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News, January 2020
3 Palestinian Children Killed, Scores Injured and Abducted, Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque Is Forced Out by Illegal Israeli Occpation Forces
January 27, 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/
Human Rights Commission Calls Killing of Three Palestinian Teens a War Crime
January 25, 2020 8:08 PM IMEMC & Agencies
Palestinian human rights activist accused the Israeli occupation apartheid soldiers of executing three Palestinian children east of the Gaza Strip, on Tuesday evening, in cold blood, calling it a war crime, Alray reported.
The head of the International Commission for the Support of the Rights of the Palestinian People “Hashd”, Salah Abdel-Ati, said that Israeli soldiers deployed along the security fence east of the Gaza Strip committed a war crime against the three Palestinian children, and continue to hold their bodies, under the pretext the youths were trying to infiltrate the border.
Abdel-Ati said that Israeli occupation soldiers surrounded the area as soon as they observed three children close to the border fence, and despite the fact that the children complied with the soldiers’ orders, they were all shot dead.
He considered the execution of three children in their teens, to be clear evidence of Israel’s disregard for the provisions of international humanitarian law, in particular the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention which affirms the Rule 14. Proportionality in Attack: “Launching an attack which may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians, damage to civilian objects, or a combination thereof, which would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated, is prohibited.”
Abdel-Ati said that the reaction, or lack thereof, of the international community and its institutions to this crime, will give the Israeli occupation a green light to continue to commit more crimes.
He called on the international community and its institutions to exert political, diplomatic and legal pressure on Israel to stop targeting Palestinian civilians, especially children.
He called on the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions, to work hard to provide protection to the Palestinians in the occupied territories, stressing the necessity of exposing Israeli crimes, and holding the Israeli occupation accountable.
Edited for IMEMC: Ali Salam
Illegal Israeli Occupation Soldiers Injure Thirteen Palestinians Near Jerusalem
Dozens of illegal Israeli occupatgion soldiers invaded, on Saturday evening, the al-‘Ezariya town, east of occupied Jerusalem, and injured thirteen Palestinians, during ensuing protests.
The soldiers invaded Ras Kabsa area in the town, and fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades at protests, and several surrounding homes.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said its medics provided treatment to thirteen Palestinians, without the need to hospitalize them.
It is worth mentioning that the soldiers tried to ambush many Palestinians by hiding behind homes and trees.
In related news, the soldiers installed several roadblocks in Jenin governorate, in northern West Bank, before stopping and searching hundreds of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
Two Palestinian Youth Shot by Illegal Israeli Occupation Soldiers North of Hebron
January 27, 2020 2:14 AM IMEMC & Agencies
Two Palestinian minors were shot and injured by Israeli forces, on Sunday, with rubber-coated steel bullets in the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.
Local activist, Mohammed Awad, told WAFA that the illegal Israeli occupation forces stormed the southern occupied West Bank lands close to the illegal Israeli settlement of Kermi Tsur, built on Palestinian lands south of Beit Ummar, which residents protested.
One of the minors was shot in the upper chest with a rubber-coated steel bullets, and was transferred to hospital in moderate condition, while another youth, 16, was treated on site, having been shot in the foot.
Illegal Israeli Occupation Soldiers Injure Three In Kufur Qaddoum
January 24, 2020 4:20 PM IMEMC News
Illegal Israeli occupation soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and injured two Palestinians and one Israeli peace activist.
Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers surrounded the village and fired a barrage of gas bombs at the protesters and several surrounding homes.
He added that many youngsters hurled stones at the soldiers, who were trying to invade the village, while the army fired many live rounds, gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at random.
Medical sources in Kufur Qaddoum said the soldiers injured a Palestinian, identified as Amin Eshteiwi, and an Israeli peace activist, with sponge-tipped bullets, before they were rushed to a hospital. In addition, a Palestinian woman with a heart defect suffered the effects of teargas inhalation in her homes, and was rushed to a hospital.
Eshteiwi stated that the procession was attended by hundreds of Palestinians, accompanied by Israeli and international peace activists, who marched chanting against the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation, its escalating violations, and colonies.
Kufur Qaddoum witnesses frequent Israeli invasions, assaults and abductions as it continues to hold its weekly nonviolent processions against the illegal Annexation Wall and colonies, and against the closure of the main road, which was blockaded by the military fifteen years ago, to enable easy access for colonialist settlers driving to and from the Kedumim colony, built on private Palestinian lands.
Israeli Occupation Army Fires Missiles Into Southern Gaza
January 27, 2020 1:45 AM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers fired, on Sunday evening, at least two missiles into Palestinian farmlands, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Medica sources said the missiles struck Palestinian farmlands near Sofa Crossing, east of Rafah, causing damage.
The illegal Israeli occupation army said it was retaliating to a shell that was reportedly fired from Gaza and landed in an open area in the Western Negev. It is worth mentioning that the Israeli Air Force also carried out two strikes targeting to armed Palestinian resistance posts, causing damage.
Sheikh Sabri Again Expelled from Al-Aqsa Mosque
January 26, 2020 9:17 PM IMEMC News & Agencies
Illegal Israeli occupation forces, on Saturday, served Sheikh Ikrima Sabri’ with an order of expulsion, from Al-Aqsa Mosque, for four months, after raiding his home. Eyewitness added that the order required him to appear for interrogation on Sunday.
