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Headlines From Palestine: July 2, 2015

Israeli Occupation Forces Shoot, Injure 3 Palestinians In Duheisha Refugee Camp

Three Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces in the Duheisha refugee camp south of Bethlehem Thursday morning during an Israeli detention raid, witnesses said.

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Palestinians Commemorate Brutal Murder Of Teenager Abu Khdeir By Israeli Extremists

Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated in East Jerusalem Thursday to commemorate the first anniversary of a teenager being burned to death last summer.

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Mob Of Israeli Extremists Assault 60 Year Old Palestinian Man

Attacks continued in the occupied West Bank overnight Tuesday when Israeli settlers attacked and moderately injured a 60-year-old man from the central West Bank village of Ras Karkar west of Ramallah

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11 Injured By Israeli Occupation Forces During March To Commemorate Murder Of Abu Khdeir

Israeli forces on Thursday injured 11 Palestinians as they suppressed a march in the occupied West Bank to commemorate the murder of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir.

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Israeli Occupation Detained 550 Palestinians From Hebron In Just 6 Months

Israeli forces have detained 550 Palestinians from the Hebron district of the occupied West Bank since the start of 2015, the Palestinian Palestinian Prisoners’ Society’s Hebron branch reported Thursday.

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Israeli Occupation Police Ban Palestinian From Entering Al-Aqsa Mosque, Physically Assaults Girl

Israeli police Thursday banned a Palestinian young man’s entry into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and physically assaulted a small girl inside the Mosque compound in East Jerusalem.

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Israeli Occupation Detained 550 Palestinians From Hebron In Just 6 Months

HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli forces have detained 550 Palestinians from the Hebron district of the occupied West Bank since the start of 2015, the Palestinian Palestinian Prisoners’ Society’s Hebron branch reported Thursday.The group of detainees included seven women and 105 teenagers, head of the Hebron branch Amjad Najjar told Ma’an, adding that 225 of the detainees were sentenced without trial through Israel’s frequent use of administrative detention. Among the detainees, according to Najjar, were 78 patients “who faced a real life threat as a result of detention” due to not receiving “any medical treatment at all” in Israeli custody. Najjar highlighted regular humiliation of Palestinian detainees by Israeli forces, who treat the detainees in a “savage and inhuman way during detention.”The PPS report comes as rights groups claim that Israel indiscriminately detains Palestinians living throughout the West Bank without sufficient evidence for detention.Many of those detained in the Hebron district since the start of 2015 were from the town of Beit Ummar, where over 60 residents were detained between January and March, nearly half of whom were minors.When asked last month about the reason for the detention of a 15-year-old resident of the town, an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an: “The reason is like every arrest, either illegal activity or violence against civilians, or involvement in terrorism.” The Hebron district was targeted heavily by Israeli forces during an arrest campaign last summer known as “Operation Brother’s Keeper,” which was allegedly carried out in search of three missing teenage settlers last summer and left hundreds of Palestinians detained in Israeli jails, including several Hamas-affiliated members of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

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Headlines From Palestine: June 30, 2015

Hamas closes Jawwal Mobile HQ in Gaza (only mobile provider here). PalTel land line/internet closes offices in protest of closure.

Extremists Spray Paint “Death To Arabs” Racist Graffiti On Two Palestinian Schools, Wall

Anti-Arab, racist graffiti were spray-painted in an area near Beit Safafa, a small Arab neighborhood in southeastern Jerusalem, according to an Israeli police report.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Deliver demolition, Stop-Work Orders To Palestinians In Hebron

Israeli forces on Monday delivered stop-work and demolition orders to 10 Palestinian families in the village of Jinba in southern Hebron.

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Israeli Occupation To Confiscate Private Palestinian Land In al-Isawiya, East Jerusalem

Officers of the Israeli municipal council of Jerusalem on Monday posted confiscation orders on vast areas of private Palestinian land in the East Jerusalem town of al-Isawiya, says a local committee member.

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Israeli Occupation has detained Palestinian poet Marwan Makhoul who was on his on his way back from visiting Lebanon.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Deliver Demolition, Stop-Work Orders To Palestinians In Hebron

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday delivered stop-work and demolition orders to 10 Palestinian families in the village of Jinba in southern Hebron.

