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News, August 2020
Israeli Occupation Apartheid Regime Forces Abduct 19 Palestinians, Demolish Homes and Property, Illegal Settlers Squatter More Lands
August 6, 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/
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Nineteen Palestinians, Injure One, In West Bank
August 5, 2020 12:45 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, earlier Wednesday, nineteen Palestinians, and injured one after ramming him with a military jeep, in several parts of the occupied West Bank.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that the soldiers conducted violent and extensive searches of homes after breaking into them, and interrogated scores of Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
In Nablus governorate, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Sharif Bassam Mansour, Mohannad Ali al-Qanni, Yahia Na’im al-Qanni, and Khaled Ali al-Qanni, from their homes in Kafr Qalil village, south of Nablus city.
The soldiers also abducted Aziz Dweikat from his home in the southern area of Nablus city, the PPS added.
In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted a university student, identified as Yazan Ahmad Ba’jawi, from his home in Ya’bad town, west of Jenin city.
In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers abducted Hisham Adel Fuqaha’ and Yassin Ibrahim Fuqaha’, from their homes in Sinjil town, northeast of the city, in addition to Tahrir Mahmoud Zeid and Riyad Ramadan Oleyyan from the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah.
In Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Hakim Khalil Fuqaha’ and injured one Palestinian, identified as Mustafa Abu Siyaj, after ramming him with their jeep during the invasion. An Israeli ambulance was called to the scene and took him to a hospital.
In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Abdul-Fattah Abu Sha’ira, 25, from the al-‘Azza refugee camp, north of the city, in addition to Tareq Mousa ‘Obeyyat, 35, and Mohammad Ibrahim ‘Obeyyat, 40, from Abu Freha area in Beit Sahour city.
Furthermore, the soldiers abducted Bilal Raed Seder, 20, Mohammad Abu Amro and Salim Sammooh, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, in addition to Ahmad Hasan Hijja, from Doura town, southwest of Hebron.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Demolish Three Homes, Hairdressing Salon, In Silwan
August 5, 2020 2:33 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers demolished, Wednesday, three Palestinian homes, and a hairdressing salon, in Silwan town, in occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported.
Khaled Abu Tayeh, a member of the Silwan Land Defense Committee, stated that the soldiers demolished two homes, owned by Samer and his brother Suleiman al-Qaaq, in Ein al-Louza neighborhood.
Abu Tayeh added that the two Palestinians started removing their furniture and belongings from the properties a few days ago after all appeals were denied.
In addition, the soldiers demolished a home, owned by Sharif Amro, in addition to a hairdressing salon, owned by Omar Sheeha, in the same neighborhood.
The army claimed the demolished buildings were constructed without permits from the City Council in occupied Jerusalem.
Earlier Wednesday, a Palestinian, identified as Mohammad ‘Alloun, was forced to demolish his 90 square/meter home, which provided shelter to seven family members, in Beit Hanina, north of Jerusalem.
While Israel continues to build and expand its illegal colonies, Palestinian communities, and towns, in occupied Jerusalem, and various areas in the occupied West Bank, continue to be denied the right to build homes and property, under various allegations meant to prevent the expansion of Palestinian towns and neighborhoods.
The policy of home demolitions is an act of collective punishment illegal under International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Jerusalemite Palestinian forced by the Israeli occupation regime to demolish his home
August 5, 2020 11:12 AM IMEMC News
On Wednesday, the Israeli apartheid regime City Council in occupied East Jerusalem forced a Palestinian to demolish his own home in Beit Hanina, north of the city.
Eyewitnesses said the Palestinian, Mohammad ‘Alloun, was forced to demolish his 90 square/meter home, which provided shelter to seven family members.
‘Alloun decided to self-demolish his property to avoid the excessively high fines and fees which are imposed on the Palestinians, in addition to the demolition costs, if the City Council destroys their properties using its workers and machines.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that the City Council decided to demolish the property about a week ago, and informed the Palestinian that he has no legal recourse; therefore, he is not allowed to file appeals even for delaying the demolition.
Silwanic added that the Palestinian has been filing to permits for more than eight years, but his applications were all denied, and he was also forced to pay a fine of 30.000 Shekels (S8. 778).
While Israel continues to build and expand its illegal colonies, Palestinian communities, and towns, in occupied Jerusalem, and various areas in the occupied West Bank, continue to be denied the right to build homes and property.
Israel has been issuing dozens of demolition orders against existing Palestinian homes and property, including under-construction structures, and has already demolished many of them.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Uproot 100 Palm Trees Near Jericho
August 5, 2020 12:11 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers invaded, Wednesday, the al-Jiftlik Palestinian village in the Central Plains of the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, and uprooted around 100 Palm trees in the ash-Shouna area.
Ahmad Abu Ghanem, the Mayor of al-Jiftlik, stated that the soldiers, accompanied by bulldozers, invaded ash-Shouna and uprooted the trees, owned by Anwar Abu Jouda.
Ghanem added that the soldiers confiscated the uprooted trees and took them to an unknown destination.
