Source: The Palestinian Information Center/WAFA/IMEMC
Israeli Navy Opens Fire at Gaza Fishermen, Sinks Boat, and also a young man was transferred to hospital in moderate condition after he was shot in his foot near the border fence, Israeli army opens fire routinely at Palestinian fishermen, shepherds and farmlands along the Gaza border, clearly violating a ceasefire deal reached between Israel and the Palestinian factions in Gaza.
Israeli naval forces on Thursday detained four Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip and seized their fishing boats. Fishermen told Ma‘an that Israeli forces opened fire on the fishing boats before detaining them, although no injuries were reported. They said the incident took place within the designated nine nautical mile fishing zone
Israeli naval boats opened its heavy machine gunfire on Palestinian fishermen sailing offshore the northern Gaza Strip. WAFA correspondent said Israeli navy soldiers fired at Palestinian fishermen sailing within the allowed fishing zone, despite a recent decision to expand the fishing area for gazans from six to nine-nautical miles. No injuries were reported. On 3 April 2016, the Israeli authorities expanded the fishing area, along the southern Gaza coast, from 6 to 9 nautical miles, while retaining the current 6 nautical mile fishing along the northern coast, according to the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) protection of civilians weekly report covering the period between March 29th and April 4th of 2016.
Israeli gunboats on Saturday evening opened machinegun fire at Palestinian fishermen and their boats off the coast of Beit Lahiya district, north of the besieged Gaza Strip. The coastal police in Gaza said that the fishermen were attacked as they were working within the permitted six-nautical-mile fishing zone. They added that the shooting was so intensive and forced the fishing boats to return ashore, pointing out that no one was hurt in the attack.
Israeli naval forces shot and injured a Palestinian fisherman and detained three others off the Gaza coast, the Palestinian fishermen union said. Head of the fishermen’s union Nizar Ayyash affirmed that Israeli forces opened fire on the fishermen while sailing within the nine-mile fishing zone designated by the Israeli authorities.
Source: The Palestinian Information Center/ Ma'an/Wafa
The Israeli occupation navy kidnapped two Palestinian fishermen as they were working off the northern coast of the Gaza Strip. Local sources affirmed that the detained fishermen did not exceed the permitted fishing zone.
Source: Ma'an News Agency. The Palestinian Information Center
Israeli forces open fire at fishing boats off the coast of Beit Lahiya, in the Northern Gaza Strip, and detain two Palestinian fishermen, confiscating their boats and taking them to an unknown location.
Nizar Ayyash, head of the Palestinian fishermen syndicate, said that the Israeli navy forces have been intensively targeting Gazan fishermen since the fishing zone was increased from 6 to 9 nautical miles. 24 fishermen have been arrested and 9 boats have been confiscated since then, he added. Ayyash told the PIC reporter that the Israeli aggressive practices against fishermen in Gaza affected the season of sardine fishing which ends after [lasts?] one month only.
Continued violations of the Israeli authorities against the people of the al-Araqib village (a Bedouin unrecognized village in the Negev region, south of 1948 occupied Palestine) did not stop at a certain extent, not only the demolition of their village many times in a row, where the Israeli municipal bulldozers demolished it 95 times, but also to the prosecution of its people in Israeli courts asking them to pay the costs of the demolition of their homes. Palestinian activist, Aziz al-Araqib, one of the village citizens, revealed that the Israeli authorities are demanding the village residents to pay $500.000, as costs of the demolition of their houses in the village by the Israeli bulldozers.
Israeli settlers Sunday razed land in the village of Jallud south of Nablus that belongs to a Palestinian man. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in northern West Bank, said settlers from the illegal settlement of Esh Kodesh razed with bulldozers land that belongs to Ahmad Muhammad. He said works in the village’s land near the illegal settlement of Ahya have been ongoing with the Israeli authorities notifying some Palestinian families with stop construction orders of their homes.
Israeli forces on Wednesday began construction work on top of a historical site in the occupied West Bank town of Beit Jala, the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said. The PA ministry condemned the Israeli authorities for allowing work to begin on a road that will be built on top of Khirbet al-Najjar, a site that reportedly dates back to the Roman and Byzantine periods.
The Israeli supreme court gave the family of a Palestinian teen prisoner 24 hours to evacuate their house in occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday. The mother of prisoner Abed Mahmoud Dawiyat told Ma’an that the Israeli supreme court approved a decision by the Israeli army’s Home Front Command to confiscate and shutter their house in the neighborhood of Sur Bahir.
Israeli settlers leveled lands of Palestinian inhabitants of Hares and Dierestia towns in Salfit governorate for the establishment of new settlement units in the vicinity of Rafafa outpost. Eyewitnesses told the PIC reporter that settlement expansion works are focused in the northeast side of Rafafa settlement.
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) demolished on Monday three homes of three Palestinians suspected of carrying out anti-occupation attacks in Qabatia town in Jenin. Local sources affirmed that Israeli forces stormed the town in large numbers and surrounded the homes of the three martyrs Ahmad Abu al-Rub, 21, Mohammed Kamil, 20, and Ahmed Zakarneh, 22, before starting the demolition process.
The Israeli occupation army on Monday morning embarked on demolishing homes in al-Marajem hamlet, which is located between the towns of Duma and Talfit, south of Nablus city. A local source told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that three bulldozers escorted by Israeli troops stormed the hamlet and started to demolish a home belonging to the family of al-Tawil.
Israeli bulldozers on Monday morning demolished a Palestinian home in Surif town, northwest of al-Khalil, at the pretext of unlicensed construction. Chief of the town's municipality Mohamed Ghunaimat told Quds Press that the home belonged to Majdi Ghunaimat and was demolished on allegations that it was built with no license in Area C.
Israeli forces on Monday demolished four homes across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem that they said had been built without permits -- the latest in a wave of demolitions that has left hundreds homeless since the beginning of the year.
Israeli settlers, on Sunday, razed land in the village of Jallud, to the south of Nablus, that belongs to a Palestinian man. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in northern West Bank, said settlers from the illegal settlement of Esh Kodesh razed, with bulldozers, land that belongs to Ahmad Muhammad.
At around 9am on Thursday, the 31st of March, four Israeli bulldozers entered the Gaza Strip at El Fakhuri. They came in order to destroy agricultural lands located near the border, once again violating the indefinite truce that ended the 2014 Israeli aggression against Gaza.
Israeli forces on Monday demolished a Palestinian-owned store in the town of Beit Ummar, to the north of Hebron, according to local sources. The sources said an Israeli bulldozer demolished a 150-square-meter store located at Hebron-Jerusalem road, which passes outside the village, under the pretext of construction without a permit.
Israeli civil administration crews escorted by the occupation army sealed off large tracts of Palestinian lands in the area and bulldozers destroyed an agricultural road leading to confiscated lands in southern Qaryout.
The Israeli military has more than tripled its demolitions of Palestinian structures in the occupied West Bank in the past three months, U.N. figures show, raising alarm among diplomats and human rights groups over what they regard as a sustained violation of international law.
Israeli forces early Thursday demolished a poultry slaughterhouse and an automobile workshop in the village of Ni'lin, northwest of Ramallah, as well as a house and a water well in the town of Samou, south of Hebron, according to local sources.
Several Israeli bulldozers leveled land within the border area of the central Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, witnesses said. Witnesses told Ma'an that five Israeli “D9” bulldozers started razing lands ten meters inside Gaza near the al-Bureij refugee camp.
A group of Israeli settlers leveled Palestinian agricultural lands escorted by Israeli forces on Thursday near the village of Deir Ghassana in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah. Local sources told Ma‘an that Israeli settlers uprooted trees and leveled lands using heavy vehicles. A spokesperson for Israel’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) could not be reached for comment.
Multiple demolitions in the occupied West Bank left 124 Palestinians homeless in a single day, 60 of them children, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said in a statement Friday. A total of 54 structures — including 18 donor-funded structures — were demolished on Thursday in nine different communities located in Area C, the over 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli military control. .
The occupation municipality’s crews along with Israeli forces raided on Saturday the neighborhood of Ein Al-Lozeh in Silwan and distributed “demolition notices” to five residential houses under the pretext of building without a permit. Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that municipality crews raided “Hosh Al-A’war” in Ein Al-Lozeh and took pictures of commercial and residential establishments as well as the streets of the neighborhood and then handed demolition notices to five residential houses.
Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu has said that his government will never end its military activities and campaigns in "Area A" of the West Bank, which is, according to Oslo accords, under the Palestinian Authority's civil and security control.
Israeli occupation authorities have recently published four new tenders for the establishment of hotels, commercial offices, and park in Ma'aleh Adumim settlement illegally built in occupied east Jerusalem, Kol Ha'ir Hebrew newspaper revealed. According to the weekly newspaper, a hotel will be established on an area of 2.2 acres near the municipality headquarters.
The deadline appointed by an Israeli court on March 09 to evacuate two homes of Totah and Totanji families in al-Suwanneh neighborhood in Occupied Jerusalem for the construction of a national park expired on Saturday. Talking to the PIC reporter, Aref al-Totanji refuted the Israeli authorities' claim that the land is owned by Israelis, affirming that he possesses documents that prove his ownership of the land of the home to be razed. The house’s area is estimated at 80 square meters and shelters 16 individuals including children, he pointed out.
Several Israeli army jeeps on Sunday morning launched a limited incursion into eastern Gaza and Rafah cities, in the blockaded Gaza Strip. A PIC news correspondent said an Israeli army patrol escorted by six bulldozers moved some 50 meters into Palestinian lands in eastern al-Shujaiya neighborhood and raked through Palestinians’ cultivated lands.
The 10th of April is the last day of the demolition order on the home of the Totanji family. The family lives in the Sawaneh district in Wadi al-Joz, a village in East Jerusalem near the Old City, which Israel has declared as a ‘National Park’ area. This despite it having always been a residential area. The family received the demolition order over a year and a half years ago, but lost the appeal against the order last month. Today is the last day of the demolition order, which leaves the family fearing that their house maybe demolished tonight.
Trees were planted and a demonstration took place today at Beit al-Baraka today to protest the extension of the illegal Gush Etzion settlement bloc. An international presence had been requested by the organisers so two ISM volunteers headed to Beit Ummar to meet with them, and along with three Israeli activists headed to Beit al-Baraka, a 38-dunam (9.3 acre) compound located near the al-Arrub refugee camp. This is an area which used to be owned by Palestinians, but which has now been fenced off, either by settlers or by the American millionaire, Irving Moskowitz, who is rumoured to have purchased the site through a front company in 2012 in order to create an illegal Israeli settlement there. What is very clear is that this area is earmarked for illegal settlement and will form a strategic extension to the illegal Gush Etzion settlement bloc that overlooks the area. What local Palestinians fear is that the entire Gush Etzion junction will be closed to Palestinians, permanently closing the road between Hebron and Behlehem for them. This fenced area is now a closed military zone forbidden to Palestinians.
The Israeli permanent fund decided to establish 19 new settlements in the Occupied Syrian Golan Heights for 1,500 Israeli families within the next five years. The new neighborhoods will contain temporary mobile homes for settlers who would like to live in the Golan and for those who come from far places until the construction of their permanent homes are finished. It is decided to start the implementation of the construction project this summer. 10 temporary homes will be built in each neighborhood with an area ranging from 45 to 60 square meters.
The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) destroyed Palestinian cultivated lands in al-Khader town, in southern Bethlehem, in favor of illegal settlement expansion. Anti-settlement activist Ahmad Salah said Israeli occupation bulldozers threw debris piled up from the Israeli illegal settlement of Daniel into Palestinian lands. The cultivated lands cover an area of eight dunums and are planted with olive trees and grapes. Several crops were completely damaged in the process. The activist added that fauna and flora around the targeted lands sustained remarkable damage as a result of the IOA's leveling process carried out in favor of illegal settlement expansion.
The houses of Tutanji and Totah families in the neighborhood of Al-Sowaneh east of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem are at risk of being demolished following an order from the District Court and under the pretext of building without a permit on lands classified as “national parks”.
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) carried out a new incursion into Gaza Strip and conducted combing operations in the agricultural lands in the southern border areas. The incursion is the latest in a series of Israeli violations of the Cairo-brokered ceasefire accord signed in the wake of the 2014 offensive on the besieged coastal enclave. Israeli forces' Home Front Command started a large-scale drill in Kibbutz Erez near the Gaza border.
Dozens of Israeli soldiers and police officers invaded, on Friday and Saturday, several neighborhoods in Silwan town, in occupied Jerusalem, and handed demolition orders against many Palestinian homes.
A Palestinian official report charged the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the war minister Moshe Ya'alon of endorsing a decision to construct hundreds of new settlement units in the West Bank. The national office for the defense of land and resistance of settlement said in its weekly report on Saturday that the new settlement construction plans included 299 housing units to be built in the northern West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem. The plans also included expanding settlements and evacuating 96 mobile homes.
Experts continue to raise alarm bells as Islamic and archaeological sites have been acutely damaged by the unabated Israeli settlement activity across Salfit. Researcher Khaled Maali said three major architectural sites have been badly damaged by illegal settlement construction in northern and western Salfit.
An Israeli court issued Monday demolition orders against 11 Palestinian-owned homes and a mosque east of occupied Jerusalem. Local activist Atallah Mazara’a affirmed that 11 homes belonging to the two families Mazara’a and Jahalin and a local mosque in Jabal al-Baba area are threatened with demolition. Mazara’a described the court’s demolition order as an illegal precedent that would displace 50 citizens including children.
Israeli bulldozers demolished the Palestinian village of al-Araqib in the Negev for 97th time at the pretext of unlicensed construction. Chief of the village Aziz Attouri told Quds Press that several families were displaced in the village after bulldozers escorted by Israel security forces demolished their tents and homes.
Source: The Palestinian Information Center/WAFA/PressTV
The Israeli police forces demolished a Palestinian house in occupied Jerusalem which led to the outbreak of violent clashes. Two gunshot injuries were reported during the clashes. The clashes broke out when dozens of Israeli policemen stormed Qalandia refugee camp in the occupied city and started demolishing the house of Hussein Abu Ghush who was shot and killed by Israeli forces in January 2016 for allegedly carrying out an anti-occupation attack.
Israeli Supreme Court rejected the appeal against demolishing the home of prisoner Zaid Amer. However, it adjourned looking into other appeals made by families of captives Bassam al-Sayeh and Amjad Elaiwi. Israeli forces handed over three demolition notices to prisoners’ families after charging their sons with taking part in killing a settler, who was working as officer in the Israeli occupation army, along with his wife near Beit Forik village last October. Israeli forces razed four homes of four other prisoners from Nablus after indicting them with participating in planning and implementing that anti-occupation operation.
Israel seizes 115 dunams as 'state land' in northern West Bank, The land grab followed another of around 5,000 dunams (1,240 acres) in Bethlehem district in 2014. Peace Now said it marked a return to an Israeli government policy not seen since the pre-Oslo period in the 1980s.
An Israeli newspaper has revealed there are 415 new housing units being constructed in four settlements in Occupied Jerusalem. According to the Hebrew weekly newspaper Kol Ha'ir, Euro-Israel company is embarking on building 24 housing units on eight plots of lands in Pisgat Ze'ev settlement north of Jerusalem.
Israeli forces on Friday raided the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, issuing five demolition orders and threatening indictments against their Palestinian homeowners, amid a surge of demolitions in the area. Fakhri Abu Diyab, a member of a Silwan-based committee formed to fight such demolitions in Silwan, told Ma’an that the Israeli authorities delivered demolition orders for five homes belonging to the Abu Rajab and Awwad families in the al-Bustan area, which were constructed over 30 years ago.
