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News, April 2021
Israeli Occupation Forces Attack, Injure, Abduct Palestinians, and Demolish their Homes
April 4, 2021
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 abuse, mistreatment, and violations of Palestinian human rights, on daily basis.More detailed news stories can be found at the following sources:
http://english.wafa.ps/, https://english.palinfo.com/, https://imemc.org/, https://paltoday.ps/ar/
Israeli Occupation Soldiers
IMEMC, April 4, 2021
Israeli occupation soldiers
Israeli Occupation Forces Shoot, Injure two Journalists at Weekly Kufur Qaddoum March
IMEMC, APR 3, 2021
Israeli occupation forces, on Friday, suppressed the weekly peaceful procession in the village of Kufur Qaddoum, shooting two photojournalists with sponge-tipped rounds and causing dozens of others to suffocate on teargas, according to a local official.
Locals from the village, located east of Qalqilia in northern occupied West Bank, have held non-violent demonstrations every Friday for several years to demand the Israeli authorities open the main road that was closed to Palestinians in 2003 for the exclusive use by the illegal settlers in nearby colonies.
The media spokesman for the Wall Resistance Commission, Morad Eshteiwi stated that the army fired sponge-tipped rounds, rubber-coated steel rounds and teargas canisters towards the protestors, striking and injuring two Palestinian photojournalists, and causing dozens of other participants to choke on teargas.
Photojournalist with Palestine TV, Bashar Nazzal was struck and injured in the hand with a sponge-tipped round, and Abdullah Shteiwi, a freelance photojournalist volunteering with the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem was shot in the back with a sponge-tipped round.
All injuries were treated at the scene.
Youths burned tires to obscure their positions, and hurled rocks and teargas canisters towards the invading soldiers.
The village of Kufur Qaddoum has engaged in weekly non-violent protests against the Wall and colonial settlements each Friday afternoon for over ten years. It is one of a number of villages that have engaged in long-term resistance to the Israeli occupation and illegal colonies built on Palestinian land.
Israeli Occupation Army Injures Several Palestinians Near Nablus
IMEMC, APR 2, 2021
Israeli occupation soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession in Beit Dajan village, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and injured many Palestinians.
Local sources said the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against the nonviolent protesters and fired rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.
They added that many Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, before receiving treatment by local medics.
The Palestinians in Beit Dajan hold weekly nonviolent professions after illegal Israeli colonialist settlers installed an outpost on their lands in October of the year 2020.
On March 19, 2021, the soldiers killed Atef Yousef Hanaisha, 45, during a nonviolent procession in the village.
In related news, the soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinians holding the weekly nonviolent procession in the al-Mughayyir village, northeast of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and injured six Palestinians, in addition to causing many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians Near Ramallah
IMEMC, APR 2, 2021
Israeli occupation soldiers attacked, Friday, dozens of Palestinians holding the weekly nonviolent procession in the al-Mughayyir village, northeast of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and injured six Palestinians, in addition to causing many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
The Palestinians were marching against the Israeli closure of the eastern entrance of the village, in addition to marking Palestinian Land Day.
They marched towards the eastern entrance while chanting against the ongoing closure, the illegal Israeli occupation, and its colonies, in addition to the escalating violations against the Palestinian people.
The soldiers fired many rubber-coated steel bullets at the protesters wounding six, in addition to causing many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
Amin Abu Alia, the head of the al- Mughayyir Village Council, said this closure is the third this year alone, and added that the blockaded road is essential to the Palestinians, especially since it leads to many areas in the northern and southern parts of the West Bank.
It is worth mentioning that al-Mughayyir witnesses frequent Israeli invasions and violations, in addition to the repeated attacks carried out by the colonialist settlers against the Palestinians and their lands, amidst ongoing attempts to illegal annex more Palestinian lands.
On March 30, 1976, Palestinians inside Israel protested against the Israeli government announcement of the seizure of 21,000 dunams (5,189 acres) of Palestinian land.
The Israeli police violently suppressed the demonstrations, killing 6 young Palestinians, and injuring and arresting many others. Since then, the Palestinians have been marking the incident as “Land Day.”
Israeli Occupation Army Injures Five Palestinians In Nablus
IMEMC, APR 2, 2021
Israeli occupation soldiers invaded, earlier Thursday, the eastern area of Nablus city, in northern West Bank, and injured five Palestinians with live fire.
Media sources said several army vehicles invaded the eastern area of Nablus, including ‘Askar refugee camp, leading to protests.
They added that the soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at local youngsters who protested the invasion and hurled stones at them.
Medical sources in Rafidia hospital, in Nablus, said the soldiers shot five Palestinians with live rounds, three of them in the legs, and two in the abdomen and back.
Many Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation and received the needed treatment by local medics.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians In Hebron, One In Bethlehem
IMEMC, APR 2, 2021
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Friday at dawn, three Palestinians, including two teenage boys, in Hebron, in southern West Bank, in addition to one Palestinian, who was abducted late on Thursday at night in the al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem.
Media sources in Hebron said many Israeli army jeeps invaded Beit Ummar town, north of the city, before the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes, and abducted Mohammad Awad Za’aqeeq, 17, in addition to Fahmi Abdul-Hamid Za’aqeeq, 16.
