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News, May 2019
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Kill a Palestinian Youth in Gaza, Abduct Dozens in the West Bank, Defile Al-Aqsa Mosque
May 14, 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/
Palestinians in Gaza march in the funeral of Abdullah Abdul'al, 24, who was killed by the Israeli occupation soldiers from across the border
May 11, 2019, RAFAH, (PIC) + -
Hundreds of Palestinians on Saturday marched in the funeral of the Palestinian martyr Abdullah Abdulal, 24, who was killed by the Israeli occupation forces in the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip.
The funeral procession set off from Abu Yousef al-Najjar hospital to Abdulal's family house in Rafah city, south of the Gaza Strip, before he was buried.
The Ministry of Health announced that Abdulal was shot in the abdomen by an Israeli sniper on Friday. At least 30 Palestinian protesters were injured on the same day.
Since the start of the Great March of Return in Gaza on 30 March 2018, the Israeli occupation army has killed 315 Palestinians and injured over 31,000.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinian Children In Jerusalem
May 13, 2019 2:23 AM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Sunday evening, two Palestinian children, and assaulted one of them, in Bab al-‘Amoud area, in occupied East Jerusalem.
Media sources said the soldiers abducted the two Palestinians, identified as Essam Abu Naab, 16, and Mohammad al-Ghazzawi, 16.
They added that the soldiers also assaulted Essam with clubs and batons, before abducting him, and took the two to a nearby police center.
It is worth mentioning that the soldiers fired many concussion grenades at dozens of Palestinian worshiper in Bab al-‘Amoud, as dozens of worshipers were leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque following evening prayers.
The army also invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the al-Magharba Gate, and forced the Palestinians out of its courtyards, shortly after they conducted evening prayers.
Since the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the army and the police have carried out dozens of violations, including attacking and preventing the Palestinians from sitting or gathering in Bab al-‘Amoud, and several areas near Al-Aqsa Mosque, and detained many of them.
Israeli Occupation Army Carries Out A Limited Invasion Into Northern And Central Gaza
May 13, 2019 11:08 PM IMEMC News
On Monday, several Israeli military vehicles, including armored bulldozers, invaded Palestinian agricultural lands in the northern and central parts of the besieged Gaza Strip, and bulldozed some sections while firing live rounds.
Media sources said the soldiers advanced dozens of meters into farmlands in the eastern area of Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza, and bulldozed sections near the perimeter fence.
They added that the soldiers also invaded Palestinian lands east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, and bulldozed lands near the fence.
In the two invasions, the soldiers fired sporadic rounds of live ammunition, and used smoke bombs before withdrawing.
On Monday morning, the soldiers invaded Jenin refugee camp and the al-Yamoun town, in the northern West Bank governorate of Jenin, injured three Palestinians, in addition to causing many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, and abducted five.
On Monday at dawn, the soldiers abducted eleven Palestinians from their homes, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians, Injures Three, In Jenin
May 13, 2019 9:57 PM IMEMC News
Dozens of Israeli occupation soldiers invaded, on Monday morning, Jenin refugee camp and the al-Yamoun town, in the northern West Bank governorate of Jenin, injured three Palestinians, in addition to causing many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, and abducted five.
Media sources in Jenin said the soldiers shot a young man, identified as Ahmad Maher al-Ghoul, with a live round in his leg, and Mohammad Sobhi Matahen with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the leg, in Jenin refugee camp.
They added that the soldiers also rammed Amin Zeidan Zakarna with their jeep while the army was withdrawing from the refugee camp, before he was rushed to Khalil Suleiman Governmental Hospital in Jenin city.
Dozens of Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation and received the needed treatment by local medics.
Prior to withdrawing from the camp, the soldiers abducted Firas al-Wehda, Ahmad Abu al-‘Azmi, Ahmad Hussein Abdul-Hafith and Khaled Abu Zeina.
The soldiers also invaded the ransacked several homes in the ath-Thahra area, in Jenin.
On Monday at dawn, the soldiers abducted eleven Palestinians from their homes, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.
Israeli Occupation Army Abduct Eleven Palestinians In The West Bank
May 13, 2019 8:22 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, eleven Palestinians from their homes, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.
The PPS office in Jenin governorate, in northern West Bank, said the soldiers abducted Khaled Abu Zeina, Firas al-Wehda, Ahmad Hussein Abdul-Hafith, Ahmad Azmi Husseiniyya and Ala Alu al-Lubbadi.
In Nablus, also in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Abdul-Qader As’ad Sabah.
Another Palestinian, identified as Ibrahim Erbas, was abducted from Qalqilia, in northern West Bank.