Israeli occupation authorities Saturday notified the takeover of hundreds of dunums of land in the village of Jalood to the south of Nablus, as well as in the towns of Turmosayya and al-Mghayar to the north of Ramallah, to pave a new road that would serve illegal Israeli outposts and settlements, according to a local official. Ghasan Daghles, in charge of the settlement file in the northern West Bank, informed WAFA, Israeli forces notified to seize hundreds of dunums of land in the aforementioned areas, citing military reasons as a pretext.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official in charge of the Israeli settlements file in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, said the Israeli military and its “Civil Administration” have decided to illegally annex hundreds of Dunams of privately-owned Palestinian lands near Nablus and Ramallah.
Israeli settlers on Tuesday surveyed land belonging to the Palestinian community of Izbat Abu Basal in the occupied West Bank’s Salfit district, witnesses said. Witnesses told Ma’an that settlers marked the land in what they believed to be an indication that the area would soon be leveled by Israeli forces. The small community has lost land before to the illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel, located around eight kilometers east of Izbat Abu Basal, according to field researcher Khalid Maali. Israeli authorities in 2001 cut down 500 of the community’s trees on the grounds that the land was a part of Ariel settlement, and was told after bringing their case to an Israeli court that the land was not legally theirs, according a report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The Israeli ministry of housing said that Israeli settler groups had submitted requests for the development of plots of land behind the separation wall in the West Bank. According to Israeli news report, the housing ministry would launch a project to build 1,690 housing and industrial units on these lands.
Several Israeli military vehicles carried out, on Wednesday at dawn, a limited invasion into Palestinian agricultural lands east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, uprooted them and fired smoke bombs.
Arab citizens in Israel filed an appeal to the Israeli Central Court against a decision not to freeze the demolition orders of three houses in Lod’s Al-Mahattah neighbourhood, Arab48.com reported yesterday.
Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement, said in a press statement on Wednesday that the Israeli company demands seizure of the cemetery land, digging up graves and transferring the bones. The Israeli court will decide on this demand on Sunday, May, 01. The Islamic Movement called on Palestinians to attend the court session or be around the court's yards in order to support Islamic Waqf's ownership of the cemetery.
The Supreme Council of Religious Ruling (Fatwa) in Palestine warned of Israeli intents to hold sway over Palestinian buildings in Occupied Jerusalem by altering the Arnona statute. According to the Fatwa Council, the Israeli occupation authorities have already paved the way for the move by notifying Palestinians in Occupied Jerusalem that their estates will be tagged as “abandoned property.” The Israeli occupation municipality claimed the move aims at motivating Palestinian owners to rent or sell empty buildings. The council spoke out against such an Israeli scheme, saying it rather makes part of a preplanned agenda to hold sway over Palestinian property in favor of illegal settlers.
Dozens of dunums of Palestinian agricultural lands were gutted by fire in Surif town west of al-Khalil to the south of the occupied West Bank on Sunday. The local activist Mohamed Awad affirmed that a wildfire ripped through 50 dunums owned by Mohamed Hamad.
A three-year-old Palestinian boy died on Friday after he was run over in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Local medics told Ma'an that Hisham Shahin, three, arrived to the Nasser Hospital after he was run over and killed in the Abasan area in Khan Younis. The details of his death remain unclear.
Palestinian police on Saturday launched an investigation into the death of a 40-year-old man from Yatta south of Hebron who was found dead in a water well in the outskirts of the occupied West Bank city. Police spokesman Luay Irzeikat told Ma’an that Ahmad Mahmoud Daajnah had left home in the morning to his agricultural fields, but was later found by concerned family members in the well after he failed to return home at his normal hour.
A Palestinian young woman and her brother, a minor, were fatally shot by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) near the Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah and Occupied Jerusalem on Wednesday. The slain Palestinian young woman was identified as 23-year-old Maram Saleh Abu Ismail, a native of Surik town, to the north of Occupied Jerusalem, while her brother was called Ibrahim, 16.
Israeli soldiers on Saturday evening stole a sum of money from a Palestinian civilian at a military makeshift checkpoint located southwest of Jenin city. According to WAFA news agency, soldiers intercepted Rami Abu Ghalyoun, a resident of al-Bireh city, at a roadblock near the intersection of Arraba town and stole 1,800 shekels from him.
The Palestinian Authority has submitted an official complaint to the Israeli authorities after a group of Israeli soldiers was reported to have torched a Palestinian flag at a military checkpoint south of Nablus.
Israeli forces blocked the Jerusalem-Hebron Road and closed all Palestinian-owned stores located at the main entrance of Hebron’s town of Beit Ummar. Israeli forces manning a permanent military checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Ummar closed all commercial stores situated at the town’s entrance and blocked the Jerusalem-Hebron road, preventing Palestinian registered vehicles’ presence in the area. They detained a 16-year-old boy identified as Deyya’ 'Odeh al-'Alami.
Four Palestinian youths from Jerusalem were assaulted Thursday by Israeli forces at the entrance to the city of Eilat in southern Israel, one of the youths told Ma'an Saturday. Muhammad al-Daqqaq said he was with three of his friends, identified as Noor al-Shalabi, Anas Mazid, and Abed al-Karim al-Natsheh, on their way to Eilat Thursday evening when they were stopped by Israeli soldiers near a checkpoint at the entrance to the city. Israeli forces checked their IDs, ordered them out of their vehicle, and brought them to an interrogation room where they were searched, verbally insulted, and beaten.
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) shot and injured on Thursday evening a Palestinian young woman and arrested another at Beit Huroun checkpoint west of Ramallah following an alleged stabbing attack. The IOF claimed that the two Palestinian females were arrested, one of whom was shot and injured by Israeli soldiers, after they allegedly attempted to stab a soldier near the Israeli illegal settlement of Beit Huroun.
Dozens of Palestinians were injured after Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) suppressed on Friday West Bank weekly marches. The PIC reporter said that Israeli forces violently attacked the anti-occupation march of Nabi Saleh that came in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Land Day. Israeli forces also attacked Jordanian journalists and prevented them from covering the events.
Dozens of Palestinians, international supporters, and Palestinian children suffered tear-gas inhalation on Friday as Israeli forces suppressed weekly marches in Bilin and Kafr Qaddum. Local sources in the central occupied West Bank village of Bilin told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets, gas canisters, and stun grenades at protesters. Children suffered from tear gas inhalation despite being inside their home, located nearby where the demonstration took place, locals said.
Israeli human rights group B'Tselem has called on Israel's police and army to protect one of its volunteers who received death threats last week after capturing footage of a soldier's gruesome killing of a wounded Palestinian in Hebron. B'Tselem said in a statement Thursday that its director, Hagai El-Ad, had written to Israeli army chief Roni Numa and police head Roni Alsheich to inform them of death threats made against Imad Abu Shamsiyeh.
Palestinian medical sources in Jerusalem have reported, on Thursday evening, that Israeli soldiers shot and injured an elderly Palestinian woman, while sitting in front of her home in Ein al-Louza neighborhood in Silwan town, in occupied Jerusalem. The sources said that the woman, 63 years of age, was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in her back, while sitting in front of her home. Eyewitnesses said the soldiers invaded the neighborhood, and clashed with dozens of youngsters, who hurled stones on them; the soldiers fired many gas bombs, concussion grenades, rubber-coated steel bullets and several flares.
Israeli forces shoot, injure 13-year-old Palestinian in Jerusalem, Yasin Abu Mayyala said his son Hatim, 13, was taken from the Ras al-Amoud area in Silwan where he was shot in the back of the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet while he was walking to school in the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem on Saturday morning, his family told.
Video: Palestinian Protesters Injured In Nabi Saleh, Israeli Colonizers & Soldiers Attack Reporter, Israeli soldiers and fanatic colonizers, attacked Palestinian protesters, and journalists, during a peaceful protest in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, The soldiers used excessive force against the protesters, and assaulted journalists.
Israeli forces shot and injured Hatem Abu Mayyaleh, a 12-year-old Palestinian child, by a rubber bullet on Saturday in clashes that erupted in Ras al-Amoud district in Silwan town east of Occupied Jerusalem.
Israeli fanatics stormed on Sunday morning the holy al-Aqsa Mosque under a tight security shield. Eyewitnesses said Israeli fanatics, escorted by armed officers, performed rituals and chanted racist slogans.
The Israeli police forces stormed Sunday afternoon Issawiya town east of occupied Jerusalem which led to the outbreak of violent clashes. According to Quds Media, clashes broke out in the town after dozens of Israeli policemen brutally stormed it and deployed in large numbers throughout its neighborhoods amid random fire of teargas bombs. Israeli snipers also climbed over the rooftops of local homes, the sources added.
Israel’s Knesset on Tuesday passed a new law allowing Israeli forces to stop and frisk “individuals who appear suspicious” for unlicensed weapons. A statement released by the Knesset said the measure was passed 39 to 31 during its third and final reading. The new law will permit Israeli police officers to search “anyone in a place prone to violence if they have reason to believe he or she may use a weapon,” the statement said.
Israeli occupation forces Sunday chased down Palestinian shepherds in Masafer Yatta area in southern Hebron, and seized around 120 sheep, according to a local activist. Coordinator of the national committee against the separation wall and settlements, Rateb al-Jabour, informed WAFA, two local brothers identified as Jehad and Ismail Mor were chased down by forces in Masafer Yatta grazing fields, which Israeli occupation authorities have declared a military training zone.
Israeli military destroys agricultural lands in Gaza. At around 9am on Thursday, the 31st March, four Israeli bulldozers entered the Gaza Strip at El Fakhuri. They came in order to destroy agricultural lands located near the border, once again violating the indefinite truce that ended the 2014 Israeli aggression against Gaza.
A 12-year-old child was hit and seriously injured with a rubber bullet in his head as clashes erupted in Issawiya town northeast of occupied Jerusalem on Monday evening. The child was immediately transferred to al-Makassed Hospital to be then moved to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital due to his serious health condition.
Israeli settlers Monday hurled stones at Palestinians’ vehicles traveling on the Ramallah-Nablus main road, breaking the windshield of one vehicle and disturbing families. WAFA correspondent said the settlers were identified as from the illegal Eli settlement built on the land of al-Libban al-Sharqiah south of Nablus.
Clashes are reported in the town Duma, South of Nablus, after a group of settlers organizes a march in support of the Jewish terror group suspected of launching an arson attack on the house of the Dawabsheh family in July 2015.
Source: The Palestinian Information Center. International Middle East Media Center
An Israeli settler runs over a Palestinian girl in the Jabal Jales area, South of al-Khalil/Hebron and flees the scene afterwards. The girl is taken to the hospital with several fractures across her body.
Clashes beak out when Israeli military forces intervene as Palestinians attempt to stop Israeli settlers from entering the West Bank village Duma. One Palestinian is moderately injured as he is shot in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet and dozens of others suffer from tear gas inhalation.
An estimated 1,000 right-wing Israelis escorted by Israeli forces prayed at Joseph’s Tomb in the northern occupied West Bank on Wednesday evening, leading to clashes in which at least three Palestinians were injured.
Jamal al-Qaddumi told Ma'an that men riding motorcycles stopped in front of his building in the city of Qalqiliya and fired 14 bullets at his parked vehicle before fleeing the scene. Al-Qaddumi said that he was affiliated with the Fatah party and had supported Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision on March 12 to end a four-week teachers’ strike.
Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, dozens of Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists holding the weekly nonviolent protest in Bil‘in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. This week’s protest commemorates the 68th anniversary of the Deir Yassin Massacre. Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at the protesters and chased many of them in the Palestinian orchards.
Israeli soldiers on Friday blocked a joint Israeli-Palestinian peaceful demonstration against the seizing of private Palestinian lands. The demonstration, led by activists from the ‘Combatants for Peace’ movement, is part of the local residents’ struggle against the plan to build the Nabi-Elias bypass road for Israeli settlers on private Palestinian lands.
Five Palestinians were injured on Friday with live fire when clashes erupted with Israeli forces in border areas in the northern and eastern Gaza Strip. Witnesses told Ma‘an that two were injured with live fire near the Nahal Oz crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel east of al-Shujaiyya. Medical sources said they were shot in the lower extremities. Three others were also injured in clashes near the Beit Hanun crossing in northern Gaza Strip, according to witnesses .
An Israeli military jeep rammed a Palestinian young man and injured him during a campaign at dawn Friday in al-Deheisheh refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the camp at dawn in a bid to carry out raids on homes and make arrests, but they were confronted by local young men and their campaign went awry.
At least seven Palestinians were injured while dozens suffered effects of teargas inhalation after clashes erupted in the West Bank and Gaza when Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) suppressed weekly marches.
At least seven Palestinians were injured while dozens suffered effects of teargas inhalation after clashes erupted in the West Bank and Gaza when Israeli Occupation Forces suppressed weekly marches. Dozens of Palestinians and foreign activists suffered effects of tear gas inhalation, while at least one was shot by rubber-coated steel bullet when Israeli forces brutally attacked the weekly peaceful march of Bil’in with teargas bombs and rubber bullets.
A horde of fanatic Jewish settlers on Sunday morning spray-painted anti-Arab graffiti on the walls of a Palestinian Church in Safed city. As always, the Israeli police claimed they launched an investigation into the incident to arrest the perpetrators, although similar incidents have previously taken place in the city without arresting anyone.
A number of Israeli settlers defiled the holy Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Sunday morning under tight security measures. Local sources said that 15 settlers entered the holy Islamic site after Israeli policemen were deployed in all its corners to provide protection for them.
A Palestinian shepherd was shot and injured Monday evening when Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) opened fire at Palestinian border areas east of Juhr al-Dik in the central Gaza Strip. Local sources affirmed that the injured shepherd was taken to Shuhada Hospital in Deir al-Balah for treatment.
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Monday stormed Ash-Shuyukh town, northeast of al-Khalil city, and kidnapped 35-year-old Sami Halayka, an ex-detainee, from his home. According to relatives, Israeli soldiers broke into and ransacked Halayka's home in the central district of the town and caused havoc to the furniture before rounding him up. The invading troops also stormed nearby houses belonging to his father and a neighbor named Nabil Halayka.
Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Sheikh Ra'ed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in the 1948 occupied lands, of inflaming the situation in Jerusalem and at the Aqsa Mosque and called for putting him in jail. According to Israel's channel 7, Netanyahu made his remarks during a cabinet meeting attended by senior Shin Bet officials on Sunday. Netanyahu claimed that Sheikh Salah was trying to stir up trouble in Jerusalem ahead of the Passover holiday and labelled him as a "bomb".
Israeli soldiers invaded, Monday morning, a Palestinian agricultural land in the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, and dumped rubble and sand on the plants. The land is close to the illegal ‘Daniel’ colony.
Extremist Israeli settlers Monday resumed their provocative tours to al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, amid calls by Jewish organizations for mass visits to the holy site to mark the beginning of the Jewish Passover holiday.
Source: Ma´an/WAFA/The Palestinian Information Center
Locals: Bulldozers level Gaza land under drone surveillance for 7th day, Several bulldozers also crossed from the Kisufim military site into al-Qarrara in northeastern Khan Yunis and leveled land in the area, Israeli armored tanks entered the border area and leveled Palestinian lands, while shooting live fire indiscriminately. There were no reports of injuries, however, witnesses said.
