Several Palestinians were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at daybreak Wednesday in abduction sweeps launched across the West Bank.
The Israeli army rolled into Tulkarem province, and ransacked civilian buildings, before they kidnapped several Palestinians from their family homes.
The arbitrary arrests triggered clashes near the main entrance to Tulkarem refugee camp, where the IOF attacked Palestinians with bullet fire and teargas, resulting in injuries.
A number of Palestinians were, meanwhile, left injured in clashes with the occupation troops in Nablus.
At the same time, the Israeli forces raided Jerusalem’s northeastern town of al-Issawiya and kidnapped at least six Palestinian youngsters, moments before they dragged them to Israeli interrogation centers.
Six Palestinians were further kidnapped by the IOF from Jenin province, in the northern West Bank. The list included Hamas leader Ahmed Salatna, along with other affiliates and anti-occupation activists.
The occupation army ravaged civilian homes and cracked down on the inhabitants. They further set up flying military checkpoints across the city.
Meanwhile, the IOF stormed the southern occupied West Bank province of al-Khalil in the hunt for stone-throwers. The army showered civilian homes with acoustic bombs and teargas grenades, sparking clashes in the area.
The IOF also broke into Palestinian homes in Bethlehem and kidnapped two Palestinian brothers—Mahdi and Muhyi al-Badawna—from their family houses.
The IOF reportedly ransacked the homes of Palestinian ex-prisoners using detection dogs on account of their affiliation with Hamas resistance movement.
The campaign culminated in the abduction of two Palestinians from Qalqilya province, in the northern occupied West Bank. A round of home break-ins was also carried out by the occupation army.
The IOF further sealed off the access roads to Azzoun and Gios, to the east, with makeshift roadblocks.
(Source / 18.10.2017)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian youth was shot and injured by Israeli forces on Wednesday at the Gush Etzion junction south of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank, for allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack.
Israeli media reported
that the youth disembarked from a bus at the Etzion bus station carrying a knife and was immediately shot by Israeli soldiers in the area.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that an assailant armed with a knife ran towards Israeli forces stationed at the junction, and “in response to the immediate threat forces fired shots towards the suspect, who was injured and taken to the hospital.”
However, witnesses told Ma’an that the youth, who remained unidentified, was crossing the street running to catch another bus that was departing when Israeli soldiers opened fire at him.
A number of Palestinians have been arrested, shot, or killed by Israeli forces for allegedly attempting to carry out attacks or being in possession of a knife at the Gush Etzion junction.
, 24-year-old Abdullah Ali Mahmoud Taqatqa was shot and killed at the junction for allegedly attempting to attack soldiers in the area.
Though Israeli forces have claimed that Palestinians were allegedly attempting to carry out attacks in a majority of instances when Palestinians were killed, rights groups have disputed Israel’s version of events in a number of cases, and argued that many alleged attackers could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli army, intelligence, and civil administration forces raided several offices of Palestinian media outlets and arrested two journalists overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday, confiscating equipment and shutting down offices under the pretext that the organizations were “broadcasting inciting material.”In the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus, Israeli forces raided the Transmedia and Palmedia offices and confiscated all equipment before closing the offices with a six-month military order.Locals told Ma’an that clashes erupted during the raids, resulting in the injury of several Palestinian youth.
Meanwhile, in the southern West Bank, Israeli forces raided the Palmedia offices in Bethlehem city and confiscated equipment.
In Hebron, Israeli forces raided the al-Quds TV, al-Aqsa, Palestine Today, Transmedia and Palmedia offices and confiscated equipment. The TransMedia and Palmedia offices were closed for 6 months by a military order.
Israeli forces also arrested t the director of TransMedia in Hebron, Amer Al-Jaabari, and the managing director, Ibrahim Al-Jaabari.An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that Israeli army and security forces searched media offices “suspected in broadcasting inciting content and promoting violence and terrorism against Israelis.”
“Forces seized documents from companies that provided services to associations that promote terrorism and violence,” the spokesperson said, adding that the TransMedia and Palmedia offices in Nablus and Hebron were closed for “providing services” to Hamas-affiliated news channels al-Aqsa and al-Quds TV.
The Palmedia company released a statement on Wednesday condemning Israeli authorities, saying that “these actions threaten the company’s ability to continue its job providing services for TV channels and producing programs for local, Arab and International media.”
Palmedia called upon all Palestinian officials and human rights institutions to “aid the company to regain its equipment and reopen its offices, and to end this policy that threatens the existence of Palestinian media outlets and their continuance of sending the free Palestinian voice to the world.”
