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News, January 2021
Scores of Palestinian Civilians Injured, Abducted, Structures Demolished by Israeli Occupation Soldiers
January 4, 2021
While brutal force has been used to create Zionist Israel and sustain it thus far, Zionist claims to Palestine are false. Actually, from the five thousand years of known written history, there has been a continuous Palestinian-Canaanite presence in the Holy Land. Despite the Zionist false claims, the ancient Israelites ruled part of the land for only 85 years (during the reign of David, Solomon, and Solomon's son).
After that, the Egyptians conquered Palestine-Canaan in 925 BC, followed by Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans, before the Arab Muslim rule, starting from 636 AD.
By the Time Jesus started his mission, the three population groups of Canaanites, Palestinians, and Israelites were melted together in religion and language. Most of them became Christians when Constantine converted in 313 AD. Then, most of them became Muslims in the 7th and 8th centuries AD.
So, Palestinian Muslims, Christians, and Jews are the ones who have the right to claim descent from ancient Israelites, Palestinians, and Canaanites, not Zionists from other continents.
The following news stories are just examples of the Israeli occupation government violations of Palestinian human rights, on daily basis.More detailed news stories can be found at the following sources:
http://english.wafa.ps/, https://english.palinfo.com/, https://imemc.org/, https://paltoday.ps/ar/
Israeli Army Demolishes Structures, Walls, In Anata, Near Jerusalem
IMEMC, JAN 4, 2021
Israeli soldiers invaded, Monday, Anata Palestinian town, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, before demolishing structures and walls, only a week after issuing the destruction orders.
Taha Refa’ey, the Mayor of Anata, stated that the soldiers demolished the structures in the eastern part of the town, close to the Industrial Zone in the an-Najma neighborhood.
He added that the soldiers demolished four commercial structures, and several walls surrounding Palestinian lands, owned by Mohammad Ahmad Ibrahim, Mohammad Hilwa, and Mohammad al-Bayya’.
The mayor stated that the military issued the demolition orders only a week ago, under the pretext of being built without a permit, and carried the destruction out before the residents could file appeals and have their day in court.
Israeli Navy Attacks Palestinian Fishing Boats In Gaza
IMEMC, JAN 4, 2021
Israeli navy ships opened fire, Sunday, at Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza territorial waters, in the southern and northern parts of the coastal region.
Zakariya Bakr, the coordinator of the Fishermen Syndicate, has reported that the navy fired live rounds and flares at the fishermen and their boats, nearly six nautical miles from the shore of Rafah, in southern Gaza Strip.
Bakr added that the navy also fired a barrage of live rounds and flares at fishermen only four nautical miles from the Beit Lahia city shore, in northern Gaza.
The attacks led to property damage, and forced the fishermen back to the shore without being able to fish and provide for their families.
In related news, the Egyptian navy arrested three Palestinian fishermen, identified as Mohammad Adel Bardaweel, Nader Abu Shallouf and Mahmoud al-Sa’idny, near Rafah.
Soldiers Fire Live Rounds At Farmers And Fishermen In Gaza
IMEMC, JAN 4, 2021
Israeli soldiers fired, on Monday morning, live rounds at Palestinian farmers and fishermen in the besieged Gaza Strip.
Media sources said the soldiers, stationed across the perimeter fence, fired many live rounds at Palestinian farmers, east of Khan Younis, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.
They added that the soldiers also fired live rounds at farmers, east of the al-Boreij and the al-Maghazi refugee camps, in central Gaza.
In addition, Israeli navy ships fired live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats in the Sudaniyya Sea area, northwest of Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.
The attacks did not lead to any casualties but forced the farmers and fishermen to leave in fear of further Israeli violations.
It is worth mentioning that the army frequently attacks Palestinian farmers, workers, and fishermen in the besieged and impoverished coastal region.
Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians In Jerusalem, One In Bethlehem
IMEMC, JAN 4, 2021
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, three young Palestinian men from occupied East Jerusalem, and one near Bethlehem, in the West Bank.
The soldiers stormed and searched homes in the Old City of Jerusalem, and abducted three young men from the Council Gate (Bab al-Majlis) area.
The Three Palestinians who were abcuted in Jerusalem – Photo by Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic)
The abducted young men have been identified as Abdul-Rahman Basheeti, Mustafa Abu Sneina, and Zakariya al-Bakri.