Nearly 30 Palestinians suffered effects of teargas inhalation including 20 schoolgirls as clashes broke out in Joboa town south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Local sources told the PIC reporter that the confrontations erupted Wednesday afternoon after Israeli occupation forces stormed the town amid heavy firing of tear gas bombs and were deployed near a girls’ primary school.
The so-called Temple Institute, an Israeli organization which works to "establish the Third Temple" on the ruins of al-Aqsa Mosque, declared that it secretly held a Jewish wedding in the holy shrine few days ago, Yediot Ahranot Hebrew newspaper revealed Wednesday.
Settlers assaulted elderly Jerusalemite man while he was at work in West Jerusalem. Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that a group of settlers attacked the 64-year old Zuheir Abu Khdeir while working in West Jerusalem- as explained by Daoud Abu Khdeir (Zuheir’s son).
Israel is adept at creating new Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons, taking advantage of every opportunity to do so and exploiting temporary crises to promote permanent measures. Today it is using the recent violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) to introduce a dangerous new twist to its long-standing residency revocation policy to force Palestinians out of East Jerusalem. This new concept –"breach of allegiance" to the state of Israel – is now being used to revoke the residency of Palestinian Jerusalemites, in addition to possible demolition of their family homes. The Israeli government is describing these actions as regular law enforcement measures, but analysis shows that they are part of its ongoing policies of forced displacement, with the aim of making longterm demographic changes and maintaining an overwhelming Jewish majority in Jerusalem.
JENIN, April 13, 2016 (WAFA) – About twenty Palestinian students Wednesday afternoon suffocated as Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters at a girls’ school in Jaba' town, south of Jenin, said municipal and paramedic sources.
The Palestinian security authorities have launched an investigation into the involvement of some officials in the transport of hazardous Israeli waste, believed to be toxic, to a local dumpsite in Jenin.
Medical sources in Hebron have reported that that five residents were injured, and many others fired the effects of tear gas inhalation, after Israeli soldiers invaded the al-Arroub refugee camp. Five Palestinians were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and received treatment by local medics. Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.
A group of Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian bus driver, West of Jerusalem, before fleeing the scene. The driver, who was identified as Zohair Abu Khudair, 36, is a local from Shu’fat neighborhood, in central Jerusalem. The driver’s family have filed a complaint to the Israeli police. .
Five Palestinian young men and one Israeli soldier suffered injuries during violent clashes on Thursday afternoon in al-Aroub refugee camp, north of al-Khalil city, after Israeli troops stormed the camp.
Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and colonies, in Bil‘in village in the central West Bank district of Ramallah, causing dozens of protesters to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Israeli forces suppress the Bil'in weekly march in Ramallah, firing teargas bombs and rubber bullets at protesters. Dozens of cases of teargas inhalation are reported, including among a number of children The heavy use of teargas bombs leads to fire breaking out on a large part of agricultural land West of the town.
Clashes break out as Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian protesters gathering near the border fence on the Eastern Gaza Strip and chanting slogans in support of the West Bank uprising. One Palestinian man is moderately injured as he is shot in the back.
A group of Israeli settlers and policewomen on Sunday resumed their provocative tours into al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in Jerusalem, provoking tension with Palestinian worshipers, who chanted religious slogans to protest their entry, according to witnesses.
Eleven Palestinian schoolgirls suffered tear gas inhalation after Israeli forces showered their school with gas canisters in the Tariq Ibn Ziad neighborhood in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.
Jewish groups in cooperation with the Israeli security authorities have finished all preparations for a new season of massive desecration against the Islamic sanctity of al-Buraq Wall (Wailing Wall in Hebrew myths), which is the Aqsa Mosque's western wall.
At least 16 Palestinians were injured as clashes broke out in Abu Dis town east of occupied Jerusalem. The clashes erupted when heavily-armed Israeli policemen stormed at dawn today the town and carried out a search campaign in local homes and commercial shops.
The Israeli Occupation Forces stormed different neighborhoods east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus at dawn. Eyewitnesses affirmed that several Israeli military vehicles stormed the city at 2 a.m. and deployed in its neighborhoods till morning hours before withdrawing from the area without reporting any arrests. On the other hand, dozens of Israeli settlers carried out overnight provocative acts at the southern entrances to the city after gathering in large numbers at Zaatara and Hawara checkpoints. Palestinian vehicles were forced to use alternative routes for fear of any possible settlers’ attack.
Israeli soldiers assaulted and beat up a Palestinian youth near the village of Azzoun a-Atma, to the south of Qalqilia in the West Bank, according to security sources. Israeli soldiers attacked and brutally beat up Ahmad Bassam Mohammad, 21 years old from the village of Asira al-Qibilia in Nablus district, while he was attempting to enter Israel for work.
Israeli forces detained a Palestinian and shot and injured four others during an extensive raid into Abu Dis and al-Eizariya towns, southeast and east of Jerusalem. During subsequent clashes, forces opened indiscriminate fire, stun grenades and tear gas canisters. Palestinian Red Crescent medics said that 12 Palestinians were treated for excessive tear gas inhalation and four others for being hit with live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets.
Source: Ma´an/IMEMC/The Palestinian Information Center
Teenager injured as Israeli forces suppress weekly protests, dozens others suffered excessive tear gas inhalation when Israeli forces dispersed weekly protests across the occupied West Bank on Friday.Popular resistance coordinator Murad Shtewei told Ma'an Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters, stun grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at demonstrators taking part in the weekly protest in the northern West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum and also Israeli Soldiers Attack The Weekly Nonviolent Protest In Bil’in.
Jerusalem at the center of Palestine-Israel naming dispute, Shortly after Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967 it faced a problem in how to refer to Jerusalem in Arabic. Not wanting to use the Arabic name al-Quds, the Israelis came up with a compromise by inserting the biblical Jewish name Urashalim.
Israeli settlers attack French solidarity delegation, A member of the French delegation told Quds Press that the Israeli settlers attacked him and his wife in addition to the delegation members while visiting Shuhada Street that was closed by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF).
Jewish settlers try to slaughter livestock near Aqsa Mosque, two settlers carrying a goat stopped at al-Qattanin market near the Aqsa Mosque and loudly declared their intent to slaughter it inside the Mosque before policemen apprehended them.
Hundreds of Israelis, including large numbers of settlers, converged on religious sites across the occupied West Bank on Wednesday morning ahead of the Jewish holiday of Purim, in visits Palestinians condemned as "provocative." In the southern West Bank city of Hebron, Israeli settlers as well as other right-wing Israelis held celebrations in the Old City's Ibrahimi Mosque.
A Palestinian bus was attacked by Israeli settlers throwing stones on Friday evening while driving near the illegal settlement of Immanuel east of Qalqiliya in the northern occupied West Bank. The driver of the bus, Nasir Abu Taha, told Ma’an a group of settlers standing on a hill threw rocks at the bus as it passed by, shattering the bus window, and causing panic among children who were riding the bus.
Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian farmers on Saturday morning in the southern Gaza Strip, locals said. Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli forces stationed near the borderline along Khan Yunis opened fire on agricultural lands where the farmers were working. No injuries were reported.
Five Palestinians were injured when clashes broke out across the Gaza Strip on Friday night after Israeli forces attempted to suppress weekly protests, Gaza’s Ministry of Health said. One Palestinian was injured with live fire, and two suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation near the Nahal Oz crossing in the northeastern Gaza Strip. Near the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, two Palestinians suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation when Israeli forces attempted to suppress a protest there.
Source: The Palestinian Information Center/Silwanic/PNN
Israeli police attacked Muslim worshipers and mosque guards after the latter prevented Jewish settlers from performing Talmudic rituals at the Aqsa Mosque. A horde of 25 settlers entered the Mosque at 7:30 in the morning under tight police protection before some of them tried to perform rituals at the Mosque's Rahma Gate.
Several Palestinian and foreign activists suffered injuries during clashes with Israeli soldiers in Kafr Qaddum town, east of Qalqiliya. Israeli troops invaded the town and attacked the participants in the weekly anti-settlement march with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Some 300 Israeli settlers, some of them armed, crossed through the village of Beit Ummar on Sunday in the southern occupied district of Hebron on their way between two illegal Israeli settlements, local sources told Ma’an. The settlers toured the Kfar Etzion settlement north of Beit Ummar before passing through the Palestinian village on their way to the Karmei Tsur settlement, both part of the cluster of illegal Israeli settlements known as Gush Etzion.
Escorted by Israeli army forces, dozens of Israeli settlers pitch tents on Palestinian lands in the al-Masoudiya area, North of Nablus City, in an attempt to camp out in the territory for several days.
During visits by thousands of right-wing Israelis to al'Khalil/Hebron for Passover, various senior Israeli politicians in the ruling coalition government call for the annexation of the occupied West Bank.
Source: Ma'an News Agency. The Palestinian Information Center
A large number of Israeli settlers, under armed protection, raid the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem and perform religious rituals there, in contravention to agreements about the site. Eight of them are escorted from the compound by Israeli police for violating rules and regulations.
Israeli forces escorted groups of Israelis to holy sites located in Palestinian towns across the occupied West Bank causing clashes to erupt early Thursday, as tensions remained heightened during the ongoing Jewish holiday. Palestinian security sources told Ma‘an that hundreds of Israeli settlers arrived in over 15 buses at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus around midnight. Located in the Palestinian city of Nablus, Israeli military forces who secured the area for the settlers’ entrance clashed with Palestinian youths near the holy site, firing tear gas and stun grenades as youth threw stones and empty bottles.
Israeli soldiers and several settlers invaded on Thursday at dawn the northern West Bank city of Nablus, leading to clashes with dozens of local youths; one teen was shot with a live round. Media sources in Nablus said the soldiers shot Ahmad Adel Mas’oud, 17, with a live round in his thigh. The sources added that many Palestinians received treatment for the effects of tear gas inhalation. The Israeli military allows Jews to visit as part of organized pilgrimages, despite the shrine being located in area A, which is under full Palestinian Authority control under the Oslo Agreements, and prohibit Muslims from worshiping on the site.
The southeastern border of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening saw intensive Israeli military moves as flares were lighting up its sky. An official field observer told Quds Press that the border area between Kissufim military post and al-Sanatti area, east of Khan Younis town, had witnessed on Wednesday night active movement of military troops and armored vehicles, including tanks. As usual during such overnight military moves, he said, flare bombs were heavily fired over the area
Israeli soldiers opened fire, on Thursday morning, on a number of Palestinian farmers in their lands, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and east of Gaza city. The WAFA Palestinian News Agency said the soldiers, stationed across the border fence, fired many live rounds on the farmers, while working in their own lands, forcing them away.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Thursday that Israeli security forces must continue to operate across the West Bank, including in areas under full Palestinian Authority control, and vowed to continue backing their freedom of operation even if threatened with losing his ministerial position.
Quds Press news agency reported that 1,058 Israeli settlers stormed the Aqsa Mosque during the Passover Jewish holiday in 24-28 April. 192 Settlers broke into the Muslims’ holy site on Thursday and 480 others stormed the mosque early April.
Israeli police forces clashed with angry young men in the Aqsa Mosque's courtyards. According to the Palestinian Information Center reporter in Jerusalem, several Palestinian young men threw stones at police forces during their presence at al-Maghariba Gate in protest at the desecration of the Mosque by Jewish settlers last week. The police also arrested 36 young men after they left the Mosque.
Dozens of Palestinians were injured on Friday as Israeli Occupation Forces violently suppressed the peaceful weekly marches in Ramallah and Qalqilia in the West Bank. 43 injuries including three rubber bullet injuries and 39 teargas suffocation cases were reported as clashes broke out in Kafer Qaddum town in Qalqilia province, the Palestinian Red Crescent said. The clashes erupted when Israeli forces stormed the town and brutally suppressed the anti-occupation march with teargas bombs and rubber bullets, causing several injuries.
Dozens of Israeli settlers stormed Madama and Asira Qiblia towns south of Nablus while Israeli Occupation Forces broke into Asira Qiblia. Eyewitnesses affirmed that Israeli settlers broke into the towns in large numbers in provocation to the local residents.
Israeli soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinians holding the weekly protest against the Annexation Wall and colonies, in Kafr Qaddoum town, in the northern West Bank district of Qalqilia, wounding three, and causing dozens of suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
Israeli soldiers assaulted, Friday, dozens of Palestinian, Israeli and international peaceful protesters, holding the weekly procession against the Israeli Annexation Wall and colonies, in Bil’in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.
Dozens of Jerusalemites were injured on Saturday afternoon with several bruises and suffocation after occupation forces raided Al-Rahmeh Gate Cemetery during the funeral of Jamal Mohammad Abbasi. Wadi Hilweh Information Center’s staff explained that occupation soldiers raided the cemetery located east of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the funeral of Jamal Mohammad Abbasi and attacked the participants with pepper gas, pushing and beating under the pretext of burying the deceased in an area confiscated by the Israeli Nature and Parks authority. During the raid, dozens of participants suffocated and were injured with bruises; some were transferred to medical centers for treatment.
Israeli police on Thursday shut down a poultry factory in the Bedouin town of Shaqib al-Salam in Negev within the Green Line for employing Palestinian workers. The Palestinian Information Center41 Palestinian workers were arrested for working in the factory without permits, Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said.
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested at dawn Friday 11 Palestinians after breaking into different towns and cities in the West Bank. Israeli radio said that 11 “wanted” Palestinians were arrested and transferred for investigation, without reporting their arrest places.
Israeli Soldiers Kidnap A Palestinian Near Hebron, Sameh Mohammad Zabdiyya, 25, soldiers also invaded several neighborhoods, and homes, in Hebron city, Yatta and Bani Neim nearby towns, and installed many roadblocks.
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested a Palestinian youth south of Nablus city on Sunday afternoon at the pretext he tried to stab a soldier. The Hebrew website 0404 reported that the young man brandished a knife and tried to stab one of the soldiers at Za’tara roadblock to the south of Nablus.
Several Palestinians were kidnapped on Sunday in a mass abduction sweep launched by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) across the West Bank. A PIC journalist said the IOF kidnapped four Palestinians from Bethlehem and two from al-Khalil. The IOF also summoned a number of Palestinians from the West Bank provinces of Bethlehem, al-Khalil, and Ramallah for interrogation. Two Palestinians were also kidnapped by the IOF from Nablus following a series of abrupt home break-ins.
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested at dawn Monday four Palestinians from Nablus including a leader in Hamas Movement and a university lecturer. Local sources said that the leader in Hamas Movement Sheikh Adnan Asfour was arrested from his house only few months after his release from Israeli jails.
Israeli forces on Monday detained the brother of Riham Dawabsha -- victim of a deadly arson attack in the village of Duma last year -- along with at least 12 other Palestinians in pre-dawn raids across the occupied West Bank. Palestinian security sources said Israeli troops stormed Duma, to the south of Nablus, and detained Wisam Hussan Dawabsha, the brother of Riham Dawabsha who was killed along with her husband and 18-month-old son in a high-profile attack carried out by settlers last summer.
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, the southern West Bank district of Hebron, stormed and searched many homes, kidnapped one Palestinian, attacked and injured another, and searched many homes.
Israeli soldiers invaded the al-‘Eesawiyya town, in the center of Jerusalem, searched homes and kidnapped Abdul-Qader Dari, Mohammad Abu Ryala, and a child identified as Mohammad Abu ‘Assab, before taking them to an interrogation center in Jerusalem.
Israeli soldiers invaded Hizma town, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, searched many homes and kidnapped six Palestinians identified as Adel Khader Jom’a, Abedrabbo Ziad Kanaan, Abed Fares Kanaan, Sufian Kanaan, Odeh Abdullah Odeh and Abdul-Zayyad Awad.
