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Headlines From Palestine: June 10, 2015

Egypt to open Rafah crossing with Gaza for 3 days starting on Saturday, Palestinian official says


Israeli Occupation Forces Murder Palestinian In Jenin Refugee Camp

Israeli forces shot dead a young Palestinian man in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank early Wednesday morning, Palestinian security sources say.

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13-Year-Old Palestinian Detained By Israeli Occupation Forces In East Jerusalem

Israeli forces detained a 13-year-old Palestinian from his home in the al-Issawiya neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem overnight Tuesday, lawyer says.

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Israeli Occupation Denied UN Human Rights Rapporteur Entry To Palestine

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry, in a press statement Tuesday, condemned Israel decision to deny the United Nations Rapporteur on human rights, Makarim Wibisono, entry into the occupied Palestinian Territories (oPT).

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Israeli Occupation Tanks And Bulldozers Infiltrate Gaza And Raze Land In The South

Israeli military vehicles this morning entered into civilians’ agricultural lands in the village of al-Qurara north-east of Khan Yunis city in the south of Gaza. Sources reported shots fired.

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Israeli Occupation Demolishes Tent In Hebron, Razes Palestinian Farm In Jerusalem

The Israeli authorities Wednesday demolished a Palestinian-owned residential tent near the town of Yatta, south of Hebron, and razed a farm in Jerusalem’s neighborhood of Issawiya, according to local sources.

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Israeli Occupation Tanks And Bulldozers Infiltrate Gaza And Raze Land In The South

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Israeli military vehicles this morning entered into civilians’ agricultural lands in the village of al-Qurara north-east of Khan Yunis city in the south of Gaza. Sources reported shots fired.

According to the official agency, around 7 military vehicles, including three bulldozers and four tanks, moved into civilians’ farmlands in east al-Qurara, on the basis that the military base ‘Kesufim’ is located on those lands east of the village.

The bulldozers razed land amid heavy fire, during which military planes flew air reconassaince missions.

Sources confirmed that the occupation vehicles penetrated up to 200 meters into the citizens’ farmland, firing towards the farmers and preventing them from entering their land.

Gazan farmers have been repeatedly targeted on their lands by the Israeli occupation.


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Israeli Occupation Demolishes Palestinian Structures Near Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, June 9, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities demolished three Palestinian-owned structures on Tuesday in the village of Jib, northwest of Jerusalem, citing construction without a permit as a pretext, according to local and security sources.

WAFA correspondent said Israeli police accompanied by heavy machinery broke into the village in the early morning and proceeded to demolish the three structures, which included a metal workshop and car repair workshops.

Head of the Jib village council, Ismail Abu Rabah, told WAFA that the demolished metal shop was the only source of living for more than 20 Palestinians.

He said the owner of the metal workshop incurred more than 50,000 shekels during the recent four years (about $13,000) in attempts to have a construction permit of the workshop issued, but all efforts went in vain.

As for the car repair workshop, Abu Rabah said it was first demolished five months ago before its owner rebuilt it in a desperate attempt to continue providing income for his family.

Issuance of construction permits for Palestinian businesses in the village has been frozen for 30 years, which forces many Palestinians living in the area to build premises without obtaining the needed permit, Abu Rabah added.

Like other areas located within Area C, under full Israeli jurisdiction, issuance of construction permits for Palestinians is strictly limited, forcing Palestinians residing in such areas to embark on construction without obtaining a permit.

According to statistics obtained by the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Israel has demolished more than 48,000 Palestinian-owned houses since 1976, either for allegedly administrative purposes or during military action.

In 2014 alone, the ICAHD observed the demolition of 399 houses for ‘administrative’ reasons, whereas more than 18 thousand houses were bombed and devastated during the military onslaught on Gaza.

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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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Private Palestinian Land In Jerusalem Slated For Confiscation By Israeli Occupation

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – 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.

The confiscation order comes amid increasing incidents of demolition of Palestinian homes throughout occupied East Jerusalem and transfer of property from Palestinian to Jewish Israeli ownership in the area.A local committee member told Ma’an that Wednesday’s orders were posted by officers of Israel’s Civil Administration who classify the confiscation as “seizure for military purpose.”

The land, measuring 8,200 square meters, is located in the eastern side of the neighborhood Al-Isawiya near an Israeli military base established 10 years ago, Hummus told Ma’an.The order has been signed by head of the Israeli forces Central Command Nitzan Alon and the land will be used for military purposes until Dec. 31, 2017, according to the order. High-profile Israeli military officers are expected to arrive Thursday morning to delineate the land slated for confiscation.Hummus explained that seizure orders such as the one issued Wednesday “temporarily” reclassify private land for military purposes orders, however orders are automatically renewed and such properties are eventually confiscated from their owners.