They were moved to the al-Maskobiyya interrogation and detention facility, in Jerusalem.
In addition, the soldiers invaded Janata village, east of Bethlehem, before abducting Abdul-Rahman Sa’id all-‘Orooj, 21, from his home.
In related news, the soldiers abducted eight Palestinians, seven of them from their homes in Hebron governorate, in southern West Bank, and one Palestinian from Nablus, in the northern part.
In addition, the soldiers invaded the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, before storming into Thabet Thabet governmental hospital, and fired several concussion grenades.
Army Abducts Seven Palestinians In Hebron, One In Nablus
IMEMC, JAN 4, 2021
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, seven Palestinians from their homes in Hebron governorate, in southern West Bank, and one Palestinian from Nablus, in the northern part.
The soldiers invaded and ransacked several homes in Hebron city, interrogated many residents before abducting four Palestinians, identified as Husam Hasan Abu Hussein, Miqdad al-Qawasma, Abdul-Aziz Mousa Abu Sneina and Mohammad Rajabi.
The soldiers also invaded the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, searched homes and abducted Rami Jawabra.
In addition, the soldiers invaded Surif town, Norwest of Hebron, before searching homes, and abducted Hadi Mohammad Ghneimat, 19, in addition to Fadi Mousa Ghneimat, 38.
The soldiers also installed roadblocks in the northern and southern parts of Hebron city, in addition to the main entrances of Sa’ir and Halhoul towns, before stopping and searching several cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
In Nablus, in northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded the Old City, before storming and ransacking homes, and abducted Ala’ Abu Shamat.
Media sources in Nablus said the soldiers caused excessive damage to Abu Shamat’s home during the violent search of the property.
In related news, the soldiers invaded the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, before storming into Thabet Thabet governmental hospital, and fired several concussion grenades.
Soldiers Fire Concussion Grenades In A Palestinian Hospital In Tulkarem
IMEMC, JAN 4, 2021
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, before storming into Thabet Thabet governmental hospital, and fired several concussion grenades.
Dr. Haitham Shadeed, the director of the hospital, said the soldiers invaded the external area of the hospital approximately at 3:30 at dawn, before storming the main floor of the medical facility.
He added that the soldiers fired several concussion grenades into the reception area, and the Emergency Unit, causing anxiety attacks among many patients, doctors of workers.
The invasion into the hospital was carried out simultaneously as the soldiers stormed the city, Tulkarem refugee camp, and Ektaba area, in the eastern part, before breaking into and ransacking many stores.
The Palestinian Health Minister, Dr. Mai al-Kaila, strongly denounced the invasion and the firing of the concussion grenades into the hospital, and added that these attacks violate various international treaties and the Geneva Conventions.
Video Of The Hospital Attack – The Palestinian Health Ministry
She also called on the international community to intervene and stop the escalating Israeli violations and crimes.
Dr. al-Kaila stated that, in less than three months, the soldiers fired missiles into the ad-Dorra Palestinian hospital in Gaza, in addition to invading Thabet Thabet hospital and Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.
She said that, while the patients were not physically harmed in the latest invasion, many of them, especially the children, including babies, suffered serious anxiety attacks.
“While our medical teams are fighting the coronavirus in all hospitals and medical centers, Israeli occupation forces continue to add more suffering to the Palestinian people,” Dr. al-Kaila stated, “We have to face and counter two vicious enemies nowadays, the illegal occupation and the coronavirus.”
It is worth mentioning that the Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that, when the soldiers attacked the hospital, 81 patients were receiving treatment, including 10 premature babies in incubators, 7 Palestinians in intensive care, 5 children in the pediatric section, 13 women in delivery rooms, in addition to 39 staffers, including doctors and nurses.
Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians, Abduct One, Near Jericho
IMEMC, JAN 4, 2021
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, south of Jericho Palestinian city in the West Bank, and shot two Palestinians with live fire, one with a rubber-coated steel bullet, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, in addition to abducting a young man.
Media sources in Jericho said dozens of soldiers invaded the refugee camp after closing its main entrance and searched homes.
They added that many Palestinians protested the invasion, and hurled stones at the soldiers who fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs.
