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News, January 2020
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct 27 Palestinians, Force Palestinians to Demolish their Homes, Flood Gaza Agricultural Fields with Rain Water
January 14, 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 A Palestinian Who Spent 18 Years In Prison, Minutes After His Release
January 14, 2020 11:46 AM IMEMC News
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, Tuesday, a Palestinian man just minutes after his release from prison, after he was held captive for 18 years.
The PPS said the Palestinian political prisoner, Ismael Affana, from occupied East Jerusalem, was released from the Negev Detention Camp, after spending 18 years in several prisoners, but was abducted a few minutes later.
It added that the Palestinian was transferred to the al-Maskobiyya Detention and Interrogation facility in Jerusalem.
It is worth mentioning that Israeli occupation soldiers frequently rearrests Palestinian detainees just minutes or a few hours after their release, and usually places them under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial.
Some of the detainees are released hours after their abduction, but face severe restrictions; this sometimes includes barring them from returning to their homes and towns, or preventing them from heading to other parts of the West Bank, in addition to being denied the right to travel abroad.
Illegal Israeli Settlers Rams A Palestinian Girl With Car Near Bethlehem
January 14, 2020 10:51 AM IMEMC News
Palestinian medical sources have reported, Tuesday, that a teenage Palestinian girl was injured after an illegal Israeli settlers rammed her with his car near Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.
Ahmad Ghazal, the deputy head of Kisan Village Council, said the wounded girl has been identified as Yasmin Khaled Ghazal, 17.
He added that Yasmin was walking to her school at the main entrance of the village, when the colonist rammed her and fled the scene.
Palestinian medics rushed to the scene and moved Yasmin to the al-Yamamah Hospital, in Bethlehem, suffering moderate wounds.
Illegal Israeli Settlers Stone Palestinian Homes in Nablus Area
January 13, 2020 9:36 PM IMEMC News & Agencies
Illegal Israeli settlers, today, attacked Palestinian residents’ homes with stones, in the village of Madama, to the south of Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank, according to a local activist.
Ghassan Daghlas, a local official in charge of the anti-settlement file in the northern West Bank, said that residents managed to fend off the attack; no injuries were reported.
According to B’Tselem, the Israeli information center for human rights in occupied territories, “Settler violence has long since become part of Palestinians’ daily life under occupation. Israeli security forces enable these actions, which result in Palestinians casualties – injuries and fatalities – as well as damage to land and property.
“In some cases, they even serve as an armed escort, or even join in the attacks. Investigations, if even opened, are usually closed with no action taken against perpetrators as part of an undeclared policy of leniency. The long-term effect of this violence is the dispossession of Palestinians from increasing parts of the West Bank, making it easier for Israel to take over land and resources,” said B’Tselem.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Quash Land Rehabilitation Project In West Bank Village
January 13, 2020 9:46 PM IMEMC News & Agencies
Israeli occupation soldiers, on Monday, stopped work on a project to reclaim and rehabilitate lands and pave agricultural roads in the village of Al-Mughayyir, east of Ramallah, under the pretext that the area is classified as Area C, under full Israeli administrative and military control.
The project supervisor, Engineer Fajer ‘Atawneh, told WAFA news agency that an Israeli military crew stormed the area where the land is being reclaimed, forcing project workers to halt activities before seizing heavy machinery that was engaged in the opening of two kilometers of agricultural roads and the rehabilitation of 70 dunams of the village’s land.
He said that the roads were part of a project implemented by the Agricultural Development Society – Palestinian Agricultural Relief – for the rehabilitation of around 400 dunams of land and the construction of agricultural roads. The project aims at serving farmers and enhancing their resilience in areas most affected by the presence of the occupation, in villages to the northeast of Jerusalem and in the village of Al-Mughayyir.
Director of Land Development at the society, Muqbel Abu Jaish, called on all relevant governmental and human rights institutions to pressure the Israeli occupation to stop such violations against Palestinians residents’ land, and to halt all settlement activities and the seizure of land, in accordance with international resolutions.
~Days of Palestine
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Seventeen Palestinians In West Bank
January 13, 2020 2:11 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, seventeen Palestinians, including a father and his son, during violent invasions and searches of homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.
The PPS office in Hebron, in southern West Bank, said the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes in several villages and towns in the governorate, before abducting four Palestinians, identified as Yassin Badruddin al-Hour, Karim Abdul-Rahman Arar, Hammouda Mohammad Za’aqeeq and Monther Nasser Skafi.
