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News, December 2019
2 Palestinian Teenagers Killed, Several Abducted, and Homes Demolished by Israeli Occupation Soldiers
December 1, 2019
While brutal force has been used to create Zionist Israel and sustain it thus far, Zionist claims to Palestine are false. Actually, from the five thousand years of known written history, there has been a continuous Palestinian-Canaanite presence in the Holy Land. Despite the Zionist false claims, the ancient Israelites ruled part of the land for only 85 years (during the reign of David, Solomon, and Solomon's son).
After that, the Egyptians conquered Palestine-Canaan in 925 BC, followed by Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans, before the Arab Muslim rule, starting from 636 AD.
By the Time Jesus started his mission, the three population groups of Canaanites, Palestinians, and Israelites were melted together in religion and language. Most of them became Christians when Constantine converted in 313 AD. Then, most of them became Muslims in the 7th and 8th centuries AD.
So, Palestinian Muslims, Christians, and Jews are the ones who have the right to claim descent from ancient Israelites, Palestinians, and Canaanites, not Zionists from other continents.
The following news stories are just examples of the Israeli occupation government violations of Palestinian human rights, on daily basis.More detailed news stories can be found at the following sources: https://english.palinfo.com/, http://imemc.org/, https://paltoday.ps/ar/
Israeli Occupation Forces Shoot and Kill Palestinain Teen in Hebron
December 1, 2019 1:40 AM IMEMC & Agencies
A Palestinian teenager was shot dead, on Saturday night, by Israeli occupation soldiers in the town of Beit Awwa, west of Hebron City in the southern occupied West Bank.
The Palestinian News and Info Agency reported that Israeli soldiers opened fire towards three Palestinian civilians near Beit Awwa, seriously injuring one of them, identified as Badawi Khaled al-Masalma, 18.
He was left to bleed helplessly, as the soldiers denied access of Palestinian medics to the scene, and was announced dead of his critical wounds a few minutes later.
The Palestinian suffered multiple gunshot wounds to various parts of his body.
The Israeli occupation army claimed the Palestinian “apparently threw Molotov cocktails.” After killing him, the soldiers took his body away.
The occupation soldiers also abducted two other Palestinians and took them to an interrogation facility.
They were later identified as Odai Ismael Aqel al-Masalma and Mohamamd Osama al-Masalma.
Israeli Ynet News quoted the army claiming that the soldiers “were operating near settlements” in Hebron area, and that the allegedly “saw three Palestinians throwing Molotov cocktails.”
On Friday, the occupation soldiers killed one Palestinian and injured many others, when the army attacked a group of protesters, hundreds of meters away from the perimeter fence.
“Israeli Occupation Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Teen In Southern Gaza”
November 30, 2019 2:21 AM IMEMC News & Agencies
Israeli occupation soldiers killed, Friday, one Palestinian was killed and many others, when the army attacked a group of protesters, hundreds of meters away from the perimeter fence.
Israeli occupation soldiers, stationed in their posts and army vehicles across the fence, fired live bullets, rubber-coated steel rounds, and high-velocity gas bombs at several Palestinians, killing one and injuring at least five others, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
Some of the wounded were moved to the hospital while many others were treated in the field hospitals.
Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, has confirmed that the soldiers killed Fahed Mohammad Walid al-Astal, 16, after shooting him with a live round in the abdomen.
Dr. al-Qedra added that the soldiers also shot at least five other Palestinians, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
The incident took place when approximately twenty Palestinians gathered on Palestinian lands, a few hundred meters from the fence; the Israeli army said it was “investigating the incident.”
Talal Abu Tharifa, a member of the Political Bureau of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) said the Palestinians gathered at the Great Return March encampment, east of Khan Younis, and marked International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
Abu Tharifa added that the Palestinians were at least 700 meters away from the perimeter fence and that the soldiers opened fire on them regardless.
It is worth mentioning that the Great Return March processions have been suspended for the third week, but have not been canceled.
The Committee for the Great Return March Processions said the temporary halt of the processions is not related to any “truce talks,” but to avoid further casualties after Israel threatened to escalate its already excessive use of force.
Over 348 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip, and about 18,500 others injured by Israeli forces since the beginning of the Great March of Return protests at Gaza’s border, on March 30, 2018.
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) documented 215 killings by Israel since the outbreak of the Great Return March protests on 30 March 2018, including 47 children, 2 women, 9 persons with disabilities, 4 paramedics and 2 journalists.
Additionally, 14,713 were wounded, including 3,696 children, 387 women, 253 paramedics, and 218 journalists, noting that many of those injured had sustained multiple injuries on separate occasions.
These figures do not include the Palestinians who were killed by Israeli bullets, missiles, and shells, during Israeli offensives on Gaza.
The weekly protests call for lifting the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip and for the unimpeded return of the Palestinian refugees, to their ancestral homes in pre-1948 Palestine.
Last Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened a new massive military offensive in Gaza, after homemade shells were reportedly fired from Gaza and landed in open areas across the perimeter fence.
