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News, January 2019
Israeli Occupation Forces Start 2019 with Attacks and Abductions of Palestinian Civilians, Demolishing Homes, and Confiscating Lands
January 2, 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/
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Injure One Palestinian, Abduct Eight, In Jenin
January 2, 2019 9:38 AM IMEMC News
Dozens of Israeli occupation soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, many areas in Jenin governorate, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, abducted eight Palestinians, including former political prisoners, and injured a young man with live fire, during protests the erupted following the invasions.
Media sources in Jenin said the soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at Palestinians protesting the invasion and shot Mohammad Sobhi Matahen with a live round in his leg.
They added that many Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation after the soldiers fired gas bombs in the alleys of Jenin refugee camp.
The soldiers also invaded and searched homes in Jenin refugee camp, and abducted Ahmad Abdullah Bani Gharra, Hamza al-Mibyedh, Mohammad Abdul-Razeq Hannoun and Ahmad Nubani.
In Jenin city, the soldiers invaded and searched homes, and abducted Mohammad Adnan Makhzoumi and Mo’taz Abu Zeid.
The soldiers also abducted two former political prisoners, identified as Osama Khalil Amarna and Mohammad Jihad Abu Bakr, from their homes in Ya’bad town, southwest of Jenin.
In related news, the soldiers abducted five Palestinians from several parts of the southern West Bank governorate of Hebron, and one in Tubas, in northeastern West Bank.
In addition, the soldiers abducted four young Palestinian men, including three former political prisoners, in the northern West Bank governorate of Nablus.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians In Hebron, One In Tubas
January 2, 2019 9:21 AM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, five Palestinians from several parts of the southern West Bank governorate of Hebron, and one in Tubas, in northeastern West Bank.
Media sources in Hebron said the soldiers searched homes in the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of the city, and abducted Bashar Ya’coub al-Ja’bari.
They added that the soldiers also invaded homes in Sa’ir town, east of Hebron, before abducting Mohammad Mousa Jaradat, Qussai Nimir al-Froukh and Yazan Ragheb al-Froukh.
Another Palestinian, identified as Hotheifa Mohammad Zohour, was abducted from his home in Beit Kahil town, west of Hebron.
In related news, the soldiers invaded Beit Ummar town, before breaking into the home of Ja’far Awad, and summoned him for interrogation in Etzion military base and security center, north of Hebron.
Furthermore, Israeli Occupation Soldiers invaded and searched homes in Tubas city, and abducted Khaled Ra’ed Daraghma.
In addition, the soldiers abducted four young Palestinian men, including three former political prisoners, in the northern West Bank governorate of Nablus.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians In Nablus
January 2, 2019 8:46 AM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, four young Palestinian men, including three former political prisoners, in the northern West Bank governorate of Nablus.
The Nablus office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the soldiers invaded many neighborhoods in the city, before breaking into and violently searching homes, and abducted Amir Eshteyya, from Rafidia neighborhood, and Ala’ Sameeh al-A’raj, 31, from the al-Ma’ajeen neighborhood; both are former political prisoners.
The PPS stated that the soldiers also abducted Omar Ibrahim at-Tarteer, 18, from the Old Askar Refugee Camp, east of Nablus.
In addition, the soldiers invaded Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus, searched homes and abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Nidal Khalaf Mohammad.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Demolish A Palestinian Home In Jerusalem
January 2, 2019 8:43 AM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers demolished, on Wednesday morning, a Palestinian home near Qalandia, north of occupied East Jerusalem.
Media sources said dozens of soldiers invaded the area between the industrial zone of the illegal Atarot Israeli colony, which was built on Palestinian lands in Qalandia and Bir Nibala, north of the city, and completely isolated it.
They added that the soldiers then proceeded to demolish a home, owned by members of al-Moghrabi family, under the pretext of being built without a permit.
