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News, August 2020
Israeli Occupation Apartheid Regime Forces Launch Air Strikes on Gaza, Injure and Abduct Dozens of Palestinians in the West Bank
August 16, 2020
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:
http://english.wafa.ps/, https://english.palinfo.com/, https://imemc.org/, https://paltoday.ps/ar/
At Least Five Palestinians Shot, Injured by Israeli Fire in Gaza
August 16, 2020 6:06 AM IMEMC News
Palestinian medical sources have reported that five residents were injured, on Saturday at night, by live rounds fired by Israeli soldiers, stationed in a military base across the perimeter fence, east of Gaza city. The incidents took place while the army also fired several missiles into various parts of the coastal region.
The Palestinians were injured when the Israeli army fired it rounds at many homes, and into farmlands in the besieged coastal region, and were rushed to local medical centers.
In addition, an Israeli drone fired missiles into a site and farmlands, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, causing excessive damage.
The army also fired at least one missile into a building, west of Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza, causing property damage.
Some of the targeted sites are run by armed resistance groups near Beit Lahia, Palestinian sources said.
Meanwhile, Israeli sources claimed that Palestinian shells, which were allegedly fired from Gaza, caused five injuries in Sderot, near Gaza, after a shell landed near a home.
The Israeli army said its soldiers observed two shells fired from Gaza, before one of them landed near a home, causing damage and the injuries.
On its part, armed resistance groups in Gaza said they fired shells in retaliation to continued Israeli bombardment, and the injury of two young Palestinian men, who were shot earlier Saturday, while working on their lands, near the perimeter fence in eastern Gaza.
As Israeli forces bombed Gaza for the seventh evening straight, Palestinian youth gathered near the border fence east of Gaza City for a protest.
According to Quds Press in Gaza, the youth brought with them two truckloads of tires, which they unloaded and then set on fire. The burning tires create a lot of black smoke, which the protesters say they hope will obscure the views of the Israeli snipers stationed on the border.
The youth call their protests ‘night confusion’, meant to confuse the Israeli soldiers who habitually fire directly into crowds of unarmed demonstrators at the border.
The youth focused their protest on the border security fence, which contains a number of Israeli military establishments and guards Israeli settlements constructed on stolen Palestinian land.
The border fence also signifies the imprisonment of the Strip for 13 years by Israeli military occupation forces who have kept the Palestinian population under siege by air, sea and land.
The “Quds Press” correspondent in Gaza said that hundreds of Palestinian youth went to the border fence east of Gaza City near Malaka camp.
Israeli forces stationed at the border fired indiscriminately into the crowd, wounding five with live ammunition.
Massive Israeli Airstrikes Reported in North, East and South of Gaza
August 16, 2020 4:20 AM admin
On Saturday night, Israeli warplanes launched a number of missiles at Palestinian civilian areas in the northern, southern and eastern West Bank, according to local sources. The areas hit include Khan Younis, in the southern West Bank, Beit Lahia, in the north, and al-Boreij refugee camp, in eastern Gaza.
Dozens of injuries have been reported, according to Dr. Basem Naim, who tweeted this video:
Saturday’s bombings marked the seventh straight night of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. Israel claimed it launched the massive missiles into the Palestinian civilian areas in response to what it called ‘incendiary balloons’ from Gaza, which are children’s party balloons with a string attached, bearing a flaming rag or paper that someone in Gaza sent floating upward.
Following the Israeli bombardment, several Palestinian-fired rockets were seen heading toward the Israeli border.
This Video by: Muhammad Najjar/Quds News Network shows one of the bombings, in the northern Gaza Strip.
The Israeli military claimed that the airstrikes targeted “Hamas targets”, although it was unclear what that meant.
The Israeli military continues to hold the Gaza Strip under siege since 2007. This means that the Israeli military controls all access to the Palestinian Territory, and controls all land, water and air. Palestinians who live in the Gaza Strip are imprisoned, unable to leave or return without Israeli permits, which are nearly impossible to obtain.
Israeli Missiles Injure Two Women, One of Them Pregnant, And Two Children, In Gaza
August 15, 2020 1:52 AM IMEMC News
Israeli soldiers fired, on Friday at night, many missiles into many areas in the besieged Gaza Strip, wounding four two women, one of them pregnant, and two children, in several parts of the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli missiles struck many homes in northern Gaza, in central Gaza, and in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, media sources confirmed.
Medical sources said Israeli missiles struck farmlands, and a few homes, in Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza, causing excessive damage, and wounding two women, including one who is pregnant.
They added that a child, only three years of age, suffered wounds to her head and face, when the soldiers fired missiles into farmlands, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.
