RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Israeli forces detained four Palestinians across the occupied West Bank between Wednesday night and Thursday, including a former Palestinian hunger striker who was recently released from Israeli prison, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.
The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement that Israeli forces had detained former Palestinian prisoner of Israel and hunger striker Anas Shadid from the village of Dura in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.
Shadid was released from prison a little more than a month ago after going on a 90-day hunger strike
in protest of being held under administrative detention — Israel’s policy of imprisonment without charge or trial.
An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the detention in Dura.
Meanwhile, in the northern West Bank, PPS said that Israeli forces detained Amjad Jamal Milhem, 22, at an unspecified Israeli military checkpoint.
Israeli forces also detained Alaa Shahrour and Amir Shahrour from the Tulkrarem district while the two were visiting Jerusalem city.
Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
Israeli authorities carried out an average of 95 army raids a week in Palestinian communities since the beginning of the year, according to UN documentation.
According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 6,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prison as of May.
Israeli police summoned Wednesday evening the Palestinian female ex-prisoner Lina Jarbouni for investigation, family sources revealed.
The sources said that Jarbouni, 43, was investigated for more than two hours over the humanitarian activities she was involved in after her release.
“The Israeli Intelligence wants to tell us that we are always under its control,” Jarbouni’s brother said.
“I’ve been subjected to similar investigation while visiting my sister in jail. We get used to such measures which do not scare us,” he added.
Lina Jarbouni, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, was released from Israeli jails on April 16 this year after spending 15 years behind Israeli bars.
Jarbouni, the longest-serving Palestinian female prisoner, was detained by Israeli police on April 18, 2002 and interrogated for over 30 days, during which time she said she was tortured.
Israel eventually charged her with being affiliated with the Islamic Jihad movement and for aiding its fighters.
(Source / 22.06.2017)
Five Palestinian civilians were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) from the West Bank and Jerusalem at predawn Thursday.
The IOF arrested three Palestinian young men, from the West Bank, in al-Tour neighborhood and transferred them to an unidentified destination after they handcuffed them.
Overnight, the occupation forces turned Jerusalem neighborhoods into military zones and cracked down on Palestinian youths heading to al-Aqsa Mosque to mark Laylat al-Qadr (the Night of Decree).
22-year-old Palestinian youth Amjad Milhem was arrested by the occupation soldiers at a military checkpoint set up between southern Jenin and Nablus.
Palestinian ex-prisoner Anas Shedid, aged 20, was re-arrested on the same day, three weeks after he was released from Israeli lock-ups, following a 90-day hunger strike to protest administrative detention, without charge or trial.
The IOF wreaked havoc on Shedid’s family home and came down heavily on his relatives, his brother Abdul Majid reported.
(Source / 22.06.2017)
Lying in an intensive care room in Rantisi Hospital for Children in Gaza, the 3-year-old Yousuf al-Agha faces the risk of death as the Palestinian Authority (PA) procrastinates in issuing a treatment referral for him.
The angel-faced child suffers from kidney failure and is in a dire need for dialysis on a regular basis as well as many tests and medications that are not available in the Gaza Strip, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health.
A month ago, the hospital had applied for an urgent medical permit to transfer Agha abroad for treatment, but it has not been approved yet despite the presence of reports confirming that his condition is very critical and that time is a crucial factor in his case.
Director of Rantisi Hospital for Children, Dr. Mohammed Abu Silmiya, affirmed that Agha is at the risk of death at any moment because of the delayed treatment and that he needs to travel immediately.
The PA has recently begun a series of collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip including denying it of its share of medicines and procrastinating in issuing medical referrals.
(Source / 21.06.2017)
More than 600,000 illegal settlers live in occupied West Bank. Some statistics said that number stands at around 800,000
Despite increasing Israeli violations against Palestinians and their property, the international community increases its support to Israel and blacklists Palestinian resistance groups
Israeli PM announced on Tuesday that ground had been broken for building first Israeli Jewish settlement in occupied West Bank in 25 years.
The new settlement, to be known as Amichai, is to accommodate illegal settlers of the illegal Amona outpost, which was evacuated in February in line with court orders because it was built on private Palestinian land.
“Today, ground works began, as I promised, for the establishment of the new community for the residents of Amona,” the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted.
“After decades, I have the privilege to be the prime minister who is building a new community in Judea and Samaria.”