In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Wajdi Kathem Thawabta, Anas Kathem Thawabta, Nidal Nabeeh Thawabta and Ahmad Ma’rouf al-Atrash.
Illegal Israeli Settlers Kill Dozens of Almond Trees near Nablus
May 13, 2019 3:40 PM IMEMC News & Agencies
Illegal Israeli settlers chopped down dozens of Palestinian-owned almond trees in Yanun village, south of the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, on Monday.
Rashed Marar, head of the village council, told Ma’an News Agency that a number of Israeli settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Hill 777, located north of Yanun, chopped down dozens of almond trees.
Marar mentioned that he was unable to reach the area due to Israeli forces surrounding the trees and providing protection to the settlers. Hence, Marar could not confirm the actual number of trees that have been chopped down.
More than 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.
The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem reported that Israeli settlers’ vandalism in the occupied West Bank is a daily routine and is fully backed by Israeli authorities.
“In just over two months, from the beginning of May to 7 July, 2018, B’Tselem documented 10 instances in which settlers destroyed a total of more than 2,000 trees and grapevines and burned down a barley field and bales of hay,” B’Tselem said in its report.
The report added: “Settler violence and vandalism takes place with full backing by the Israeli authorities. Sometimes soldiers take part in the assault; at other times, they stand idly by. The police makes no substantial effort to investigate the incidents, nor takes measures to prevent them or stop them in real time.”
Israeli Occupation Army Detains Seven Journalists, One Human Rights Worker, In Northern Plains
May 12, 2019 8:46 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers detained, Sunday, seven Palestinian journalists and one human rights worker, in the northern Plains of the occupied West Bank, as they were documenting the army while displacing families to conduct military training.
Eyewitnesses said the soldiers detained seven journalists, identified as Hazem Nasser, Shadi Jarar’a, Ranin Sawafta, Shatha Hammad, Hisham Abu Shaqra, Khaled Bodeir and Mahmoud Fawzi.
They added that the soldiers also detained Fares Foqaha, who works for the Al-Haq independent Palestinian non-governmental human rights organization.
The soldiers moved the abducted Palestinians to their military base, east of Tayasir Palestinian village, northeast of Tubas.
The abducted Palestinians were documenting the army’s attack against Bedouin families in Hamsa al-Foqa village, as the soldiers were preparing to conduct live fire military drills.
The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate strongly denounced the Israeli violation, and said the soldiers also confiscated the equipment carried by the detained journalists.
It called on various international organizations, and the United Nations, to intervene and stop the ongoing Israeli violations against the journalists and media outlets in occupied Palestine.
The Israeli military drills are frequently carried out in the occupied West Bank, and the near Bedouin communities in the Negev, resulting in displacing the families in addition to the dozens of casualties, including fatalities, due to explosives dropped by the army during training.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Teen In Bethlehem
May 12, 2019 8:08 PM IMEMC News
Several Israeli Occupation army jeeps invaded, on Sunday at dawn, the town of Nahhalin, west of Bethlehem city in the occupied West Bank, and abducted a teenage boy.
Media sources said the soldiers invaded and searched a few homes, and abducted Khalaf Osama Shakarna, 16.
They added that the soldiers questioned several Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards, and took Shakarna to the nearby Etzion military base and security center.
Also at dawn, the soldiers abducted three Palestinians in Arraba town, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians Near Jenin
May 12, 2019 7:42 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, three Palestinians in Arraba town, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
Media sources said many army jeeps invaded the town, before the soldiers stormed and searched several homes and abducted two Palestinians, identified as Anas Awwad and Waddah Khalil Sha’er.
They added that the soldiers also abducted Fares Abdul-Rahman Awwad, after stopping him at a military roadblock near the town.
In related news, the soldiers invaded Barta’a town, which is isolated behind the Annexation Wall southwest of Jenin and searched the home of Abdul-Karim Kabaha while interrogating him and his family.
In related news, the army said its soldiers have detained a young Palestinian man, reportedly after “breaching the perimeter fence in northern Gaza Strip while carrying a knife,” and took him to an interrogation facility.
Israeli Occupation Army Injures Three Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum
May 11, 2019 9:42 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers injured, Saturday, three Palestinians in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.
Media sources said the soldiers invaded the town and attacked the weekly procession against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, by firing rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades.
They added that the soldiers injured three young men, including one who suffered a head injury, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
On Friday, the soldiers attacked the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum, wounding one child with a rubber-coated steel bullet, and causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
The Palestinians hold processions in Kufur Qaddoum every Friday and Saturday, for the eighth consecutive year, demanding the army to reopen the town’s main road, which was blockaded fifteen years ago, to enable easy access for illegal colonialist settlers driving to and from the Kedumim Israeli colony, built on private Palestinian lands.