The Israeli occupation army arrested two Palestinian children, Bahaa and Mus’ab al-Shawaheen, in al-Khalil’s southern town of Yatta, after they had been chased down and aggressively attacked by Israeli extremist settlers.
In Jenin, a number of local youths suffered effects of teargas inhalation as clashes broke out overnight in Beit Qad east of the city. Several youths were also detained and investigated during the clashes.
Israeli police on Friday detained and later released a leading sheikh at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem for alleged “incitement” after he addressed some 70,000 worshipers at the holy site. Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, head of the Jerusalem endowment, told Ma‘an that Sheikh Muhammad Salim was detained as he exited the mosque compound through the Hatta Gate for alleged “incitement.”
Israeli forces detained six Palestinians including two university students from the occupied West Bank during predawn detention raids Friday, locals and Israel’s army said. Locals told Ma‘an that two members of Palestine Polytechnic University’s student council were detained in the raids, identified as Ibrahim Salhab from Doha and Salsabil Shalaldeh from Sair, both villages located near Bethlehem. Locals added that Salsabil is the daughter of prisoner Sheikh Zawadi Shalaldeh who is currently held in Israeli prison.
Israeli forces detained six Palestinians and confiscated a sit-in tent in occupied East Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood in an attempt to prevent prayers during a protest in the Ein al-Luza area. A sit-in protesting Israeli policies to push residents out of the area was planned to take place in the tent. Last Friday, Israeli forces threatened Palestinians taking part in the ongoing Silwan protests and attempted to break up the demonstration.
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Thursday evening arrested the Palestinian engineer Alaa al-Aaraj, three days after he was released from the Palestinian Authority (PA) jails. A PIC news reporter said al-Aaraj was arrested in Azaba village, near Qalqilya, after the IOF cordoned off his family home. Al-Aaraj was released on Monday from the PA jails, where he had spent 123 days. He had also gone on a 17-day-hunger-strike.
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Friday morning rolled into Arak Burin town, in southern Nablus, and wreaked havoc on civilian homes in search for a Palestinian child claiming that was carrying a knife.
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested Friday evening a Palestinian driver after chasing him near the northern entrance to Halhul town north of al-Khalil. Eyewitnesses affirmed that the unidentified driver was arrested and taken to an unknown detention center.
Israeli police detained and later released the preacher of al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Mohamed Salim as he exited the Mosque after Friday prayers for unknown reasons. Sheikh Salim stressed during his Friday sermon the historic importance of occupied Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Israeli occupation forces kidnapped six Palestinian citizens and handed others summonses for interrogation from the Shin Bet in campaigns in the West Bank and Jerusalem. According to local sources, Israeli troops stormed al-Aroub refugee camp, north of al-Khalil city, and kidnapped Rabah Fadilat from his home.
The Israeli Occupation Forces arrested an ex-detainee from Rommana town east of Jenin to the north of the West Bank. Local sources told the PIC reporter that the ex-detainee Nidal Sabihat, 28, was arrested at a make-shift checkpoint at the entrance to Ramallah.
Israeli occupation forces detained four Palestinians and summoned four others from across the West Bank districts, according to local and security sources. In Hebron, forces detained two Palestinians from al-Fawwar and al-Aroub refugee camps. They were identified as Hamadi Hlaiqawi, and Rabah Fdelat, respectively. They were both taken to an unknown destination.
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested Sunday afternoon a 26-year-old Palestinian young man at the Israeli-controlled Karama crossing that links between Jordan and occupied West Bank. Family sources affirmed that Orwa Dawabsheh, from Duma town south of Nablus, was arrested while on his way back from Jordan where he worked for three years.
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday morning kidnapped the Palestinian female journalist Samah Dweik from her own family home in Ras al-Amoud, in Occupied Jerusalem. A PIC journalist said Samah was kidnapped on account of her anti-occupation activism.
Four Palestinian farmers, from eastern Nablus province, have been detained by the IOF while they were heading to their lands located near the illegal Israeli settlement of Elan Moreh. Speaking by phone with a PIC journalist, a farmer said Israeli army patrols prevented Palestinian families from reaching their lands in the area to cultivate crops of their own.
Israeli soldiers kidnapped, late at night and on Sunday at dawn, at least eleven Palestinians, including children and a journalist, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, and summoned many for interrogation in a number of military centers. The soldiers also invaded and bulldozed farmlands, in Gaza.
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested Monday evening a Palestinian young woman near the Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil to the south of the West Bank. Local sources affirmed that the young woman Alaa Abdul Ghaffar Idris, 22, was arrested after being stopped and searched at an Israeli checkpoint near the Ibrahimi Mosque.
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Monday kidnapped a Palestinian young man in Jenin city and attacked citizens with tear gas during a campaign in the eastern town of Barta'a, west of the city. Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that Israeli troops stormed, amid intensive gunfire, al-Marrah neighborhood in Jenin city and kidnapped a young ex-detainee called Mohamed al-Suqi. The IOF also stormed the eastern part of Barta'a town, west of Jenin, and clashed with local young men.
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) detained Monday morning the family of the prisoner Ahmed Nazal at Jalama crossing in Jenin while on their way to Megiddo prison. Local sources told a PIC reporter that Israeli forces detained and investigated Nazal’s wife and his 4-year-old son at the crossing for several hours before forcing them to return to Jenin city. The wife and her child were on their way to visit the prisoner Ahmed Nazal in Megiddo prison.
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) detained Sunday evening dozens of Palestinians near the Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil south of the West Bank. Eyewitnesses told a PIC reporter that Israeli forces detained and attacked dozens of locals for several hours under the pretext that their homes are located near Kiryat Arba illegal settlement. The sources pointed out that two Palestinian vehicles were stopped and searched while locals’ movements in the area were blocked.
Palestinian media sources have reported that Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn and at night Sunday, several areas in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, searched many homes, and kidnapped at least six Palestinians.
Army Kidnaps A Young Man In Hebron; identified as Monjed Akram Rajabi, 20. A Child was Injured After Settlers Attacked Him, identified as Farhat Nader Rajabi, 10, the soldiers invaded the northern West Bank districts of Tulkarem and Bethlehem, searched several homes and kidnapped seven young men.
Source: Ma`an/WAFA/SILWANIC/The Palestinian Information Center/IMEMC
Israeli forces carry out raids across West Bank, detain more than 20, The detainees were identified as Raed Fayiz -- head of Qalandiya Youth Center -- Muhammad Eid Badran, Nidal Ahmad Ziyad, Usama Ibrahim Deiriyeh, Issam Abdullah Taqatqa, and Adel Mahmoud Deiriyeh, Ibrahim al-Shuruf, also detained Abdullah Rashid Mawqadi, a dentist from Salfit, and Amin Bassam Khweiled from Tulkarem, Baraa’ Salah, 20, and his brother, Ja'far, 21, from Tuqu' village, forces arrested 60-year old Marwan Hashlamon after raiding his home in the Old City of Jerusalem, 68-year old Anwar Saeed Al-Qaq from Ras Al-Amoud in Silwan, 45-year old Jamal Natsheh from Wadi Al-Joz and Amjad Akawi.
Source: The Palestinian Information Center/Wafa/PNN
The Israeli occupation police kidnapped nine Palestinian citizens in different areas of Occupied Jerusalem. Israeli policemen kidnapped Sheikh Yaser Abu Ghazalah and one young man in Wadi al-Joz. The police also kidnapped 68-year-old Mohamed Yasin in Silwan. Six Palestinians, including a child, were taken prisoners in the Old City, Sur Baher, Jabal Mukaber, Wadi al-Joz, Abu Dis and Silwan.
The occupation forces arrested two young men from the neighborhood of Wadi Hilweh in Silwan after assaulting them while Israeli police were deployed in the neighborhoods of Ein Al-Lozeh and Bi’er Ayoub. The occupation forces arrested 23-year old Dia’ Baydoun and 23-year old Ibrahim Siam.
Israeli forces stormed overnight different parts of Nablus and imposed a curfew in Hawara town. Arrests were also reported. Nearly six Israeli military patrols stormed Duma town and arrested three local youths from their houses after cutting electricity on the town.
Israeli soldiers assault a Palestinian member of a Jerusalem committee for prisoner's families in Sur Bahir, East Jerusalem, and take him to a police station for interrogation. The man is later taken to a hospital on the condition that he attend interrogation at a later time.
Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Sunday at dawn, at least nine Palestinians, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, including five of in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, while four Palestinians were kidnapped, in occupied Jerusalem, on Saturday at night.
Several Palestinians were arrested by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Monday in an abrupt sweep launched across the West Bank and Jerusalem. Sources based in al-Khalil said the IOF rolled into the city and wreaked havoc on the family home of the anti-occupation activist and Hamas leader Sheikh Mazen al-Natsheh, 42, before they handcuffed him and dragged him to an unidentified destination. The sweep culminated in the abduction of 40-year-old Ezzat al-Natsheh from the city, along with the two citizens Muhammad Hamamreh, from Bethlehem, and Majdi al-Barghouthi, from Ramallah.
A Palestinian youngster was shot and injured by the Israeli occupation forces in al-Ram town, in northern Occupied Jerusalem. Local sources said the IOF rolled into al-Ram town and kidnapped the youngster Fuad al-Juabari on allegations that he hurled stones at an army patrol.
The Israeli Occupation Forces arrested six Palestinians from occupied Jerusalem and within the Green Line, while several other arrests were carried out across the occupied West Bank. Israeli police said in a statement issued today morning that three Jerusalemite youths were detained for allegedly being involved in a stoning-attack at the light train while passing near Shufat refugee camp.
The Israeli occupation forces stormed the office of the Quds newspaper in Occupied Jerusalem allegedly in search for Palestinian youths who crossed the apartheid wall. Journalist Said Amouri said Israeli occupation soldiers raided the headquarters of the Quds newspaper in Atarot area, in northern Occupied Jerusalem, claiming they were chasing down two youths who infiltrated the separation wall.
The Israeli occupation forces kidnapped 15 Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem. The Israeli occupation army claimed responsibility for the abduction of nine allegedly-wanted Palestinians, seven among whom accused of involvement in anti-occupation activities.
The Israeli police forces stormed Jabal Mukabir town southeast of occupied Jerusalem and arrested a Palestinian young man. Quds press quoted locals as saying that Israeli policemen violently stormed the town and broke into the slain Palestinian Odey Abu Jamal’s house. During the raid, Abu Jamal’s brother Moataz, 20, was arrested and taken to an unknown detention center.
Israeli forces detained a Palestinian teen en route from the Gaza Strip to the occupied West Bank to receive medical treatment, legal sources said. Legal sources told Ma’an that 19-year-old Muhammad Abu al-Foul was detained while attempting to travel out of the besieged enclave through the Erez crossing, reportedly after Israeli authorities notified those stationed at the crossing that he be summoned for interrogation. Abu al-Foul was injured several months ago and had previously traveled to Nablus for treatment, sources said, adding that his detention marked the seventh Palestinian patient to be detained at Erez since the start of the year.
Israeli Occupation Forces stormed Azzoun town south of Qalqilia which led to the outbreak of violent clashes. Local sources told the PIC reporter that IOF closed the main entrance to Azzoun town before breaking into its neighborhoods amid heavy fire of teargas bombs.
Israeli forces began an intense campaign against Palestinian residents of the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, detaining at least 31, the majority children, and summoning another 18 for questioning. Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, a member of a local popular committee, told Ma'an that dozens of homes were stormed in the police raid, as officers ransacked their interiors and verbally abused their residents.
The Israeli occupation forces arrested a Palestinian youth as he tried to pass through a makeshift military checkpoint pitched in Jenin refugee camp, in the northern occupied West Bank. Local sources said the IOF kidnapped 19-year-old Kamal al-Almani on his way back home from Tulkarem city to Jenin.
Israeli soldiers kidnapped one Palestinian in Teqoua’ town, near Bethlehem, and invaded Beit Fajjar, in addition to closing roads leading to al-Khader. The soldiers also invaded the home of Tareq Yousef Taqatqa, in Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem, in an attempt to kidnap his son, Ali, but he was not at home.
Israeli forces detained three Palestinians from Ni'lin town, northwest of Ramallah, and the southern West Bank city of Hebron, said security sources. Forces detained Saif Srour, 18, and Suhaib Srour, 17, after breaking into and ransacking the interiors of their family houses in the Ramallah town of Ni'lin. During the raid, forces blew off the door of Saif’s family house and stormed several other houses, including the house of Hasan Dabbus.
20 Palestinians detained in Jerusalem amidst tightened Passover security, Mahmoud Dweik -- whose wedding was scheduled to take place Friday, Omar al-Zaanin,Thaer Zghayyar, Ahmad al-Hashlamun, Muhammad Najib, Ahmad Rajabi, Mumen Hashim, Ahmad Badriyyeh, Mamun Ghaith, Muhammad al-Shalabi, Ahmad al-Bayyumi, Muhammad Ziyad, Muhammad Jaber, Ahmad al-Shawish, Mahmoud al-Shawish, Ibrahim al-Natsheh, Munir al-Ajliouni, Amjad Abu Snineh, Muhammad Bayyumi, and Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh.
Israel puts poet under house arrest, A Hebrew version of “Resist, my people, resist them” was read aloud by an Israeli police officer at a Nazareth court hearing on 13 April. Tatour has been charged with incitement to violence based on the contents of that poem, the Arabic original of which is available on YouTube.
IOF imposes curfew south of Nablus, IOF imposes curfew south of Nablus, IOF arrested a 19-year-old youngster from Seelat al-Dahar town south of Jenin while crossing Za’atara checkpoint south of Nablus.
Dozens of Palestinian young men on Saturday decided to go on hunger strike for one day in solidarity with prisoner Sami al-Janazra, who has been on hunger strike for about 52 days in protest at his detention administratively.
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested the Palestinian journalist Omar Nazal. The Palestinian Journalists Union said the IOF arrested Omar Nazal on his way to attend a conference of the European Journalists Federation.
The occupation forces arrested two brothers after raiding their home in the village of Silwan. The forces raided the house of Yousef Abu Diab in the neighborhood of Ein Al-Lozeh and arrested his 15-year old son Mutaz and 17-year old son Mohammad.
Two Palestinians were detained and nine Israelis were evacuated from the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound Sunday morning amid rising tensions at the holy site during the Jewish holiday season, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources.
Source: The Palestinian Information Center/Ma´an/WAFA
Local activist Mohamed Awad said that IOF soldiers violently stormed and searched the house of a slain Palestinian,Ibrahim Awad in Beit Ummar town north of al-Khalil before confiscating 1000 US dollars and 1500 grams of jewelry.
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped Palestinian astrophysicist Imad al-Barghouthi, 53 years old, at Nabi Saleh checkpoint, northwest of Ramallah. Barghouthi, 53, is a professor of theoretical space plasma physics at al-Quds University and has worked for some time at NASA in the United States.
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF)stormed several towns across Jenin province, in the northern occupied West Bank, and sealed off the area with makeshift checkpoints. The IOF soldiers combed the town before they stormed the nearby Zabda and Emriha towns.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Thursday at dawn, at least ten Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem. The PPS said dozens of soldiers invaded various Palestinian communities in the Ramallah and al-Biereh District, in central West Bank, and kidnapped six Palestinians, after storming their homes and searching them, causing property damage.
