Israel bans Jerusalem activist from Al-Aqsa for 6 months

Jerusalemite activist Mohamed Arnaout [@PlusQuds/Twitter]
Jerusalemite activist Mohamed Arnaout 

Israeli occupation yesterday summoned Jerusalemite activist Mohamed Arnaout for questioning at the Qishla detention centre and handed him an order banning his entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque for six months, the Palestinian Information Centre reported.

Arnaout is an ex-detainee who has spent over 15 months in Israeli jails because of his active role in exposing Israeli demolition and displacement campaigns in the Palestinian neighbourhoods of the holy city.

Israeli police had already banned him from international travel.

Arnaout is married and a father of five. Occupation authorities have previously prevented his wife from visiting him while in detention.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is facing Judaisation plans, as right-wing settler groups have repeatedly called for their supporters to storm and occupy the Muslim holy site in an effort to divide it spatially and temporally between Muslims and Jews.

READ: Israel summons director of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque

(Source / 19.04.2021)

Israel arrests Palestinians at election meeting in Jerusalem

Israeli forces on March 23, 2021 [İssam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces on March 23, 2021

Israeli occupation forces arrested three Palestinian candidates for holding a press conference at St George Hotel Jerusalem on the upcoming elections in occupied East Jerusalem.

The press conference was scheduled to discuss the right of Palestinians in the occupied city to participate in the upcoming elections and the mechanisms needed to do so.

Two of the candidates are on the list of the Fatah party led by President Mahmoud Abbas and the third is on the list of the Palestinian Democratic Union.

According to Wafa news agency, the Israeli occupation’s intelligence handed the management of St George Hotel Jerusalem a notice from the Israeli Minister of Public Security, which bans any Palestinian Authority-related activity there.

Palestinians have urged the European Union to exert pressure on Israel to allow residents of occupied East Jerusalem to vote. Israel has not responded. Israel claims the entirety of Jerusalem as its capital.

READ: Israel bans Jerusalem activist from Al-Aqsa for 6 months

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said these practices reflect a “clear political decision to prevent Jerusalem’s participation in the elections and deny the Palestinians in Jerusalem their right to vote or run for the elections.”

This comes after Israeli occupation forces banned a similar meeting earlier this month, which was supposed to be held at the Ambassador Hotel in occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested two candidates, including Naser Qaws, a Fatah member.

The two candidates were investigated by Israeli soldiers, who informed them that all election-related activities are banned in occupied East Jerusalem.

Palestinians are scheduled to vote in legislative elections on 22 May, presidential polls on 31 July, and National Council polls on 31 August, their first in over 15 years.

PA and Hamas to establish 'national unity government' - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
PA and Hamas to establish ‘national unity government’ – Cartoon 

(Source / 19.04.2021)

Israel settlers raze Palestinian land in the Jordan Valley

Palestinians try to extinguish a fire in an olive grove after it was set alight by settlers from a near by Jewish settlement close to the West Bank village of Burin [Wagdi Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians try to extinguish a fire after it was set alight by Israeli settlers in the West Bank on 30 June 2018

Israeli settlers today razed Palestinian land in the area of Khirbet Al Hamma in the north of the Jordan Valley, Palestinian sources reported.

According to the sources, who spoke to Wafa news agency, settlers from an illegal outpost located near the Palestinian Bedouin community in the area used a bulldozer to raze the Palestinian land, as they are pushing occupation authorities to open settler-only roads in the area.

Residents are worried that the settlement outposts and the settlers are going to take control of most of the pastures they use to herd their livestock, which is their main source of income.

Last year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that his government will annex 30 per cent of the occupied West Bank area located in the Jordan Valley.

The move was later postponed,

The UAE said the decision to delay the manoeuvre was a result of its decision to normalise ties with the occupation state.

READ: Israel settler violence against Palestinians rising drastically, UN warns

(Source / 19.04.2021)

OCHA: 553 Israeli checkpoints, 465 km of apartheid wall in West Bank lands

Ramallah (QNN)- The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that there are 553 Israeli military checkpoints throughout the West Bank, while 465 km of the apartheid wall is built on West Bank lands, swallowing thousands of dunums.

A report by OCHA said that the occupation state set 154 checkpoints on roads, 108 temporary checkpoints, and 71 permanent checkpoints. It added that the occupation state placed 86 earthen berms, 68 barricades, 49 roadblocks, and 20 earth mounds.

