Minors make up 67% of detainees at one Israeli detention centre

Israeli forces take a Palestinian minor into custody in Jerusalem on 10 June 2021 [Eyad Tawil/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces take a Palestinian minor into custody in Jerusalem on 10 June 2021

Two thirds of the Palestinian detainees in an Israeli detention facility at the illegal Etzion settlement bloc, south of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, are minors, the Detainees and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs Commission revealed today.

It said there were 24 Palestinian minors in the detention facility of Etzion who account for two thirds of the total number of detainees there. The majority were subjected to various forms of torture – both physical and psychological – during their detention and interrogation.

It added that they were beaten, thrown to the ground and trampled on, and hit with the rifle butts all over their bodies, sworn at and kept for long hours at an army facility with their hands cuffed and without any food before they are taken to prison.

There are currently 39 Palestinian detainees held at the Etzion facility, the commission said.

READ: Palestinian escapee: We did not have water for 4 days

(Source / 16.09.2021)

Islamic Jihad ready to be part of prisoners’ action

Ziad al-Nakhala, Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, looks on during a meeting with representatives of other Palestinian factions at the Palestinian embassy in Lebanon's capital Beirut on 3 September 2020 [ANWAR AMRO/AFP via Getty Images]
Ziad al-Nakhala, Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, looks on during a meeting with representatives of other Palestinian factions at the Palestinian embassy in Lebanon’s capital Beirut on 3 September 2020

Secretary-General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ziyad Al Nakhala, said yesterday that his movement “is ready to be part of the prisoners’ action aimed at confronting oppressive Israeli measures” inside prisons.

In a message addressing Palestinian prisoners who escaped from Israel’s high security Gilboa Prison, Al Nakhala said that his movement is following up closely on what is going on inside the occupation’s jails since the “courageous heroes” escaped.

Referring to the six escapees as the Freedom Brigade, he said: “The knights of the Freedom Brigades caused unprecedented Palestinian, Arabic and international sympathy with the Palestinian prisoners.”

“Our brothers, Mahmoud Al Arida and his colleagues, became symbols of challenge, courage and will,” he said, adding: “They were admired by all free people around the globe.”

Prisoners’ plans to take action against Israel’s punitive measures against them following the escape was a “heroic act”, he added.

“I am telling you that we will be with you until the end of your battle,” he told the prisoners. “We will not hesitate to confront the Israeli occupation as an extension to your confrontation behind bars,” he continued.

“Be confident that your choice is ours and we will not hesitate to be part of your battle.”

Palestinian escapee: We did not have water for 4 days

(Source / 16.09.2021)

Gantz: Israel will not remove any settlements from West Bank

Benny Gantz, Blue and White party leader attends a press conference after failing to form a goverment on November 20, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. [Amir Levy/Getty Images]
Benny Gantz, Blue and White party leader attends a press conference after failing to form a goverment on November 20, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz has said that Israel will not be removing any illegal Jewish settlements from the occupied West Bank and will maintain them in the long term, Foreign Policy reported yesterday.

Speaking to the news site, he addressed several issues related to Iran, the region and Palestine, saying: “We need two political entities here.”

Gantz met with the Palestinian Authority (PA) President two weeks ago and discussed several issues, including stability in the occupied West Bank and security cooperation.

“Abbas is still dreaming of the 1967 lines [as the basis for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and an end to the conflict] – this won’t happen,” Foreign Policy reported Gantz saying.

He stressed: “He [Abbas] has to realise we’re staying there [in the occupied West Bank]. … We’re not taking down settlements.”

In spite of the criticism he came under after the meeting, Gantz said maintaining ties to Abbas and his authority is “a value of the highest importance.”

Around half a million Jewish settlers live in more than 250 illegal settlements and outposts built on occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. All are in contravention of international law.

READ: New Jersey threatens to divest from Ben & Jerry’s over Israel settlements pullout

(Source / 16.09.2021)

Israel army chief: Raiding Jenin could become inevitable choice

Palestinians stage a demonstration against violations on Palestinians at Israeli prisons, at Beit Al checkpoint in Jenin, West Bank on September 10, 2021. [Hisham K. K. Abu Shaqra - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians stage a demonstration against violations on Palestinians at Israeli prisons, at Beit Al checkpoint in Jenin, West Bank on September 10, 2021

Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army, Aviv Kochavi, yesterday warned that raiding the West Bank city of Jenin could become an inevitable choice, Israeli TV Channel 12 reported.