Wafa quoted al-Mahmoud as saying “the assaults come as part of Israel’s plans to distract attention from the atrocities’ committed by it,” adding that “such assaults will sap any international efforts, including those of the US, to advance peace and security in the region.”
The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) also released a statement expressing their “grave concern” over the “drastic violations which we believe is a new harsh blow to the media profession and media freedoms in Palestine generally, that attempts to exile and silence the Palestinian media through shutting it down, and incurring it huge loses and prosecute it under the allegation and pretext of incitement.”
“We hereby call on all media and human rights international organizations to put real pressure on the Israeli Occupation Authorities to reopen all these media outlets and repair them of the losses and return all confiscated items and equipment, and to put an end to all violations that target media freedoms and hold all perpetrators accountable,” MADA said.
Israeli authorities have led a crackdown on alleged incitement since a wave of violence began in Oct. 2015, with Palestinian media outlets often being raided for allegedly inciting violence
and hundreds of Palestinians detained over social media posts that Israeli forces believe amount to incitement against the Israeli state.
However, Israel has been accused of labeling any media that is critical of Israel and its policies in Palestinian communities as “incitement” in order to stifle criticisms of Israel’s discriminatory policies in Israel, its half-century occupation of the West Bank, and its decade-long siege of the Gaza Strip that has collapsed the territory into an interminable humanitarian crisis.
In a high profile case, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has targeted the award-winning news network Al Jazeera with allegations of incitement, most recently during the two-week long civil disobedience campaign
in occupied East Jerusalem held in protest of Israel’s security measures at the holy site last month.
Netanyahu has since worked to shutter Al Jazeera’s office in Israel and revoke the official credentials of Al Jazeera journalists.
Palestinian journalists often describe their work as a form of “resistance,” as they believe their stories show the world the devastating effects of Israel’s policies on Palestinians and provide Palestinians an outlet for their voices in a media climate that is often overshadowed by pro-Israeli narratives.
A Palestinian youth was arrested on Tuesday evening by undercover Israeli policemen during the clashes that erupted in al-Isawiya town to the northeast of Occupied Jerusalem.
According to Quds Press, violent clashes broke out between the Israeli police and Palestinian youths during which stones and Molotov cocktails were thrown.
It added that the Israeli police heavily and randomly fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters, and rubber and live bullets at the Palestinian youths and used the rooftops of the Palestinian citizens’ houses as lookouts.
The Jerusalemite activist Yousuf Obeid said that an undercover Israeli unit accompanied the Israeli police forces who stormed al-Isawiya town and arrested a Palestinian youth, pointing out that there is no news yet whether the young man was shot or not.
(Source / 17.10.2017)
Mohammad Abu al-Hummus, a member of the Follow-Up Committee in al-‘Isawiya village, in occupied East Jerusalem, said the soldiers injured, throughout the day Monday, several Palestinian schoolchildren, in the village.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic), quoted Abu al-Hummus stating that the soldiers invaded the Schools Street, in al-‘Isawiya, and fired many gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets, wounding ten children, 9 to 16 years of age.
The wounded children were moved to several hospitals and clinics, in the town and in Jerusalem, suffering various wounds, mainly to the face, limbs and abdomen.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities raided the SIlwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday, where bulldozers demolished two Palestinian homes under the pretext that they were built without a permit.
Locals told Ma’an that Israeli bulldozer escorted by armed forces raided and surrounded the neighborhood, closing all roads to the area before forcing residents of the two homes to evacuate prior to the demolition.
The homes belonged to Murad Abu Rajab and his son Raed. Raed told Ma’an that the two homes were built 14 months ago, and that their was a valid court decision postponing the demolition.
He added that he informed the officer in charge of Tuesday’s demolition of the postponement, but the Jerusalem Municipality crews carried out the demolition anyways.
Raed said that nine family members lived in the two homes.
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According to official Palestinian Authority (PA) Wafa news agency, two other homes also slated for demolition in Silwan and the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Issawiya were allegedly “spared at the last minute,” after the homeowners presented Israeli court orders that temporarily prevented the demolitions.
A spokesperson from Israel’s Jerusalem municipality was not immediately available for comment. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory said on their Twitter that a home demolition had been reported in Silwan Tuesday morning.
Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in East Jerusalem, though the Jerusalem municipality has claimed that compared to the Jewish population, they receive a disproportionately low number of permit applications from Palestinian communities, which also see high approval ratings.
For Jewish Israelis in occupied East Jerusalem’s illegal settlements, the planning, marketing, development, and infrastructure are funded and executed by the Israeli government. By contrast, in Palestinian neighborhoods, all the burden falls on individual families to contend with a lengthy permit application that can last several years and cost tens of thousands of dollars.