The new illegal Jewish settlement, which will be located near the illegal settlements of Shiloh and Eli in north of Ramallah, will be the first of its kind to be constructed since the Israeli-Palestinian Oslo peace accords were signed in 1993.
Israel Radio said the works begun on Tuesday involved laying the infrastructure for the illegal settlement.
Defying the international community’s decisions, the Israeli occupation is carrying on expanding already existed settlements and building new ones in the occupied Palestinian territories.
In return to these measures, along with daily killing of Palestinians and imposing collective punishment on them, the international community increases its support to Israel and blacklists Palestinian resistance groups.
Moreover, the international community keeps silent regarding strict Israeli measures against the Palestinian civilians.
(Source / 21.06.2017)
Palestinians shot dead after attack outside of Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City on June 16, 2017
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — As Israeli forces continued to enforce a fierce security crackdown following a deadly attack in occupied East Jerusalem last week that saw three Palestinian assailants shot dead at the scene, Israeli forces detained the mother of one of the slain Palestinians as well as a man suspected of transporting the three young men that day.
After it was revealed that the three alleged assailants — Baraa Ibrahim Saleh, 18, Adel Hassan Ahmad Ankoush, 18, and Usama Ahmad Ata, 19 — were from the occupied West Bank village of Deir Abu Mashaal, the town was subsequently placed under lockdown, and has been subjected to multiple military raids since.
The initial military raid sparked clashes that saw Israeli soldiers shoot and injure two locals, as Israeli forces took measurements of the homes of the three slain Palestinians to prepare to punitively demolish them.
According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, a total of 22 people, the three men’s family members, will be left homeless by the punitive demolitions in spite of not having been charged with any wrongdoing.
However, Israeli police have now claimed that Adel Anoush’s mother Zeinab “is suspected to be a supporter of a terrorist group and suspected for planning to conduct a crime,” according to police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri.
After the attack,
both the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Hamas movement, and later the Fatah movement
, claimed partial responsibility for the attack. Saleh and Ata were said to be PFLP members, while Adel Ankoush was said to be a member of Hamas. Unconfirmed reports later said Ata was affiliated to Fatah.
Muhammad Mahmoud, an attorney from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, said that Israeli forces detained Zeinab Ankoush after raiding her home in Deir Abu Mashaal and transferred her for interrogation at the Russian compound detention center in Jerusalem.
Al-Samri, the police spokesperson, said in written statement in Arabic that investigations continued into the “double terrorist attack,” either referring to the fact that the incident occurred at two separate sites outside of Jerusalem’s Old City or that it was combined gun and knife attack — in which one Israeli border policewoman was fatally stabbed.
Another officer was lightly injured, and at least two Palestinian bystanders were wounded by being caught in the ensuing shootout when Israeli forces opened fire “haphazardly” in the area, as witnesses said at the time.
Al-Samri said that Israeli police had also “recently” detained a Palestinian from the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Issawiya, “who is suspected to have transferred the terrorists to the area.”
“Investigations are still ongoing to uncover if he knew (the assailants’) intentions and if he did, why he did not prevented them (from carrying out the attack),” she said. The two suspects, Zeinab and the unidentified driver, will be brought before an Israeli court where police will request to extend their detention, she added.
As a punitive reaction to the attack that has been denounced as “collective punishment,”
Palestinians with West Bank IDs were rounded up in Jerusalem and sent home on special Israeli police buses after the Israeli prime minister revoked 250,000 family visitation permits that had been issued for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan — though Israeli authorities said the three assailants had entered the city “illegality,” without such permits.
Meanwhile, main streets and business in around Jerusalem’s Old City, where the killings occurred, have been forced to close
, with the security measures expected to remain in force until the end of Ramadan.
Israeli forces have long been the target of harsh condemnation for their response to attacks. After a deadly attack last year in Tel Aviv, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein said the Israeli response “may amount to collective punishment
and will only increase the sense of injustice and frustration felt by Palestinians in this very tense time.”
“The measures taken against the broader population punish not the perpetrators of the crime, but tens — maybe hundreds — of thousands of innocent Palestinians.”
Similarly, hours after a 23-year-old Palestinian man was shot dead near Israel’s Qalandiya military crossing in the central occupied West Bank early Tuesday evening, Israeli forces raided his hometown and detained his father
, with the family rejecting the Israeli claim that their son was attempting to stab Israeli soldiers when he was killed.