Al Maydan News Agency reported the Israeli TV channel as quoting Kochavi saying the Israeli army would raid the city to “purge” the armed Palestinian factions.

Kochavi expected that one of the Palestinian escapees could have reached and entered Jenin, and could be receiving assistance from there.

He said that the investigations with Zakaria Al Zubeidi, who was recaptured, revealed that the escapees planned to go to Jenin.

“If we became sure that they arrived in Jenin, a large amount of the army would be ready to raid the city, rearrest them and put them in prison again even if this affected the rest of the West Bank,” he said.

He added that if the two remaining escapees are found to be in a different West Bank town, the same scenario would be implemented in that area.

Kochavi said that the Palestinian Authority has become weak in the occupied West Bank and Israel would not allow the Palestinian organisations to “raise their heads.”

READ: Israel’s inevitable failure 

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Two of the Captured Detainees Report Torture, one Hospitalized

Lawyers for two of the Palestinian prisoners who managed to escape Israeli prison on September 6, on Wednesday, confirmed that the escapees have suffered torture at the hands of the Israeli forces, the Associated Press (AP) has revealed.

For the first time, since they were captured, on September 11, lawyers were permitted to interview two of the detainees.

Attorney with the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) Raslan Mahajna, met with political prisoner Mahmoud al-‘Arda, one of the six Palestinians who escaped from Israeli prison, who informed him of the harsh details of interrogation and the systematic denial of basic human needs.

Detainee Mahmoud al-‘Arda

Israeli human rights lawyer, Avigdor Feldman, told AP that his client, Zakariyya Zobeidi, said that security forces handcuffed him, asked him his name, and when he stated “Zakariyya”, they proceeded to brutally assault him, causing him two rib fractures and a fractured jaw.

Feldman added;

“They didn’t have any intention to commit any kind of terrorist attack.”

On September 12, one day after his capture, the health condition of Zobeidi, 46, deteriorated, so he was transferred to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa for medical treatment, according to Hasan Abed Rabbo, the spokesperson for the Palestinian Detainees Affairs Commission.

Detainee Zakariyya Zobeida

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Israeli soldiers beat up, arrest 13-year-old in Ramallah

Occupied Ramallah (QNN)- Israeli forces on Monday beat up and arrested the child Mustafa Khalil Ameereh (13 years old) while he was in the land of his family in Ni’lin in western Ramallah.

Mustafa’s father told QNN that an Israeli force arrested his son after beating him up while he was in their land in Ni’lin, a village separated by the Israeli apartheid wall.

He said that the soldiers brutally beat him then dragged him and took him inside a military vehicle while he was suffering from injuries.

The 13-year-old child told his family that Israeli soldiers assaulted him then handed him over to another Israeli force near the apartheid wall.

The father also told QNN that Israeli policemen interrogated his son for long hours and deprived him of sleep and food. They released him on the early morning of the following day.

Ameereh stressed that his son has bruises all across his body and he has been suffering trauma.

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Israeli forces harass Palestinian schoolchildren in Bethlehem, injure one

Bethlehem (QNN)- A Palestinian schoolchild was injured with rubber-coated metal bullets fired by Israeli forces in Bethlehem in the early hours of Thursday.

Local sources said that a large number of Israeli occupation forces deployed since the early morning in the perimeter of Tuqu’ secondary school, east of Bethlehem, and started harassing the students, causing a state of fear among them.

The forces then fired rubber-coated metal bullets and sound bombs directly towards the students, injuring one.

Israeli forces’ attacks against Palestinian students has increased lately. This week, at least three incidents of attacks by the forces towards the children were reported, including firing teargas canisters, resulting in suffocating dozens of Palestinian students.

Israeli forces’ attacks on schools and other education-related incidents, including attacks on educational personnel, threats of attacks, military use of schools, and other interferences with education, significantly impacted Palestinian children’s right to access education.

In 2019, the United Nations documented 257 education-related incidents in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip that impacted children’s right to access education.

Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip are routinely denied many rights: right to life, right to education, right to adequate housing, and are denied access to healthcare, among other rights denials inherent in a decades-long Israeli military occupation with no end in sight.