Another child, eleven years of age, was also injured when the soldiers fired more missiles into al-Boreij.
Furthermore, Israeli drones fired missiles into farmlands east of al-Boreij, and an observation post run by a resistance group and a security post, in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.
Families that had to leave their homes during the bombing said that they were just trying to save themselves, to save their children, after the Israeli missiles struck their homes, and areas near them, and had to run not even knowing where to, as more missiles and shells continued to be fire by the army.
The Israeli army said it attacked Gaza in retaliation to flammable balloons that were reportedly flown from the coastal region, causing 21 fires during the day, Friday.
Israeli Navy Injures A Palestinian Fisherman In Northern Gaza
August 15, 2020 2:45 AM IMEMC News
Israeli navy attacked, Friday, many Palestinian fishing boats in Beit Lahia Sea, in the northern part of the besieged Gaza Strip, wounding one fisherman.
Media sources said the navy fired rubber-coated steel bullets and live rounds at several fishing boats.
They added that one fisherman was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the leg, while many boats sustained damage.
On Friday at night, Israeli soldiers fired many missiles into many areas in the besieged Gaza Strip, wounding four two women, one of them pregnant, and two children, in several parts of the Gaza Strip.
Soldiers Shoot Two Palestinians, Cause Dozen To Suffer Effects Of teargas Inhalation, Near Ramallah
August 15, 2020 5:48 AM IMEMC News
Israeli soldiers shot, Friday, two Palestinians, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, after the army invaded al-Midya village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Israeli bombs also caused fires in Palestinian farmlands.
Mohammad Rashed, the Mayor of al-Midya, stated that the soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades at the protesters.
He added that a young man was shot a young with a live round in the leg, and another Palestinian with rubber-coated steel bullets. Both were rushed by local medics to a hospital in Ramallah.
Dozens of Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and others sustained burns and cuts, before receiving treatment by the medics.
Rashed also said that the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades at random, many of them hitting Palestinian farmlands, setting them ablaze before Palestinian firefighters were called to the scene and managed to extinguish it before it spread.
Israeli Soldiers Injure Four Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum
August 15, 2020 4:37 AM IMEMC News
Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, four Palestinians, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, during the weekly procession against illegal annexation wall and colonies, and the continued closure of the town’s main road.
Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum, said the Palestinians marched from the center of the town, chanting against the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation, its colonies, and escalating violations.
The protestors also chanted against the ongoing Israeli attempts to illegally annex large areas of the occupied West Bank.
He added that the protesters also marched against the treasonous agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, under American supervision, which would result in the full normalization between the two countries, without Israel’s withdrawal from occupied Palestine and the establishment on an independent Palestinian State.
Eshteiwy stated that the soldiers shot four Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, while dozens suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.
Several protesters burnt ties and hurled stones at the soldiers who invaded the town and attacked the weekly procession.
Palestinians have been holding weekly demonstrations in Kufur Qaddoum village, since 2003, to demand the Israeli authorities reopen the village’s main road, which was closed in 2002, for the benefit of illegal settlers in nearby Israeli colonies.
Under international law, namely the Fourth Geneva Convention, it is forbidden for the occupying state to transfer any of its own population onto the land which it occupies. In this case, Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967, since then hundreds of settlements and outposts have been built on occupied Palestinian territories.
Israeli Soldiers Abduct Ten Palestinians In West Bank
August 15, 2020 3:19 AM IMEMC News
Israeli soldiers abducted, Friday, at least ten Palestinians from several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.
The PPS said the soldiers invaded and searched homes in the al-Am’ari refugee camp, in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, before abducting two Palestinians identified as Yousef Hammad and Na’el Abu Kweik.
The soldiers also invaded Anabta town, east of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, searched homes and abducted Hamza Fathi Abu Kamla, 32, in addition to Mo’men Mowaffaq Abu Kamla, 19.
In addition, the soldiers abducted Tawfiq Morad, near the Salem military base, and Fadi Samara, after stopping him at a military roadblock, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
The soldiers also abducted Tareq Sa’id Zakarna, from Qabatia town, south of Jenin, while he was near Nablus, in northern West Bank, and Bilal Khozeimiyya, while he was walking near the Annexation Wall, south of Jenin.
In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Ja’far Abdullah al-‘Arouj, from the al-‘Arouj village, east of the city.
In Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted a young man, identified as Mustafa Abu Ramouz, and interrogated him for several hours, before releasing him after handing him an order preventing him from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque for one week.
The Palestinian will have to go back to a police station in the occupied city in one week to be interrogated again, to see what this order barring him from Al-Aqsa will be extended.