The land slated for confiscation Wednesday houses a farm owned by heirs of Radi Ahmad Issa Abu Riyala. Riyala passed away four years ago and has been buried in the farm.In the last two weeks, several buildings have been demolished in the nearby Silwan neighborhood including a large three-story building newly built for Palestinian residents.Municipal inspectors ordered the building’s demolition because the construction had been carried out without a permit from the municipal council.In effort to gain and maintain a Jewish majority in the city, government policies make it near impossible for Palestinian residents to obtain building permits, while Jewish residents frequently take over Palestinian buildings with the protection of Israeli security, according to the Israeli rights organization the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.The majority of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s newly built right-wing coalition has vowed to expand settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and West Bank, with many opposing a future independent Palestinian state.Wednesday’s seizure order move comes shortly after the newly assembled government allocated $25 million for settlement expansion in Jerusalem last week.


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Headlines From Palestine: May 27, 2015

Israeli Occupation Jet Fighters Launch Series Of Airstrikes Across Gaza

Israeli jet fighters launched a series of airstrikes last night across the Gaza Strip,

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Israeli Occupation Arrests 12 Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli authorities on Wednesday arrested at least 11 Palestinians, mostly during predawn raids in the West Bank districts of Nablus, Jenin and Hebron, in addition to a youth in Jerusalem, according to local sources.

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3 Palestinian Children Shot In The Eye In 7 Months By Israeli Occupation Forces

The 10-year-old child, Yahia Al-Amoodi, on Wednesday was the third child during the last 7 months to be shot in the eye by Israeli black-tipped sponge bullets, which are used against Jerusalemite civilians regularly.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Demolish Palestinian Home in Jerusalem

The Israeli authorities on Wednesday demolished a Palestinian-owned house in the neighborhood of Silwan, in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of construction without a permit, according to local sources.

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Israeli Occupation Army Closes Entrances Of 2 Palestinian Towns Refusing Entry/Exit Holding Them Captive

Israeli army on Wednesday blocked off the main entrances of two Palestinian towns to the east of Nablus, preventing residents’ movements in and out of the towns, according to local sources.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Chase, Shoot And Injure 4 Palestinians In West Bank

Four Palestinian workers Tuesday were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets in an Israeli army chase  near the village of Azzun Atma, near Qalqilya, according to security sources.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Demolish Palestinian Home in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, May 27, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities on Wednesday demolished a Palestinian-owned house in the neighborhood of Silwan, in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of construction without a permit, according to local sources.

WAFA correspondent said an Israeli police contingent accompanied by heavy machinery arrived in the morning, sealed off the area, and prevented residents’ access, before proceeding to demolish a 80-square-meter house belonging to the family of Nassar.

Issuance of construction permits for Palestinians living in Area C, under full Israeli administrative and military control, is strictly limited, forcing Palestinians residing in such areas to embark on construction without obtaining a permit.

Humanitarian and Legal bodies and institutions such as the UN, OCHA and B’Tselem confirm that the planning policies applied by Israel in Area C and East Jerusalem discriminate against Palestinians, making it extremely difficult for them to obtain building permits.

“As a result, many Palestinians build without permits to meet their housing needs and risk having their structures demolished. Palestinians must have the opportunity to participate in a fair and equitable planning system that ensures their needs are met,” OCHA reports.

According to OCHA, in 2014 alone, Israeli authorities demolished a total of 97 buildings in East Jerusalem, while demolished five others in 2015, under the pretext of building without a construction permit.

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3 Palestinian Children Shot In The Eye In 7 Months By Israeli Occupation Forces

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The 10-year-old child, Yahia Al-Amoodi, on Wednesday was the third child during the last 7 months to be shot in the eye by Israeli black-tipped sponge bullets, which are used against Jerusalemite civilians regularly.

In his statement to the Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP), the child’s father said that his son had left the house in the afternoon of 11 May in order to collect his sister from the Kindergarten. On his way, he stopped approximately 100 meters from his home in Shu’fat refugee camp to watch a group of children gathered in the street. There, he was suddenly shot in the eye.

Yahia’s father added that one of the soldiers, based on the third floor of an unfinished building opposite the camp checkpoint, shot at the child’s upper body. The child fell, bleeding, when another soldier, on the sidewalk opposite the building, shot him directly in his left eye from a distance of 35 meters. His father indicated the absolute lack of clashes in the area at the time.

After the unprovoked attack, Yehia lost his left eye and a glass eye was substituted. He also suffered severe fractions to his skull and jaw, where doctors had to insert platinum plates.

Yehia is still receiving treatment in Hadassa Ain Karem hospital, Jerusalem. He has undergone three surgeries up until now, and will have to receive food intravenously for 6-12 weeks. His father added that he also suffers from speech difficulties.

The Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP) documented two similar cases of children who lost their eyes due to black-tipped sponge bullets.

Zacharia Joulani (13) from Shu’fat camp on 31 March was shot near the same site as Yehia, and Saleh Mahmoud (12) from Issawiya neighborhood, lost his right eye and sustained major damage to the left after he was shot on 11 November last year.

Mohammed Sinnokrot (16) died on 7 September last year of wounds he had sustained on 31 August. He had been shot in the right side of his head, causing skull fractures and a cerebral hemorrhage, according to media reports.

Black-tipped sponge bullets, according to Haaretz investigation, were heavier and more dangerous in comparison to the blue bullets which IOF have used previously.