Last Sunday, the duration of the order was to last for seven days, but he refused the order and performed Friday prayer in the mosque. It is not the first time that Israeli occupation police expelled Sheikh Sabri from Al-Aqsa Mosque, Al Ray reports.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the order, considering it the most recent example of the policy of oppression, injustice, and intimidation practiced by Israel towards Palestine.
Spokesperson for the Turkish foreign ministry, Hamee Aqsawee, said that this step is but a part of long-term Israeli plans to change the legal status of Jerusalem, noting the continued arrest of Palestinian Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, Fadi Al-Hudmi, for three times in 7 months. He stressed that such fascist practices, which cannot be seen even in dictatorial regimes, clearly show the true face of the Israeli government.
Illegal Israeli Occupation Apartheid Regime Bans the Imam of the Al-Aqsa Mosque for Four Months
January 25, 2020 4:07 AM IMEMC & Agencies
On Saturday at 2:00 am, illegal Israeli occupation soldiers hammered on the door of the head of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam, while he was sleeping. When he woke, the troops handed him a notice that he would be banned from entering the mosque that he heads for a period of four months.
The ban comes after Sheikh Ekrema Sabri went to the mosque for Friday prayers on the shoulders of his supporters on Friday January 24th, following a two-week ban placed by Israeli authorities on Muslims wishing to pray at their mosque.
Despite the fact that the illegal Israeli occupation apartheid regime has no jurisdiction, and are supposed to leave the operation and functioning of the Al Aqsa Mosque up to its Islamic leadership, according to signed agreements, Israeli authorities have taken it upon themselves to decide who can and can’t pray at the mosque.
Sheikh Sabri stated, upon receiving the order banning him from the Mosque that he runs for four months, “These are reprisal actions aimed at suppressing speech. Israeli authorities do not want to allow anyone to speak publicly against their actions in the blessed Al-Aqsa, as they attempt to take over Al-Aqsa.”
Defying Israeli Ban, Sheikh Sabri Attempts to Enter Al-Aqsa
Jan 24, 2020 at 20:07
The head of the Supreme Islamic Commission and the Imam of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, on Friday, defied the illegal Israeli occupation apartheid regime order banning him from the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, Shehab Agency reported.
Sheikh Ekrema entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform Friday prayers while being carried on the shoulders of worshipers, challenging the occupation’s attempts to ban worshipers from Al-Aqsa, which during the past two weeks affected more than 50 Palestinians.
The Israeli police intensified their presence and stopped Sheikh Ekrema, then assaulted the worshipers, injuring two.
It is noteworthy that the occupation forces banned Sheikh Sabri last week for one week, ending on Saturday, and require him to come for interrogation, for a possible renewal of his expulsion from Al-Aqsa, under the pretext of “incitement during Friday prayers.”
Illegal Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Seventeen Palestinians In West Bank
January 27, 2020 11:24 AM IMEMC News
The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that illegal Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, at least seventeen Palestinians in several parts of the occupied West Bank; twelve of the abducted Palestinians are from Jenin governorate, in northern West Bank. Two other Palestinians were abducted on Sunday at night.
The illegal Israeli occupation soldiers invaded and ransacked dozens of homes across the occupied West Bank, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
In Addition, the soldiers invaded Rommana town, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and handed four families military orders for the demolition of their homes under the pretext of not receiving permits from the so-called Civil Administration Office, the executive branch of Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank.
Although the invasions targeted Palestinian communities across the West Bank, most of the home invasions and abductions took place in Jenin governorate, in northern West Bank.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that the soldiers abducted two siblings, both former political prisoners, identified as Nidal and his brother Ayyoub Ya’coub Enfei’at, from Ya’bad town, west of the northern West Bank city of the West Bank.
The soldiers also abducted nine Palestinians, all from Kabaha family, including two siblings, identified as Monir and Mohammad Nasser Kabaha, from Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, the PPS added.
On Sunday at night and on Monday at dawn, the soldiers invaded Hebron city, in addition to Doura town and the al-Fawwar refugee camp, in southern West Bank, abducted two Palestinians, Identified as Mahmoud Dahman al-Fasfous, and Yazan Ezzeddin Tealakh, 21, and confiscated agricultural equipment, in addition to uprooting olive trees.
Illegal Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians, Confiscate Agricultural Equipment And Uproot Olive Trees in Hebron
January 27, 2020 10:33 AM IMEMC News
Illegal Israeli occupation soldiers invaded, late on Sunday at night and on Monday at dawn, Hebron city, in addition to Doura town and the al-Fawwar refugee camp, in southern West Bank, abducted two Palestinians and confiscated agricultural equipment, in addition to uprooting olive trees.
Media sources said several army jeeps invaded, on Monday at dawn, Doura town, southwest of Hebron, searched homes and abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Mahmoud Dahman al-Fasfous.
They added that the soldiers also invaded homes in the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, and abducted Yazan Ezzeddin Tealakh, 21.
In addition, the soldiers installed many military roadblocks on Hebron’s northern and southern roads, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated the Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
On Sunday at night, the soldiers invaded Birin village, southwest of Hebron, and confiscated agricultural equipment, owned by Ribhi Rabah Rajabi, in addition to cutting and uprooting olive trees in the area.
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