HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and killed a 53-year-old Palestinian and injured his two sons during an arrest raid in the town of Beit Ummar in northern Hebron early Thursday, witnesses said.Falah Hammad Abu Mariais the 17th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces this year, three of whom have been killed since the beginning of this month.A spokesperson for a local popular committee, Muhammad Ayyad Awad, told Ma’an that Israeli forces and undercover forces had raided Falah’s house and opened live fire inside the home.Witnesses said the forces shot and injured his son Muhammad, 22, with two live bullets in the pelvis.When Falah attempted to aid his injured son, Israeli forces shot Falah twice in the chest, witnesses said.Falah was taken to the al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron but was pronounced dead shortly after.Muhammad is currently undergoing surgery and is in stable condition.Falah’s other son, Ahmad, 25, was also reportedly injured with bullet shrapnel in the chest. He was taken to the al-Ahli Hospital as well where his condition was reported as stable.An Israeli army spokesperson said the incident happened in an overnight operation to arrest unidentified suspects. The spokesperson claimed a “violent mob” attacked Israeli forces, injuring one Israeli soldier with a rock.Israeli forces responded with live fire aimed at “lower extremities,” injuring one man, the spokesperson said. According to the army spokesperson, when Israeli forces were going to leave the home of the first incident they were “attacked” again, and again opened fire, killing one man. The spokesperson was unable to identify the killed man. Awad said that Israeli forces also detained former prisoner Hammad Ahmad Hammad Abu Maria, 23, during the raid.On Sunday, a home belonging to the Abu Maria family was issued a stop-work order on a nearly-finished construction. The home belonged to Khalil Mahmoud Abu Maria in Beit Ummar. The following day Israeli forces delivered a notice to 28-year-old Khalil summoning him to meet with Israeli intelligence in the Etzion military camp in northern Beit Ummar. Ma’an could not confirm whether the incidents were related. On Wednesday near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, troops shot dead Mohammed Alawneh, 22, in clashes that followed raids and searches at several houses in the village of Birqin.Alawneh was shot in the chest and died shortly after arriving at hospital in Jenin, a Palestinian medical source said.
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Palestinians Petition Court To Retrieve Jordan Valley Land Stolen By Israeli Occupation
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Farming Under Occupation: Israeli Occupation Army Denies Palestinian Farmer Access To His Land
Israeli soldiers Monday prevented a farmer from the village of al-Khader, south of Bethlehem, from plowing his land located near the village, claiming it is a state land, according to a local activist.
Israeli Occupation Forces Arrest 15 Palestinians In West Bank, Jerusalem
At least 15 Palestinians, including minors, were Monday arrested by the Israeli military and police, mostly during predawn and night raids in the West Bank districts of Bethlehem and Hebron and in East Jerusalem, according to local and security sources.
Racist Israeli Group To Protest Ceremony Over Palestinian-Israeli Journalist
The racist anti-assimilation Lehava organization will hold a protest on the sidelines of the annual Independence Day ceremony at Mount Herzl on Wednesday night, where Arab-Israeli TV presenter Lucy Aharish is set to light a torch
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Palestinian Imad Mohammed Jawabra,21 years, dead from chest injuries received earlier by Israeli Occupation in Aroub Camp north of Hebron
Israeli occupation arrest the father & other relatives of the suspect in Tel A’Rabia (Tel Aviv) stabbing incident.
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Israelis sprayed racist graffiti and damaged cars in Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Safafa last night
Israeli occupation Golani Brigade that committed the massacre in Shuja’iya Gaza now being deployed to West Bank according to reports.
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Gaza Allowed To Export Fish To West Bank For 1st Time Since 2007
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UN Chief Sets Up Gaza Inquiry
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West Bank and Occupied Lands
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Israeli Occupation To Demolish School, Residential Structures Near Hebron
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Palestinian Worker Shot Dead in Israel
A Palestinian worker was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Israel early Tuesday, Palestinian security sources said.
Israeli Occupation Forces Attempt To Detain Yet Another Palestinian Toddler Monday
Israeli forces raided the al-Zeidani family home in al-Bustan neighborhood in Silwan on Monday in order to detain their 16-year-old and two-year-old sons, family told Ma’an.