He also said that this is not the first attack of its kind, and added that the soldiers took the uprooted trees to plant them on roads leading to illegal Israeli colonies in the area, and inside the colonies.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Demolish Agricultural Structures, Uproots Trees, Near Ramallah
August 5, 2020 2:47 AM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers demolished, Tuesday, two agricultural structures and uprooted many trees, in the village of Rantis, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.
The structures were built by Moath al-Khatib on his land this past February, before the so-called “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal military occupation ordered him to remove them nearly a month ago.
The structures were installed by al-Khatib on three Dunams of his land, and the army claimed that he is not allowed to build anything because his land is located within Area C of the occupied West Bank, under full Israeli control.
Besides demolishing the structures, which took place on Tuesday morning, approximately at 9:30, the soldiers also leveled and bulldozed the land, causing losses estimated at more than 15.000 Shekels.
öAl-Khatib built the structures on approximately 40 square meters on his land after fencing it and planted several trees, which were also uprooted by the army.
Israeli Occupation Apartheid Regime Confiscates 327 Dunams Near Bethlehem To Build Colonialist Units
August 4, 2020 3:26 PM IMEMC News
The Israeli occupation apartheid regime issued orders from the confiscation of 327 Dunams (80.8 Acres) of Palestinian lands to build hundreds of units in an illegal colony east of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.
Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the Bethlehem office of the Colonization & Wall Resistance Commission, said that Israel recently decided to confiscate 327 Dunams of Palestinian lands to build 224 units in Abie Hanahal colony, which was built on privately-owned Palestinian lands.
Breijiyya added that the lands are in the eastern part of the village, and that the villagers already lost large areas of farmland when Israel built the illegal colony.
It is worth mentioning that Israel recently confiscated 700 Dunams (172.9 Acres) of Palestinian lands near al-Ferdis village, east of Bethlehem.
Illegal Israeli Settlers Occupy Palestinian Lands In Northern Plains
August 5, 2020 3:24 AM IMEMC News
On Tuesday, a group of fanatic illegal Israeli settlers, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands in the Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank, invaded and occupied Palestinian lands.
Human Rights activist Aref Daraghma stated that the colonists invaded privately-owned Palestinian lands, and installed water tanks before planting trees in Ehmayyir village of the al-Farisiyya area.
Daraghma added that the attack took place just a few meters away from the tents of the local Palestinian Bedouin families.
It is worth mentioning that the colonists have recently escalated their violations in the village, by targeting the locals in addition to planting trees on Palestinian lands and installing structures as part of their ongoing attempts to occupy the lands after removing the locals.
Nearly a month ago, the colonists installed a tent in the area, less than 400 meters away from Palestinian homes, in an attempt to surround and occupy hundreds of Dunams of Palestinian lands.
The attacks by Israeli colonists and soldiers against the Palestinians in the area and across the West Bank, include assaulting shepherds, killing livestock, uprooting lands, and flooding them with sewage.
They also include Israeli military training using live fire, shells, and explosives, causing excessive damage, including massive fires, in addition to leading to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, mainly due to explosives dropped by the soldiers during training.
The army also frequently demolish homes and structures in the area, rendering dozens of residents homeless.
Illegal Israeli Settlers Burn Two Palestinian Cars Near Nablus
August 4, 2020 1:58 PM IMEMC News
Several fanatic illegal Israeli settlers infiltrated, on Tuesday at dawn, into Far’ata Palestinian village, west of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and burnt two cars in addition to writing racist graffiti.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the colonists came from Havat Gilad colony, which was built on Palestinian lands near the village.
The colonists also wrote racist anti-Palestinian graffiti on several walls and cars, before fleeing the area.
Daghlas stated that the two cars, a Skoda and a Mercedes, model 2017, are owned by Marwan Ahmad Nofal and Sharhabeel Ahmad Nofal. One of them was just recently bought before the Al-Aqsa Muslim feast.
The attacks are part of frequent violations by the illegal colonists against the Palestinians, their homes, lands, and holy sites in several parts of occupied Palestine.
Illegal Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinians, Soldiers Set Fire to Palestinian-owned Crops
August 4, 2020 3:57 AM Ali Salam
A large group of illegal Israeli settlers, on Saturday evening, assaulted Palestinian families, north of Ramallah, in central occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported.
According to local sources, a large number of armed illegal colonists with dogs, attacked Palestinian families, including Sheikh Mohamed al-Hajj and his family in Jibiya village, north of Ramallah.
The sources said that the illegal settlers aimed their weapons at, and physically assaulted Sheikh Mohamed, his wife and children, in addition to other families with children as they trying to have a picnic.
It was noted that some family members documented the incident on their cellphones, but the attackers forced them at gunpoint to erase the evidence.
Israeli forces, on Sunday, started a fire that damaged 14 dunams of Palestinian-owned agricultural land in Al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah, in central West Bank, according to a local official.
Kazem al-Hajj told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that Israeli soldiers fired volleys of tear-gas canisters and stun grenades into almond tree crops, belonging to Suleiman Ahmed, in the east of Al-Mughayyir, which started a fire that burned 14 dunams of crops.
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