Israeli Apartheid Regime Continues Blockade of
Gaza, Force-Feeding Political Prisoners, Firing at Protesters, Kidnapping
Civilians, Demolishing of Palestinian Homes
August 15, 2015
The Palestinian young man, Muhammed Nassim, who was shot and
injured after he allegedly attacked an Israeli soldier with a
knife at the Ofer military road barrier west of Ramallah city
afternoon Saturday, August 15, 2015.
Israeli occupation soldiers deny Palestinians use of roads used
by the illegal Israeli settlers in the West Bank, file, August
protesting the Israeli occupation government policy of
administrative detention, in which Palestinians are kidnapped by
the Israeli occupation forces and imprisoned without charges or
trials, file, August 15, 2015.
||Palestinians protesting the
Israeli occupation government blockade of Gaza Strip, August 14,
PHRC: Gaza blockade increases poverty rate to 38.8%
August 15, 2015, GAZA, (PIC)--
The Palestinian Human Rights Center (PHRC) said that due to the
unjust siege imposed on the Gaza Strip by Israel, the poverty rate in
Gaza has recently increased to reach 38.8%; out of which 21.1% are
suffering from destitution. The unemployment rate has recently increased
to reach 44%.
PHRC warned that these rates indicate an
unprecedented economic deterioration in the blockaded enclave.
its weekly report, PHRC pointed out that the Israeli occupation
authority (IOA) has imposed sanctions against the civilians in the West
Bank as part of the collective punishment policy pursued by the IOA,
which flagrantly violates international human laws.
also said that the IOA has completely closed three out of four
commercial crossings which connect Gaza with the West Bank and Israel.
Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing is Gaza's only commercial
crossing but it is not fit to meet the needed amount of goods and fuel.
PHRC charged that Israel has imposed tight security restrictions on
people’s movement via Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing depriving the Gazans
from reaching their families in WB and the 1948-occupied lands, let
alone the hundreds of students who were deprived from attending the WB
The IOA is banning the entry of raw materials and
construction materials to the Strip except for very few kinds and in
very limited quantities to be used in the international projects,
according to the report.
It highlighted that there is an almost
complete ban on Gaza's exports except for few products like flowers,
strawberries, and spices.
PHRC stressed that Gaza and the West
Bank including Jerusalem are still under Israeli occupation and that
crossings' closure and collective punishment policies are still imposed
on the Gazans in absolute disregard to the human rights’ treaties, the
international humanitarian law, and Geneva Conventions.
is bound to apply the international human rights law (IHRL) in a way
that provides the civilians and victims with better protection, the
Israel has been imposing tight land and sea blockade
on Gaza in an attempt to completely isolate the Strip from the external
world, which seriously worsened the economic, social, educational and
living conditions of about 1.8 million Palestinians.
Youth shot and wounded after attacking soldier
August 15, 2015, RAMALLAH, (PIC)--
A Palestinian young man was shot and injured after he attacked an
Israeli occupation soldier with a knife at the Ofer military road
barrier west of Ramallah city afternoon Saturday.
reported that the young man was arrested after he was shot at, and
identified him as Mohammed Nassim from Beit Anan village in occupied
The media report would not specify the condition of
the wounded soldier, but added that military reinforcements were sent to
the scene and closed off the entire area.
For its part, a Hebrew
website said that the soldier was only slightly wounded and was treated
on the field.
The Palestinian youth approached the soldiers at
the roadblock and asked for water then drew a knife and attacked one of
them, according to the website.
The attack is the last in a
series of “lone-wolf” attacks carried out by Palestinian young men in
the West Bank against Israeli soldiers and settlers in retaliation to
the escalating settlers’ attacks on citizens, the most brutal of which
was burning a Palestinian baby alive in Duma village in Nablus. The
baby’s father died a few days later while his mother and little brother
are still in intensive care due to the severe burns suffered in the
arson attack on their home.
Israel continues to bar Palestinians from using road in
August 15, 2015, RAMALLAH, (PIC)--
The Israeli occupation army has continued for the 13th day running to
prevent the Palestinians from using the road adjacent to the illegal
settlement of Beit El, which was established on Palestinian-owned lands
Local sources told Quds Press that the Israeli army
closed the road with concrete blocks on July 31 following violent
clashes with angry Palestinian young men who reacted to the deadly arson
attack on al-Dawabsheh family in Nablus.
citizens were using the road to travel between Ramallah city and the
northern cities and towns of the West Bank, according to the sources.
The closure forced the citizens to use other unpaved routes to reach
the northern West Bank areas and al-Jalazoun refugee camp.
Israel issues 14 administrative prison orders against
August 15, 2015, GAZA, (PIC)--
Different Israeli courts issued administrative detention orders
against 14 Palestinian prisoners from al-Khalil city during the last two
The prisoner media center stated in a recent brief report
that two prisoners were administratively jailed for the first time and
12 others received extensions to their previous administrative prison
All the detainees were sentenced with no indictment or
In the last few months, 33 administrative detention
orders were issued by Israeli courts against Palestinians.
IOF quells West Bank protests against settlement
August 15, 2015, RAMALLAH, (PIC)--
Dozens of Palestinian and foreign activists on Friday afternoon
suffered injuries when the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) violently
attacked the marches they held to protest Israel's segregation wall and
settlement activities in the West Bank.