PLO Erekat Rejects Israel’s Approval to Apply Israeli Law to Squatters, Urges to Join ICC
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A cemetery in Haifa where the body of the martyr Sheikh Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam is buried has been sold to a private construction company, sparking fears of the outbreak of a third Intifada.
Al-Qassam is considered one of the most important icons of Palestinian resistance. He was immortalised when he became the first to lay the foundations for organised revolution against the British Mandate’s forces and Zionist settlers in the mid-1930’s.
Hamas named its military wing the Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades in recognition of the heroic role he played in defence of Palestine.
The construction company noted that, according to their contract with the Israeli government, the area must be examined and the graves must be moved to another area.
Mustafa Bara, the lawyer representing the Palestinians who are strongly opposed to the Israeli government’s decision, warned against taking this measure, as it would elicit harsh reactions from the Palestinian masses. The Palestinians consider this measure to be a violation of religious sanctities and hurtful to the feelings of the Palestinians who consider Al-Qassam, of Syrian origin, to be one of their most prominent historical leaders.
Israel Radio quoted as Bara saying that the Zionist government hasn’t properly estimated the extent and magnitude of the potential reactions to this step, noting that selling the cemetery may lead to a dangerous decline in relations between the Jewish people and Palestinian Israelis. He also called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be more sensitive to the issue.
The Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam cemetery has previously been attacked and desecrated by Jewish extremist groups. His
President Abbas: ‘Palestinian leadership is coming under heavy (US) pressure not to go to the Security Council or join international organisations’
The Palestinians are under heavy pressure to drop plans to seek a UN Security Council resolution to end Israel’s occupation, risking $700 million a year in US aid, president Mahmud Abbas has said.
But Abbas vowed in remarks late Tuesday to press ahead with the move, warning that if it were shot down by a US veto, he would seek to join the International Criminal Court.
The Palestinians, who won the upgraded rank of UN observer state in 2012, have long threatened to petition the ICC over alleged Israeli war crimes, but have so far held back due to US and European pressure.
“The Palestinian leadership is coming under heavy pressure not to go to the Security Council or join international organisations, and the main pressure relates to aid,” he said, indicating that the $700 million (555 million euros) in US aid was at stake.
“Relations with the US administration are strained… and it is not in our interest to worsen it. But at the same time, we cannot go back on our decision.”
In a defiant speech to the UN General Assembly Friday, Abbas ruled out any return to the failed format of peace talks, demanding an end to the occupation and accusing Israel of waging a “war of genocide” in Gaza.
The State Department described his remarks as “offensive” and “deeply disappointing.”
Abbas said talks were being held with Arab and other countries ahead of a vote within three weeks on a draft resolution spelling out an Israeli withdrawal from lands it seized in 1967 and the establishment of a Palestinian state with its capital in east Jerusalem.
Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki told a press conference Wednesday that all the Arab countries at the UN had already “adopted the resolution… with very minor alterations” and that Jordan, which represents the Arab group in the Security Council, would present it within three weeks for a vote.
In the meantime, the Palestinians would continue to lobby “Europeans, Africans, Latin America and the non-aligned countries” he said.
But Abbas said he had no guarantee of obtaining the necessary nine votes from the 15-member Security Council, and that there was a “strong possibility” it would be torpedoed by a US veto.
In such a case, the Palestinians would immediately ratify the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the ICC, which has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
“It is important to establish an end-date for the occupation, whether that’s one year, two years or three,” he said, pledging that after setting a date he would “immediately resume negotiations” with Israel.
“We will not engage in any negotiations which do not set down a timetable for realising our objectives.”
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — US Congress members are calling for action to be taken against the Palestinian Authority in response to the applications to join 15 international treaties, Palestine’s envoy in Washington said Sunday.
Maen Areikat told Ma’an that some pro-Israeli US representatives have voiced their demands to impose sanctions against the PA, which including ceasing financial aid.
Areikat said the US administration realizes the importance of the PA’s role in the peace process and the importance of financial aid in the current stage.
“We did not hear any indication by the US administration about taking action against the PA,” Areikat said, explaining that stopping financial would will have negative repercussions for US interests.
He also said they would not affect plans to seek international recognition.
Areikat highlighted that the Palestinians should remain on guard and make their positions clear to Congress members.