Ratib al-Jubour, a local popular resistance committee coordinator, said that officers from Israel’s planning and zoning department entered the village under army escort.
They delivered three demolition orders and five stop-work orders to Ahmad Issa Younis, Ali Jabarin, Nabil Hussein Jabarin, Issa Ahmad Younis, Ibrahim Ahmad Younis, Mahmoud Ahmad Younis, Mousa Ibrahim Abu Younis, Issa Younis Abu Younis, Muhammad Mahmoud Hoshiya and Issam Issa Abu Younis.
Jinba is one of a group of small villages collectively known as Masafir Yatta in southernmost Hebron.
Masafir Yatta’s mayor, Othman Jabarin, said the orders were for tin shacks and tents.
He alleged that the Israeli authorities are planning to confiscate 50,000 dunams (12,500 acres) of private Palestinian land in the area.
The Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem reports that Masafir Yatta is “subjected to Israeli aggression” due to its remoteness.Four illegal Israeli settlements currently surround the collection of Palestinian villages. The Maon and Karmi settlements to the villages’ north occupy approximately 2,000 dunams of land, while Yaqoub Dali to the east has an area of around 5,000 dunams and Lifna to the south has 1,000 dunams, according to ARIJ.Palestinian residents in villages and towns throughout the Hebron district face a continual threat of demolition or displacement.The presence of Israeli settlers in the south Hebron hills in particular makes the region particularly vulnerable.Building permits must be approved by Israeli authorities in order for construction to take place in villages there, which are classified as Area C under the Oslo Accords, giving Israel full military and civil control.
As a result of rarely-approved permits, Palestinian residents are forced to build structures without permits, which are liable to be torn down later by Israeli forces.
The Israeli practice of preventing either construction or expansion of Palestinian buildings in the Hebron district extends across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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Headlines From Palestine: May 28, 2015

Private Palestinian Land In Jerusalem Slated For Confiscation By Israeli Occupation

Israeli authorities on Wednesday morning left posters in the occupied East Jerusalem town of al-Isawiya notifying owners that the property is needed for urgent military purposes for two and a half years.

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Palestinians Refuse To Back Down On Israel FIFA Vote

Palestine’s football chief on Wednesday continued his refusal to back down on a threatened vote to suspend Israel from football’s governing body after talks with increasingly desperate FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Close Palestine’s Ibrahimi Mosque Door, Confiscates Key

Israeli forces closed Wednesday a door leading to the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Old City of Hebron, said the mosque caretaker.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Close Palestine’s Ibrahimi Mosque Door, Confiscates Key

HEBRON, May 28, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces closed Wednesday a door leading to the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Old City of Hebron, said the mosque caretaker.

The Ibrahimi Mosque caretaker, Munther Abu al-Filat, told WAFA that the mosque caretakers were surprised as Israeli forces locked the al-Yousifiya door without any prior notice.

Abu al-Filat added that they asked the Israeli officer to hand them the key, but he refused under citing the pretext of safeguarding the Israeli settlers’ security.

He explained that refusing to hand the key is an Israeli measure that indicates Israeli intention to seize control and Judaize the mosque.

He noted that the door is usually closed and the key is held by the mosque’s caretakers

Meanwhile, Hebron Governor, Kamil Hmaid, slammed this measure as part of the ongoing Israeli campaign to Judaize Hebron and displace its indigenous Palestinian residents to make room for settlement expansion.



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Dozens Of Palestinians Injured By Israeli Tear Gas Near Hebron

HEBRON, May 24, 2015 (WAFA) – Dozens of Palestinians Sunday suffered severe suffocation due to inhaling tear gas fired at them by Israeli forces in the town of Beit Ummar to the north of Hebron, according to a local activist.

Coordinator of the anti wall and settlement committee Mohammed Awad said that Israeli forces stormed the town and proceeded to fire tear gas canisters towards residents and their homes, causing dozens of suffocation cases among them.

Mariam Aby Aiyash, 60, and Rahaf Awad, 10, were among the injured. They both suffered severe suffocation after their homes were hit with tear gas canisters, which necessitated their transfer to hospital for treatment.

An increasing number of unarmed and peaceful Palestinians were either killed or seriously injured as a result of Israel’s constant use of tear gas against Palestinians.

Early December 2014, Palestinian minister without portfolio Zeyad Abu Ein died due to tear gas inhalation and after being directly hit in the chest by an Israeli soldier during a peaceful protest marking the United Nations International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. He was transferred to hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

On December 2011, Mustafa Tamimi, 28 from Ramallah’s village of Nabi Saleh, died from critical wounds he sustained when an Israeli soldier fired a tear gas canister directly at his head from a short distance.