On Thursday evening Israeli soldiers kidnapped three Palestinians, including a child, and released them later after interrogating them. The child is only nine years of age, identified as Mohammad at-Taweel, from Silwan town. He was kidnapped near his home in the ath-Thoury neighborhood in Silwan, and was moved to a police station for interrogation, allegedly for “hurling stones at police and army cars.” The soldiers allowed a neighbor to accompany the child, before his mother and aunt rushed to the interrogation center, and secured his unconditional release after the police also questioned his mother.
The Israeli Occupation Authority (IOA) has been detaining the Jerusalemite journalist Samah Duwaik, 25, for 17 consecutive days after charging her with incitement against occupation over Facebook. The IOA has been preventing detainee Duwiak from family visitation since she was arrested on April 10, under the pretext of the ongoing Jewish holidays. Palestinian Prisoner Society revealed that Duwaik is one of 19 journalists who are detained in Israeli jails.
Two Palestinian teens were arrested, one of whom was shot and injured by Israeli forces, after the two allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier Thursday at a military checkpoint in the village of Beit Ur al-Tahta in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah
The Israeli Occupation Forces summoned three Palestinian youths from Beit Fujar town south of Bethlehem for investigation. Israeli forces violently stormed and searched the three youths’ houses before handing them summons for questioning in Gush Etzion interrogation center south of Bethlehem. Local sources identified the three youths as Nabil Taqatqa, 30, Nader Taqatqa, 39, and Mohamed Taqatqa.
Israeli soldiers kidnapped a Palestinian child in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and demanded his father to pay a fine in exchange for his release. This is the fifth time the soldiers have abducted and detained this child. Resident ‘Aref al-Ja’bari said the soldiers held him and his son, Emad, only 14 years of age, after a colonialist settler claimed the two “attacked his son,” in Jaber neighborhood, in Hebron’s Old City.
Israeli soldiers and police officers detained at least 42 Palestinians from the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and released them later except for seven Palestinians, who remained under interrogation.
A 32-year-old Palestinian woman was moderately injured Monday morning in an explosion of an ordnance in al-Shujaiya area to the east of Gaza Strip. Israeli army remnants have caused death to many Palestinians in the Gaza Strip since the last Israeli aggression on the besieged enclave in August, 2014.
80% of Palestinians in Occupied Jerusalem are struggling with poverty, with four out of five Palestinians living with a daily wage of less than two U.S. dollars, a rights group reported Wednesday. A study conducted by the Unwan al-Amel organization campaigning for the workers’ rights said 85% of Palestinian children in Occupied Jerusalem are enduring extremely poor socio-economic conditions as the poverty rate rose from 75% to 80%.
The Israeli government declared on Thursday its strong refusal of the French initiative to hold an international conference aiming at reviving negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. The French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault declared last week that his country would organize an international ministerial meeting on May 30 in Paris in an attempt to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Israeli police on Thursday shut down a poultry factory in the Bedouin town of Shaqib al-Salam in Negev within the Green Line for employing Palestinian workers. Israeli police claimed in a statement that the poultry factory was closed for a week for employing Palestinians from the West Bank without permits. 41 Palestinian workers were arrested for working in the factory without permits, Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said.
Thousands of Palestinians and foreigners took to the streets on Friday to take part in the fourth annual marathon to be hosted by the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, aimed at highlighting the severe movement restrictions Palestinians face under Israel's military occupation.
Israel prohibited on Friday 103 Palestinian runners from the Gaza Strip to join Palestine Free to Movement Marathon that kicked off in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Around 4,300 runners from Palestine and all over the world joined on Friday the Free to Movement Marathon in Palestine that is held for the fourth year in a row.
The information office of Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s armed wing, slammed in a brief statement issued Thursday evening Twitter’s closure of the brigades’ accounts in English and Arabic, considering it a clear bias toward Israel. At a time when Twitter opens its platform to Israeli occupation figures and institutions teaming with racism, extremism and terrorism, the company closes, for the third consecutive time in two weeks, the official accounts of the Qassam Brigades in English and Arabic in flagrant violation of our right according to the commitment it made in front of the world, and in a clear bias to Israel.
The Israeli Supreme Court, on Thursday, refused an appeal to allow a Palestinian doctor a role in the autopsy of Abdul Fattah al-Sharif, who was executed in cold blood by an Israeli soldier on March 24, in Hebron.
Source: Middle East Monitor/The Palestinian Information Center
Raed Fattouh, head of the Palestinian Commission to Coordinate the Entry of Goods into the Gaza Strip, said the Israeli authorities had "officially and completely" halted all cement consignments to Gaza’s private sector.
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) closed on Sunday morning dozens of Palestinian commercial shops in Hawara town south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Eyewitnesses affirmed to the PIC reporter that Israeli forces stormed the town in large numbers and forced the local shop owners to close their doors after an Israeli settler’s car was allegedly stoned in the area.
In Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, Syriac's are a prominent part of social life. However since the annexation of occupied East Jerusalem in 1967 when hundred of Syrian Christians were expelled from their homes and businesses, the Syriac quarter of Jerusalem's Old City has been absorbed by the Jewish quarter.
The Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) exercised pressures on Twitter administration to close accounts affiliated with Hamas Movement including al-Qassam Brigades spokesman’s account, Israeli media sources said.
The construction of over 50 schools in Gaza has been blocked due to the tough Israeli siege, Assistant Undersecretary of the Palestinian Ministry of Education, Anwar al-Bar’awi said Sunday. Al-Bar’awi raised alarm bells over the need to construct more schools in the blockaded Gaza Strip due to overcrowding.
Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) cut off power to the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem on Monday afternoon, reportedly as a warning over the Palestinian Authority’s mounting debt. Hisham al-Omari, the head of the Jerusalem District Electricity Company (JDECO), told Ma’an that the cut had originally been intended to take place in the city of Ramallah and al-Bireh, where most PA institutions are located. The PA tried to dissuade IEC from carrying out cuts in the West Bank, al-Omari said, but the Israeli government-owned company decided on short notice to cut off electricity to Bethlehem instead between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Deputy mayor of Bethlehem Issam Juha told Ma’an that the municipality had not been warned in advance that the cut would take place.
The Israeli Supreme Court has set April 18 for a hearing to consider an appeal launched by Palestinian families seeking the return of their relatives' withheld bodies. Muhammad Mahmoud, a lawyer with Palestinian prisoners' rights group Addameer, said he would use the hearing to press Israel's public prosecution to give a specific date for the bodies' release.
On Sunday, Israeli soldiers forced all stores on the main road in Huwwara town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, to shut after Palestinians allegedly hurled stones at army vehicles and cars of Israeli colonizers living in illegal nearby colonies.
The United Kingdom-based Varkey Foundation which awarded Hanan al-Hroub its Global Teacher Prize Monday refused to withdraw the award after intensive Israeli calls to withdraw the prize for her husband’s involvement in an attack against Israelis in the early 1980s. Al-Hroub’s husband had served time in an Israeli prison for his involvement in the killing of six Israelis in the early 1980s. Israelis campaigned to withdraw the prize from al-Hroub citing her husband’s record and jail time. The foundation said in a statement it does take into consideration the conduct of candidates' relatives and stressed that al-Hroub has demonstrated a firm commitment to nonviolence. It explained, “As a point of principle, we only look at the qualities, achievements and conduct of the candidates themselves.”
Philippa Whitford, a parliamentarian for Central Ayrshire in Scotland and a breast cancer expert before entering parliament, travelled to provide care for a number of Palestinian women, who face an uphill struggle to get quality treatment. Whitford carried out four major cancer operations in the occupied West Bank last week, before travelling to Gaza on Sunday to advise hospitals there on how to improve their care. There are regular shortages of medicines including those that treat cancer and no radiotherapy in the coastal enclave.
Al-Jazira Sports Club held a Paralympic sports event for Gaza’s disabled athletes, simulating Paralympic games and tournaments abroad. Ali Al-Nazli, the club director, told MEMO that the event was held to bring those players who have been prevented from participating in Arab and world championships due to the Israeli siege to the spotlight, noting that they have achieved various medals in previous tournaments. Restrictions on travel and attending international championships have been ongoing since 2012.
The withholding of Palestinian bodies from their families by the Israeli authorities is an open wound for many Palestinians, one that fuels more violence and death. Israel is currently holding 15 corpses, defying the state’s basic laws and humanitarian principles. Parents of the dead have approached Israel’s Supreme Court: a hearing is scheduled for two weeks’ time.
Palestinian Minister of Housing and Public Works, Mufeed al-Hasayna, on Thursday called on Israel to lift the ban on the entry of reconstruction materials into the blockaded Gaza Strip to prevent another tragedy in the enclave. Addressing a press conference in Gaza attended by the PIC reporter, al-Hasayna said blockaded Gaza Strip is in need of 210,000 tons of cement for the reconstruction of civilian homes funded by donors.
Israeli Occupation Forces stopped a number of Palestinian farmers from working on their land east of Salem town in the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Eyewitnesses said that the farmers were removing weeds from their land and grazing their cattle when Israeli forces stormed the area and forced them to leave at gunpoint.
Israeli occupation settlers banned on Sunday morning tens of Palestinian farmers from entering their lands in West Bank city of Nablus. The Palestinians farmers headed to their farms in Salim Neighbourhood, east of Nablus, but they were surprised with heavy existence of armed Israeli settlers accompanied by the Israeli occupation forces.
The Palestinian farmers in Salfit district, northern West Bank, have been reporting serious water pollution and damage in plants due to the sewage coming from Ariel illegal settlement, West of the city. This issue has been going on for over two years now, as the settlement keeps dumping sewage water onto the Al-Matwi valley, causing severe damage to its environment. According to PIC, farmers complained in particular about the smell of sewage, large numbers of pigs and insects which pollute water springs and agricultural lands and cause lots of diseases to plants of the season. PIC added that researcher Khaled Maali warned of the dangerous flow of sewage water into the groundwater and springs which constitutes an environmental problem. Maali called on the environmental institutions to pressure the Israeli occupation authorities in order to halt polluting Palestinian resources and environment.
The Israeli public prosecutor has admitted that the Israeli government is behind the failure to sanction housing projects for the Palestinians in Occupied Jerusalem. The Israeli prosecution made this admission during a recent hearing held in the district court in Jerusalem, in response to a petition filed by lawyer Muhannad Jabara on behalf of the Popular Center in Beit Safafa town and Ali Brothers' Company.
Israeli Occupation Authority (IOA) decided on Sunday to raze an electricity network in the eastern side of Beit Dajan town near Nablus for the claim of being located within the Israeli controlled C Area. The head of the town’s council Naser Abu Jaish told the PIC reporter that the power network that feeds scores of houses and agricultural structures was constructed five years ago with a cost estimated at 120,000 shekels.
Scores of Palestinians demonstrated outside of the Palestinian Legislative Council building in Gaza City on Monday to protest the ongoing power crisis which recently took a turn for the worse after the Palestinian Authority (PA) revoked a tax exemption on fuel in Gaza.
Israel detains Gaza's blind karate team trainer at Erez crossing, Earlier this month, Palestinian runners from Gaza were denied permission to take part in a marathon in Bethlehem, and activists have recently put a spotlight on the case of a circus trainer, who specialized in working with disabled children, who was jailed without trial last December.
Boycott campaign launched against Dutch delivery service TNT, The recipients contacted the company, which reportedly said company policy doesn’t allow work with the Palestinians, and suggested the recipients “use addresses in Jerusalem or Nazareth [in Israel] instead,” Zahdah said, referring to the reply of TNT’s headquarters in the Netherlands as “negative.”
Israeli army closes road before Palestinians to ease traffic for settlers, Because it now takes one and a half hours for the Palestinian residents to get through the checkpoint there, some of them get up earlier at four am to be at work in Jerusalem by seven am.
Khudari: Israeli bans obstruct reconstruction projects in blockaded Gaza, Israeli restrictions on the entry of building materials into the blockaded Gaza Strip has blocked reconstruction projects worth 200 million U.S. dollars.
The occupation forces raided the headquarters of the Palestinian National Theater “Al-Hakawati” and handed the administration an order to close it for one day under the pretext of organizing an activity sponsored by the Palestinian Authority. The order which was signed by the Minister of Internal Security, Gilad Ardan Ardan also ordered to prevent the activity from being held somewhere else. The occupation forces requested Samer Nseibeh and handed him an order to prevent a sports activity from being held in Jerusalem –a marathon around the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem- under the pretext of being organized by the Palestinian Authority.
Israeli Occupation Authority (IOA) last week banned 48 Palestinians from travel outside Palestinian territories via al-Karama crossing, which is the only pathway that connects the West Bank to the outside world through Jordan.
The Palestinian Authority loses revenues of some $285 million a year due to its current economic arrangements with Israel, according to a new World Bank report published Sunday. These revenues could significantly ease the PA’s fiscal pressure, the report added.
The Israeli Magistrate Court in Occupied Jerusalem on Sunday banned four elderly Palestinians from the holy al-Aqsa Mosque, in Occupied Jerusalem, for 15 days. Lawyer Mufeed al-Haj from the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), said in a statement the Israeli court sentenced Marwan al-Hashlamon, 60, Anwar al-Qaq, 63, Jamal al-Akawi, 54, and Jamal al-Natsheh, 42, to house confinement for seven days and a five-hundred-shekel fine. The court also ordered that the four elderly Palestinians sign a bail of 5,000 shekels. The four Palestinians were accused of involvement in an illegal sit-in group.
The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza Strip called on the Egyptian authorities to reopen Rafah border crossing and to alleviate the suffering of thousands of sick people. Spokesman for Health Ministry Ashraf al-Qudra said the health conditions of thousands of patients have notably deteriorated and need an urgent medical intervention in light of the continued unfair siege on the Strip.
Israel has been banning the import of flak jackets into the Gaza Strip, a local committee for Palestinian journalists in Gaza said Tuesday. “Arab and international groups have repeatedly tried to bring bulletproof vests and helmets into the Gaza Strip to help provide safe and professional environment for journalists, but Israeli authorities always impede the process,” the committee said in a statement. It called for Israel to be held fully accountable for any harm that might befall to the hundreds of journalists who report from the Gaza Strip, “without bulletproof vests to protect them from gunshots and missiles fired by the Israeli forces during clashes with Palestinians.”
The Committee to Support Journalists warned of the dangers with which journalists’ lives have been fraught in Gaza due to the Israeli restrictions on the entry of press vests and shields. The committee said the Israeli occupation authorities have frequently banned journalists’ access to a set of helmets and bulletproof vests donated by international and Arab parties.
The Israeli Occupation Forces closed Yitzhar settlement road that links between Nablus and Qalaqlia. Israeli military vehicles blocked the road and prevented Palestinian vehicles’ movement for unknown reasons. Israel imposes restrictions on Palestinian movement within the West Bank, obstructs access to areas where it seeks greater control, and prevents travel between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
Source: The Palestinian Information Center/Middle East Monitor/PressTV
The Israeli security cabinet has declared that the army will continue to operate in Palestinian areas known as "Area A" in the West Bank in accordance with Israel's security needs. According to the 1993 Oslo accords, Area A is under full civil and security control by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and comprises only about 18 percent of the West Bank.
The occupation intelligence decided to deport five Jerusalemites from the Old City of Jerusalem; some were deported from the city of Jerusalem concurrently with the beginning of the Jewish Passover holiday.
Source: Al ArarabiyaThe Palestinian Information Center/Ma`an
Israel blocks off Gaza and West Bank for Passover,Israel turns Jerusalem into military barrack to mark Passover.Palestinians face severe restrictions in Hebron's Old City for Passover. Tensions are high in Israel following a wave of violence that has killed 201 Palestinians and 28 Israelis since October.
