The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Monday launched a widespread arrest campaign in different West Bank areas, where they arrested about 21 Palestinian citizens, including noted activists.
A statement released by the Israeli army described the detainees as “wanted” and said that 17 of them were involved in activities related to the [peaceful] popular resistance in the West Bank.
The arrests took place in different areas of the West Bank, including Bethlehem, Jayyous in Qalqiliya, Ya’bad in Jenin, Deir Abu Mash’al and Bil’in in Ramallah, Sa’ir and Beit Awwa in al-Khalil.
Local sources in Ya’bad town identified two of the detainees as Yehya Hamarsheh and Namer al-Kilani. They were rounded up at an IOF military checkpoint on the main road to the town.
In a separate incident, violent clashes broke out between local young men and Israeli soldiers after the latter stormed Tell town in Nablus.
An Israeli military force also reportedly stormed Qaryut town in Nablus and deliberately fired tear gas and stun grenades at homes. Many residents suffered from breathing problems as a result of inhaling fumes.
A Red Crescent ambulance crew provided medical assistance to several citizens from the town.
Locals in Qaryut described the wanton attack on their homes as “punishment for their position against Israeli settlement activities in their town.”
(Source / 20.11.2017)
Marking the World Children’s Day (November 20th) the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) has reported that Israeli soldiers have killed 14 Palestinian children since the beginning of this year, while 300 children are still imprisoned by Israel.
It said that, according to statements and official data by the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee, Israeli soldiers have abducted 15000 Palestinians, including 4000 children, since the al-Quds Intifada started in late October 2015.
The PCBS added that Israel was still holding 300 children captive, facing bad treatment, torture and constant violations, spending their childhoods in prisons, without even the right to education.
It quoted detailed data and statistics by Defense for Children International (DCI) confirming that Israeli soldiers have killed 14 Palestinian children, since the beginning of this year, until October 31, compared to 35 children killed by Israeli fire in 2016.
It added that three of the slain children, killed in 2017, were 13-15 years of age, and eleven were 16-17 years of age.
Full Release: On the Eve of the International children Day, 20/11/2017
(Source / 20.11.2017)
Palestinian children can be seen doing their homework in their makeshift home in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Gaza
As the United Nations launched its Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030, and celebrated at the Humanitarian Summit the halving of extreme poverty in the world, we got slapped with a shocking report from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics on the situation of unemployment in the Gaza Strip. Instead of witnessing an improvement in poverty and unemployment rates, we are seeing extremely high levels of unemployment which strikes the dreams of young Gazans and shatters their hopes.
According to the report, which deals with the situation of the labour force in Palestine for the third quarter of 2017, there are 243,800 unemployed people in the Gaza Strip, representing 46.6 per cent of the total unemployed Palestinians, where the highest unemployment rate was amongst 2-24-year-olds at 46.9 per cent.
This unemployment rate is the highest in 14.5 years. According to the eighth objective of the United Nations Plan, “promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”, the continuing lack of decent work opportunities is leading to the disappearance of the basic social agreement upon which democratic societies are based, which is the need for participation of everyone in progress.
Read: Gaza between the carrot and the stick
This is alarming policymakers and international institutions, including United Nations agencies, and calling their attention to the worsening crisis and expected rising of the unemployment rate in the fourth quarter of 2017.
The first objective of the sustainable development plan is to eradicate poverty in all its forms everywhere. Incidentally, this goal was accompanied by an image of a Palestinian child and his family in one of the Palestinian camps to denote poverty and need.
Gaza’s poverty rates have been unprecedented as a direct result of a blockade of more than 11 years and an on-going aggression that has been repeated three times in less than six years. And now, a new confrontation is looming under the recent Israeli provocations against the Gaza Strip.
Read: Gaza receives first PA medical aid shipment in 8 months
Gaza has no natural resources, 5,500 of its industrial facilities, which employed thousands of workers, were destroyed, and people from Gaza have no access to outside markets or foreign investments due to the unstable political situation. This means that Gaza cannot address the issues of poverty, unemployment or food insecurity alone. It needs united and integrated efforts in regards to the fight against poverty and the reduction of unemployment in accordance with the goals set by the United Nations and taking into account the Palestinian situation.
And because Gaza needs action and is thirsty for results, and because flowers bloom because of the rain and not thunder, everyone is invited to take action before Gaza explodes in the face of everyone and before its social integrity collapses. If that happens, the negative effects will reach everyone and no one will be spared.
What is required is emergency relief through temporary employment programmes to target the largest number of workers and graduates who have spent the best years of their lives waiting for an opportunity to achieve self-fulfilment, to start a family, to contribute towards the needs of their families and to reduce the economic burden on their parents.
Those who will move in the direction of emergency relief must not overlook the need for development which can improve the economic situation through economic empowerment programmes and can achieve sustainable development. And due to the importance of temporary employment programmes in their emergency form, and the economic empowerment fund in its developmental form, international institutions and specialists should take the initiative and launch a donor conference in which relevant institutions and interested governments can discuss issues and ways to intervene urgently to improve the living conditions in the Gaza Strip. Interventions should be based on the principle of partnership in humanitarian action and an integration of roles.
