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News, June 2019
Scores of Palestinians Injured and Abducted, Homes Demolished by Israeli Occupation Soldiers, Illegal Settlers Attacks Continue
June 17, 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/
June 17, 2019, GAZA, (PIC) + -
The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza said that 46 protesters
were injured by the Israeli occupation army's gunfire while taking part
in the Great March of Return on Friday.
June 17, 2019, RAMALLAH, (PIC) + -
Some Palestinian citizens at dawn Sunday were injured when the
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) attacked them in al-Jalazoun refugee
camp, north of Ramallah in the West Bank.
Dozens of Palestinians on Friday choked on tear gas when the Israeli
occupation forces attacked a peaceful demonstration against land
confiscation in Nablus.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Southern Gaza
June 16, 2019 10:42 AM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers fired, on Sunday, dozens of high-velocity gas bombs at many homes, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of inhalation.
Media sources said the soldiers, stationed across the perimeter fence, fired the gas bombs at homes located in the Nahda area, in Rafah.
Most of the wounded Palestinians received treatment by medics, while five of them, including children, were rushed to Abu Yousef Najjar hospital.
June 17, 2019, GAZA, (PIC) + -
Several Palestinian citizens suffered from their exposure to tear gas
fumes when the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Sunday attacked
homes in the southeast of Gaza, with no reason.
German Author/Journalist Shot By Israeli Occupation Forces in Gaza
June 17, 2019 6:33 AM Ali Salam
Jürgen Todenhöfer, German author and journalist, was in Gaza on June 14, participating in the weekly ‘Great March of Return’ demonstration, in solidarity with Palestinians, Days of Palestine reported.
Todenhöfer was videotaped holding a sign with the words, “Dear Israelis, please treat the Palestinians the same way you want to be treated!” In a show of outright disregard for human rights, an Israeli sniper shot this peaceful foreign activist with a rubber-coated steel bullet in his back.
Todenhöfer wrote on his Facebook page afterward, stating “Dear friends, one cannot ‘demonstrate’ more peacefully than I tried to do today at the border fence of Gaza.” Readers are encouraged to watch the video of this peaceful protester, here. He then said “There is no other constitutional state in the world where you are shot at for such a conciliatory sentence. It can’t go on like this.”
Not only does he report being a few hundred meters from the border, but that the Israeli soldier shot him in the back with a rubber bullet. The question is, what type of threat was this older gentleman, a few hundred meters away from the fence, with his hands up, facing away from the soldiers?
On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, an American activist, and member of pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement (ISM), was killed by Caterpillar D9R armored bulldozer.
Corrie was involved in an effort to stop the demolition of homes in southern Gaza, with other international activists.
Since March of 2018, Palestinians in Gaza have been demanding Israel lift the illegal blockade it has imposed on the highly densely populated strip, and for the right of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to return to their ancestral lands, occupied and colonized by Israel.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Uproot Palestinian Trees In Al-‘Isawiya
June 17, 2019 1:49 PM IMEMC News
Israeli soldiers uprooted, Monday, dozens of Palestinian olive trees in the western area of the al-‘Isawiya town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, reportedly “obscuring the view of surveillance cameras in the area.”
Mohammad Abu al-Hummus, a member of the Follow-Up Committee in al-‘Isawiya said the soldiers invaded the town since morning hours, and were extensively deployed in various roads and neighborhoods.
He added that Israeli police officers also ticketed several Palestinian cars, and searched them, in addition to examining the ID cards of many Palestinians.
Abu al-Hummus also said the uprooting of the trees was made under false pretenses, especially since it came shortly after the army distributed demolition and eviction orders of Palestinian property, as part of the so-called “National Gardens.”
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Sixteen Palestinians In The West Bank
June 17, 2019 12:27 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, sixteen Palestinians during extensive and violent searches of homes, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported.
The PPS office in Bethlehem said the soldiers abducted eight Palestinians, identified as Fayez Mousa al-‘Amour, 37, ‘Aahed Mohammad al-‘Amour, 20, Mouhammad Ahmad al-‘Amour, 40, Mousa Mahmoud al-‘Amour, 19, Zaki Mahmoud al-‘Amour, 38, Yazan Majed al-‘amour, 19, Amin Ali Khalaf Jibreen, and Khalil Daoud Abu Mfarreh, 27.
In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers abducted three Palestinians, identified as Yousef Ahmad al-‘Allami, 25, Raed Mohammad ‘Aadi, 25, and Ahmad Karim Ekhlayyel, 17.
In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Bilal Taleb Abu Bakr, 22, from his home in Ya’bad town, after searching and ransacking his home, and the homes of many of his relatives while interrogating them. The army also abducted Shadi ‘Oweiss, from Jenin refugee camp, while he was at his parents’ home in Kafr Qud village, west of Jenin.
In related news, the Israeli army said a grenade was hurled at the soldiers in the al-Jalama military roadblock, north of Jenin, causing no injuries, and added that the soldiers located and confiscated a pistol in the al-‘Ezariyya town, east of occupied Jerusalem.
Illegal Israeli Settlers Puncture Car Tires, Write Racist Graffiti, Near Ramallah
June 17, 2019 11:18 AM IMEMC News
A group of illegal Israeli settlers infiltrated, on Monday at dawn, into Kafr Malek village, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, punctured the tires of four cars, and wrote racist graffiti on the walls of a mosque.
Media sources said the colonists punctured the tires, and wrote the racist graffiti against the Palestinians in particular, and the Arabs in general.