In Kafr Qaddum town near
Nablus, the IOF attacked the protestors a few minutes after they started
their march, according to a spokesman for the popular resistance in the
The soldiers opened fire at the protestors and showered
them with tear gas grenades and skunk water, causing many of them to
suffer from suffocation.
The spokesman said that hundreds of Kafr
Qaddum protestors and their children carried pictures of al-Dawabsheh
family's toddler who was burned alive in a recent arson attack by Jewish
settlers in Nablus as well as his father who died later of burn wounds.
The protestors also chanted slogans against the occupation and
demanding the opening of the main road of the town, which was annexed to
Kedumim settlement 13 years ago.
The IOF had closed in the
morning the main entrance to Kafr Qaddum and declared the town a closed
military zone, which forced the protestors to use alternative unpaved
The IOF also suppressed anti-wall marches organized in the
towns of Bil'in, Ni'lin and Nabi Saleh near Ramallah and clashed with
Different local sources reported that violent
clashes broke out between young protestors and Israeli soldiers in the
towns, especially in Bil'in. Several young men suffered injuries in the
A vast tract of cultivated land caught fire in Bil'in
town as a result of the intensive firing of tear gas and stunt grenades.
Marches in J'lem and Nablus in solidarity with hunger striker
August 15, 2015, OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
A rally and a sit-in were staged in al-Aqsa Mosque after Friday
prayers in solidarity with Muhammad Allan who has been on a hunger
strike for 59 uninterrupted days to protest his administrative
The demonstrators raised Allan's photos and chanted
slogans calling for releasing him and ending his administrative
Hundreds of Palestinians participated in a march that
started from a mosque in Nablus city, to the north of the West Bank,
after Friday prayers in support of Allan.
Quds Press said that
many human rights activists, representatives of Palestinian factions and
forces, and hundreds of activists participated in the march along with a
wide popular participation to call for intensifying official and popular
support to save the hunger striker's life.
delivered speeches addressing the critical health condition of Allan,
who has been in coma since yesterday, and that he might die at any
In a related context, the European Union for the rights
of Palestinian prisoners has warned of the sharp deterioration in
Allan's health status.
"Allan might die at any moment; his health
condition reached a very critical stage," The Union said. It held the
international community and the Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA)
fully responsible for Allan's life.
The statement also said: "It
is a shame on the Israeli government and on the entire world that a
captive had to go through all this suffering to demand his legitimate
right to freedom while the whole world is watching in silence."
Commenting on Allan's exacerbated health status, Physicians for Human
Rights – Israel (PHR-I) organization said in a statement: "Once Alan
lost consciousness, medical ethics requires that his doctors act in
accordance to their understanding of the patient's will and their
discretion. PHR-Israel hopes and believes that the doctors in Barzilai
Hospital have acted with respect and in accordance with Allan's will.”
The statement also charged: “The situation we are now facing could
have been avoided. It was possible to hold a dialogue and reach an
understanding that would have prevented this deterioration."
is time for the Israeli political leadership to reach a decision to
release Allan from administrative detention and enable his doctors to
concentrate on fighting for his life,” the statement said.
IOF arrests four Palestinian citizens from WB
August 15, 2015, NABLUS, (PIC)--
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Friday arrested four
Palestinian citizens from the northern West Bank city of Qalqilya while
they were in Beit Dajan village east of Nablus city, according to local
The sources clarified that the IOF late last night
arrested the four youths and took them to an unknown destination.
In a related context, the IOF at dawn Friday stormed Jenin refugee
camp and confiscated a vehicle belonging to a Palestinian citizen, which
led to the outbreak of clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli
forces. Neither injuries nor arrests were reported.
IOF rolls into Jenin refugee camp, triggers clashes
August 15, 2015, JENIN, (PIC)--
A round of violent clashes broke out at dawn Friday after the Israeli
occupation forces (IOF) rolled into the Jenin refugee camp, in the
northern West Bank.
Local sources said the Israeli occupation
troops attacked a group of Palestinian unarmed youths with random spates
of gunfire, tear gas canisters, and stun grenades.
The IOF also
stormed an automobile repair shop owned by the Palestinian citizen Mussa
al-Badawi and confiscated a vehicle.
A number of Palestinian
civilians were aggressively attacked in the process.
further moved into the nearby Wad Burkin area, where an army patrol was
stationed for hours.
20 Palestinian families to go homeless as Israel notifies
August 14, 2015, OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
The Israeli civil administration on Thursday morning notified the
demolition of 20 Palestinian homes in Abu Nawar residential complex, in
East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.
were shocked upon catching sight of the Israeli occupation authorities
rolling into the area in the early morning hours and threatening to
knock down the homes in three days,” spokesman for the Abu Nawar
complex, Daoud Jahalin, told the Quds Press.
He added that at
least 150 Palestinian civilians have been taking shelter at the targeted
homes, having no other places to resort to.
The Abu Nawar
residential complex, covering some 389 dunums, has been a home for 105
Palestinian families, setting up roots in the area since the early
Observers said the notifications make part of a larger
Israeli policy of ethnic cleansing aimed at deporting the Abu Nawar
Bedouins, who have been living on agriculture and nomadic herding of
sheep, from their own and only homes.
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