HRW: Israel closes dozens of quarries in the West Bank, Human Rights Watch organization revealed in a statement on Thursday that the closure of quarries affected 35,000 Palestinian workers who might lose their jobs.
The Palestinian ministry of interior in Gaza has said that the Rafah border crossing has been closed for three successive months during the current year, amid a rapid increase in the number of citizens who are in dire need for travel.
Israel’s High Court on Sunday ruled to hold a hearing next month in order to reach a decision on Israel’s return of the bodies of 15 Palestinians who were killed while allegedly carrying out attacks on Israeli forces.
Palestinian residents of Hebron’s Old City in the southern occupied West Bank are bracing for a renewed myriad of severe restrictions enforced by the Israeli military during this year’s Jewish Passover holiday, locals said Sunday. Director of the Old City's Ibrahimi Mosque, Hifthi Abu Sneina, told Ma’an the Israeli authorities notified the mosque administration that the holy site would be closed to Muslim worshipers Monday and Tuesday for the holiday.
The Israeli Occupation Authority (IOA) decided to close al-Haram al-Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil city to Muslims on Monday and Tuesday while it will be open only for settlers at the pretext of the Passover Jewish holiday.
Israeli Occupation Authority (IOA) banned Palestinian owners of quarries in Salfit governorate from taking out red stones, which are referred to as “red petrol”, in order to pave way for the expansion of Ariel settlement.
The Gaza Strip was left almost entirely without power during a number of days over the past month due to maintenance work on power lines by both Israel and Egypt as well as the ongoing tax disputes on fuel for the enclave’s near-defunct power station. The dispute falls between Gaza’s electricity company and the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority Ministry of Finance over taxes on fuel used by the station. Muhammad Thabit, a spokesman for Gaza’s electricity company, told Ma‘an last month that starting this year, the PA ministry had cut its subsidies for Gaza’s fuel costs by nearly 50 percent….
Israeli authorities closed the Kerem Shalom crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel from Thursday for the end of the Jewish holiday of Passover. Head of the PA’s Crossings and Border Department, Nathmi Mhanna, told Ma‘an the crossing would be sealed until Sunday with the exception of fuel entering the besieged enclave.
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Wednesday banned the family of the slain anti-occupation youth Muhammad Abu Fanouneh from passing through the Karama border crossing to perform Umrah (minor pilgrimage) in Makkah.
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) closed Thursday evening Nablus-Qalqilia road to the north of occupied West Bank without prior notice. Eyewitnesses told the PIC reporter that Israeli forces closed the iron gate at the road and prevented Palestinian vehicles to cross in both directions.
IOF soldiers closed all entrances leading to Beit Ummar town north of al-Khalil. According to the PIC reporter, all Palestinian vehicles were prevented from leaving or entering the town without providing any reason. The local activist Mohamed Awad, for his part, affirmed that Israeli forces closed all entrances and roads leading to the town, preventing people’s movement in both directions. The IOF severely restricted the movement of Palestinians in all areas of the West Bank and maintained an array of military checkpoints and bypass roads that restricted Palestinian travel while allowing free movement for Israeli settlers.
The Israeli Occupation Authorities prevented for the second week in a row Palestinians in Gaza Strip from crossing into occupied Jerusalem to perform Friday prayers. The IOF had imposed a hermetic closure on the West Bank and Gaza Strip for 48 hours starting from Thursday under the pretext of celebrating Passover holiday.
The Israeli ban on cement has obstructed the reconstruction of civilian homes in the blockaded Gaza Strip, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported. According to OCHA, since 3 April 2016, the Israeli authorities have been preventing the import of cement into Gaza for the private sector, following allegations that a substantial amount had been diverted from its intended legitimate beneficiaries.
70% of Gaza's workers below the poverty line. The infographic showed that 2015 was the worst for Gaza’s workers as the unemployment rate has reached 60 percent among them with some 213,000 workers unemployed. The Israeli 10-year siege on Gaza sharply affected the industrial and agricultural fields in Gaza Strip, according to the Trade Unions.
Dozens of Palestinian citizens and farmers in Deir Istiya town, northwest of Salfit province, participated on Friday in a march protesting Israel's closure of agricultural roads leading to their cultivated fields. Local farmers reported that Israeli soldiers photographed the protestors and prevented them from approaching a main road used by Jewish settlers.
The Israeli army on Wednesday closed the investigation into the killing of a Palestinian teenager during Nakba Day protests in May of 2014, without filing an indictment against the soldiers responsible for shooting the youth to death. The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem) said that their staff was informed by Lieutenant Colonel Edoram Rigler that army Judge Advocate General, Brigadier General Sharon Afek “was unable to find evidence” that the Israeli military or police used live fire against the Palestinian protesters. The incident in question took place on May 15 2015, while Palestinians were marking the Nakba day, the day in 1948 in which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displaced from their homes for the creation of the state of Israel on their land.
Israeli doctors assist in torture of Palestinian prisoners, A growing portion of the Palestinian prisoners held in solitary confinement by Israel have gone on hunger strike to protest their mistreatment.
The family of Palestinian detainee Mohammad Dawod, from Bethlehem, has informed the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) that he launched a hunger strike eight days ago, to protest his administrative detention.
100 Palestinian prisoners affiliated with Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) intend Sunday to start an open-ended hunger strike in solidarity with the detainees suffering health problems.
A Palestinian inmate with multiple diseases is suffering from medical negligence in Israeli jails, according to the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Commission. Prisoner Ibrahim Abu Mustafa, 33, is suffering from multiple problems in his heart, kidneys, and stomach, in addition to neurological disorders, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels. The Commission said the Israeli prison administration provides Abu Mustafa with only over the counter painkillers despite the fact that his condition has never been diagnosed, noting that he takes around 38 pills a day. The Commission pointed to the deliberate medical negligence towards Abu Mustafa by the Israeli prison authorities in Asqalan, where he is being incarcerated.
A sick Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails have been denied vital medical treatment and medicine by the Israeli prison administration, citing the high cost of medicine, a lawyer with the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said. Sick prisoner Fadi al-Namnam, who is currently incarcerated in the Israeli prison of Nafha, told a PPS lawyer, that he has been subjected to deliberate medical negligence by the Israeli prison service, which further worsened his health condition due to a long delay in providing him with the appropriate health diagnosis. Al-Namnam, a Palestinian local from Gaza who is sentenced to seven years in jail, has been suffering from various health complications, including acute pain in his back, spinal cord, and joints, for about three years now.
The Palestinian detained patient Bassem al-Sayeh is considered the most dangerous medical condition in Israeli jails as he might die at any moment, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said. The PPS statement was based on a medical report issued by Doctor Samir Matour who managed to visit al-Sayeh and check on his health situation in Megiddo prison. Al-Sayeh needs a heart transplant; however, he can’t undergo the surgery as he suffers from leukemia, Dr. Matour said in his medical report.
Captive Shukri al-Khawaja, who is held in an isolation cell at the Israeli Raymond jail, has threatened to go on an open-ended hunger strike if his isolation was not ended. The Asra Media Office in Gaza said in a statement on Monday that Hamas prisoners in Israeli jails have decided to back up Khawaja’s demand.
Israeli authorities Monday issued administrative detention orders against 53 Palestinian detainees, placing them in prison without a charge or trial, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society PPS). PPS said 27of the detainees received administrative detention orders for the first time, while the remaining 27 others received renewed administrative orders. There are some 500 Palestinian detainees being held under administrative detention in Israeli jails, a controversial Israeli practice which allows detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for up to six-month intervals that can be renewed indefinitely.
Louay Habis al-Imour, 18, and Malek Jameel Froukh, 15, both from the village of Tuqu‘, were detained Monday and violently beaten in Israel’s Etzion detention center, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said in a statement.
The family of Muhammad Jihad al-Taweel,17, said they found their son covered in bruises and with broken teeth when they visited him at the Megiddo prison. Also his fellow prisoners Muhammad Salah Muhammad Abu Kiff, Walid Fares Mustafa al-Atrash, and Abed Mahmoud Abed Rabbo Dawiyat were assaulted and dragged by guards while handcuffed.
The administration of Israeli Negev prison transferred the Palestinian captive Adib Mafarjeh, 28, from Beit Leqiya to the west of Ramallah, to isolation cells in Beersheba in order to pressure him to end his hunger strike he started four days ago.
Human rights groups have in recent weeks put a spotlight on the case of a 23-year-old Palestinian circus performer and trainer who has been held in an Israeli prison since last December without trial or charge. Calling for the release of Muhammad Faisal Abu Sakha, Amnesty International said: “He hasn’t been charged with a crime and the authorities refuse to give a reason for his detention.”
The Israeli Ofer military court on Thursday turned down the appeals filed by hunger-striking Palestinian detainee Sami Janazra during a court hearing to renew his administrative detention. Head of the Legal Unit in the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) lawyer Jawad Boulos said in a press statement he will file an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court against Janazra’s administrative detention. 43-year-old Janazra, arrested on November 15, has been on an open ended-hunger strike since March 3 in protest at his administrative detention, with neither charge nor trial.
The family of a 17-year-old Palestinian shot dead by an Israeli border police officer outside of Ofer prison in 2014 is attempting to garner support in preparation for the first court hearing on their son’s death. The family of Nadim Nuwara on Saturday told Ma’an they called for lawyers, journalists, and supporters to appear at the court session in effort to pressure the Israeli authorities to hold accountable the officer believed to be responsible for Nuwara’s death.
A ferocious sandstorm overnight Saturday hit Israel's Negev desert prison, blasting the tent-compounds for Palestinian prisoners with raging winds and debris, Palestinian sources reported Sunday. The Sawt al-Asra quoted Palestinian detainees in the Negev jail as stating that several tents were uprooted and prisoners’ properties ravaged as a result of the sandstorm. The radio denounced the negligence maintained by the Israeli prison service as regards Palestinian tent-compounds, leaving several detainees directly exposed to the hurricane of wild winds rocking the jail. The prisoners appealed to the international human rights institutions to urgently step in and force the Israeli occupation to fix the ruined tent-compounds.
The Israeli occupation police in Occupied Jerusalem on Saturday evening referred the file of 63-year-old Zinat Owaida to the Shin Bet and cancelled the court hearing, which was supposed to be held for her on the same day.
Palestinian Committee of Detainees and Ex-detainees revealed that a serious deterioration has emerged on the health condition of the detained Palestinian cancer patient Bassam al-Sayeh, 44, from Nablus.
Palestinian prisoner Shukri al-Khawaja has started an open-ended hunger strike in protest at his ongoing detention in an isolation cell for 16 months, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Center for Studies.
The legal division of the Israeli army closed on Sunday an investigation into the killing of a Palestinian teenager last summer by a senior Israeli commander, in a decision Israeli rights group B’Tselem has termed “an integral part” of the Israeli army’s “whitewash mechanism” of its own crimes. Colonel Yisrael Shomer shot and killed Muhammad Hani al-Kasbah, 17, with bullets in the head and chest on July 3, after the teenager allegedly threw stones at an Israeli military vehicle close to the Qalandiya checkpoint, south of Ramallah. “The Military Advocate General concluded that the shooting of the perpetrator was not criminal and the event does not justify taking legal action against the officer,” the Israeli army said in a statement on Sunday.
Four Palestinian teenagers turned themselves in to Israeli authorities on Sunday after spending time under house arrest. Muhammad Tayih, 17, Yazan Ayub, 16, Murad Aalqam, 15, and Zayid Tawil, 17, turned themselves in to the al-Ramla Prison in order to serve their sentences, ranging from one to three years in prison.
The Israeli military advocate general has closed the investigation into the cold-blooded killing of a Palestinian teenager by a senior Israeli officer near Ramallah last year, according to a press release issued by the Israeli army. An Israeli officer called Yisrael Shomer shot and killed Muhammad Hani al-Kasbah, 17, in the head and chest on July 3, 2015 after the teenager threw a stone at an Israeli military vehicle near Qalandiya checkpoint, south of Ramallah.
15 Palestinian prisoners affiliated with Hamas Movement and held in Ofer prison declared on Monday morning an open hunger strike in solidarity with the isolated prisoner Shukri Khawaja. Reliable sources told the PIC that the prisoners’ hunger strike came after the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) refused to meet Khawaja’s demands.
The Israeli prison service (IPS) on Sunday transferred the Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qeiq from the Ramla prison clinic to the Israeli Nafha desert lock-up. Speaking in an exclusive statement to the PIC, al-Qeiq’s wife, Fayhaa Shalash, said her husband was transferred in the morning to the Nafha jail pending his release next month as stipulated by a deal struck between his lawyers and the Israeli prosecution.
The Palestinian Authority has extended the detention of five young Palestinians, prisoners’ rights organization Addameer reported Monday, after their arrests sparked criticism of the Palestinian government’s security coordination with Israel, Basil Mahmoud al-Aaraj, 33, Muhammad Abdullah Harb, 23, Haytham al-Sayyaj, 19, Muhammad al-Salamin, 19, and Ali Dar al-Sheikh, 22.
A court session for the prisoner Mohamed Haroub was held Monday in Ofer court, family sources revealed on Tuesday. The prisoner’ mother said that a state of tension spread during the court session after Israeli forces prevented her from shaking hands with her son.
The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said Wednesday that tensions have flared up in Nafha prison, holding the Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible. Earlier Tuesday, dozens of Palestinian prisoners were injured after Israeli Special Forces brutally stormed section 14 in Nafha prison.
The District and Magistrate judges sentenced one child and a young man for actual imprisonment while the Magistrate judge released two young men on condition of isolation from Al-Aqsa Mosque for one month.
Israeli authorities decided to uphold the one-year detention of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy who has been held since November for allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack with his cousin, a relative told Ma’an on Wednesday. Ali Alqam was first detained on Nov. 10 at a light rail station in the illegal Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev after he and his cousin Muawiya, 14, stabbed a security guard, wounding him moderately. Ali, who turned 12 in detention, was shot at least three times on the scene and had to undergo surgery to remove a bullet from his stomach.
Palestinian prisoner Sami al-Janazreh entered his 40th day on hunger strike to protest his internment without trial or charge, the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs said Wednesday. Mutaz Shqerat, a lawyer with the committee, told Ma'an the 43-year-old prisoner from al-Fawwar refugee camp near Hebron, continued to be held in solitary confinement and was suffering from pains across his body and could no longer walk.
RAMALLAH, (WAFA) - Israeli Prison forces raided the cells of Palestinian prisoners incarcerated in the Nafha prison in Israel, assaulting them and beating them up, according to the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs.
The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) moved Palestinian prisoners in Nafha prison Ahmed al-Khatib to solitary confinement. The IPS closed Nafha prison after tension among the prisoners and Israeli Special Forces. Injured prisoners were transferred to Soroka Hospital while others were arbitrarily moved to solitary confinement. 16 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in Israeli solitary confinement.
The Palestinian prisoner Sami Janazra has been on hunger strike for 43 days in protest against his administrative detention. Despite his difficult health situation, the Israeli prison administration continues to refuse his transfer to hospital and kept him behind bars.
Noor al-Din Marwan Abu Hadwan, 17, and Saif Ayed al-Tawil, 16, turned themselves in to al-Ramla prison accompanied by their parents, following a decision Thursday by the Israeli central court judge in preparation for their court session to be held in the coming days. They are accused of throwing rocks. http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=771145
Israel extends administrative detention of Hamas lawmaker,Hassan Yousif for an additional six months. This is the fourth time that Salamah has been in administrative detention — internment without trial or charge.