Israeli Occupation Troops Abduct Five Palestinians in Pre-Dawn Raids Across the West Bank
December 1, 2019 1:17 PM IMEMC News
On Sunday morning before dawn, Israeli occupation troops invaded several parts of the West Bank and abducted five Palestinians.
In the town of Beit Awwa in Hebron, in the southern West Bank, Israeli forces abducted Mohammad Osama Shalash and Uday Ismail Shalash.
Both are believed to be under age 18, although their exact ages have not been reported.
Meanwhile in Bethlehem, also in the southern West Bank, Israeli troops abducted Amer Ali Dhuib and Hafez Dauw , while another teenager, Osama Ali al-Badan (16), received a notification to report to a nearby interrogation center for questioning.
Izz al-Din Freihat, from al-Yamoun village, was abducted in front of Tayyar checkpoint. He is also a former prisoner.
Illegal Israeli Settlers Harass Palestinians and International Supporters
December 1, 2019 1:08 PM IMEMC & Agencies
Illegal Israeli settlers today chased down Palestinian sheep herders and international supporters away from their pastures in the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, according Aref Daraghmeh, a local activist.
He said the settlers forced the sheep herders to leave the area and assaulted some of the international supporters who were accompanying them in solidarity.
Illegal Israeli settlers are known for their attacks on Palestinians, but assaults on Palestinian farmers and herders have been frequent over the past few weeks, since the Trump administration announced that the U.S. would support Israel’s illegal attempts to annex the Jordan Valley.
Armed illegal Israeli settlers and soldiers often prevent Palestinian shepherds from herding in the open pastures of the occupied West Bank in order to force them to abandon the area. This would make space for the Israeli settlers to further colonize this area, which belongs to Palestinian landowners, but which is coveted by Israeli colonizers.
Israeli Occupation Troops Invade Al-Aroub Refugee Camp; Fire Tear Gas at Homes
December 1, 2019 2:27 AM IMEMC News
On Saturday night, a squadron of heavily-armed Israeli occupation soldiers invaded the al-Arroub refugee camp north of Hebron.
The troops did not announce the reason for the invasion, nor was there a statement from the Israeli military.
A number of Palestinian civilians suffered from tear gas inhalation due to the Israeli occupation forces’ firing of tear gas and tear gas canisters towards houses in the area.
A correspondent with the Wafa News Agency said that the Israeli occupation forces stormed the camp and fired sound bombs, tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets towards the houses of the Palestinian residents of the camp, causing panic among the children.
Those who suffered from tear gas inhalation were treated by local medics on the ground. None were hospitalized.
The troops, according to eyewitnesses, stayed for several hours firing tear gas and sound bombs at the houses of the camp.
Some of the youth of the camp threw stones at the soldiers to try to get them to leave. Eventually, the soldiers left the camp and headed back to their military base built on illegally-occupied Palestinian land.
In related news, the soldiers installed a roadblock at the entrance of Shuhada Street, in the center of Hebron city, in addition to many roadblocks on roads in several areas of Hebron governorate.
The roadblocks were installed at the entrances of Bani Neim and Beit Awwa towns, the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, and near Beit Hagai illegal colony.
The soldiers stopped and searched dozens of cars, and interrogated the Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
Also Saturday, the soldiers killed Badawi Khaled al-Masalma, 18, in Beit Awwa town, west of Hebron, and abducted two other Palestinians.
Earlier this month, on Nov. 11th, a 22-year-old from the al-Aroub refugee camp was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers during a similar invasion. He was allegedly among youth throwing stones at the soldiers when he was shot and killed. The slain Palestinian was identified as Omar Haitham al-Badawi.
UN Report: Israel Occupation Soldiers Demolished 39 Palestinian Structures in 2 Weeks
November 30, 2019 6:28 PM IMEMC & Agencies
Edited for IMEMC: Ali Salam
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its biweekly Protection of Civilians Report that the Israeli authorities demolished or seized 39 structures in the West Bank in the past two weeks, displacing 63 Palestinians, and otherwise affecting 380 others, Days of Palestine reported.
OCHA said the most severe incident occurred near Za’tara village, near Bethlehem, in an area designated as a firing zone for military training, the occupation authorities demolished 13 structures, including Palestinian homes, animal shelters, water tanks, and solar panels.
The remaining structures demolished were in occupied Jerusalem, where on 23 November, Israeli forces confiscated equipment and tiles for renovating a road and side walk to connect Jabal al Baba community with nearby Al ‘Eizariya town (Jerusalem).
The infrastructure was demolished by Israeli forces on 18 November, and since the construction of the road in August 2019, Israeli authorities have confiscated equipment twice.
“So far this year, nearly 800 Palestinians have been displaced in the West Bank as a result of demolitions, almost double the figure during the equivalent period in 2018,” the report said.
During the same period, the report added, illegal Israeli settlers carried out 12 attacks that resulted in the injury of 30 Palestinians, and caused damage to at least 100 olive trees and 48 vehicles.