While Israel continues to build and expand its illegal colonies in occupied Palestine, in direct violation of International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention and various international resolutions, the Palestinians in and around east Jerusalem, and the rest of Area C (%61 the occupied West Bank), continue to be largely denied construction permits, in addition to the excessively high costs of the applications.
In some cases, Palestinian families had to demolish their own homes in order to avoid further excessively high fees and fines that they incur when Israel demolishes their homes and bills them for the expenses.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Injure Two Palestinians, One Seriously, Abduct Four, In Kufur Qaddoum
January 2, 2019 8:20 AM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers injured, Tuesday, two young Palestinian men with live rounds, including one who suffered a serious injury, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, in addition to abducting four, in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of Qalqilia, in northern West Bank.
Morad Eshteiwi, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum, said at least sixty Israeli soldiers invaded the town, and attacked dozens of Palestinians who were nonviolently marching, commemorating the 54th anniversary of the establishment of Fateh movement.
He added that the soldiers used live fire, gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets, while many youngsters responded by throwing rocks and empty bottles at them.
Eshteiwi added that the soldiers shot Mohammad Adel Eshteiwi, with a live round in his back, and added that the bullet was lodged in his lung, before he was rushed to a local hospital, suffering very serious wounds.
Another Palestinian, identified as Yazan Montaser Barham, 19, was injured by bullet fragments in his back, and was also rushed to a hospital.
The soldiers detained a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance and tried to prevent the medics from providing aid to the wounded Palestinians, by threatening to shoot them.
During the invasion, the soldiers abducted Fadel Mohammad Eshteiwi, 19, his brother ‘Ala, 26, in addition to Sabri Ata Eshteiwi, 28, and Tareq Nabil Ali, 16.
West Bank Settlement Expansion Underway at Cost of Palestinian Village
January 2, 2019 6:34 AM IMEMC News & Agencies
The Israeli occupation army razed land in Dhar al-Maleh village, southwest of Jenin, northern occupied West Bank, in order to expand an illegal Jewish settlement, the village’s head of council Ahmad Khatib said on Tuesday.
Khatib told WAFA correspondence that Israeli bulldozers started work on 120 dunams of village land and, in the process, destroyed a paved road, as the military was working on expanding the illegal settlement of Shaked, built on expropriated village land.
He said that the land in question was isolated from the rest of the village by the Israeli apartheid wall, which made it difficult for land owners and village residents to reach it.
32 Palestinians Abducted by Israeli Occupation Soldiers in New Year’s Night Raids
In the latest set of abductions through invasion of Palestinian areas, a nightly occurrence in the West Bank and Jerusalem, Israeli forces took 32 Palestinians from their beds in pre-dawn raids New Year’s morning.
According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), the invasions occurred in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Shoefat, at-Tur and Jabal al-Mukabber, where nine Palestinians were detained; the Ramallah area, where 19 were detained, the Jenin area in the northern West Bank, where 2 were detained, and the Salfit area, where 2 were detained.
PPS identified the Palestinians abducted in Jerusalem neighborhoods as Alaa Haddad, Ashraf Eweisat, Ayman Daajneh, Marwan Najib, Subhi Najib, Mohammad Gharabli, Youssef Abu al-Hawa, Hashem Abu al-Hawa and Amin Abu al-Hawa.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Demolish Palestinian Greenhouse in Masafer Yatta
January 1, 2019 8:36 AM IMEMC News & Agencies
Israeli occupation forces demolished, on Monday, a Palestinian-owned structure used for agricultural purposes, uprooted olive trees and razed agricultural lands in Masafer Yatta, southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.
Rateb al-Jbour, coordinator of a local popular committee in the Hebron area, reported that Israeli forces demolished a greenhouse and uprooted olive trees after razing one dunam of land.
Israeli forces claim that the demolished structure lacked the nearly-impossible-to-obtain Israeli construction permit.
According to Ma’an News Agency, around 3,000 Israeli settlers live in illegal Jewish-only settlements in the Yatta region, according to the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem.