In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers searched many homes and abducted Riyad Ahmad Rashayda, and his son Fadi, in addition to Ahmad Aziyya, Ameed al-Azza and Ahmad Khader Masalma.
In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers abducted Abdul-Majid Hasan, 19, and Odai al-Khatib, from their homes in Deir as-Sudan and Bil’in towns.
It is worth mentioning that Abdul-Majid Hasan is the brother of Shatha, a political prisoner who was abducted from her home on December 12, 2019.
In Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Fahed Yassin and Sa’ad Ahmad Qassem, 32.
In Nablus, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Emad Khaled Yassin, from his home.
In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted a child, identified as Mustafa Ghazala, from his home in the Old City, in addition to Mohammad Obeidat from Abu Dis town, and Eyad al-Kurd from al-Isawiya.
The soldiers also summoned for interrogation a young man, identified as Wisam Seder, from Jerusalem, and on Sunday evening, the soldiers summoned a woman, identified as Aya Abu Naab.
Israeli Occupation Regime Issues Demolition Orders Targeting Eight Homes In Hebron
January 13, 2020 2:45 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers invaded, Monday, Masafer Yatta village, south of Hebron in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, and handed demolition orders targeting eight Palestinian homes.
Media sources said several army jeeps invaded Masafer Yatta, after surrounding it, and handed the demolition orders targeting the homes of Mohammad Mousa Makhamra, Ahmad al-Yatim, Mahmoud Issa Yatim, Khalil Issa Yatim, Ahmad Ismael Dababsa, Anan Mohammad Abed-Rabbo, and Qassem Abu Tohfa.
It is worth mentioning that Masafer Yatta is subject to constant invasions and violations, targeting the residents, their homes and their lands.
It is worth mentioning that the Colonization & Wall Resistance Commission has reported Israel demolished 686 homes and structures in the West Bank, including 300 in occupied Jerusalem, in the year 2019.
A Palestinian Forced to Demolish Own Home, South of Jerusalem
January 13, 2020 6:25 AM IMEMC & Agencies
The Israeli municipality in Jerusalem forced a Palestinian to demolish his own home, in the town of Jabal al-Mokabber, south of Jerusalem. According to the Palestinian News Network, the municipality required Sayel Ja’abis to demolish his home, under the pretext that he lacked a building license, giving him until Sunday to evacuate and demolish the house.
Many Palestinians have recently received demolition notices, at least 12 home demolition notices were issued in Jerusalem’s Al-‘Isawiya neighbourhood last week. Israel advanced its campaign of punitive demolitions, issuing notices to the families of three alleged Palestinian attackers last week.
Image: PNN Edited for IMEMC: Ali Salam
Israelis Flood Gaza Lands with Rainwater, Damaging Crops
January 12, 2020 9:36 PM IMEMC News & Agencies
Israeli occupation forces pumped huge amounts of rainwater into agricultural lands east of the Gaza Strip, causing planted crops to sink, witnesses said.
They said Israeli occupation regime opened the rainwater collection dams along the border with the Gaza Strip, causing about 1,000 dunams of agricultural land planted with wheat, barley, peas, cabbage, and cauliflower to sink.
Last week, hundreds of dunams of agricultural land in the Gaza Strip sank when Israeli authorities released rainwater from the collection dams into the coastal enclave. Large amounts of crops were damaged as a result, Days of Palestine reports.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Nine Palestinians In West Bank
January 12, 2020 2:47 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, Sunday, eight Palestinians, including two children, in addition to another Palestinian who was taken prisoner on Sunday evening, in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.
The PPS said many army jeeps invaded ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, searched homes, before abducting Mo’men Adnan Zboun, 17, and Mustafa Rami Oweiss, 18.
In Jericho, the soldiers invaded Fasayel village, northwest of Jericho in northeastern West Bank, before storming and ransacking homes, and abducted Bilal Salama Obeyyat, his brother Eyad, in addition to Ayyoub Daoud Obeyyat.
Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Bal’a town, northeast of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, and abducted Abdullah al-Hajj Abu Shaddad, 36.
In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Omar al-Hindi from Shu’fat refugee camp, in addition to Laith Amin al-Omari, 16, from Hizma town, east of the city.
During the invasion into Hizma, the soldiers closed its main entrance, causing an extended traffic jam.
On Saturday evening, the soldiers abducted Sharif Abu Hadid, 18, after stopping him at a military roadblock near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron city, in southern West Bank.
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