Israeli occupation police storm al-Aqsa Mosque and force the Palestinian worshipers out
May 12, 2019, OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) + -
The Israeli occupation police at night Sunday stormed al-Aqsa Mosque and forced the Palestinian worshipers out.
Thousands of Palestinians earlier performed night and Tarawih prayers at al-Aqsa Mosque on the seventh day of the holy month of Ramadan.
Violent clashes broke out between the Israeli police and Palestinian citizens following the prayers in Bab al-Amud area.
The Israeli police heavily fired stun grenades at the worshipers, forced those inside the mosque out, and arrested two children identified as Esam Abu Nab and Mohammed al-Ghazzawi.
Scores of illegal Israeli settlers broke into al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem under tight police guard
May 13, 2019, OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) + -
Scores of illegal Israeli settlers on Monday broke into al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem under tight police guard.
Local sources said that the settlers carried out provocative tours for hours inside al-Aqsa compound while accompanied by a large police force.
The Israeli police at night Sunday stormed al-Aqsa Mosque, attacked the Palestinian worshipers who were present there for Ramadan prayers, and forced them out.
Violent clashes broke out between the Israeli police forces and Palestinian worshipers in the nearby Bab al-Amud area where the police fired stun grenades and arrested two children.
Israeli Occupation Navy Abducts Three Fishermen In Gaza
May 11, 2019, 6:27 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation navy ships attacked, on Saturday at noon, a number of Palestinian fishing boats in the Sudaniyya Sea area, northwest of Gaza city, and abducted three fishermen.
Media sources said the navy fired many live rounds at the fishing boats in an area that is less than six nautical miles of the shore, before abducting the three fishermen.
They added that the abducted fishermen have been identified as Omar Bakr, Mansour Bakr and Atef Bakr.
The attack is part of ongoing Israeli violations against the fishermen in Palestinian territorial waters, in addition to farmers and workers on their lands near the perimeter fence along the eastern parts of the besieged and improvised coastal region.
Egyptian navy arrested four Palestinian fishermen off the cost of the besieged Gaza Strip
May 12, 2019, GAZA, (PIC) + -
The Egyptian navy on Sunday arrested four Palestinian fishermen off the cost of the besieged Gaza Strip.
Zakaria Bakr, head of Fishermen Committees in the Agricultural Work Committees Union, said that the Egyptian navy detained four Palestinian fishermen who were sailing off southern Gaza cost.
Bakr said that the Egyptian naval forces confiscated their fishing boat and equipment.
The detainees are Mohammed Siam, 22, Ebrahim al-Bardawil, 42, Ahmad al-Bardawil, 30 and Ebrahim Mohammed al-Bardawil, 22. No further information was given
PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,
(02 – 08 May 2019)
May 11, 2019 6:18 AM PCHR
Israeli occupation forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 02 – 08 May, 2019.
Israeli occupation forces violate the Gaza Strip again: Twenty-three Palestinian civilians; 14 of them were civilians, including 3 children and 3 women, one of them pregnant, were killed. 111 Palestinian civilians, including 27 children and 12 women, were injured. Airstrikes targeted 22 residential houses and buildings, a mosque, 3 workshops, cars, motorbikes and resorts. Israeli forces continue to use extra-judicial execution policy and target media and cultural institutions and relief centers. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against the peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. 99 Palestinian civilians, including 42 children, 5 women, a journalist, and 3 paramedics, were wounded. Two of them sustained serious wounds. Eight Palestinian civilians, including a child and a journalist, were wounded in the West Bank.
In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces intensified their aggression
against the Gaza Strip at a high rate for 2 consecutive days during
which the Israeli forces carried out intensive bombardment through their
warplanes and artillery shells in land and sea, targeting more
multi-story buildings and houses in a clear violation against
Palestinian civilians. As a result, hundreds of families became homeless
and 2 million Palestinians suffered fear and terror. Moreover, the
Israeli forces continued using the extrajudicial executions policy,
which has been going on in the last years. According to PCHR’s
fieldworkers” documentation, Israeli forces killed 23 Palestinian; 14 of
them were civilians, including 3 children and 3 women; one of them was
pregnant. Some of those from the same family were killed inside their
houses. The Israeli bombardment, which continued for 2 days in raw,
resulted in the injury of 111 Palestinian civilians, including 27
children and 12 women. The airstrikes targeted 22 residential houses and
buildings, a mosque; 3 workshops. The Israeli warplanes further
targeted dozens of empty lands, cars, motorbikes, resorts, public and
private property, training sites, border control points belonging to
Palestinian armed groups, in addition to artillery shelling targeting
various areas of the eastern Gaza Strip.
