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News, January 2020
Scores of Palestinians Abducted, Dozens of Homes Demolished, Elementary School Students Terrorized by Israeli Occupation Soldiers
January 20, 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 Army Issues Orders For The Demolition Of 18 Homes In Hebron
January 20, 2020 4:23 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers invaded, Monday, Umm al-Kheir village in Masafer Yatta area, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and handed demolition orders targeting 18 homes.
Fuad al-‘Amour, the coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committee in Masafer Yatta, said the homes are owned by members of the families of al-Hathalin, al-Masri, at-Tibna and al-Faqeer.
Al-‘Amour added that the army is alleging the homes were built without permits from the “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative and executive branch of Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank.
It is worth mentioning that, last week, Israel issued demolition orders targeting eight homes, owned by Mohammad Mousa Makhamra, Ahmad Yatim, Ahmad Ismael Dababsa, Mahmoud Issa Yatim, Qassem Ahmad Abu Tohfa, and Anan Mohammad Abed-Rabbo.
The Palestinians in Masafer Yatta suffer constant Israeli violations, including the demolition of homes and structures, in addition to the bulldozing and uprooting of their lands.
It is worth mentioning that the “Colonization & Wall Resistance Commission” has reported that the Israeli army has demolished 686 homes and structures, in the West Bank, including 300 in occupied Jerusalem, last year.
“Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct fifteen Palestinians In West Bank”
January 20, 2020 3:48 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, at least fifteen Palestinians, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.
The PPS said the army brought with them two imprisoned Palestinians, identified as Miqdad al-Qawasmi and Mo’tasem Natsha, and violently searched their homes in addition to their surrounding lands, in Hebron governorate, in southern West Bank.
Th soldiers also invaded and ransacked many homes in Hebron city, and installed roadblocks at the main entrances leading to Sa’ir and Halhoul town, in addition to Hebron’s northern and southern roads, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and examined the ID cards of scores of Palestinians.
Due To Ongoing Israeli Apartheid Regime Excavations, Seven Palestinian Jerusalemite Families Ordered To Evict Their Homes
January 20, 2020 10:11 AM IMEMC News
The Israeli apartheid so-called City Council in occupied Jerusalem issued orders, on Sunday evening, instructing seven Palestinian families in Bab as-Silsila (Chain Gate) neighborhood to leave their homes due to ongoing Israeli excavations under them, rendering the properties unsafe.
Jerusalem Governor Adnan Gheith told the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) that the excavations are carried out by the municipality of the occupied city and various colonialist organizations and aim at forcing the Palestinians out of their homes.
Gheith Added that this has been happening for years, especially in Bab as-Silsila (Chain Gate), Silwan town, and the Old City, and stated that this is all part of Israel’s illegal policies targeting the existence of the indigenous Palestinian population in the occupied city, in direct violation of all related international laws and agreements.
Resident Rashid Zahda from Bab al-Silsila area, said that twenty-two Palestinian families would lose their homes, especially after Israel already handed eviction notices to seven families, while the remaining orders will be handed Monday.
“The Israeli excavations in Bab as-Silsila, adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, are also threatening the homes of around 200 Palestinians, after the ongoing digging resulting in cracks and serious damage to their foundations,” Zahda stated, “We are appealing to the International Community to act and save not only our homes, but the entire historic area.”
Israeli Apartheid Regime Court Orders The Demolition Of Four Palestinian Homes In Jerusalem
January 20, 2020 3:03 AM IMEMC News
An Israeli apartheid regime court ruled, Sunday, in favor of the demolition of four Palestinian homes in Wad al-Hummus neighborhood, in Sur Baher town, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem.
The homes are owned by Na’im Oleywa, Osama Hamad, Mohammad Abu Teir, and Na’im al-Atrash.
The only building that is not inhabited yet, and is still under construction, is a three-story home, owned by Na’im al-Atrash.
On July 22 of the year 2019, Israel demolished 11 buildings consisting of more than 70 apartments in Wad al-Hummus.
Israel claims that the buildings were constructed without permits from the City Council, in occupied Jerusalem.
In related news, the Israeli District Court in occupied Jerusalem has ordered the removal of a Palestinian family from their residential building in Batn al-Hawa neighborhood, in Silwan town, to replace them with colonialist settlers.
Israeli Apartheid Regime Court Orders Removal Of Palestinians From Their Residential Building in Silwan
January 20, 2020 2:36 AM IMEMC News
The Israeli apartheid regime so-called District Court in occupied Jerusalem has ordered the removal of a Palestinian family from their residential building in Batn al-Hawa neighborhood, in Silwan town, to replace them with colonialist settlers.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that the court ruled in favor of Ateret Cohanim colonialist organization, that claims ownership of the land.
Silwanic stated that the Rajabi family filed appeals with the court after receiving eviction orders in the year 2016 and has been trying to prove its ownership of the land and the building.
The building is a three-story structure, with three apartments and houses sixteen Palestinians, including children, seniors and persons with special needs.