Lina Ahmad Saleh al-Jarboni entered her 15th year in Israeli custody on Monday — the longest prison sentence ever served by a Palestinian woman. Al-Jarbouni, 41, is currently being held in Israel’s Hasharon prison. She was detained April 18, 2002 and sentenced to 17 years in prison. She has been a victim of the Israeli Prison Service’s (IPS) policy of deliberate medical neglect of prisoners.
An Israeli military court sentenced a Hamas leader to four years in prison on Monday, also ordering him to pay a 20,000-shekel ($5,298) fine. Jamal al-Tawil, 52, the former mayor of the city of al-Bireh in the occupied West Bank, was charged with belonging to an illegal party and carrying out activities with said party, as well as inciting against Israel during Friday prayers. He is currently held in the Meggido prison. Israeli prison services have reportedly denied his request to be moved to a prison closer to his family, which has been banned from visiting him.
Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, affirmed that the Palestinian resistance in general and al-Qassam Brigades in particular is working day and night on the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, Khalil al-Hayya, member of Hamas political bureau, said. Israeli authorities detain in its jails 7000 Palestinians distributed in 25 prisons and detention centers. 1500 out of 7000 captives are sick with some of whom in urgent need for surgeries. The number also includes hundreds of female and juvenile detainees in addition to a number of MPs.
Palestinian official data issued by the Ministry of Education showed that Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) continue the arrest of 75 students under the age of 18 and 30 teachers and administration staff. In a statement on Sunday, the ministry revealed that the IOA detains about 700 school students every year and subject them to harsh investigation conditions.
19 Palestinian detainees have been subjected to mistreatment in the Ramla prison clinic, a rights group reported Monday. The Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said four sick detainees have been permanently hospitalized in the Ramla clinic while eight prisoners, mostly injured ones, have been recently transferred to the clinic.
Israeli court orders Sheikh Salah to serve nine months in jail. In a unanimous decision, the court judges cut two months off an 11-month sentence issued in October last year against Sheikh Salah, who is accused of inciting to violence during a sermon he delivered in 2007 in Occupied Jerusalem.
The soldier who killed last March a wounded Palestinian called Abdul-Fattah al-Sharif escaped severe punishment after an Israeli military court on Monday charged him with "involuntary manslaughter" and improper conduct. In his indictment, the military prosecutor had said soldier Elor Azaria killed Sharif with no premeditation, but he acted in contrast to the rules of opening fire and without any operational justification.
The Palestinian hunger striker Sami Janazra, 43, has started suffering frequent fainting after he fell off his bed in Negev prison and was taken to Ramla prison hospital suffering from a deep cut. After visiting Negev prison on Tuesday, lawyer of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said that Janazra suffered very serious health problems.
Palestinian patient detainee Mansour Mowkada, 47 years old, from the town of Salfit, has now continued his hunger strike for the seventh day in a row. He is engaged in protest against the medical negligence policy pursued, by Israeli occupation authorities, against him. The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, in a press release, pointed out that Mowkada is being fed only liquids and essential medicines in Ramle Prison Clinic. Israeli forces took Mowkada into custody in 2002, and sentenced him to life imprisonment. During his arrest, he was severely wounded, and suffered from hemiplegia; he continues to live by way of a plastic stomach and intestines.
The Israeli Central Court, in Occupied Jerusalem, extended the detention of 25-year-old Palestinian journalist Samah Dweik pending a finalization of the verdict. Lawyer Ramzi Kteilat said the Israeli Magistrate Court ruled for releasing Dweik on certain conditions, but the prosecution objected to the decision and demanded its suspension. The Israeli prosecution indicted Dweik for incitement to violence via earlier statements posted on her Facebook account. Dweik was detained on April 10 after the Israeli occupation troops broke into her family home in Ras al-Amoud, in eastern Occupied Jerusalem.
Source: Middle East Eye/IMEMC/The Palestinian Information Center/Electronic Intifada
Israeli soldier who killed injured Palestinian sent home for Passover, Azria was charged on Monday with manslaughter and unbecoming conduct over the March 24 killing that took place in the southern West Bank city Hebron. Video: Inside Tel Aviv’s “Death to the Arabs” rally.
Three Palestinian prisoners continued their hunger strike in Israeli jails in protest against their difficult detention conditions, Palestinian media sources revealed Saturday. Saut al-Asra radio said that the prisoner Sami Janazra, 43, has been on hunger strike for 51 consecutive days in protest against his administrative detention according to which he has been held without charge or trial in violation of international laws.
A Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for over 50 days against his administrative detention by Israel was transferred to an Israeli hospital after further deterioration in his health, a Palestinian official said Sunday.
The Israeli authorities on Sunday released 12-year-old Dima al-Wawi to her family after she spent two-and-a-half months in Israeli prison for attempted manslaughter carried out at an illegal Israeli settlement. Believed to have been the youngest female Palestinian to be incarcerated by Israel, al-Wawi's parent filed requests for her release and Israel agreed to release the child two months early, alongside an 8,000 shekel ($2,100) plea deal payment. She was released at the Israeli military checkpoint Jubara in the northern West Bank district of Tulkarem, welcomed by the district's governor Issam Abu Bakr and head of the Palestinian Authority’s Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe, among others.
The occupation authorities decided to deport the 19-year old freed prisoner Rawhi Mahmoud Rawhi Kulghasi from the Old City of Jerusalem for 3 months; they also deported the freed prisoner Ahmad Shawish from the city of Jerusalem for three months.
The Israli court extended the arrest of Adam Abu Shamala, Ahmad Abu Roumi and Ahmad Abu Aweis until 2/6/2016; Yazan N’aji, Ali Atyeh and Mohammad Atyeh until 26/4/2016; Mahmoud Hijazi until 8/5/2016, Ismaeel Karaki until 26/4/2016; Mohammad Yaghmour and Omar Burqan until 19/7/2016l Hussein Sub Laban until 24/5/2016 and Mohammad Issa until completing the legal procedures against him.
Deportations from Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa: the Magistrate judge decided to release 20-year old Mahmoud Muna on conditions of paying a 5-thousand NIS bail and isolation from Al-Aqsa Mosque and the roads leading to it for one month. The 19-year old freed prisoner Rawhi Mahmoud Rawhi Kulghasi was deported from the Old City of Jerusalem for 3 months; they also deported the freed prisoner Ahmad Shawish from the city of Jerusalem for three months.
Palestinian captive Yusri al-Masri, who suffers from cancer, complains about the Israeli Prison Service's procrastination in providing him with proper treatment, putting him in danger of losing his eyesight.
One hundred Palestinian minors are being held in Israel’s Megiddo prison, many of whom are facing repeated rights violations by Israel's prison service, according to a statement released by the Palestinian Prisoners' Affairs Committee on Wednesday.
A number of Israeli military courts issued new Administrative Detention orders against 27 detainees for periods varying between three and six months, subject to renewal without a hearing. 14 of the new orders are new Administrative Detention, while the rest were issued against detainees who have been held for several months, and even years, under the pretext of a “secret security file,” that neither the detainees nor their lawyers can ever see, or know their contents.
A Palestinian detainee entered his 57th day of a hunger strike on Thursday while in solitary confinement in Israel’s Ela prison in Beersheba. A resident of al-Fawwar refugee camp near Hebron, Sami Janazreh, 43, was initially detained in November and openly declared his hunger strike in March after the Israeli Authorities renewed his administrative detention — internment without trial or charge. Prison authorities have since moved the hunger-striker between Israeli prisons as a way of pressuring him to end the strike, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), before placing him in solitary confinement at the start of this week.
Palestinian prisoner Majdi Yasin, a 33-year-old lawyer, has entered the fifth day of his hunger strike in the Israeli Jalama jail in protest at his detention with no guilt at al-Karama border crossing. The Shin Bet arrested Yasin as he was traveling back to Sweden after he spent a vacation in his native village, Anin, in Jenin.
Six Palestinian prisoners, including a sick detainee, are on hunger strike in Israeli jails for different period of time, a rights group revealed. The spokesperson for Palestine Center for Prisoners’ Studies, Riyad al-Ashqar, said that Sami Janazra, from al-Khalil, has been on hunger strike for 58 days running in protest against his administrative detention.
7 elderly Palestinians indicted for 'incitement' at Aqsa. The seven, indicted for alleged incitement at Al-Aqsa Mosque, were banned by the Israeli Magistrate Court from entering the holy site and the Old City of Jerusalem until their court date, which has been postponed until May 17th.
Israeli doctors condone solitary confinement for Palestinian prisoners. During his harrowing 65-day placement in solitary confinement in Israeli custody, Muhammad Hammad suffered from injuries in three places that had been inflicted by Israeli forces during his 2002 arrest. Despite his desperate need for surgery, the only medical treatment he received consisted of a couple tablets of Advil. Hammad told Ma’an he wasn’t seen by a doctor until he was transferred from Jerusalem's notorious al-Maskoubia interrogation center -- also known as the Russian Compound -- to prison more than two months later, where he would serve a three-year sentence without ever receiving treatment.
The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported, Friday, that hunger striking detainee Sami Janazra, 41, was moved to the Soroka Israeli hospital, after suffering a serious health deterioration. The PPS said that Janazra is ongoing with his strike for the 58th consecutive day, demanding an end to his arbitrary, and illegal, Administrative Detention, without charges. He has been held under repeatedly renewed administrative detention orders since November 15, 2015.
Four Palestinian prisoners continued their hunger strike on Saturday in protest of their administrative detention in the face of increasing pressure by Israeli prison authorities, with some experiencing severe health complications, Palestinian radio station Sawt al-Asra reported.
US 'concerned' about Israel destroying Palestinian homes, According to an American State Department spokesperson, demolitions of Palestinian homes in the West Bank by Israeli forces 'undermine the possibility of a two-state solution.'
Video: Israel demolishes every home in West Bank Bedouin village. Israeli forces have demolished every home in the Bedouin village of Khirbet Taha in the northern West Bank district of Nablus during three separate demolitions since the start of the year. Unlike most Bedouin villages, the residents in Khirbet Taha own their own land. However that land falls in Area C, territory in the occupied West Bank under full Israeli control. The village’s only school was also destroyed, leaving children to study in a dilapidated 100-year-old mosque — the only structure left standing in the village.
Source: Middle East Monitor/The Palestinian Information Center
Some 77,000 Jewish settlers are due to be relocated to illegal Israeli settlements around the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. The Israeli authorities’ plan aims to turn the illegal settlements of Ma’ale Mikhmas, Rimonim, Psagot and Kochav Ya’ir into residential neighbourhoods.
People of the town Qabatya, to the South of Jenin City, decide to reconstruct the three homes demolished by Israeli forces on their own expense and refuse to organize donation campaigns for this regard.
The European Union must raise political pressure on Israel over accelerating West Bank demolitions that run against international law and increasingly affect aid projects sponsored by the bloc, a U.N. envoy for Palestinian territories said. With more than 540 demolitions and confiscations in the occupied West Bank so far this year, the Israeli military has already matched or exceeded the total of 2015, tightening the squeeze on Palestinians living there. Robert Piper, a United Nations assistant secretary general and the head of humanitarian affairs for the Palestinian territories, briefed EU officials on that in Brussels on Friday, urging them to respond.
The French Foreign Ministry called on Israel to halt renewed construction of the Israeli separation wall in the southern occupied West Bank’s Cremisan Valley, according to a statement published Friday. “France is concerned by the Israeli authorities’ resumption of construction of the separation wall in the historical Cremisan Valley, which will affect several dozen Palestinian families in Beit Jala,” the statement read, referring to a Palestinian village west of Bethlehem city.
Multiple demolitions in the occupied West Bank left 124 Palestinians homeless in a single day, 60 of them children, according to a statement by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) released on Friday.
Israel's ‘Bible Trail’: Demolishing Palestinian homes to make national parks. Thousands in East Jerusalem caught in planning trap, with critics accusing officials of using heritage and tourism to pave way for settler land grab.
The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) knocked down 523 Palestinian homes and civilian structures in the West Bank since the start of 2016, with an increase of 275% from last year, a Palestinian center reported Sunday.
Israeli settlement plans in occupied West Bank have been doubled three times in the first three months of 2016 in comparison with the same period of the previous year, an Israeli watchdog organization revealed Tuesday.
Source: The Palestinian Information Center/IMEMC/Wafa/Haaretz
Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu and his war minister Moshe Ya'alon endorsed plans to build over 200 new housing units in settlements and outposts in the West Bank and Jerusalem. The government instructed the civil administration's top planning board to approve the plans and promote new settlement construction projects in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
According to the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions, an Israeli NGO, the Israeli government has demolished 28,000 Palestinian structures since the Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza began in 1967, resulting in the homelessness and suffering of untold numbers of people.
West Bank -Palestinian expert on Israeli settlement Khalil Tafakji warned of Israeli settlement plan separating major West Bank cities from each other. He pointed to the Israeli project to confiscate hundreds of dunams from the lands of Jalood, Termis’ea and Al-Mogheir based on military order 50 which was issued in 1983.
Hassin Mohammed Hassin Abu Gosh, 17, stabbed an Israeli woman to death and was killed in the act. Last week, in retaliation, Israel demolished his home in the Qalandia refugee camp. The ruins are a silent testament to a once thriving life. The house was demolished “in keeping with the government’s decisions”, the IDF said. But why? Can these be seen as a just punishment at all? The criminal is no longer alive, so his family is being punished for something they didn’t do. Can anyone call this justice?
UN figures released Thursday revealed a four-fold increase from last year in the rate of Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes and structures, that have left a record-high 808 Palestinians displaced since the start of 2016. According to UN documentation, the Israeli authorities have destroyed some 588 Palestinian structures across the occupied Palestinian territory since January.
1 Palestinian killed, several injured amid rising tensions in Lebanon camp, heavy clashes between rival factions at the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Helweh in southern Lebanon, Lebanese state media reported.
One Palestinian was killed and several others injured, Friday, amid heavy clashes between rival factions at the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Helweh, in southern Lebanon, Lebanese state media reported.
Autopsy affirmed that Palestinian young man Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif was still alive before a bullet fired at his head at point-blank range by an Israeli soldier killed him, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said on Sunday.
Two Palestinian Human Rights activists believe that the results of the autopsy conducted on the body of Abdel Fattah al-Sharif can be used as evidence to condemn Israel and prevent the closure of cases against its soldiers, who carry out field executions of Palestinians civilians.
Senior Fatah official killed in car explosion in south Lebanon, Fatah security official Fathi Zeidan was killed and four of his escorts wounded when his car was blown up in Mieh Mieh refugee camp four kilometers east of Sidon.
Thousands of Israelis held a rally Tuesday in support of Elor Azria, a soldier recently charged with manslaughter after shooting a prone and wounded Palestinian assailant in the head. The rally, attended by an estimated 5,000 people, was a source of controversy in Israel where the top brass have condemned Azria's actions while far-right supporters and politicians urged his release.
Witnesses to an alleged stab attempt on Israeli border police at a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank Wednesday said two siblings shot dead during the incident posed no threat at the time the Israeli officer killed them.
Palestinian medical sources confirmed that the Palestinian woman who was killed by Israeli army fire, on Wednesday, did not carry an explosive belt as the army claimed, but was instead five months pregnant, and “her only fault was walking the wrong route and not understanding Hebrew.” The Israeli police and army tried to come up with various allegations, including the usual claim of “carrying a knife,” and then tried to claim that she “was wearing an explosive belt,” while the only thing she “carried” was her fetus.
