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More Palestinians Killed, Injured, Kidnapped by Israeli Occupation Soldiers, Spanish City Boycotts the Israeli Apartheid Regime

April 15, 2016 

50-year-old Palestinian Ibrahim Baradiya was murdered by Israeli occupation soldiers in Al-Khalil, on April 13, 2016 pic Israeli occupation soldiers arresting a Palestinian young man in Jerusalem, April 14, 2016 pic
Spanish municipality of Montoro declared that it joined the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israeli apartheid regime, April 15, 2016 pic Palestinian children in Europe holding a Key, the symbol for return to their ancestral homeland, file, April 15, 2016 pic


Spanish city joins BDS campaign against Israel

April 15, 2016, GAZA, (PIC)--

The Spanish municipality of Montoro declared that it joined the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the Israeli occupation, apartheid regime for “its discrimination policies and lack of commitment to international laws.”

The decision came after the municipal council has recently passed a motion supporting a boycott against Israel.

The municipal council reviewed during its session the reasons for adopting the BDS campaign. The council highlighted the international laws and United Nations resolutions that Israel has not implemented. 

It also mentioned the illegality of the settlements and the Separation Wall, in addition to the issue of refugees, Israel’s demolition and arrest policies, and the suffering of the residents of the Gaza Strip.

The municipality called on other Spanish cities to take the same action and to boycott Israel at all levels until it withdraws from the occupied territories and respects the international law and the rights of the Palestinian people to independence and freedom.

This move comes in light of similar decisions to boycott Israeli which were made by other Spanish institutions, the most recent being the University of Barcelona.

Four key issues to be discussed in the 14th Palestinians in Europe conference


The organizers of the 14th Palestinians in Europe conference, which will be held in the Swedish city of Malmo on May, 07, 2016, revealed that it will discuss four main issues: Jerusalem, Gaza siege, Palestinian refugees in Syria, and Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

In a statement, they explained that the conference aims at uniting the efforts of European institutions which work for Palestine in a manner that serves those issues through holding sessions, shows, and recorded films with special emphasis on the situation in Occupied Jerusalem.

The conference aims at addressing the suffering of the Jerusalemites in addition to the issue of Palestinian refugees in Syria with regards to its different political, humanitarian and legal dimensions. 

The statement affirmed that the conferees will discuss as well the issue of Gaza siege and means of ending the blockade with the participation of experts in legal and media affairs from Gaza Strip.

The conference will be attended by each of Fadwa al-Barghouti, the wife of the Palestinian prisoner Marwan al-Barghouti, and Faiha Shalash, the wife of the Palestinian prisoner Mohammad al-Qeiq, in order to talk on the suffering of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

This conference is now a major event in Europe and has been running successively for thirteen years. It has successfully brought together thousands of Palestinians to discuss the just cause of Palestine and their right of return.

Palestinian ex-detainee shot, killed in al-Khalil


A Palestinian ex-prisoner was shot and killed on Thursday by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) at the entrance of al-Arroub refugee camp north of al-Khalil after an alleged stabbing attack.

Palestinian medical sources identified the slain Palestinian as 50-year-old Ibrahim Baradiya.

According to the PIC news reporter, Israeli forces prevented locals from approaching the slain body and blocked its delivery to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Baradiya, from al-Khalil, is an ex-prisoner who served long years behind Israeli bars.

Israeli media sources claimed that Israeli forces opened fire at a Palestinian man after he allegedly tried to attack an Israeli soldier with an ax at the entrance to al-Arroub camp.

Baradiya is the first Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces since the March 24 killing of Abd al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif, 21, which sparked international outrage after footage was released showing an Israeli soldier shooting al-Sharif in the head while the young Palestinian was lying wounded and motionless on the ground after allegedly stabbing an Israeli soldier.

Following the alleged attack, Israeli forces closed all entrances leading to the refugee camp and deployed in large numbers in the area.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces chased a Palestinian woman for allegedly trying to carry out a stabbing attack at Gush Etzion checkpoint.

Along the same line, Israeli police detained two Palestinian boys for allegedly planning a stab attack in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem on Thursday afternoon.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri claimed that Israeli police and border guards suspected two boys who were later identified as 12-year-old Palestinian children from occupied Jerusalem.

Al-Samri added that police stopped and searched them and found three knives, in addition to a farewell letter written by one of the boys to his family.

After initial interrogation, police found that the two boys were planning a "terrorist" attack, al-Samri claimed.