It is worth mentioning that, in the year 2015, 84 Palestinian families in Batn al-Hawa neighborhood were informed by the District Court of several lawsuits filed on behalf of Ateret Cohanim, demanding their removal from their building and lands.
Silwanic stated that Rajabi family has several residential buildings on more than five Dunams of privately-owned lands in Batn al-Hawa, located on basins #97, 76, 95, 88, 75 and 72.
Ateret Cohanim is claiming the lands are owned by Jewish settlers, living in Batn al-Hawa, while the families, living in 35 buildings have official deeds of ownership of the lands that were purchased from their owners dozens of years ago.
The colonialist organization claims that the Israeli High Court has ruled in favor of Jewish colonialist settlers from Yemen, granting them ownership. The court claims the lands were owned by the illegal colonists before the year 1948.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Invade Palestinian School West of Ramallah
January 19, 2020 7:21 PM IMEMC & Agencies
Israeli occupation forces raided, on Sunday, a Palestinian school and terrorized its students in the village of Deir Nizam, west of Ramallah in central occupied West Bank.
According to the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA), soldiers invaded the school and ransacked classrooms, causing panic and fear among students as soldiers threatened to detain them.
The Israeli occupation soldiers claimed that rocks were allegedly thrown by some students at illegal settlers’ vehicles near the village.
In related news, recently Israeli forces, demolished the foundations of a new school that was in the process of being built, east of Yatta town, south of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.
Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, states that everyone has the right to education, and that education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Image: Days of Palestine Edited for IMEMC: Ali Salam
Illegal Israeli Settlers Hurl Stones and Glass at Palestinian Homes in Hebron
January 19, 2020 6:38 PM IMEMC & Agencies
Illegal extremist Israeli settlers, on Saturday night, attacked several Palestinian homes with stones and glass bottles, in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron.
WAFA correspondent said that dozens of settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Keryat Arba’, protected by a military escort, hurled rocks and glass bottles at Palestinians’ homes in Jaber neighborhood.
The aggressive settlers also chanted profanities and racist slogans at the residents, harassing families with children.
According to Israeli human rights group B’Tselem; About 34,000 Palestinians and 700 settlers now live in the H2 area of Hebron. Under the 1997 Hebron Agreement, the city was divided into two areas: H1 and H2, Israel retaining responsibility for security matters in H2.
Of the Palestinian residents, some 7,000 live in areas near settlers’ homes or near streets in use by the settlers.
Israeli authorities impose a regime intentionally and openly based on the “principle of separation”, the result of which is legal and physical segregation between the Israeli settlers and the Palestinian residents.
Palestinians living in the area are subjected to extreme restrictions on their movement by car or on foot – including the closure of main streets – while settlers are free to go where they wish. In addition, the military has issued shutdown orders to hundreds of Palestinian owned stores and commercial establishments in the area.
Image: Alray Edited for IMEMC: Ali Salam
Israeli Occupation Army Abducts Eleven Palestinians In West Bank
January 19, 2020 2:52 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, earlier Sunday, at least eleven Palestinians, including a guard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, from several parts of the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.
The PPS office in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, said the soldiers stormed and searched homes, and abducted a guard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, identified as Arafat Najeeb, in addition to Najib Siyam.
The soldiers also abducted another Palestinian, identified as Mohammad Sa’id ad-Daddo, from his home in Jerusalem, and took him to an interrogation facility.
Furthermore, the soldiers stormed the home of Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, the head of the Higher Islamic Committee and the Khatib of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, from his home in Jerusalem’s Suwwana neighborhood, and ransacked the property, before summing him for interrogation.
The soldiers also handed an order to Sheikh Ahmad Abu Ghazala, barring him from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque until this coming Friday. In related news, the soldiers invaded many neighborhoods in the Old City, and several parts of East Jerusalem, including Beit Hanina, Silwan and Ras al-Amoud, stopped and searched many Palestinians, and interrogated them while inspecting their ID cards.
The soldiers also stormed and ransacked several shops in Silwan, and searched many cars, causing damage.
In addition, the soldiers invaded Tarqoumia town, west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, before storming and ransacking the home of a lawyer, identified as Akram Abu Haltam, and abducted his wife, a teacher and a mother of four children, identified as Rawan Shaker Qabaja.
In the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, the soldiers abducted Mohannad Jaber Abu Sill, 33, from his home, in addition to ransacking the home of Issa Ribhi Abu Eid, in the Shiokh town, east of Hebron.
In Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded many homes in Beit Fajjar town, south of the city, and abducted five former political prisoners, identified as Anas Shaher Deeriyya, Awni Ahmad Taqatqa, Ahmad Salti Thawabta, Yousef Zaki Deeriyya, and Ragheb Hussein Deeriyya.
It is worth mentioning that, on Sunday morning, the soldiers invaded Deir Nitham Secondary School, in Deir Nitham village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and searched it, causing anxiety attacks among the students, in addition to threatening to abduct many of them.
On Saturday evening, the soldiers abducted four young Palestinian men, near Qalqilia, in northern West Bank.