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We’re not taking down settlements, says Gantz

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli War Minister Benny Gantz stated that the occupation state is not taking down illegal settlements, saying Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “is still dreaming of the 1967 lines.”

“[Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas is still dreaming of the 1967 lines… This won’t happen. He has to realize we’re staying there… We’re not taking down settlements,” Gantz told Foreign Policy in an interview published on Tuesday.

While he expressed his support for “need[ing] two political entities here,” he was not quoted as using the term “state” to describe the Palestinian state.

Moreover, Gantz said the occupation state would not dismantle any of its West Bank illegal settlements.

It was the first time Gantz vocalized his opposition for calls to stop the expansion of illegal settlements. Nonetheless, he insisted that maintaining ties with Abbas and the PA are “a value of the highest importance.”

The two held a meeting in Ramallah last month, after which Gantz announced a series of small gestures aimed at improving Palestinian livelihood.

But Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett still sits at the top of the government and has made clear that he won’t even meet Abbas.

On Tuesday, Bennett said he sees no reason for him to meet with Abbas, while speaking to the Kan public broadcaster as part of a series of interviews he gave to Israeli news outlets, cited the PA’s pursuit of war crimes charges against ‘Israel’ at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and continued payment of monthly stipends to political prisoners in Israeli jails.

“I don’t see any logic in meeting someone who is suing IDF soldiers at The Hague and accusing them of war crimes, and at the same time paying salaries to terrorists,” Bennett told the Kan public broadcaster. “I don’t see the logic in meeting him.”

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Israeli PM says Palestinian state a “terrible mistake”

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli occupation Prime Minister stated on Tuesday that he sees no reason for him to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, saying he opposes a Palestinian state.

Despite a number of high-level contacts between Israel’s new government and the PA, Bennett, speaking to the Kan public broadcaster as part of a series of interviews he gave to Israeli news outlets, cited the PA’s pursuit of war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and continued payment of monthly stipends to political prisoners.

“I don’t see any logic in meeting someone who is suing IDF soldiers at The Hague and accusing them of war crimes, and at the same time paying salaries to terrorists,” Bennett told the Kan public broadcaster. “I don’t see the logic in meeting him.”

In March, the ICC’s chief prosecutor announced that she was opening an investigation into war crimes committed by the Israsli occupation in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem since June 13, 2014.

It was at the request of the Palestinian Authority to The Hague that led to the opening of the probe.

Bennett told American Jewish leaders earlier this month that he won’t meet with Abbas, citing the PA chief’s decision to bring ‘Israel’ before the ICC.

The off-the-record call with leaders from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations came days after Defense Minister Benny Gantz met with Abbas in Ramallah, in the first high-level face-to-face talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials in over a decade.

Asked on Tuesday about the meeting’s significance in terms of the new government’s policy vis-à-vis the Palestinians, Bennett reiterated his belief that no political breakthrough was possible in the near future, maintaining his long-standing position that there should not be a Palestinian state.

“I oppose a Palestinian state — I think it would be a terrible mistake,” he said. “I won’t do that.”

At the same time, Bennett said, he agreed with Israeli War Minister Benny Gantz’s approach of maintaining ties and connections with Palestinian officials in order to maintain calm and security coordination.

But, he added, there is no current possibility of restarting peace talks with the Palestinians.

“We all understand that at the moment it’s not relevant,” he said.

(Source / 16.09.2021)

Israeli forces restrict Jerusalemites under the pretext of holidays

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – Israeli occupation forces restricted Jerusalemites and closed several roads in Jerusalem under the pretext of the Jewish holidays.

Eyewitnesses reported that the Israeli occupation forces set up concrete and iron barriers at the intersection of the road leading to Street No. 1, closed the Beit Hanina Bridge area, prevented the movement of people to and from Jerusalem, and restricted their direction entirely.

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They added that many markets in the Old City of Jerusalem were closed, as is the case in the Qattanin Market, in which merchants were forced to close their shops entirely for the same reason.

In the same context, clashes erupted last night between the youths and the Israeli occupation forces in the Silwan neighborhood and Bab Hatta area.

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Silwan also witnessed violent confrontations with the occupation forces, spreading extensively in the town, especially the Bir Ayoub neighborhood.

(Source / 16.09.2021)