B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights information center, stated that “[Israeli] soldiers and Border Police often fire tear-gas grenades directly at demonstrators with the aim of hitting them, or fire carelessly, without ensuring that demonstrators are not in the direct line of fire, in direct contravention of regulations.”

The legal center, in a summary report published in 2013, demanded that Israeli security forces “completely prohibit the firing of 40mm tear-gas canisters either directly at individuals or horizontally, in a way that could cause result in injuries.”


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Headlines From Palestine: May 19, 2015

Israeli Extremist Assaults 10-Year-Old Palestinian Boy In Hebron

A 10-year-old Palestinian boy was lightly injured after a Jewish settler attacked him near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron Tuesday, locals said.

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Palestinian Children Held Captive Recount Torture In Israeli Occupation Jails

Palestinian minor prisoners arrested by Israel in recent months have indicated a surge of flagrant violations against them during and after detention by the Israeli authorities, including physical assault, and strip searches.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Demolish 3 Palestinian Stores In East Jerusalem

Israeli forces on Tuesday demolished three commercial stores belonging to a Palestinian in the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem

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Hamas And Israel Holding Secret Talks (Even Though They Issued A Fatwa Against It Previously)

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Palestinian Movie Critical of Hamas Being Screened At Cannes Festival

A Palestinian movie sharply critical of Hamas is not commonplace, but the Cannes Festival actually features such a film that provides a stinging rebuke to Gaza’s current way of life – between Israeli military oppression and the wild and uncontrollable violence on its streets.

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Evidence Proves Israel Knew Settlements And Home Demolitions Were Illegal War Crimes. Enjoy The ICC

New evidence shows government’s adviser on international law said in 1968 that demolishing terror suspects’ homes violates Geneva Convention.

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Palestinian Woman Detained By Israeli Occupation While Visiting Jailed Brother

Israeli forces detained a Palestinian woman while she was visiting her brother in Israel’s Megiddo prison Monday, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society told Ma’an.

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Pax Christi International Favors Recognition Of Palestine, Ban On Israeli Settlements

The World Assembly of Pax Christi urged all United Nations member states to recognize the state of Palestine and ban Israeli settlements’ construction in the occupied territories.

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Israel Occupation Arrests 11 Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli authorities Tuesday arrested at least 11 Palestinians during predawn and night raids in the West Bank districts of Hebron, Jenin and Bethlehem, according to local and security sources.

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Israeli Extremist Assaults 10-Year-Old Palestinian Boy In Hebron

HEBRON (Ma’an) — A 10-year-old Palestinian boy was lightly injured after a Jewish settler attacked him near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron Tuesday, locals said.

Youssef Qfeisheh, 10, was injured in his hand and taken to a local hospital for treatment, where he received nine stitches.No other details were given about the incident.Around 700 settlers live in 80 homes in the center of Hebron, surrounded by nearly 200,000 Palestinians.

The settlements — illegal under international law — are protected by the Israeli army in the tightly controlled city, where many streets are off limits to Palestinians.

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Israeli Occupation To Demolish Palestinian Residential Structures Near Hebron

HEBRON, April 21, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Tuesday notified a local resident of Susia to the south of Hebron, about their intent to demolish his private-owned residential tents, according to local sources.

Rateb Jabour, of the Anti-Settlement Committee in Hebron, said an Israeli army force stormed the village and handed Khalil Afaneh, a local resident, a military order to demolish two residential tents that house him and his family.

The village is part of Masafer Yatta, a collection of almost 19 hamlets south of Hebron which relies heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood. The area is a frequent target of recurrent Israeli assaults.

Located in Area C of the West Bank under full Israeli administrative and military control, Masafer Yatta has been subject to repeated Israeli violations by settlers and army soldiers targeting their main source of living: livestock.

On March 29, the Israeli government has asked the High Court of Justice for permission to demolish the ancient Palestinian village of Susia and relocate its residents to nearby Yatta.

The Israeli daily Haaretz said the government’s intent was noted in a response to the High Court of Justice regarding a petition filled by Susia’s residents and human rights organizations about a year ago.

Prior to this, another petition was filed by the Regavim organization, funded by settler-group Amana and regional authorities in the West Bank, calling for Palestinian “illegal outposts” in Susia to be demolished.

Attorney Kamar Mishraki-Asad, representing Sussia residents, said that, “… for many years the [Israeli] army has prohibited residents from setting up their homes in the area, and rejected any request for construction or planning permits, in order to keep them away from the Sussia settlement and to allow the settlers to continue seizing the agricultural lands, and expel the residents to Areas A and B.”