The South Hebron Hills, known locally as Masafer Yatta, lie almost entirely in Area C, the 62 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli civil and security control since the 1993 Oslo Accords.
Masafer Yatta residents were expelled at the time of the establishment of a firing zone, in the 1970s, and were eventually allowed back following a long court battle, but are under the constant threat of being expelled or seeing their homes demolished.
Illegal Israeli Settler Drives into Sheep near Ramallah, Kills 12
January 1, 2019 8:22 AM IMEMC News & Agencies
In what appears as a premeditated terror attack, an illegal Israeli settler rammed his vehicle into a herd of sheep in the village of al-Mughayyer, to the east of Ramallah, on Monday, killing 12 and injuring 18 others.
Local sources told WAFA correspondence that the settler rammed into the herd on purpose and with full force, to cause as much damage as possible. They said he ran over 30 sheep, killing 12 and injuring the others, of which six were in critical condition.
The attack happened on what is known as Alon settlement road.
Raising sheep is the only source of income for Khaled Abu Illia, victim of the premeditated terror attack.
Shepherds are often seen in the open pastures during this season, when the fields are covered with green grass.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct 32 Palestinians In The West Bank”
December 31, 2018 8:28 PM IMEMC News
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, 32 Palestinians from their homes in several parts of the West Bank, including nine from occupied Jerusalem.
The soldiers stormed and ransacked dozens of homes, causing excessive property damage, and confiscated computers and mobile phones.
In addition, the soldiers interrogated Shaima’ Rimawi, the widow of Saleh Omar Barghouthi, 29, who was killed by the army on December 12, 2018, and confiscated mobile phones and more than 7000 Shekels from her home.
21 of the abducted Palestinians were taken prisoner for their homes in the Ramallah and al-Biereh Governorate, including 14 from Kobar town.
The soldiers also closed the road between Kobar and Borham towns, north of Ramallah, after placing sand hills on it, and searched dozens of homes, in addition to invading Shkheidim nearby town, and firing gas bombs, rubber-coated steel bullets and live rounds at protesters.
The soldiers abducted nine Palestinians from their homes in occupied Jerusalem, and later released some of them after ordering them under house arrest four five days.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Ten Palestinians Near Ramallah
December 31, 2018 10:52 AM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, ten Palestinians from Kobar town, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, after invading and searching their homes, and confiscated a mobile phone.
The invasion was carried out while military bulldozers closed the road between Kobar and nearby Burham, with concrete blocks.
The soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes, causing excessive property damage, especially after they smashed main doors of a number of homes, in addition to the very violent searches.
Furthermore, the soldiers invaded the home of Saleh Omar Barghouthi, 29, who was killed by the army on December 12, 2018, interrogated his widow, Shaima’ Rimawi, for several others, and confiscated mobile phones and more than 7000 Shekels.
The soldiers also invaded and ransacked Omar Barghouthi, the father of Saleh, in Beit Rima town, north of Ramallah.
1,200 Dunams of Palestinian Land Taken for New Illegal Israeli Settlement near Bethlehem
December 31, 2018 5:37 AM IMEMC News & Agencies
The Wall and Illegal Settlement Resistance Committee filed an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court, on Sunday, denouncing the Israeli government’s seizure of 1,200 dunams (297 acres) of Palestinian-owned land to south of Bethlehem, in the southern occupied West Bank.
The head of the committee, Hassan Bureija, told Voice of Palestine radio that the Israeli occupation government granted 1,182 dunams (292 acres) of the seized land to the Israeli Ministry of Construction and Housing, as a foundation for building an illegal Israeli outpost in the area.
According to the illegal settlement watchdog Peace Now, in the two years since United States President Trump took office, some 14,454 units in the West Bank have been approved, which is more then three times the amount that was approved in the year and a half before his inauguration (4,476 units).
Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in the illegal Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in direct violation of international law.
An estimated 196 governments have recognized all Israeli settlements scattered across the Palestinian territory as illegal under international law.
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