43 Palestinians Killed, 1500 Injured by Israeli
Occupation Forces, Protests Against Israeli Brutality in Washington and
October 18, 2015
Palestinian 16-year-old girl, Bayan Ahmed Aseila, was killed by
Israeli occupation soldiers for allegedly attempting to stab an
Israeli soldier, October 17, 2015
Palestinian young men and young women defending their
neighborhood of Silwad against Israeli occupation soldiers,
October 17, 2015
|Arab and Muslim Americans
in Washington D.C. protest brutality of the Israeli apartheid
regime occupation forces, October 17, 2015.
||South Africans in Pretoria
protest brutality of the Israeli apartheid regime occupation
forces, October 17, 2015.
5 Palestinians slain by Israeli troops in less than 24 hours
October 18, 2015, AL-KHALIL, (PIC)--
Another Palestinian civilian was fatally shot by the Israeli
occupation army afternoon Saturday, bringing the death toll of
Palestinians killed on the same day to five.
Mohamed al-Fakih was shot dead by the Israeli occupation soldiers at the
Qalandia checkpoint, in northern Occupied Jerusalem, allegedly after he
attempted to stab an officer.
The youngster, a native of
Ramallah’s town of Qatna, was cold-bloodedly shot and breathed his last
right on the spot.
16-year-old Bayan Ayman Aseila was killed on
the same day after she attempted to stab an Israeli occupation border
cop, slightly wounding the officer in the hand.
al-Natsha, 18-year-old Fadl Mohamed al-Qawasma and 16-year-old Ahmad
Hajis Aweisat were also fatally shot by the Israeli occupation army in
al-Khalil and Occupied Jerusalem earlier in the day.
Crescent Society said its emergency crews treated 86 injured
Palestinians, 76 among whom from the West Bank and 10 others from the
blockaded Gaza Strip.
Six of those treated by the Red Crescent
crews sustained live bullet injuries; 27 were hit with rubber-coated
bullets, and 53 more others choked on tear gas.
At least 43
Palestinian civilians, including 10 children and a woman, were
cold-bloodedly slaughtered by the Israeli occupation army across the
occupied Palestinian territories in the ongoing Jerusalem Intifada.
15 Palestinians rounded up in predawn Israeli sweep across
October 18, 2015,.RAMALLAH, (PIC)--
At least 15 Palestinians were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation
forces (IOF) at dawn Sunday in an arbitrary mass-abduction campaign
launched across cities of the West Bank.
The 15 Palestinians,
arrested on allegations of involvement in anti-occupation activities,
were all dragged to an Israeli detention center pending further
Five of those arrested were civilian youths from
the West Bank province of Bethlehem.
15-year-old Udai al-Amour
and Muhannad al-Amour were among the five Bethlehem captives, a PIC news
Meanwhile, a horde of 200 Israeli vandals
stormed a Palestinian cultivated land in southern Bethlehem and seized
it shortly afterwards.
Clashes burst out in Salfit after Israeli
special forces and eight army jeeps stormed the city and raked through
residential neighborhoods, targeting Palestinian civilian homes with
tear gas canisters all the way through.
A number of Palestinians
choked on tear gas and received field treatment.
Palestinian youngsters, including ex-prisoner Ali Udwan, were arrested
in Qalqilya, in the northern West Bank.
The Israeli occupation
soldiers further nabbed two Palestinian civilians from al-Khalil’s
western town of Awa. Both arrestees were dragged to an unknown location
Violent clashes reportedly flared up across
al-Khalil city, where the IOF troops attacked Palestinian civilians,
family homes, and schoolchildren with randomly-shot spates of tear gas
canisters and rubber bullets.
A number of schoolchildren choked
on tear gas in the process.
The assault culminated in a flying
checkpoint abruptly pitched by the Israeli troops on the access road
between northern al-Khalil and Bethlehem.
Over recent days, a
number of Palestinian children and youths were kidnapped by the IOF in
ongoing clashes across the West Bank.
Israeli incursion reported in central Gaza
October 18, 2015, GAZA, (PIC)--
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided areas in central Gaza
Strip, east of Breij refugee camp, on Sunday morning.
sources said that IOF soldiers in armored vehicles advanced 200 meters
west of the security fence.
They added that the soldiers used two
huge bulldozers to level land in the area under heavy presence of
The area has witnessed violent confrontations over the
past two week between angry young Palestinians protesting Israeli
measures in occupied Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque and supporting the
IOF declares Silwad closed military zone
October 18, 2015. SILWAD, (PIC)--
Israeli bulldozers closed both entrances of Silwad town near Ramallah
with cement blocks and sand berms which hindered the access of the
town’s inhabitants to the city of Ramallah.