Israeli Occupation Army Abducts Four Palestinians Near Qalqilia
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Saturday evening, four young Palestinian men, near Qalqilia, in northern West Bank.
Media sources said the soldiers abducted the four Palestinians at a military roadblock, which was installed between Qalqilia and Nablus.
They added that the abducted Palestinians have been identified as Amro Mohammad Abu Haniyya, Nidal Safwan Salim, Mansour ‘Assem Salim, and Ali Husan Sweidan.
Also on Saturday evening, the soldiers invaded Azzoun and fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at Palestinians, protesting the invasion.
Medical sources said the soldiers moderately injured one Palestinian, and caused several others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
Israeli Apartheid Regime Steals Land, Erects Nature Reserves and National Parks to Expand Settlements
January 20, 2020 8:14 PM IMEMC News & Agencies
The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements stated, in its latest weekly report , that the far-right Israeli apartheid regime Defense Minister, Naftali Bennett announced, last week, the approval of seven nature reserves in the West Bank, with an area of 130,000-State dunams — 20,000 of which ones belong to Palestinian citizens. Bennett’s announcement also included approval for expansion of 12 already existing and approved by the Civil Administration in 2008.
The announcement included Wadi Al-Malha Reserve, 14,236 dunams; Wadi Tireza Reserve, 200 dunams; and Wadi Ogh Reserve, 5,700 dunams — all private Palestinian lands.
Bennett claimed that his ministry continues to develop the Jewish settlement in Area C “with actions, but not with words,” adding that, in Judea and Samaria, there are picturesque natural sites to be expanded and new ones be established, soon. In his announcement, Bennett also called on Civil Administration to transfer the new nature reserves’ responsibility to the Nature and Gardens’ Authority, so that it can be opened before the public. Bennett’s announcement mentioned a large number of sites, including the Surek Cave, also known as the High Halimat Cave or the Candles Cave, near Beit Sorek; Wadi al-Muqlaq, on the eastern slopes of the Mount of Olives, in Jerusalem; Wadi-Malha, to the southern Jordan River; and Wadi Al-Far’a, the gateway to the northern Jordan Valley.
Moreover, Bennett also announced the expansion of 12 existing natural reserves, namely the mountain peaks located west of the Dead Sea; Fsayil & Um Zoka, in the Jordan Valley; Ein al-Fashkhah, adjacent to the Dead Sea; Kharouba village, east of Ramla and inside the West Bank; Wadi Silvadora, north of the Dead Sea; Ghadir Mountain, east of Tubas; Eioun Kana, north of the Dead Sea; Wadi Al-Malha, in the middle of the Jordan Valley; and Qumran, in the Jericho area — which means placing a hand on large areas of Palestinian land classified as Area C. According to B’Tselem’s data, Israel announced that about 20% of the Jordan Valley has become “natural reserves, and national parks.”
In general, there are 700 km2 in the West Bank that have been declared natural reserves, in addition to 78 km2 as forests, so that the percentage of those lands reaches 13.7% of the total area of the West Bank. This is to say 59 nature reserves, most of which are located in Area C, according to the Oslo Agreement, but under Israeli control, which is subject to use for the benefit of settlements in the northern Jordan Valley — areas that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is promoting for his plan to impose Israeli sovereignty, there, if he wins the elections — the nature reserves in Wadi Qana, Salfit, and others in the Bethlehem and Hebron governorates. With this in mind, the matter is clearly not limited to nature reserves, but also includes military bases or state lands.
Within the context of settlement projects, Israeli occupation authorities issued military orders to seize 350 dunams of agricultural land from Al-Khader and Artas villages, to the south of Bethlehem and specifically in the Bakush, Dhahr Ein, Hammad, Al-Shagv, Zakandah, Ein Al-Qasis, Shushahla, and Rajm areas, with the aim of expanding the bypass settlement road n. 60. This means razing and rubbering more land, as well as adding 150-meter recoil, preventing farmers from accessing their lands.
Israeli authorities seized 127 dunams of land in Burqin and Kafr al-Dik, to the west of Salfit, under the pretext of it being state property. Israeli forces began implementing the second stage of establishing a new water line on the lands of the Qalqila Governorate, which extends from the 1948 line to Nablus, for the purpose of watering settlements. This seven-kilometer project was announced in 2018, and entails the destruction of more than 1,000 olive trees and the confiscation of one hundred dunams of lands.
In Nablus, groups of settlers gathered on a number of roads, especially the Hawara and Yitzhar roads, and in the Orif lands, disrupting study at Orif Secondary School. At the same time, settlers attacked residential houses with stones, in the Madama village, and tried to climb their roofs, but people from around the villages came to help.
In Salfit, occupation authorities announced, earlier, the expansion of the Bruakhin settlement by adding hundreds of new settlement units. This prompted the settlers, there, to bulldoze 127 dunams in the Thahr Subh area, on the northern side of Hajah town, classified as a state land located in Areas B & C, although its owners possess documents which prove their ownership.
(edited for the IMEMC by c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g)
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