Relevant Palestinian parties must benefit from the thirty-third meeting of the ministers of COMCEC (Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) which will be held in Istanbul this month. There has already been a request for convening a meeting to discuss the humanitarian situation in Palestine in general and the Gaza Strip in particular. The meeting will discuss ways to reduce poverty and the economic developments, especially in the OIC countries.
In the midst of talking about the need and the necessity of interventions, we must remember that all steps remain below the required level without the complete lifting of the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, without achieving freedom of movement for its citizens, and without a complete end to the occupation, which impedes the reconstruction process and disrupts investment opportunities and economic development.
(Source / 20.11.2017)
Israeli occupation authorities are preparing to move number of Palestinian detainees from prison cells to tents, Israeli media revealed, citing a bill proposed by the Israeli Minister of Internal Security, Gilad Erdan.
Israeli TV Channel 7 said, according to Days of Palestine, that the proposal is one of the solutions that the ministry is considering, to overturn the implementation of a High Court ruling on the issue.
In the middle of June, the Israeli High Court ruled that occupation authorities had to find alternatives to mitigate the overcrowding of Palestinian inmates in Israeli jails.
The High Court’s ruling came in response to a petition filed by several Israeli human rights organisations, in which they demanded increasing the cell space for each inmate to four square metres.
Currently, each cell in the Israeli occupation prisons is less than three-square metres, including bed and bathroom.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz recently reported the High Court as saying that the Israeli prisons are “not fit for human habitation.”
The newspaper compared the space in the Israeli prisons to that space in the European prisons, stating that each prisoner in the European prisons has a space of 8.8 square metres.
Some 6,500 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli jails, 57 of whom are women while 350 are children, according to the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs.
(Source / 16.11.2017)
An app has come out which allows visitors to place the Jewish Temple on top of Al-Aqsa Mosque
An Israeli tourist exhibit has launched an app which allows visitors to Jerusalem to virtually destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque and replace it with a Jewish temple, furthering the government’s stated commitment to dismantle the Muslim holy site.
The smartphone app is part of a government funded exhibition entitled “The Western Wall Experience”. When the app is pointed towards the mosque compound, it makes the Dome of the Rock disappear and replaces it with an image of a Jewish temple.
This allows visitors to “to pose for a souvenir photograph” in an imagined landscape where the Muslim holy sites have been destroyed.
The app is also sponsored by the Zionist group Aish Hatorah, whose founder Rabbi Steven Burg, tweeted pictures of how the temple appears on the app.
Burg is also the former director of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a Los Angeles-based Israel lobby group which is building a “Museum of Tolerance” on top of one of Jerusalem’s oldest Muslim cemetery, expected to open in 2018.
Read: 68% of Israelis want Jewish rituals at Al-Aqsa Mosque
Israel has continued to perpetuate the myth of the existence of a Jewish temple at the site of Al-Aqsa Mosque, despite archaeological evidence to the contrary. It has used the search for the alleged temple to justify excavations under the Noble Sanctuary, weakening its foundations.
Government funded extremist groups, such as the Temple Movement, have already made detailed blueprints in preparation for the building of a Jewish temple. Hundreds of settlers regularly storm the Al-Aqsa compound in coordination with Israeli forces, performing ritualsand pledging to destroy the mosque, whilst Muslim worshippers are left outside.
Last month, Israel also announced that it would follow the US and prepare to leave the UN cultural body UNESCO, after complaining repeatedly of the organisation’s allegedly anti-Israeli resolutions. UNESCO has endorsed the Palestinian right to several sites in the occupied territories on multiple occasions, and last year voted in favour of a resolution that denied any connection between Al-Aqsa Mosque and Judaism.
Read: Timeline: Israel’s attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque
(Source / 16.11.2017)
Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit
Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit yesterday announced that confiscating private Palestinian land to be used for settlement projects is legal, Israeli media reported.
The Israeli TV Channel 7 said that the private lands are to be confiscated for building infrastructure projects, including paving roads for the illegal settlements.
Mandelblit’s opinion came after demands from the Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked during a discussion on an access road project, which is currently being paved, for the illegal settlement of Harsha.
In a statement reported by the Israeli Ynet News, Shaked said: “The justice minister welcomes this decision that constitutes another stage in the implementation of the rights of hundreds of thousands of residents of Judea and Samaria [occupied West Bank].”
She also said, according to the statement, that she “will continue to promote a re-examination of previous legal positions on the regulation of construction in Judea and Samaria.”
Read: Israel approves land-use powers for body serving interests of Jewish citizens
Last October, the Israeli Supreme Court accepted a petition filed by the Palestinian residents of the town of Silwad in the outskirts of Ramallah against building a settlement on their land.
In February, the Israeli Knesset approved a bill which aimed to regulate the status of hundreds of illegal settlements built on private lands in the occupied West Bank.
The bill stipulates transferring the right to use the land to the commissioner of the Israeli government until a peace deal is reached between the Palestinians and Israel.