Quds Press that the closure also included an agricultural road
connecting the town to Nablus city, explaining that the closure followed
an armed clash between Israeli troops and a Palestinian fighter.
Sources of Silwad’s municipal council revealed that the inhabitants will
be forced to take a very long road, passing through seven villages, in
order to reach Ramallah. This will hinder the access of students and
workers to their schools and work places.
Local sources opined
that closing the town is part of Israeli policy of collective punishment
imposed on residents of Silwad.
Palestinian girl goes missing in al-Khalil, settlers
suspected of her abduction
October 18, 2015, AL-KHALIL, (PIC)--
A Palestinian family has expressed fears that its little girl may
have been kidnapped by Jewish settlers following her disappearance in
Khirbat Rabud, southwest of Samu'a town in al-Khalil province.
The family of 13-year-old Tahani Rasmi appealed to local media outlets,
human rights groups and the Palestinian security authorities to help
find its missing child, who went missing on Saturday afternoon near the
It said that she might have been abducted by settlers from
Otniel settlement, which is located near the village.
Israeli vandals trigger violence, assault Palestinian homes
October 18, 2015, AL-KHALIL, (PIC)--
Hundreds of Israeli fanatic settlers overnight Saturday and at dawn
Sunday have stormed residential neighborhoods in the southern West Bank
city of al-Khalil and assaulted a number of civilian homes under
A PIC journalist quoted eye-witnesses as
reporting that Israeli fanatic settler hordes attacked Palestinians’
family homes across al-Khalil province in the presence of the
heavily-armed occupation troops.
The Israeli vandals further
showered Palestinian civilian homes with rocks, shortly before they
broke into the buildings and forced the native inhabitants out.
Palestinian child Abdullah Naser Da’na reportedly sustained wounds after
he was hit with an empty bottle thrown by the Israeli settlers.
Another child and a 40-year-old civilian were also injured in the
Palestinian locals launched cries for help via mosque
loud speakers in the Old City of al-Khalil and pushed for an urgent
intervention to defend their children against Israel’s mounting
Hundreds of other settlers residing in the illegal
Israeli settlements of Kiryat Arba and Kharsina flocked to al-Khalil’s
northern entrance in an attempt to assault more civilian homes in Sa’ir
town. The assaults continued until dawn time.
A group of
anti-occupation activists said their appeals to the international
community, the Red Crescent organization, and the Palestinian Liaison
have gone unheard.
A series of military checkpoints was,
meanwhile, randomly pitched some 100 meters away from the area so as to
prevent Palestinians from reaching the scene and saving the casualties.
General strike in al-Khalil amid Israeli tight measures
October 18, 2015, AL-KHALIL, (PIC)--
General strike prevailed Saturday in al-Khalil city and Doura town in
mourning of martyrs’ Iyad al-Awawda and Fadel al-Qawasmi.
Eyewitnesses told the PIC reporter that commercial shops in al-Khalil
and Doura were closed and the traffic was blocked on Saturday in
preparation for the funeral of martyrs.
On the other hand,
Israeli forces tightened its security measures in al-Khalil and its
vicinity and erected military checkpoints where Israeli soldiers
searched Palestinian vehicles and blocked traffic.
were deployed in large numbers at the Container barrier at the entrance
of Shuhada Street where the Israeli soldiers executed Qawasmi.
Hundreds march in South Africa protesting Israeli violations
October 17, 2015, PRETORIA, (PIC)--
Hundreds of South Africans took to the streets on Saturday in protest
against Israeli violations against Palestinians and their holy places.
Confrontations between unarmed Palestinian protesters and
heavily-armed Israeli soldiers have been raging for more than two weeks
in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank.
42 Palestinians were
killed and more than 1500 others were wounded in the ongoing clashes
that erupted after escalation of Israeli military and settlers’ attacks
on Palestinian citizens, their property, and holy shrines.
Pro-Palestine rally in Washington slams Obama for supporting
October 17, 2015, WASHINGTON, (PIC)--
Dozens of U.S. citizens, including Jews, rallied Saturday outside the
White House in Washington in protest at the ongoing Israeli violations
and terrorism against Palestinians and U.S’s pro-Israel position.
The rally-goers lifted Palestinian flags and banners reading
“Freedom for Palestine”, “Stop Israeli aggressions on Gaza”, “Take your
hands off the al-Aqsa Mosque”, “Netanyahu is a war criminal”, and “Obama
stop siding with the Israeli occupation.”