Israeli soldiers carry out daily wide-range search campaigns throughout the West Bank’s roads, especially those leading to occupied Jerusalem or 1948-occupied cities.

Al those military checkpoints prevent most native Palestinians from reaching the lands behind the apartheid wall.

The report added that 465 km of the apartheid wall has been built on West Bank lands, while its height reaches eight meters.

‘Israel’ started building the apartheid wall back in 2002. It is at occupying more land and ethnically cleanse as many lands as possible. It directly affects 180 communities, which are home to 300,000 native Palestinians.

So far, the wall has swallowed 46% of the West Bank and isolated occupied Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank cities. It also denies millions of Palestinians of their right of movement and prevents thousands of workers from freely go to their workplaces every day.

(Source / 19.04.2021)

‘Israel’ demolishes Araqeeb village for 186th time

Occupied Naqab (QNN)- Israeli authorities demolished Al Araqeeb village today for the 186th time.

Local sources said the Israeli police raided the village and expelled locals although of the heatwave that has been spreading across Palestine during the last couple of days this Ramadan.

Israeli authorities have demolished the village five times this year, however, the locals continue to re-set their tents on their land.

Al Araqeeb has been targeted by the occupation state since 2000. ‘Israel’ has been trying to empty the village to build a settlement.

(Source / 19.04.2021)

Israeli forces arrest two Palestinian brothers after beating them in Jerusalem

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – The Israeli occupation forces arrested two young men this evening, Sunday, after beating them at the Hebron Gate in occupied Jerusalem, and took them to the Al-Maskobiyya detention center, coinciding with the outbreak of clashes near Bab al-Amud.

Jerusalem sources reported that the Israeli occupation forces deployed military cavalry teams to pursue the youths, and used wastewater to suppress the citizens near the Amud Gate in occupied Jerusalem.

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For the sixth consecutive day, the Israeli occupation forces continued to prevent residents and young men from sitting and gathering in the square and amphitheater of Bab al-Amud in the Old Jerusalem.

Thousands of worshipers performed Tarawih prayers at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, coinciding with the strict measures of the occupation and the closure of the Bab al-Amud area.

Read More: Israeli forces arrests young man from Jerusalem and two brothers from Jordan Valley

Many deportees from Al-Aqsa Mosque also performed Isha and Tarawih prayers in the Bab al-Asbat area in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The Bab al-Amoud Square has witnessed nightly clashes with the occupation forces since the beginning of the month of Ramadan, during which a number of citizens were injured, while the occupation soldiers attacked others, and arrested a number of Jerusalemites.

The Israeli occupation seeks to impose a new reality in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially in the month of Ramadan, by preventing citizens from being in it and restricting themselves to prayer only, and evacuating it in order to cut off the bond between the mosque and the Palestinians.

(Source / 19.04.2021)

Israeli settlers burn electrical panel of main water reservoir, south of Nablus

A group of settlers Sunday evening stormed the town of Asir al-Qibliya, south of Nablus, and burned an electrical panel that supplies the town’s main water tank.

The official in charge of the settlement file in the northern-occupied West Bank, Ghassan Douglas, stated that a group of settlers, for the second time within two months, burned the electricity panel and smashed the main door of the water tank feeding into the town of Asira al-Qibliya.

Douglas pointed out that on 1-3 this year, settlers infiltrated from the settlement of “Yitzhar” to the outskirts of the town of Asira al-Qibli, smashing the contents of the electronic board, and removing the main door of the water tank feeding the town.

Read More: Israeli Settlers burn 50 olive trees in Beit Fajar, south of Bethlehem

The town of Asir al-Qibliya is witnessing continuous attacks by settlers and the occupation forces, in addition to continuous attempts to confiscate the lands of the citizens in the town, as well as sweeping and building settlement roads to connect settlements blocs to each other.

Villages south of Nablus are exposed to almost daily attacks by settlers and the occupation forces that provide them with protection.

Read More: Settlers bulldoze Palestinian lands south of Nablus

The Israeli occupation forces had previously notified the seizure of about a thousand dunums of agricultural lands from the villages of Burin, Madama, and Asirah al-Qibli, south of Nablus, with the aim of expanding “Yitzhar” settlement built on citizens’ lands and constructing a security road serving settlers.

The Israeli occupation authorities have classified the settlement (Yitzhar) as a town, as part of a plan to annex dispossess settlements and large areas of West Bank land to the entity.