Two of these attacks, as well as additional incidents of intimidation and confrontations, took place on November 22-23 in the Israeli-controlled area of Hebron city (H2), where thousands of settlers and other Israeli visitors attended a religious celebration.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights voiced concerns that in many cases, Israeli forces in the area “appeared to not take action to prevent the attacks or to protect the population”.
Since the end of the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) in January 2019, the frequency and intensity of settler attacks in the H2 area of Hebron has significantly increased.
In other incidents across the West Bank, illegal Israeli settlers stormed Urif, Majdal Bani Fadil, Qabalan and Beit Dajan villages (Nablus district), Sarta and Kafr ad-Dik (Salfit) villages and vandalized a total of 48 Palestinian-owned vehicles, scrawling hateful messages on the walls of five houses and one school.
In lands near the settlement of Itamar (Nablus), Palestinians from Awarta village reported that settlers stole the crop of 100 olive trees, in an area that requires prior coordination with the Israeli authorities to access.
Israeli occupation forces also carried out a total of 135 search and arrest operations across the West Bank and arrested 157 Palestinians, including 18 children. The majority of the operations were in the Hebron governorate (46), followed by Jerusalem (25) and Ramallah (22) governorates.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Fire Missiles Into Gaza
November 30, 2019 5:37 AM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers fired, on Friday at night, a few missiles into two areas in Gaza city, causing property damage, media sources in Gaza have reported.
The sources said the army fired at least two missiles into a site in the densely populated Zeitoun neighborhood, in Gaza city, causing property damage.
They added that the army also fired one missile into another site, east of Gaza city, causing damage. No injuries were reported in the two incidents.
The Israeli occupation army claimed it was targeting Hamas posts after a homemade shell was reportedly fired from Gaza and landed in an open area in the northern part of the Negev Desert.
Earlier Friday, the Israeli occupation soldiers killed one Palestinian, identified as Fahed Mohammad Walid al-Astal, 16, and injured several others, when the army attacked a group of protesters, hundreds of meters away from the perimeter fence.
PCHR: “In New Crime of Excessive Use of Lethal Force, IOF Kill Palestinian Child and Injured 7 Others, Including 5 Children in Eastern Khan Younis”
November 30, 2019 4:39 AM PCHR
Date: 29 November 2019: The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR): On Friday, 29 November 2019, using excessive lethal force against the peaceful protesters in eastern Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed a Palestinian child and wound 7 others, including 5 children.
According to Information provided for the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 14:45 on Friday, 29 November 2019, around 300 Palestinian civilians took part in the Great March of Return (GMR) camps in Khuza’a village, east of Khan Younis, despite that the GMR’s Supreme National Authority canceled the protests on the abovementioned day.
Dozens of civilians, including young men and children, approached the border fence, chanted national slogans and raised the Palestinian flags, while some protestors attempted to threw stones.
IOF stationed along the border fence fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, Fahed Walid Mohammed al-Astal (16), from Khan Younis, was deemed critical, was shot with a live bullet in the abdomen.
At approximately 15:08, al-Astal was transferred to Gaza European Hospital. Al-Astal died after a short time of his arrival at the hospital. Moreover, 7 civilians were injured, including 5 children, after they were shot with live and rubber bullets and their injuries were classified as moderate.
PCHR documented 215 killings by Israel since the outbreak of the protests on 30 March 2018, including 47 children, 2 women, 9 persons with disabilities, 4 paramedics and 2 journalists. Additionally, 14,713 were wounded, including 3,696 children, 387 women, 253 paramedics, and 218 journalists, noting that many of those injured had sustained multiple injuries on separate occasions.
PCHR strongly condemns this crime, which is a further proof of IOF ongoing use of lethal force against Palestinian civilians even when they pose no threat to Israeli soldiers’ lives.
PCHR calls upon the international community to stop IOF crimes and reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e. to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
These grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions on the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the occupied territory.
More Palestinian Homes Demolished in West Bank
November 29, 2019 6:07 PM IMEMC News & Agencies
Israeli occupation forces have demolished four more Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, displacing its occupants.
Palestine News Network correspondence said that Israeli occupation troops, accompanied by bulldozers, stormed Beit Kahil town, west of al-Khalil (Hebron), and began demolishing the houses on Thursday.
Following the demolition, confronatations erupted between Palestinians and Israeli troops, who used live and rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse the protesters.
Tel Aviv accuses the four homeowners, two of them in Israeli custody, of being involved in the killing of an Israeli soldier, this past August.
International bodies and rights groups say Israeli demolitions of Palestinian structures in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem are an attempt to uproot Palestinians from their native territory and confiscate more land for the expansion of illegal settlements.
Earlier this month, Israeli rights group B’Tselem revealed that, in the period between 2006 and October 31 of this year, Israel demolished at least 1,489 Palestinian residential units in the West Bank (not including East Jerusalem), displacing 6,508 people – including at least 3,264 minors.
The Israeli occupation apartheid regime has been occupying the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, since 1967. Ever since, it has been building settlements throughout the land, in a move condemned by the UN and considered illegal under international law.
About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements in the Palestinian territory of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
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