The protesters spoke
out against the simmering Israeli attacks on the holy al-Aqsa Mosque, in
Occupied Jerusalem, and the peaceful Muslim sit-inners.
further slammed Obama’s pro-Israel position, calling on the U.S.
administration to stop funding the Israeli occupation and boosting war
crimes and violations of Palestinians’ human rights.
for the Jewish anti-Zionist Union Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss slammed the
Israeli occupation for inciting violence and murder against
“The reason why we are here today lies in Israel’s
murder of innocent people and civilian inhabitants,” he said.
“Thoroughly speaking, Israel has been pursuing a politics of violence
for years now.”
Meanwhile, U.S. citizen David Barros condemned
Obama’s biased position as regards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and
the U.S. unreasonable support of Israeli war crimes.
government does not respect Palestinian rights. Just like myself, many
U.S. citizens would like to see Palestinian rights restored and
everybody be treated fairly. It is just the right of every single person
on Earth to acquire the same rights and live in peace,” he added.
At least 43 Palestinian civilians, including 10 children and a
woman, were cold-bloodedly slaughtered by the Israeli occupation army
across the occupied Palestinian territories in the ongoing Jerusalem
J'lem … ghost town thanks to the IOA military measures
October 18, 2015, PIC --
Jerusalem streets these days are devoid of Palestinian passersby and
cars except for a few; however, the streets are teeming with soldiers
and vehicles of the Israeli occupation which exploits resistance
operations as a justification to exercise racial cleansing against
Palestinians. This situation turned the city of Jerusalem into a "ghost
The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) does not only
pursue systematic killing all across the occupied Palestinian
territories especially in Jerusalem, but also its forces are imposing a
complete military siege around the holy city.
Unlike every year on the eve of the "Hijra new year", a state of
caution, fear and anticipation has prevailed in Jerusalem streets and
the Old City. Jerusalem markets appear unusually empty while in previous
years the Jerusalemites and Palestinians come from all over the occupied
Palestinian territories to commemorate this occasion.
of scouts roaming the streets of the city is also missing, as well as is
the case for "Jerusalem clown" and the sweets he distributed to
passers-by in the area of "Damascus Gate" … all those celebratory scenes
are replaced with anxiety and tension.
Friday 16th Oct. was not a
usual Friday at al-Aqsa Mosque, as it was devoid of massive worshipers
as well as the streets leading to it where its visitors used to shop on
their way to it and before leaving the city.
According to the
director of al-Aqsa Mosque, the number of worshipers who were able to
perform Friday prayers on October 16 did not exceed five thousand
Traders of the Jerusalem city were affected financially by this
situation. Jihad Noor, a store owner in the Old City of Jerusalem, said
that, "we feel like we are in a military garrison, although there is no
human being present in the place. No customers show up all the day, the
city now is more like a ghost city".
He stressed that the
economic situation in the Old City is very bad and that business is
experiencing a difficult condition due to the unprecedented Israeli
military escalation in the occupied city, explaining that, "there is no
income to enable us pay our rents".
He pointed out that "the
least store rent is five thousand shekels per month (US$ 1300), and
merchants could not pay this amount of money when there are no customers
(even) entering their stores”.
Harassment on the mere suspicion
He pointed out that the occupation police, officers and border guards
deploy in the Old City on a daily basis, morning and evening, and stop
anyone they suspect, and harass young men and young women on their way
to work in the morning; they even once suspected in members of their own
intelligence agents, who were wearing plain clothes, thinking that they
are Palestinians, “this is happening because Israel is experiencing a
state of paranoia”.
Revenge by financial fines
Ahmed Muhtaseb, one of the merchants of al-Wad Street said that, "the
last few days were the toughest on the merchants of Jerusalem in the
past two years, which forced some of them to close their shops to avoid
financial fines by the Israeli municipality crews who roam daily in the
He added, "The Israeli municipality crews have already
imposed a financial fine worth 475 shekels (about US$ 125) on him and a
similar one to his neighbor".
The Old City merchants described
what the Israeli municipality staff do as "retaliatory action" against
Jerusalemites; to force them to leave the place for Jewish settlers, to
be turned into a place solely for settlers, especially after the martyr
Muhannad Halabi had carried out a stabbing operation in which two
settlers were killed and two others were wounded in al-Wad street, which
then was renamed after the martyr.
Merchants urged Palestinian
citizens to revive the Old City of Jerusalem and to be always present in
its streets and alleys and lanes, in rejection of the blockade imposed
by the Israeli occupation.
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