According to prisoners’ rights organization Addameer, 406 of the 7,000 Palestinians currently held in Israeli prisons are minors. An estimated 108 of those youngsters are under the age of 16. 14-4-2016 7:43 PM Share This Article 1146

Five Palestinian young men, one soldier injured in clashes in Aroub refugee camp


Five Palestinian young men and one Israeli occupation soldier suffered injuries during violent clashes on Thursday afternoon in al-Aroub refugee camp, north of al-Khalil city.

Local sources said that a large number of Israeli troops stormed the camp and embarked on intensively firing bullets and tear gas grenades at homes and citizens, which led to the injury of five young men.

Israeli soldiers also physically assaulted a bus driver at the entrance of the camp and rounded him up.

One Israeli soldier was injured during violent events in the camp, according to Israel's channel 7.

The Israeli occupation army closed al-Aroub camp and intensified its presence in nearby areas after soldiers killed a local young man earlier on the same day.  

New Israeli demolition orders against Palestinian structures in Silwan


An Israeli municipal crew on Friday morning delivered demolition orders against a commercial facility and a house in Silwan district in Occupied Jerusalem at the pretext of unlicensed construction.

A local source reported that employees from the Israeli municipality escorted by police forces entered al-Bustan neighborhood in Silwan and handed a Palestinian citizen a demolition notice issued against his car wash.

The source told Quds Press that a similar demolition order was put up on a house's wall in the same neighborhood.

Silwan is one of many Palestinian neighborhoods in east Jerusalem that is seeing home demolitions and displacement of Palestinian families as part of a systematic Israeli policy aimed at Judaizing the whole city.

2 children among 11 detainees in predawn raids


The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested at dawn Friday at least 11 Palestinians including two children from the West Bank during predawn raids.

Local sources told PIC reporter that Israeli forces stormed overnight different parts of Nablus and imposed a curfew in Hawara town. Arrests were also reported.

Nearly six Israeli military patrols stormed Duma town and arrested three local youths from their houses after cutting electricity on the town.

Similar raids were carried out in the neighboring Qaryout town where two young men were arrested.

Three other youths were arrested at Za’tara checkpoint. Two of them were afterwards released.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces imposed a curfew on Hawara town, south of Nablus, under the pretext that Israeli settlers’ cars were stoned near the town.

Two Palestinian children were also kidnapped from their houses in Azoun town in Qalqilia.

Along the same line, Israeli forces stormed at dawn today Yabad and Qabatia towns, south of Jenin, which led to the outbreak of violent clashes.

During the clashes, local youths stoned the IOF soldiers and closed the roads with burning tires.

Several local homes were then stormed and violently searched. At least two youngsters were arrested during the raids.

IOF also carried out a coming operation in Bethlehem, south of the West Bank, and erected a make-shift checkpoint.

Dozens of Palestinian vehicles were stopped and searched at the checkpoint.

In Tulkarem, a university student was arrested at a make-shift checkpoint while on his way back home.

He was then taken to an unknown destination.

Two other youths were detained in occupied Jerusalem after Israeli policemen stormed Silwan town amid heavy firing of teargas bombs.

The Israeli forces regularly carry out raids across the occupied West Bank. Around 7,000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons, many of whom are held under arbitrary administrative detention without charge or trial in violation of the international law, according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer.

Sheikh Sabri warns of renewed Israeli attempts to divide Aqsa


Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, head of the Supreme Islamic Council in Occupied Jerusalem, has warned that Israel is trying to carry out its plot to divide the Aqsa Mosque temporally between Muslims and Jews.

Sheikh Sabri stressed that the Israeli occupation escalated recently its arrests and measures against pro-Aqsa activists in Jerusalem in order to pave the way for its temporal division plan at the Aqsa Mosque.

"For five years, we have noticed such attempts, albeit abortive, by the occupation at the Aqsa Mosque, and it will do it over and over again through carrying out arrests and issuing banishment orders in order to execute its temporal division plan at the Aqsa Mosque."

The head of the Islamic Council also pointed out that the Israeli occupation police prevent buses carrying Muslims from reaching the Aqsa Mosque with the aim of reducing their numbers at the Islamic holy shrine.

The Israeli occupation police have escalated during the last two weeks its arrest campaigns against Palestinian worshipers and pro-Aqsa activists in Jerusalem and banned several of them from entering the Mosque and the Old City.

Concurrently, they have facilitated the entry of more Jewish settlers to the Mosque.

Clashes erupt in Jenin as IOF demolishes local facilities


 Violent clashes broke out in Barta’a town in Jenin to the north of the West Bank on Thursday morning after Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) demolished two local facilities.