On 07 May 2019, Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian civilians,
who were collecting metal scrap from al-Rabesh area, east of Beit
Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, one of them was hit with a
live bullet to the left thigh.
Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against
Palestinian civilians and property
At approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 02 May 2019, Israeli occupation
forces backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle of the
Israeli Civil Administration and a digger moved into Kherbit Um
al-Khair, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The Israeli soldiers deployed
between civilians’ houses while the Israeli Civil Administration staff
demolished a barn used for breeding around 200 sheep and built with
sheds and barbed wires. The barn, which was later confiscated, belongs
to Suliman Yamen ‘Eid al-Hathaleen (80). The confiscation came without a
prior warning. It should be noted that the Israeli soldiers detained
Suliam and attacked him while confiscating the barn.
1- Rana ‘Adnan Abu Haniyia, puncture her vehicle’s tiers and wrote David Star on her rear left door.
2- ‘Izz al-Deen Ghassan Damidi, puncture his vehicle’s tiers and wrote David Star on his vehicle.
3- ‘Abdullah Mahmoud Salem ‘Odah, puncture his vehicles’ tiers and wrote slogans on the walls of Kantri-Hawarah Park, which belongs to him.
On Friday, a group of illegal Israeli settlers, from “Ma’ale Shamron“ settlement attacked with sticks and stones the two siblings Islam (28) and ‘Abed al-Ghaffar ‘Abdullah Redwan (24), from ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyia, while weeding Wadi al-Sha’ir land, east of the village. Abed al-Ghaffar ‘Abdullah Redwan said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “At approximately 17:30 on Friday, 03 May 2019, my brother Islam and I were weeding an agricultural land. Suddenly, around 5 Israeli settlers attacked us with stones and sticks. They then cursed and pursued us. The settlers also shouted at us, so we immediately fled. The settlers could not catch us. After that, an Israeli vehicle arrived and then the Israeli soldiers pursued us. They caught me and detained me in an investigation center until 20:00. I told them that I usually take care of my land and you can refer to the cameras and watch what happened. My brother and I were working in the land without doing anything and the Israeli settlers firstly attacked us.”
At approximately 18:30 on the same day, dozens of Israeli settlers carried out riots in “ Yatizhar” settlement square on Nablus-Ramallah Street, the southern entrance to Nablus. The settlers threw stones at Palestinian civilians’ vehicles while passing through the square. Among those vehicles were:
1- A vehicle belongs to Sa’ied ‘Abed al-Latif Saied Damdi, from Hawarah village, south of Nablus. His rear window was broken, in addition to smashing the right rear door window.
2- A vehicle belongs to Osama Subhi Buni Minyiah, from ‘Aqraba village, southeast of Nablus. His vehicle’s doors were damaged, in addition to smashing the vehicle’s rear window and the right rear door window.
On Sunday, 05 May 2019, the guard of “Ariel” industrial settlement attacked the two siblings Mujahed and Tamer Yehia Hussain Shamlawi, from Hares village, northwest of Salfit. The settlement guard pepper-sprayed at Mujahed while the Israeli police arrested Tamer (20). Mujahed and Tamer’s brother Adham said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “ At approximately 07:30 on Sunday, 05 May 2019, my brother Tamer headed via his car to deliver my father along with my older brother to their work in “Ariel” industrial settlement. When Tamer arrived at the settlement and stopped his car, the settlement guard came and fought with him about where the vehicle was parked. My brother Mujahed stepped out of the car to talk to the guard. The latter pepper-sprayed at Mujahed’s face, so he fell on the ground. Immediately, my brother Tamer get out of the car to help Mujahed. Meanwhile, an Israeli force attacked Tamer, handcuffed him and pushed him to the ground. When Tamer attempted to untie himself, the Israeli police immediately arrested him.”
Recommendations to the International Community
PCHR warns of the escalating settlement construction in the West Bank, the attempts to legitimize settlement outposts established on Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the continued summary executions of Palestinian civilians under the pretext that they pose a security threat to the Israeli forces. PCHR reminds the international community that thousands of Palestinian civilians have been rendered homeless and lived in caravans under tragic circumstances due to the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight closure for almost 11 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334, which states that settlements are a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions and calls upon Israel to stop them and not to recognize any demographic change in the oPt since 1967. PCHR hopes this resolution will pave the way for eliminating the settlement crime and bring to justice those responsible for it. PCHR further reiterates that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation in spite of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan of 2005. PCHR emphasizes that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law. Israel is bound to apply international human rights law and the law of war, sometimes reciprocally and other times in parallel, in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for the victims.
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