them to a detention center.

The three young women have been identified as Shaima’ Rawajba, Rand Jawhari, and Janin Dabbous; they were taken prisoner for carrying Palestinian flags in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

In related news, an Israeli court in occupied Jerusalem remanded five Palestinian children from Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, until December 28.

The children, Mansour Al-Abbasi, Amin Al-Abbasi, Mustafa Al-Abbasi, Mohammad Al-Abbasi, and Khalil Al-A’war, were abducted from their homes in the Batan Al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, on November 1. They have since been held without charges.

After the soldiers abducted them, the children were sent to court and were ordered under interrogation, and today, the court decided to remand them another time without setting a timeframe.

Also, an Israeli court decided to remand a detained young man, Rashid Resheq, from Jerusalem’s Old City, until December 20.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted a young man at the Qalandia terminal, north of Jerusalem before closing it in both directions.

In related news, the soldiers shot three Palestinians, including one child, with expanding bullets in Al-Biereh city, in the central West Bank. The soldiers also injured six Palestinians near Nablus.

On Tuesday dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted three Palestinians and violently searched many homes near Hebron and Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

Also, the soldiers injured several Palestinians and invaded the homes of former political prisoners in Arraba town, south of Jenin in the northern West Bank.

On Monday dawn, Israeli soldiers killed a young Palestinian man, Omar Yousef Manna’ Fararja, 22, abducted three young men, including his brother, and injured at least six.

(Source / 07.12.2022)

WAFA: “Deportation hearing of Palestinian French human rights defender postponed until January 1”

RAMALLAH, Tuesday, December 6, 2022 (WAFA) – The Israeli court decided today to continue retaining Palestinian-French human rights defender and administrative detainee, Salah Hammouri, 37, in Israeli jails until January 1, awaiting a final decision regarding revoking his Jerusalem residency and deporting him to France, according to Addameer Human rights Association.

On November 30, the occupation authorities informed Hammouri of its decision to deport him to France on December 4 after revoking his Jerusalem residency.

Israeli revokes Jerusalem Residency Rights Of Imprisoned Palestinian-French Lawyer

On Wednesday, the Israeli Prison Authority informed imprisoned Palestinian-French lawyer, held under Administrative Detention without charges or trial, that it revoked his Jerusalem ID card and stripped him of all residency rights in occupied Jerusalem, and will be deporting him to France upon his release. The Israeli occupation imposed a three-month Administrative Detention order against … Continue readingIsraeli revokes Jerusalem Residency Rights Of Imprisoned Palestinian-French Lawyer

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France expressed its “dissatisfaction with Israel’s decision to deport Hammouri, who was arrested without charge,” stressing that “he should be able to live a normal life in Jerusalem.”

Hammouri’s administrative detention was renewed on September 5 for a period of three months. He was detained after the Israeli occupation forces stormed his home in Kufr Aqab neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem on March 7 and was slammed with administrative detention for two consecutive terms.

Hammouri is a lawyer and human rights activist. He spent more than nine years in Israeli occupation prisons as a result of over six arrests with the longest stretch he spent in Israeli detention being seven continuous years between 2005 and 2011 after he was forced to choose between being deported to France for 15 years or imprisoned for seven.

In October 2021, Israel issued a decision to revoke his Jerusalem residency for charges of not showing loyalty to the State of Israel, which was based on ‘secret evidence.’ His French wife and two children currently reside in France because the occupation authorities have prevented them from returning to live in Jerusalem, thus depriving the family of living together in the father’s homeland.

(Source / 07.12.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Invade Farmlands In Northern Gaza

On Tuesday, several Israeli military vehicles, including bulldozers, invaded Palestinian farmlands near the perimeter fence north of Beit Lahia in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Media sources said eight Israeli Merkava tanks and bulldozers invaded the farmlands and bulldozed large sections near the fence.

They added that the soldiers fired smoke bombs while bulldozing the lands and installed sand hills near the fence while military drones and helicopters flew overhead.

The attacks are part of constant Israeli violations against the Palestinians, especially the fishermenfarmersshepherds, and workers in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, and resulted in dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to severe property damage and the confiscation of many boats after abducting the fishermen.

In March of 2021, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.

(Source / 07.12.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Demolish Tents, Uproot 50 Olive Trees, Near Hebron

On Tuesday evening, Israeli soldiers demolished several tents used as school classrooms in a demolished school in Masafer Yatta and uprooted 50 olive trees in Birin village, near Hebron in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Fuad Al-Amour, the coordinator of the Protection And Steadfastness Committees in Masafer Yatta, said several army jeeps invaded Masafer Yatta before demolishing tents used as classrooms near the ruins of a school that was demolished by the army in the Khirbat Esfi Al-Foqa area.

Al-Amour added that the army demolished the school on November 23rd, 2022, before the Palestinians set up tents to resume the children’s educational process.

Also, the head of Birin Village Council, Farid Burqan, said the soldiers uprooted fifty olive trees and bulldozers four Dunams of farmlands owned by Khaldoun Abu Sabah.

The area has been frequently targeted by the soldiers who uprooted trees, bulldozed farmlands, and demolished structures, in addition to the repeated attacks by the illegal Israeli colonizers against the Palestinians, their homes, and their lands.

In related news, illegal Israeli colonizers hurled stones at Palestinian cars near Yatta town, south of Hebron, causing damage.

Israeli soldiers also invaded the town and closed its northern entrance preventing the Palestinians from crossing.

(Source / 07.12.2022)