The investigation showed that the Israeli police in Jerusalem started using these bullets last year, and that the army began to use them months before regulations were put in place regarding their usage.

In addition to violating human rights in the shooting of children, the IOF have also violated their own regulations: the use of these bullets was only legalized in January 2015, and the minimum distance for firing is 10 meters.

The report added that the use of this kind of bullet is banned in several situations including the targeting of seniors, children and pregnant women. It is only permitted during protests, after the confirmation of the person’s identity, and must not target the upper body.

All reports indicated that the IOF have not committed to any of their own regulations for using this weapon.


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Headlines From Palestine: May 26, 2015

PLO Rejects Netanyahu’s Proposal to Discuss Settlement Borders

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat on Tuesday slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to discuss the borders of settlement blocs as an attempt to legitimize illegal settlement construction and expansion in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Order Demolition of Palestinian Water Reservoir And Home in Hebron

Israeli forces handed Tuesday two local residents of al-Kom locality and Idhna town to the southwest and west of Hebron respectively orders to demolish their properties, said local municipal sources.

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Israeli Occupation Refusing To Repair Disconnected Gaza Electricity Grid- And We Are In A Heat Wave

Gaza’s electricity distributor has accused Israel of refusing to repair a 12 megawatt grid supplying power to Gaza City that became disconnected in Israeli-controlled territory on Thursday.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Detain 20 Palestinians, Mostly Youth, In Occupied East Jerusalem

Israeli forces have detained more than 20 Palestinians, most of them teenagers, from occupied East Jerusalem since Monday morning, a prisoner’s society said.

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Israeli Occupation To Confiscate 820 Dunums Of Palestinian Land For Illegal Settlement Dumping Ground

Israeli occupation authorities on Sunday decided to confiscate around 820 Dunams (202 acres) of privately owned Palestinian lands to establish new dumping grounds for its illegal colonies, in the central West Bank, in the Ramallah district, IMEMC said.

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Demonstration Planned To Protest Israeli Occupation Discrimination Of Christian Schools

On Wednesday, the 27th of May 2015, at 11:00 AM, an unprecedented demonstration will be held in the plaza in front of the Lev Ram building in Jerusalem (Ministry of Education headquarters) by the Christian Schools in Israel protesting on the discriminatory policy of the Ministry of Education towards their schools.

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Illegal Israeli Settlement Sewage Water Polluting West Bank

The farmers and citizens of Salfit city, and Kafr Al-Deek town Southern West Bank on Sunday made complaints about the dangerous environmental damage they were facing because of the skunk water poured by Ariel Israeli settlement.

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Demonstration Planned To Protest Israeli Occupation Discrimination Of Christian Schools

Office of Christian Schools  in occupied Palestine

On Wednesday, the 27th of May 2015, at 11:00 AM, an unprecedented demonstration will be held in the plaza in front of the Lev Ram building in Jerusalem (Ministry of Education headquarters) by the Christian Schools in Israel protesting on the discriminatory policy of the Ministry of Education towards their schools.

Participants in the demonstration will include clergymen (Bishops, Priests, Nuns, and Pastors) in addition to parents of children in Christian schools throughout the country.

The Christian schools in Israel consist of more than 30,000 students, almost equally divided between Christians and non-Christians. Most of these schools were Palestinian, and began operating years before the establishment of Israel. They were built and developed through donations from abroad. They provided and still providing the general Arab community with quality education that has resulted in the high achievements of the Christian schools. This high quality education is displayed, among other things, in the number of Christian schools listed at the top of the Ministry of Education’s published categories. While achieving high academic results, they also teach their students Christian doctrine and instruct them according to the Christian values of loving others, forgiveness and tolerance.

These schools belong to the “recognized but not public” classification of schools in the Ministry of Education and receive partial funding from the Ministry. The rest of their funding comes from fees that are collected from the parents.

For years, the Ministry of Education has been consistently cutting the budget of Christian schools (45% in the last 10 years). This has forced the Christian schools to raise the service fees that are collected from the parents to a level that has become a heavy burden on the parents, especially for parents from the Arab sector where the average family income is well known to be lower than the national average.

Last year the Ministry of Education issued new regulations that even limited the ability of Christian schools to collect fees from the parents. The combination of these two things, substantial budget cuts and limiting allowable fees, is actually viewed as a death penalty for these schools.

A committee appointed by the Office of Christian Schools in Israel held negotiations for 8 months with the Ministry of Education where the Ministry proposed that the Christian schools become public schools. This proposal was seen by the owners of the schools (churches, monasteries, etc.) as the end of the Christian, value-based educational enterprise and even a critical blow to the Christian minority in the Holy Land. In light of that, the Christian schools decided to end these negotiations.

The owners of these schools from around the world (The Vatican, Germany, England, France, Scotland, USA and others) are aware of this crisis and are watching with growing concern.

The protestors in the demonstration will be demanding that the Ministry of Education fully fund the Christian schools, just like other educational networks, and thus lift the burden from the shoulders of the parents and cancel the need for them to pay the service fees to the Christian schools.

For any further information – contact Father Abed Elmasih Fahim, head of the Christian Schools’ office at 050-5376481.