The abducted teens were taken to the nearby Etzion military base and security center for interrogation.
They added that the soldiers detained many families in their own homes while searching their properties, and interrogated them while inspecting their ID cards.
Furthermore, the soldiers abducted Hani Mojahed Abu Sabba’, after invading and violently searching his home in the southern area of Hebron city.
Late on Thursday at night, the soldiers invaded the al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem, and abducted Mahmoud Ismael Abu at-Teen, after breaking into his home and ransacking it.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians Near Nablus And Jenin
IMEMC, APR 2, 2021
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Thursday evening, a young Palestinian man at the Za’tara military roadblock, south of Nablus, and a young man from Jenin, in northern West Bank.
Eyewitnesses said the soldiers abducted Hasan Nasrallah Sha’er, and searched his car after stopping him at the roadblock, and took him to a nearby military base.
His family said Hasan was driving his father’s car when the soldiers stopped and abducted him.
It is worth mentioning that Huwwara roadblock has recently witnessed various similar incidents, including the abduction of many young men, and the interrogation of dozens of Palestinians.
Furthermore, the soldiers abducted Nizar Mohammad Hanaisha, from Jenin in northern West Bank, while heading to his work in Jerusalem, and moved him to Huwwara military base near Nablus.
Illegal Israeli Settlers Bulldoze Palestinian Lands Near Bethlehem
IMEMC, APR 2, 2021
Illegal Israeli settlers bulldozed, on Thursday night after midnight, Palestinian lands in Battir town, west of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.
Omar al-Qaisi, the owner of the bulldozed lands, said dozens of colonists, accompanied by soldiers invaded his property and started bulldozing it in preparation for a segregated agricultural road.
He added that the road would be six meters wide and 100 meters long, leading to Khirbat Mousa area, in the al-Khammar area where the colonists recently installed an outpost on private Palestinian lands before the locals managed to force them out.
Thursday’s Israeli Violations; Invasions, Abductions And Injuries
IMEMC, APR 2, 2021
Israeli occupation soldiers conducted, Thursday, various invasions into many parts of the occupied West Bank, before abducting several Palestinians in addition to injuring many others, while Israeli colonialist settlers continued their invasions into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Joseph’s Tomb Mosque.
More than 900 Israeli colonialist settlers, accompanied by the police and the army, invaded the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, after the army removed the Palestinian Muslim worshipers from the holy site.
During the invasion, the soldiers abducted two young Palestinian men and detained another, identified as Anwar Obeid, from the al-‘Isawiya town, in Jerusalem, before issuing an order banning him from entering the holy site for several months.
It is worth mentioning that Obeid is a former political prisoner, who was abducted and imprisoned several times, and was expelled from Jerusalem for four months.
The soldiers also closed the Bab al-Asbat (The Gate of the Tribes) area, and installed a roadblock, before preventing the Palestinians from crossing.
Also in Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded Sweih neighborhood in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and abducted Ismael Kanaan, while he and his family were welcoming his brother, Ghazi, a political prisoner who was released from Israeli prisons after serving an 11-year prison term.
In addition, dozens of colonialist settlers, accompanied by the army, invaded the northern West Bank city of Nablus, before heading to Joseph’s Tomb site, in the eastern part of the city.
The invasion led to protests, especially after the army closed the area and prevented the Palestinians from entering it.
One Palestinian, identified as Abdul-Salam Salman, was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head, and was moved to a local hospital.
In addition, the Israeli police abducted Nizar Hanaisha, from Qabatia town south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, while he was working in occupied Jerusalem.
In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers invaded and searched many homes in Beit Ummar and Doura towns, north and south of the city, and abducted Mohammad Abu Mariya in addition to Nayef Shawamra.
In Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers abducted one Palestinian, identified as Kamal Jamal Daraghma, from his home in the city.
In addition, the soldiers shot a Palestinian, who works at the General Intelligence Service in Tubas, with two live rounds in the chest and shoulder, while standing in front of the building when the army invaded Tubas.
Israeli Occupation Forces Suppress Land Day Demonstration near Nablus
IMEMC, APR 1, 2021
The Israeli occupation army suppressed a non-violent demonstration, on Tuesday, as Palestinians commemorated the 45th Anniversary of Land Day, in Sebastia, northwest of Nablus, in northern West Bank.
According to Quds News Network, the army fired teargas canisters and stun grenades, causing several protesters to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
On March 30, 1976, Palestinians inside Israel protested against the Israeli government announcement of the seizure of 21,000 dunams (5,189 acres) of Palestinian land. The Israeli police violently suppressed the demonstrations, killing 6 young Palestinians, and injuring and arresting many others.
In related news Israeli soldiers closed, for the second day, the archeological site in Sebastia to allow groups of illegal colonialist settlers into it.
The Mayor of Sebastia, Mohammad Azem, said dozens of illegal colonialist settlers, accompanied by many soldiers invaded the site after the soldiers closed the entire area to the Palestinians.
PCHR: Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
IMEMC, APR 1, 2021
Weekly Summary for March 25 – 31, 2021
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours. Even more, IOF continued its demolition operations and delivery of cease-construction and demolition notices in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) documented 207 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt.
IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:
Four Palestinians, including two children, sustained wounds as a result of IOF excessive use of force against civilians in the West Bank: a child was wounded at the weekly Kufur Qaddoum protests in Qalqilia; another in a protest in Beit Dajan in Nablus; another child sustained wounds in an IOF raid on a former Palestinian prisoner’s house in occupied east Jerusalem, noting that the prisoner was released that same day after 20 years in Israeli prisons. Dozens of others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, and others were wounded in IOF assault during raids on Palestinian houses across the West Bank.
In the Gaza Strip, 3 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands eastern Gaza; and 3 at fishing boats in the Gaza sea.
IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:
IOF carried out 121 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 62 Palestinians were arrested, including 3 children and 2 women, including a journalist who was detained while conducting an interview. She was detained for several others before her release.
In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted two limited incursions into eastern Deir Balah.
PCHR documented the following incidents:
Hebron: cease-construction notice served against a house in eastern Yatta.
Bethlehem: cease-construction notice served against a retaining wall in Tuqu.
PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 3 attacks:
Bethlehem: Palestinian civilian assaulted in southern Bethlehem.
Salfit: vehicle vandalized; agricultural room destroyed; stone chains destroyed, and 15 olive trees cut.
Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:
The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. The United Nations (UN) confirmed that the Gaza conditions are worsening, with deteriorating health, power, and water services. The UN emphasized that the Gaza Strip requires immense efforts in the housing and education sectors and to create job opportunities.
Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.
OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report for March 16 – 29, 2021
IMEMC, APR 3, 2021
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) biweekly Protection of Civilians Report
On 19 March a 45-year-old Palestinian man who was allegedly throwing stones at Israeli occupation forces, during a weekly protest near Beit Dajan village (Nablus), was shot and killed with live ammunition. The soldiers concerned are reportedly being debriefed. The fatality brings to three, the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank since the beginning of the year. Ten people were injured in the protests near Beit Dajan, which have been taking place every Friday for the past six months, against the establishment of a new outpost on village-owned land.
In addition to the ten above, another 53 Palestinians were injured by
Israeli forces across the West Bank. Forty-three were wounded in
confrontations in the Kafr ‘Aqab neighbourhood of East Jerusalem. Five
were injured in two search-and-arrest operations in Beit Ummar (Hebron)
and Bir Nabala (Jerusalem); four in the weekly protests against
settlement expansion in Kufur Qaddoum (Qalqilia); and one while
attempting to enter Israel through one of the breaches in the separation
barrier in the Tulkarem area. Of the overall injuries, 40 were treated
for tear gas inhalation, 16 by were hit by rubber bullets, and seven
were physically assaulted, or hit by a tear gas canister. In addition,
in Jericho, a Palestinian shepherd sustained injuries when an unexploded
ordnance that he was handling detonated.
The entry of Palestinians to the closed area of H2 (Hebron city), where they live, was delayed for long periods due to the re-introduction of heavy restrictions by Israeli forces at the checkpoint leading to Tel Rumeida neighbourhood. In this context, forces have required Palestinian residents to pass through metal detectors, which was has not been a requirement for several years.
Citing the lack of building permits, the Israeli authorities demolished or seized 26 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C and East Jerusalem, displacing 34 people, of whom 15 were children, and otherwise affecting about 40. Twenty-two structures were targeted on 17 March in four communities in Area C, including eight tents seized in Khirbet Tana (Nablus), displacing 18 people; and 11 uninhabited houses demolished in An Nuwei’ma Al Fauqa Bedouin community (Jericho), affecting 21 people. Four of the structures were demolished in East Jerusalem, including three by their owners, displacing 12 people.
Perpetrators known or believed to be Israeli settlers injured two Palestinians and damaged a few hundreds of Palestinian-owned trees. Both Palestinians were physically assaulted, one near Susiya community (Hebron) and the other while working his land near Al Khader (Bethlehem). Residents in the villages of Jalud, Khirbet Sarra and Tell in Nablus, and Ras Karkar and Deir Nidham in Ramallah, reported that about 300 trees and saplings had been vandalized. In Beit Iksa (Jerusalem) and Kafr ad Dik (Salfit), people known or believed to be settlers vandalized a house, three agricultural structures and three vehicles. In Al Baq’a area (Hebron), settlers started bulldozing privately-owned Palestinian land. Settlers blocked off a spring near Tubas, preventing Palestinian herders from accessing it. Settlers erected tents on land belonging to residents of Tuqu’ and Kisan villages (Bethlehem); in Kisan, they eventually removed the tents, and in Tuqu’ the Israeli authorities ordered them to remove them by 4 April.
Perpetrators believed to be Palestinians stoned Israeli-plated vehicles travelling on West Bank roads. As a result, ten vehicles sustained damage, according to Israeli sources.
In Gaza, on at least 17 occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire
near Israel’s perimeter fence or off the coast, presumably to enforce
access restrictions, with no injuries reported. On two occasions,
Israeli forces conducted land levelling near the fence inside Gaza. No
injuries were reported.
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