According to Daniel Seidemann of the NGO Terrestrial Jerusalem, “Since 1967, the Government of Israel has directly engaged in the construction of 55,000 units for Israelis in East Jerusalem; in contrast, fewer than 600 units have been built for Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the last of which were built 40 years ago. So much for (Jerusalem Mayor Nir) Barkat’s claim ‘we build for everyone.’”
According to United Nations documentation, 202 Palestinians were displaced and 116 buildings have been demolished in East Jerusalem since the beginning of the year as of Oct. 9. Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem reached a record high in 2016.
(Source / 17.10.2017)
New leader of the Israeli Labor Party, Avi Gabbay
The leader of the Israeli Labor Party, Avi Gabbay, has rejected the need to evacuate West Bank settlements in the context of a peace deal with the Palestinians.
Gabbay made the remarks in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2. Asked whether settlements like Eli and Ofra – colonies deep in the occupied West Bank – would have to be removed, Gabby replied:
If you make a peace deal, solutions can be found that do not necessitate evacuations.
“I think the dynamic or the terminology that we have become accustomed to, that if you make a peace deal you evacuate, is not actually true.”
The comments by Gabbay, whose party is the largest opposition party in the Knesset as part of the Zionist Camp faction, came a day after the Labor leader had vowed disproportionate military action, stating that “the Arabs have to be afraid of us”.
“You can’t be a compromiser on security,” Gabbay told a party gathering in Dimona. “You can’t say, ‘Fine, I understand, fine, they only fired one missile.’ There is no such thing. They fire one missile – you fire 20. That’s all they understand in the Middle East.”
On Saturday, meanwhile, the Israeli Labor party leader said he would never enter into coalition with the Joint List, a Knesset faction dominated by parties representing Palestinian citizens of Israel.
“We will not share a government with the Joint List, period,” Gabbay said. “Let that be clear.” He continued: “You see their behaviour. I don’t see any [connection] between us that would allow us to be part of a government with them.”
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On the other hand, Gabbay “didn’t reject the possibility of being part of a governing coalition alongside Kulanu, Yisrael Beiteinu and the ultra-Orthodox parties”, and specifically singled out Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid as a likely coalition partner.
Gabbay’s remarks on settlements prompted criticism from some members of the Zionist Camp, including Tzipi Livni, but also some statements of support from within the Labor Party.
Gabbay subsequently sought to clarify his remarks, telling a private WhatsApp group: “I stand behind what I said, but not behind the headline and the framing of my words.” He added that he remains committed to a “two-state solution” but believes “now is not the time to draw the borders of future negotiations and the recipe for the solution of the conflict.”
(Source / 17.10.2017)
An international team started Sunday removing old landmines in Araba town to the south of the northern West Bank province of Jenin.
The landmines date back to 1967 war. The same area is also plagued with remnants of an Israeli army base that was located near the town.
The international team has recently succeeded in removing landmines in Deir Abu Dheif town, east of the city.
(Source / 16.10.2017)
The Israeli occupation authorities on Sunday threatened the impending demolition of five Palestinian homes east of Occupied Jerusalem.
A representative of the Bedouin Jabal al-Baba community, Atallah Muzar’a, said Israeli civil administration crews and army troops stormed the area at noontime on Sunday and handed over demolition writs to civilians.
According to Muzar’a, at least 30 Palestinians, including women and children, will go homeless if the notified demolitions materialize on the ground.
The Israeli authorities ordered the families to evacuate their homes in less than a week’s time.
Home demolition is among the tactics used by the Israeli occupation authorities as part of the so-called E1 project aiming to hold sway over 12,000 dunums of Palestinian lands in Occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank in favor of the internationally-condemned illegal settlement expansion.
(Source / 16.10.2017)
The Israeli police released, on Sunday evening, a Palestinian teenager from the al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied East Jerusalem, after he was interrogated and tortured, under suspicion of throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at army jeeps.
The Palestinian, Mohammad Abdul-Raouf Mahmoud, 18, told the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) that the officers and interrogators tortured him in al-Maskobiyya prison.
He added that the soldiers also placed him in a waiting cell, after a court hearing this past Friday, before one of them entered it, and started kicking and punching him on several parts of his body, including his face and head, until he lost consciousness.
The soldiers then poured water on him, but he remained unconscious, and was later transferred to Hadassah Ein Karem hospital, in Jerusalem.
The child was abducted by the soldiers, on Thursday evening, while he was walking in a neighborhood in his town, and was sent to court, Friday, facing allegations of throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at army jeeps, but a court ordered his immediate release, Sunday.
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(Source / 16.10.2017)