Mandelblit did not accept this bill then and said it would not represent the state in the Supreme Court, saying it was illegal even after it was modified. He also called for the Supreme Court to freeze all the confiscation orders of private Palestinian land.
The reversal of his opinion, Quds Press said, is considered a greenlight for the Israeli authorities to continue to confiscate private Palestinian land.
(Source / 16.11.2017)
Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian man
Some 504 Palestinian prisoners are serving life sentences in Israeli jail, Quds Press reported yesterday.
In a statement, the Palestinian Centre for Palestinian Prisoners’ Studies said most recently life terms were handed down to brother Nasser and Akram Badawi from the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.
The pair was also fined 60,000 shekels ($17,000) after they were accused of shooting an Israeli soldier and wounding others.
According to the statement, this is the eighth life sentence that has been issued against Palestinian prisoners this year.
Read: Israel arrests 483 Palestinian children this year
Life sentence, the statement stated, is a 99-year-prison-term that the Israeli occupation imposes on Palestinian prisoners who are accused of killing Israeli settlers or soldiers. It is also imposed on Palestinians accused of planning or directing resistance actions that led to the death of Israelis.
Rights groups said that more than 6,500 Palestinians are currently being held in 22 Israeli prisons, including 350 children, 57 women and about 700 under administrative detention.
Israeli occupation forces raided several West Bank cities and villages over night and arrested 30 Palestinians.
(Source / 16.11.2017)
Israeli authorities intend to demolish a whole neighborhood in Kafr Aqeb town, north of Occupied Jerusalem, where 64,000 Palestinians, who hold the Israeli citizenship, live.
Israeli authorities unveiled a secret plan, tabled by mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat, aimed at demolishing six residential towers, each of which consists of 7 floors, in the town which is located outside the Separation Wall.
Hundreds of Palestinian residents in the area will be evacuated from their homes, according to Israeli TV Channel Kan. The channel confirmed that the demolition will be completed with disregard to the expected implications following the demolition.
The channel pointed out that explosives would be used to raze the buildings, adding that a mosque in the area could collapse as a result of the powerful blasts.
The municipality claims that the demolition will be conducted at the pretext of unlicensed construction.
(Source / 13.11.2017)
Israeli authorities are reportedly planning to evacuate some 200 Palestinians from their homes and agricultural lands in the Jordan Valley are of the northern occupied West Bank, according to local sources.
Member of the Jordan Valley municipal council Mahdi Daraghmeh told Ma’an News Agency, on Friday, that Israeli forces delivered demolition and evacuation notices to 30 Palestinian families in the Ein al-Hilweh and Umm al-Jamal villages in the northern Jordan Valley on Thursday, Nov. 9th.
The notices, which Daraghmeh said were dated Nov. 1st, gave the residents eight days — until Nov. 9th — to evacuate some 60 homes and structures voluntarily.
Residents are expecting Israeli forces to arrive to the area to demolish the structures anytime now, Daraghmeh said.
He added that the notices were signed by an Israeli army chief in the West Bank, and that the notices mentioned that the lands would be used for illegal Israeli settlement construction.
Earlier on Thursday, reports emerged on plans announced by the Israeli Minister of Housing to increase settlement construction in the Jordan Valley and double the number of settlers residing the area from 6,000 to 12,000.
Since the occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 1967, between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis have moved into Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, in violation of international law.
The estimated 196 government recognized Israeli settlements scattered across the Palestinian territory are all considered illegal under international law.
Meanwhile, Israeli rights group B’Tselem reported that in 2016 Palestinians experienced the highest number of Israeli demolitions since the group began recording the incidents.
At the same time, Peace Now reported that Israel’s illegal settlement construction in the West Bank increased by 34 percent in 2016, with Israeli authorities initiating construction on 1,814 new settler housing units.
(Source / 13.11.2017)
Smoke is seen from teargas bombs used by Israeli security forces 23 July 2017
Israeli occupation forces stormed the village of Deir Nidham, northwest of Ramallah, this morning and closed its main entrances.
Ahmed Al-Tamimi, head of Deir Nidham’s village council, told the news agency that the occupation forces stormed the area in the morning and closed its main entrances, imposing a siege on it.
He pointed out also that “there have been large numbers of occupation forces in the village since the morning, who claimed that school students are throwing stones at settlers along the main road.”
Al-Tamimi explained that in the meantime the occupation forces besieged the school in order to threaten students and intimidate them with detention if they throw stones.
Read: Israel attacks Palestinian school in Hebron with tear gas
The head of Deir Nidham’s village council confirmed that two weeks ago, the Israeli occupation forces continued to storm the village on a daily basis under the pretext that the children were throwing stones at settlers.
He also stated that “Occupation forces have been terrifying our children and students over the past two weeks, three days ago they threw gas and sound bombs in to the school, scores of children and teachers suffered from suffocation as a result and this endangered the lives of our children.”
Al-Tamimi added that “while the settlers of Halamish settlement are harassing citizens by closing the main road of the village and throwing stones at our vehicles under the protection of the occupation forces, the occupation claims that the villagers are throwing stones at the heavily armed settlers.”
(Source / 13.11.2017)