Local sources told the PIC reporter that IOF soldiers in ten military vehicles and two bulldozers stormed the town and started the demolition process.

The two agricultural facilities were demolished under the pretext of being built in the Israeli-controlled Area C.
A young man was arrested during the clashes, the sources pointed out.

Meanwhile, IOF stormed a number of commercial shops and offices in Beit Ummar town, north of al-Khalil.

Local activist Mohamed Awad affirmed that large numbers of Israeli forces broke into the town before storming and searching a number of offices and shops.

Electronic equipment were confiscated during the raid.

Israeli incursion into Gaza Strip


The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) carried out on Thursday a new incursion into Gaza Strip and conducted combing operations in the agricultural lands in the southern border areas.

Eyewitnesses told Quds Press that four Israeli bulldozers accompanied with a military tank and an IOF armored vehicle moved some 100 meters across the border fence and carried out combing operations in the eastern border agricultural lands.

The incursion is the latest in a series of Israeli violations of the Cairo-brokered ceasefire accord signed in the wake of the 2014 offensive on the besieged coastal enclave.  

Meanwhile, Israel Hayom newspaper said that Israeli forces' Home Front Command started Thursday a large-scale drill in Kibbutz Erez near the Gaza border.

The drill, held in cooperation with the nonprofit organization Magen Yehuda, was described as the most extensive drill of its kind in the area, with the goal of preparing for any infiltration from the Gaza Strip, the newspaper added. 

Local patrol units were expected to participate alongside special forces from "the Israel Defense Forces, Israel Police, Magen David Adom, the Fire and Rescue Authority" and other civilian agencies, according to the Israeli paper.

The drill will include detonating explosives, smoke and simulated gunfire, as well as mock casualties to create a hostile atmosphere.

Groups of illegal Israeli settlers violate Al-Aqsa plazas


 Groups of illegal Israeli settlers embarked on desecration tours of the holy Aqsa Mosque’s plazas in the early morning hours of Thursday escorted by special police forces.

The settlers, who entered the holy Islamic site from Maghareba Gate, tried to perform Talmudic rituals but were confronted by chants of Allahu Akbar by Muslim vigilantes.

Israeli policemen, meanwhile, continued to block the entry into the Mosque of Palestinian women, whose names were included in the so-called Golden List of woman banned from entry into the site.

The barred women staged a sit-in at the gates of the Aqsa Mosque and recited verses of the holy Quran.

Settlers deliberately enter the holy site as early as 0700 a.m. daily to avoid the gathering of worshippers during prayer at later times.

Elderly men among 20 detainees rounded up overnight


The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) launched overnight and at dawn Thursday a large-scale raid and arrest campaign across occupied Jerusalem and West Bank.

20 Palestinians were detained during the campaign including eight elderly men in occupied Jerusalem.

The eight elderly men’s arrest is believed to be behind their almost-daily presence in al-Aqsa Mosque, where dozens of Palestinian sit-inners were recently arrested and denied entry to the holy shrine for different periods. 

Several arrests were also reported in al-Khalil south of occupied West Bank including an ex-prisoner.

In Ramallah, violent clashes broke out after Israeli forces stormed an exchange money store and confiscated its equipment before setting it on fire.

Along the same line, several towns were raided in Nablus where a number of locals were also arrested at dawn today.

The ex-detainee Anas Hamdi, who was released last year after spending seven years in Israeli jails, was among the detainees.

IOF soldiers were deployed in the city till morning hours and prevented people’s movement even to the mosque, causing a state of tension among locals.

Nine Jerusalemites kidnapped in Wednesday's police campaign


The Israeli occupation police on Wednesday kidnapped nine Palestinian citizens, including two elderly men and one child, in different areas of Occupied Jerusalem.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that Israeli policemen kidnapped Sheikh Yaser Abu Ghazalah, an employee of the Islamic Waqf Authority in Jerusalem, and one young man during evening raids on their homes in Wadi al-Joz neighborhood.

The police also kidnapped, in the evening, 68-year-old Mohamed Yasin from his home in Silwan district, east Jerusalem.

Earlier, six Palestinians, including a child, were taken prisoners during dawn police raids on homes in the Old City, Sur Baher, Jabal Mukaber, Wadi al-Joz, Abu Dis and Silwan.

The Israeli police have escalated their arrest campaigns in the holy city and their restrictions on the entry of Muslims to the Aqsa Mosque ahead of the Passover holiday, which Jews will mark on April 22.


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