This step aims to change the classification of lands from agricultural to residential, in the interest of the settlement’s structural expansion, which threatens to seize more land and tighten the noose on the people in the southern countryside of Nablus.

(Source / 19.04.2021)

OCHA: 553 checkpoints and obstacles checkpoints in the West Bank

Days of Palestine – West Bank – The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that 553 Israeli checkpoints and obstacles are spread in the West Bank, where the length of the Apartheid Wall reached 465 km, destroying thousands of dunams of citizens’ lands.

In OCHA’s report on the way in which the restrictions imposed on citizens’ movement, among other restrictions, deepen humanitarian grievances in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

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The report said that checkpoints of the Israeli occupation restrict the movement of vehicles and Palestinian citizens, and they are varied as 154 of them are set up on the roads, and 108 partial barriers “not permanent,” and 71 permanent checkpoints constantly stationed by soldiers.

According to OCHA, the Israeli occupation forces have deployed 86 earthen berms and 68 road barriers, while 49 obstacles have been placed on roads, in addition to 20 earthen walls.

Read More: OCHA: Israeli occupation killed Palestinian and demolished 26 homes in two weeks

All these checkpoints, with all their names, work to disrupt the daily life of those who move between population centers, including with the exception of Jerusalem and the area under the occupation’s control in Hebron.

The Israeli occupation authorities implement strict inspection procedures at all times at checkpoints built along the wall or on the roads leading to occupied Jerusalem or the occupied territories in 1948, and only Palestinian pedestrians with special permits are allowed to pass through them.

These checkpoints prohibit the vast majority of the population from reaching the areas behind the wall the “seam zone” and Jerusalem while controlling the access of those holding special permits to these areas or to their places of work in the occupied interior.

(Source / 19.04.2021)

Israeli forces arrested the leader of Hamas, Adnan Al-Hosari

Days of Palestine – Tulkarm – The Israeli occupation forces Monday arrested the leader of the Hamas movement, Sheikh Adnan Al-Hosari, after storming his house in Tulkarm camp.

The Al-Hosari family reported that the Israeli occupation soldiers brutally stormed the house, destroyed its contents, and confiscated the communication equipment of his family members.

Read More: Hamas leader: The arrests of the occupation will not undermine our resolve

They add that the Israeli occupation forces had previously raided Al-Hosari’s house and detained him for hours last November, nearly two months after his recent release.

Adnan Al-Hosari (57 years), an ex-prisoner, spent more than 12 years in the Israeli occupation prisons, most of them in administrative detention. He was released nearly two months ago after administrative detention that lasted 15 months.

Read More: Israeli forces raid Hamas candidate’s home, arrest his son in Bethlehem

(Source / 19.04.2021)

Report: Israel arrests 144 Palestinians in April

Israeli forces detained 144 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in the first half of April, according to a Palestinian research center on Sunday.

Six women and five children, including three from Jerusalem, were among those rounded up, the Ramallah-based Jerusalem Center for Studies said in a report.

Israeli forces also arrested four candidates in the upcoming legislative elections, including two from Palestinian group Hamas, the report said.

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According to the Palestinian center, some of the detainees were released after a few days of arrest, without providing an exact number.

Hamas activists and candidates for legislative elections in the West Bank were “principally targeted”, Imad Abu Awwad, the head of the research center, told Anadolu Agency.

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“This is a clear indication of the occupation’s attempt to interfere in the elections by disrupting Hamas electoral campaigns,” he said.

Abu Awwad continued: “Israel is practicing a form of intimidation against anyone trying to join the electoral process, and dissuading them from doing so.”

In a statement on Saturday marking the Prisoner’s Day, Hamas called on the international community to put pressure on Israel to ensure that the elections are held in the Palestinian territories.

“We call on the international community and the countries sponsoring the electoral process to respond to the occupation over its aggression,” Hamas said, in reference to the recent arrests by Israeli authorities of candidates from its list.

In January, a member of Hamas told Anadolu Agency that the movement has received guarantees from five countries namely: Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Qatar, and Russia, that elections will take place as scheduled.

Palestinians are scheduled to vote in legislative elections on May 22, presidential polls on July 31, and National Council polls on Aug. 31.

An estimated 4,500 Palestinians are believed to be held in Israeli prisons, including 41 women, 140 minors, and 440 administrative detainees, according to data compiled by organizations on the rights of prisoners.

(Source / 19.04.2021)