Two Families Forced To Demolish Their Homes In Occupied Jerusalem
August 15, 2020 6:20 AM IMEMC News
Two Palestinian families from Silwan, in the occupied Palestinian capital Jerusalem, were forced to demolish their homes, after the city council constantly refused to license them, and had to resort to the destroying their own properties to avoid the excessively high fines and fees.
The first property is owned by Palestinians of the al-Abbassi family who said that they built the house seven months ago, to shelter themselves and added that the property was built on their privately-owned land.
Despite all attempts to obtain the needed permits, the City Council of occupied Jerusalem decided to demolish it, and the family’s lawyer managed to postpone the demolition until August 21st.
However, the City Council informed the family, through its lawyer, that there is nothing else they can do, and that their home will be demolished, and the family will be billed for the destruction, the equipment, and all additional fines and fees.
On Friday, the family decided to proceed with the demolition in an effort to avoid all additional costs, fines, and fees.
The family said they had no other choice but to build the 40 square/meter home without a permit, as they needed to place to live and the City Council constantly rejected all permit applications.
Several months ago, the City Council in occupied Jerusalem demolished residential and commercial structures owned by the family, and imposed a fine of more than 200.000 Israeli Shekels, in addition to billing them for the cost of the demolitions.
In addition, the family of Ehab ‘Eqiel from Karm ash-Sheikh neighborhood in Silwan, was also forced to demolish its home, which was constructed in April of this year.
The property, only 80 square/meters, was built using reinforced steel, providing shelter for the Palestinian and his family, and was built on their own lands.
After the property was installed, the young man was summoned for interrogation, and was later informed that there will be a court hearing regarding the property, however, the soldiers invaded his home, last Sunday, and told him he needed to demolish the property within four days. The family started the demolition on Thursday night after midnight and continued the work until dawn hours, Friday.***
Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
PCHR Weekly Report for July 29 – August 12, 2020
August 14, 2020 7:56 AM PCHR
Israeli forces continued to commit crimes and multi-faceted 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. Israeli forces did not restrict its attacks during the days Palestinian Muslims celebrated Eid al-Adha holiday. During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian woman and wounded 19 others across the West Bank.
PCHR asserts that Israeli forces used excessive and lethal force when they withdrew from the area without the presence of any threat or danger to soldiers’ lives. This falls within the shoot first and justify later policy that the occupation forces have consistently implemented against Palestinian civilians. Furthermore, Israeli warplanes launched several airstrikes against the Gaza Strip, while they mainly bombarded agricultural lands that did not render human loss, the airstrikes terrorized and frightened the civilian population in targeted areas.
Ever since announcing its plans to annex West Bank territories, Israeli forces have continued systematic demolitions and land razing, establishing roads for settlements in an accelerated manner. The past two weeks witnessed wide-scale demolitions of houses and agricultural lands in the West Bank.
This week, PCHR documented 303 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli forces and settlers in the oPt. It should be noted that the limitations due to the corona virus pandemic, including closure of certain territories, has limited PCHR’s fieldworkers mobility and ability to conduct field documentation; therefore, the information documented in this report are only part of the continued violations.
I. ISRAELI FORCES SHOOTING AND OTHER VIOLATIONS OF THE RIGHT TO BODILY INTEGRITY:
On 07 August 2020, Israeli forces killed Dalia Ahmed Suliman Stiti (24) with a live bullet that hit her chest as she was shutting her window in Jenin, northern West Bank. Furthermore, Israeli soldiers shot and wounded 19 Palestinians: 9 injured in excessive use of force against the weekly peaceful protest in Kufur Qaddoum in Qalqilia; 7 others in Israeli forces’ suppression of a protest in Tarmesi’yah, northern Ramallah, including 2 paramedics. Two others were wounded in separate incidents: a Palestinian was shot and wounded as Israeli forces shot him directly before his arrest in Nablus; and another was shot during a shooting near the Annexation Wall in Tulkarem.
In Gaza, Israeli forces opened fire at agricultural lands 23 times and twice at fishing boats in eastern and western Gaza Strip. Israeli forces warplanes also launched several airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.
II. INCURSIONS AND ARRESTS OF PALESTINIAN CIVILIANS:
Israeli forces carried out 176 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, 160 Palestinians were arrested, including 9 children and 4 women. Israeli forces also conducted two limited incursions into eastern Khan Younis and northern Gaza Strip.
III. SETTLEMENT EXPANSION ACTIVITIES AND SETTLERS’ ATTACKS:Read the rest of the report at:
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