Such attacks and violations are frequent in the occupied West Bank, especially since the Israeli military and police fail to investigate them.
After Court Ordered Demolition Of 100 Apartments, Israeli Occupation Police Demands Removal Of Protest Tent In Jerusalem
June 17, 2019 9:59 AM IMEMC News
Dozens of Israeli occupation police officers invaded, Sunday, Sur Baher Palestinian town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, and demanded the Palestinians to remove a tent, which was installed to protest a Supreme Court ruling to demolish 16 residential buildings of more than 100 apartments.
The Israeli decision came after the City Council in the occupied city claimed that the buildings are close to the illegal Annexation Wall, which was installed on Palestinian lands.
Hamada Hamada, the head of the Services Committee of Wad al-Hummus, al-Mintar and Deir al-Amoud neighborhoods, in Sur Baher town, said the neighborhoods are in Areas A, B and C, and the lands are owned by the Palestinians, including the Local Government of the Palestinian Authority.
Hamada added that the targeted Palestinian buildings are 25 apartment buildings of around 250 flats, and said that Israel issued various demolition orders, in addition to orders halting the construction of most buildings in that area alone.
16 of the apartment buildings, which contain altogether more than 100 flats, are under the immediate threat of demolition.
He also stated that, a week ago, the Israeli Supreme Court denied the appeal, which was filed by the residents, and ordered the immediate demolition of the buildings, but without setting a date.
The Palestinians then decided to install a protest tent, and remain there, and the police has since been ordering them to remove it and leave the area.
Illegal Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinians In Hebron
June 17, 2019 3:36 AM IMEMC News
A group of illegal Israeli settlers attacked, Sunday, many Palestinian residents and construction workers in Tal Romeida neighborhood, in the center of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.
Local sources said the colonists, from the illegal “Ramat Yishai” and “Beit Hadassah” colonialist outposts, who were also accompanied by Israeli soldiers, attacked the Palestinians while building a wall around a home, owned by Palestinians from Abu Aisha family.
The attack led to damage to the wall, and surrounding property, and the colonists also attempted to attack Palestinian families living in that areas.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Continue The Bulldozing Of Palestinian Lands South Of Nablus
June 17, 2019 12:58 AM IMEMC News
For the third consecutive day, Israeli bulldozers continued the uprooting of Palestinian lands, north of Khirbat Yanoun village, which belongs to Aqraba town council, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
The uprooting of the Palestinians lands is carried out close to the illegal colonialist outpost, which was given the name (777), near The Gideonim (Ha’Gid’onim) illegal colony.
On Sunday morning, the army resumed the bulldozing of the Palestinian lands, after denying the Palestinians entry to them, and declaring them “closed zones.”
It is worth mentioning that Khirbat Yanoun village is surrounded by five illegal Israeli colonies and outposts, after Israel annexed more than %85 of the lands, owned by its indigenous Palestinian residents.
Israel also used hundreds of Dunams of the illegally confiscated Palestinian lands as a “natural reserve,” which means that they are no longer allowed to even enter them, let alone plant them.
All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, various United Nations and Security Council resolutions, and the Fourth Geneva Convention to which Israel is a signatory and a constant violator.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians In Bethlehem And Ramallah
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, four Palestinians from their homes, in the West Bank governorates of Bethlehem and Ramallah.
The Bethlehem office of the PPS said the soldiers abducted Mahmoud Nabil Taqatqa, 18, and Mohammad Ali Taqatqa, 17.
It added that the soldiers also summoned Ahmad Rashid Taqatqa for interrogation in Etzion military base and security center, south of Bethlehem.
In addition, the soldiers invaded Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, searched homes, and abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Luay Abdul-Razeq, in addition to Karim Saleh Tamimi.
Several Palestinians protested the invasion, and hurled stones at the soldiers, while the army fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades.
In related news, the soldiers abducted five Palestinians from their homes, in several parts of occupied East Jerusalem, in the West Bank.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians In Jerusalem
June 16, 2019 11:30 AM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, five Palestinians from their homes, in several parts of occupied East Jerusalem, in the West Bank.
Media sources said the soldiers abducted Mahmoud Thaher Sa’id, 23, after storming his home and ransacking it in Hizma town, east of Jerusalem.
They added that the soldiers also abducted Ahmad Badran, from his home in Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem.
The soldiers also abducted another young man, identified as Ahmad Khaled Abu al-Hawa, 20, from his home in Jerusalem’s at-Tour neighborhood, in addition to Abada Najeeb who was taken prisoner from his home in the Old City.
Furthermore, the soldiers abducted a guard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, identified as Khalil Tarhouni, from his home in the al-Waad Street, in the Old city.
Illegal Israeli Settlers Occupy A Palestinian Store In Hebron
June 15, 2019 11:15 AM IMEMC News
Several illegal Israeli settlers invaded and occupied, Saturday, a store owned by the Palestinian Ministry of Waqf and Religious Affairs, near the Old Vegetables Market in the Old City of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.
The head of the Hebron Construction Committee, Lawyer Tawfiq Jahshan, told the WAFA Palestinian News Agency that the store, owned by the Waqf Ministry, is rented to Abu Khaled Abu Aisha, and is located behind the Al-Aqtaab Mosque.
He added that the store is also near the illegal Avraham Avino colony, which was installed on private Palestinian lands and property.
After storming the store, the colonists changed its locks, and started altering its appearance.
Representing Abu Aisha, Jahshan stated that he tried to file a complaint with the Israeli Police, but they kept coming up with excuses, and added that he will file complaints with Israeli courts and follow-up on the matter using all available legal options.
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