Two Palestinians were walking to the checkpoint at Qalandiya, but for some unknown reason turned towards the vehicle access area. Israeli guns were raised, warnings were shouted, something was thrown. Within moments the crackle of gunfire was heard and both Palestinians lay dead or dying on the ground.
IDF investigators ‘say Hebron soldier motivated by twisted ideology’. Document obtained by Vice News says Elor Azaria repeatedly told troops at scene he shot assailant because he ‘needs to die’; report blasts soldiers’ failure to treat wounded man.
Hebron shooter called to 'kill everyone in Gaza'. Palestinian citizens are being incarcerated left and right for Facebook statuses. But IDF soldier Elor Azaria, indicted for manslaughter, wasn’t even taken in for questioning over tweets calling for massacres of Palestinians. On the double standards in Israeli law.
For most Israelis, Palestinian lives don't matter. A 24-year-old Palestinian and her teenage brother were shot and killed by Israeli troops after allegedly trying to stab Border Police officers. The police’s version of the events doesn’t add up, but nobody in Israel, including the media, feels the need to ask questions.
Tens of thousands of Gaza Strip residents, Palestinians who used to work in Israel, bear scars from the Erez crossing. They used to call it the “barrier of death” because the passage to Israel through the crowded crossing was life threatening. Hundreds required medical treatment after suffocating there or being trampled in the cruel battle for survival at the antiquated, congested security checkpoints. Injuries were par for the course.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees says that over five million American dollars would be distributed to hundreds of families in Gaza whose houses were destroyed during Israel's assault on Gaza in 2014.
Representatives of institutions for people with special needs call for criminalizing and holding the Israeli authorities responsible for the crimes it commits against persons with disabilities through repeated aggression on the Gaza Strip.
Progress has been made in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority over a deal that would limit Israeli army activity in Palestinian-controlled areas of the West Bank, according to Israeli officials and Western diplomats familiar with the talks.
Video covering a great deal – from video of the remains of the village cemetery now on the grounds of a mental health center, to interviews with survivors… It includes many things which are not widely known, such as the fact that in the days after the massacre, orphaned children from Deir Yassin were gathered up and left to fend for themselves at the Jaffa Gate. They were taken into the care of one woman, Hind Husseini, who eventually took in 55 children.
Palestinian residents of Syria's beleaguered Yarmouk refugee camp have undergone executions, beheadings, and rape as deadly clashes continue between the Islamic State group and al-Nusra Front, the PLO envoy to Syria has said.
Palestinian non-governmental organizations (NOGs) strongly condemned the Israeli continued ban of construction materials’ access into Gaza Strip, warning against its serious implications on the deteriorating humanitarian situation. Gaza Strip has reached an unprecedented level of food-insecurity, unemployment, and poverty rates, the statement added.
Al-Arabiya Organization for Human Rights in Britain warned of the escalated attacks of the Israeli organizations of the alleged Temple of Solomon at the Aqsa Mosque. It urged the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League to exert efforts to put an end to Israeli crimes.
Noted Palestinian religious and official figures held a news conference to highlight Israel's escalation of its violations against the Aqsa Mosque. The participants in the conference underlined the Israeli violations against the Aqsa Mosque during the last two weeks, especially the Jewish settlers' mass break-ins at the Aqsa Mosque and their attempts to perform rituals in its courtyards.
A report issued by each of Palestinian Prisoners Society, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Foundation, Detainees and Ex-detainees Committee, al-Mizan Center for Human Rights-Gaza revealed that the Israeli occupation authorities arrested 647 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in March.
Defense for Child International – Palestine Branch has reported that Israeli soldiers are systematically abusing Palestinian children, especially during invasions of their homes and while abducting them.
The Committee to Support Palestinian Journalists says that Israel has detained forty-three journalists in occupied Palestinian territory since October 2015, including two foreign reporters. According to the committee journalists have reported torture, medical negligence and unreasonable and illegal rulings by the Israeli authorities.
In light of the climaxing uprising, some claim the Palestinian Authority’s security services are coordinating arrests, so that after a Palestinian suspect is released by the PA he is shortly thereafter detained by Israel.
Israeli arbitrary abductions of Hamas leaders will only boost popular support for armed resistance and anti-occupation activism, Hamas said. Hamas spokesman Husam Badran said in a press statement the arrests carried out by the Israeli occupation army are vain attempts at quelling anti-occupation activism.
Palestinian and Arab users of Twitter launched on Friday an international campaign on social media networks calling for ending the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza Strip. The activists of the campaign under the hashtag #enough_siege which got a large-scale support by users of Facebook and Twitter demanded the opening of Rafah border crossing and ending the siege which has been imposed on Gaza by Israeli authorities for ten years. Over 54,000 tweets which reached 25.7 million followers focused on the disastrous implications of the Israeli siege.
A report issued on Sunday by the Christian Islamic Committee for supporting Jerusalem and holy Sites revealed that 5 Jerusalemites were killed by Israeli occupation forces whereas 80 others got arrested in Israeli jails during March.
The International Campaign to Break Gaza Siege (ICBGS) declared Monday the formation of an international and regional lobby to break the Israeli 10-year siege on Gaza. Speaking to the PIC, spokesman for the campaign Adham Abu Salmiya said that the lobby will be publicly declared in 17 Arab and Islamic TV channels at 8 p.m. Jerusalem time today. The campaign organizers will speak for an hour and a half to brief the audience about the shocking impacts of the Israeli unfair siege on the daily life in Gaza Strip.
Before the advent of Zionism and Arab nationalism, Jews and Palestinians lived in peace in the holy land. Menachem Klein’s new book maps out an oft-forgotten history of Israel/Palestine, and offers some guidance on how we may go back to that time.
Hamas criticises Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas for condemning the recent wave of small-scale attacks by Palestinians and for the continued security coordination between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.
PEN American Center, which describes itself as “the US branch of the world’s leading international literary and human rights organisation,” has chosen to align, once again, with the government of Israel, one of the world’s most persistent abusers of human rights.
Israel's one in five citizens, whose mother tongue is Arabic, are increasingly fearful of using it in public as hostility has mounted towards the language from both officials and the Jewish public, human rights groups warned this week.
For years American taxpayers have been bankrolling Jewish-only illegal settlements in the West Bank with hundreds of millions of dollars funneled through tax-exempt non-profit organizations (we’ve covered the issue on Mondoweiss since 2008). One of the organizations which is a frequent recipient of these donations is the Brooklyn-based Hebron Fund which supports Hebron’s settler community. Haaretz reports that Goldman Sachs has a “clear pattern” of giving to Israeli rightwing groups through their Charitable Gift Fund, including the notorious Jewish zealots in Hebron.
A recent survey has painted a bleak picture of the Palestinian youth's outlook on the future, with two-thirds believing Palestine is heading in the wrong direction and a majority not registered to vote in future Palestinian elections.
The US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015 highlighted numerous allegations of Israeli rights abuses, including the arbitrary arrest and torture of Palestinians, restrictions on their freedom of movement and speech and most significantly the excessive use of force.
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah marked Palestinian Prisoner’s Day Sunday, highlighting the record number of children being held in Israeli jails. "The Israeli occupation has transformed our homeland into a large prison,” he said.
Palestinians Are Dying, But Only Israelis are “Vulnerable” in The NY Times. Isabel Kershner in The New York Times reports that Israelis are suffering from “a sense of vulnerability” after a bus bombing in Jerusalem this week. The event, she reports, sowed fear and anxiety in a population “already on edge” after a series of attacks over the past several months.
More than 80 percent of American senators signed a letter addressed to US President Barack Obama urging him to reach an agreement on an increased military aid package to Israel. "In light of Israel's dramatically rising defense challenges, we stand ready to support a substantially enhanced new long-term agreement to help provide Israel the resources it requires to defend itself and preserve its qualitative military edge,"
The London-based Palestinian Return Center asks the British members of parliament to put pressure on the Israeli government to halt its violations against Palestinians and calls for prosecuting Israeli leaders for those offences.
A poll by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Center shows that Palestinian youth in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank have widely disparate opinions on the ongoing wave of attacks by Palestinians, while all show a decrease in support of the two-state solution and a majority of youth continue to view political negotiations as an ineffective tool for resolving the conflict.
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights looks at the two-week tour two prominent Palestinian human rights defenders held in the United States to provide U.S. Audiences with a first-hand account of the situation in occupied Palestine.
Charlie Hoyle looks at the situation of Ahmad Younes and his family, Palestinian refugees from Syria, their ordeal in finding asylum in Europe and their possible deportation from Europe because of the EU-Turkey deal on refugees.
For years, the Tel Aviv-based Shurat HaDin – also known as the Israel Law Centre – has organised tours to Israel while continuing its day-to-day activities of “fighting terrorism and safeguarding Jewish rights worldwide”. Billed as the “Ultimate Mission to Israel,” the weeklong excursion packages offer five-star accommodation, luxury bus transportation, and a cell phone for each participant. The cost: a mere $3,150 (not including airfare), plus an obligatory donation of between $600 and $5,000 per person.
40,000 Palestinians in Gaza Strip suffer from diabetes, half of them are women, UNRWA said in a new report issued on the occasion of World Health Day. The Gaza Strip is an environment where malnutrition and infectious diseases can coexist with non-communicable health conditions such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes. Forced urbanization, over-crowding and the related psychosocial stress can aggravate these diseases, the report said.
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) prevented 503 Palestinians from passing through the Karama border crossing since the start of 2016, police said Sunday. The Palestinian police in Ramallah said in a statement that the IOF banned 503 Palestinians from traveling through the Karama crossing under the security pretext. 365,000 passengers passed through the Karama crossing in January with a 15% increase from last year.
The European Union announces it will contribute more than seventeen million dollars to pay the salaries of Palestinian civil servants in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, amid an ongoing Palestinian funding crisis.
More than 75,000 Palestinian families internally displaced in the Gaza Strip as a result of the 2014 escalation of hostilities continue to live in fraught conditions and are in need of homes, the United Nations relief coordination wing for the Occupied Palestinian Territory reported today. In a press release, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it conducted an “unprecedented profiling exercise” of Palestinian families internally displaced in the Gaza Strip. “After hearing from over 16,000 displaced families in the Gaza Strip, it is clear that most continue to live in desperate conditions,” said Robert Piper, the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities for the occupied Palestinian territory. “International support to end this situation is urgently needed,” he said. According to the survey, more than 80 per cent of families borrowed money to get by in the past year, more than 85 per cent purchased most of their food on credit, and more than 40 per cent have decreased their consumption of food.
The EU mission in the occupied West Bank said they were “deeply concerned” at Israel’s renewed construction of the separation wall in Bethlehem’s Cremisan Valley. The mission said that once finished, the wall would severely restrict nearly 60 Palestinian families’ access to their agricultural land, likely devastating their livelihoods.
Arab Knesset member Jamal Zahalka strongly condemns Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu for asking the attorney general to open an investigation against Zahalka to decide whether his call for Palestinians to prevent break-ins by Jews at the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem by all means possible constitutes incitement.
Dozens of Gazan people whose homes were destroyed in the last Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip organized a sit-in before the headquarters of the High Commissioner of the United Nations in Gaza. They demanded entry of cement into the Gaza Strip for the reconstruction of their destroyed homes.
Israel's covert war against Palestinian media, Palestinian journalists are increasingly threatened, arrested and interrogated just for doing their jobs. And for the most part, Israeli journalists remain silent.
PCBS: Palestinian trade deficit reached over $300 million in February. The Palestinian government attributes trade deficits to the occupied territories' failure to access key resources and to movement restrictions imposed by Israel.
Representatives from the Netherlands this week completed rehabilitation of historical pools located near Hebron’s al-‘Arroub refugee camp, which are expected to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The rehabilitation of the al-‘Arroub pool, known as Birkhet al-Shatt, would provide some 50 local farmers with water storage to be used for agricultural purposes.
Deputy head of Hamas Politburo Ismail Haneyya said on Thursday during an event organized by the Movement in Gaza city that "the siege of two million Palestinians in Gaza cannot continue." During the rally, Haneyya reiterated Gaza’s humanitarian right for a seaport and an airport. Gaza should not remain under siege, he emphasized. "Our patience has limits. The siege of two million Palestinians in Gaza cannot continue", he added.
Preacher of Muslims’ the holy al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Muhammad Salim, spoke out against his detention by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF), saying it is rather a sign of provocation to the Muslim worshipers. Talking to a PIC journalist, Sheikh Salim said the IOF detained him for hours on allegations of incitement.
The number of Palestinian children arrested by Israeli police has skyrocketed since October, when a wave of violence began in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, Human Rights Watch has reported. Children being arrested on charges such as throwing bottles, or because forces suspect they might have a knife, are being beaten, handcuffed to chairs, and having their rights denied, the report said. The rise in arrests of more than 150 percent when compared to this time last year, began in October when protests in the West Bank and Gaza escalated, resulting in the use of live fire against demonstrators by Israeli forces. By February 2016, 440 Palestinian children had been arrested compared to 182 the year before.
The European Union Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemned the latest death sentence issued in the Gaza Strip. The latest death sentence was handed out by a civil court in the besieged Palestinian territory. This is the fifth death sentence issued in Gaza this year.
The Arab League urged the international community and their organizations to pressure Israel to release all Arab and Palestinian prisoners and detainees in its jails and to respect the international law in this regard. Its statement pointed to the presence of about 7,000 prisoners in Israeli jails, among them over 700 are administratively detained, 480 children and minors and 68 women.
“No Way to Treat a Child”, a new report by Defense for Children International – Palestine, details the widespread and systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system.
Defense for Children International-Palestine published a new report on Saturday, under the title of “No Way to Treat a Child”, detailing the widespread and systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system.
In court, Majd, who pleaded not guilty, told his lawyer that he had been locked in a small cell at the Ashkelon prison, where he was subjected to daily interrogation sessions that lasted for hours. “He was put in complete isolation and denied his right to talk to his attorney, which gravely breaches the basics of fair trial,” Samir al-Manama, Majd’s lawyer from the al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights, told Al Jazeera. Majd’s family and many Palestinians say the charges are incomprehensible. “
The International Solidarity Campaign —Tadhamun— called on the world to speak up for the infringed rights of Palestinian detainees in Israeli occupation jails. Speaking in a statement to mark the Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, observed on April 17, Tadhamun campaigners said: “As April 17 passes by, over 7,200 Palestinians are being locked up behind Israeli bars in a flagrant and systematic violation of international norms, laws, treaties, and the Human Rights Bill.” The statement spoke out against the detention of 4,676 Palestinians since the start of the anti-occupation Jerusalem Intifada, in early October. Hundreds of children, including dozens left without trial, and 69 female detainees, along with 1,300 sick prisoners, have been suffering in occupation jails, the statement further read.
Palestinian Forum in Britain called on the British government, the European Union, the international community, and all human rights institutions to shoulder their responsibilities and pressure the Israeli government in order to release Palestinian prisoners and halt its oppressive practices against them. In a statement issued on Palestinian Prisoner Day, the forum asked the free world to find an urgent and just solution to the suffering of Palestinian prisoners especially children and women and to intensify official efforts exerted for their release.
Sabha al-Wawi reflects on the detainment of her twelve-year-old daughter Dima by Israeli forces and the interrogation and torture Dima underwent following her detainment and during the two months of her imprisonment.
What It's Like to Be a 12-year-old Palestinian Girl in Israeli Jail. D., who was released from prison this week, was incarcerated in one cell with six other girls; now she’s dreaming about the boy she met for a moment in the prisoners van.