Two Palestinians were shot with live rounds, and one was with a rubber-coated steel bullet, before they were moved to a local hospital.
Many Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, before receiving treatment by local medics.
The soldiers also abducted a young man, identified as Hasan Shaker Balo, before moving him to an unknown destination.
Israeli Colonists Attack Palestinian Homes, Cars, Near Salfit
IMEMC, JAN 4, 2021
A group of fanatic Israeli colonists, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands, attacked on Monday morning Palestinian homes, and punctured the tires of several vehicles, in Sarta village, west of the central West Bank city of Salfit.
Local sources in the village said the colonists infiltrated into the community before hurling stones at many homes, causing damage.
Owners of some of the attack homes have been identified as Sa’id Sarsour, Mokhtar Abdullah Sarsour, Mohammad Hisham Sarsour, Ma’zouz Sarsour, and Mustafa Ibrahim Khatib.
The colonists also punctured the tires of several cars, in addition to a bulldozer owned by Yousef Mohammad Khatib.
In related news, the colonists invaded Palestinian farmlands in the al-Farisiyya area, in the West Bank’s Northern Plains, and bulldozed them.
The colonists have been trying to illegally annex the privately-owned Palestinian lands to use them for agriculture and illegal outposts.
Israeli Settler Struck, Injured by Hurled Stone Near Ramallah
IMEMC, JAN 4, 2021
An Israeli settler was injured with a stone, on Sunday, as she was driving through the central occupied West Bank, Israel’s Y-Net News reported.
The stone, thrown by unidentified individuals, struck the windshield of the woman’s car when she was driving, with her two children, on Route 465, near Deir Nitham, north of Ramallah, near the illegal Halamish colony.
The children in the vehicle were uninjured, and the woman was struck in the head, and was described as “conscious” and “stable” according to paramedic Uri Gavriel, who helped transport the woman to Sheba Medical Center.
“We provided initial medical care that included bandaging her wounds and stopping the bleeding and evacuated her in an ambulance in stable condition.”
The female settler, was noted to be the wife of convicted murderer, Jack Teitel, a US Israeli immigrant, serving two life sentences for the killing of 2 Palestinian men in 1997.
Israeli forces invaded Deir Nitham to search for possible suspects, and interrogated several Palestinian teens and young men for several hours.
According to the the latest United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs report, “Eight Palestinians, including three children, were injured and at least 740 Palestinian-owned trees and saplings were damaged by perpetrators believed to be Israeli settlers,” while “Two Israelis were injured and 17 Israeli-plated vehicles were damaged while travelling on West Bank roads by perpetrators believed to be Palestinians, according to Israeli sources.”
~ Y-Net News, OCHA
Palestinian Villagers Intercept Attack By Illegal Israeli Colonists Near Bethlehem
IMEMC, JAN 4, 2021
Palestinian villagers from Wad Fukin, west of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, managed to foil an attack by a group of illegal Israeli colonists targeting their lands.
Resident Mostafa Sokkar said dozens of colonists attempted to invade the al-Miswana agricultural area, located between Wad Fukin and al-Jab’a villages before the locals intercepted them and forced them to leave.
Sokkar added that the colonists were trying to cut and uproot trees, as part of their attempts to install a new outpost on the Palestinian lands.
He also stated that the colonists retreated to the surrounding hills, but did not leave the area, which raises fears among the Palestinians of a new pending attack.
Israeli soldiers attacked the Palestinians and did not attempt to remove the invading colonists.
Israeli Soldiers Abduct Twenty Palestinians In West Bank
IMEMC, JAN 4, 2021
Israeli soldiers abducted, Sunday, twenty Palestinians, from several parts of the occupied West Bank, most of them from Deir Nitham village, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, after the army invaded and ransacked dozens of homes. The Palestinians who were taken prisoner from Deir Nitham were abducted after an Israeli settler was injured near the village.
Media sources in Ramallah have reported that many army jeeps invaded the village, before the soldiers initiated extensive and violent searches of homes, and abducted fifteen Palestinians.
They added that the soldiers interrogated dozens of Palestinian teens and young men for several hours while inspecting their ID cards, and attacked many of them with batons.
The Israeli army said a 30-year-old Israeli settler woman suffered serious wounds to her head, after stones were hurled at her car on Route 465, near Deir Nitham, close to the illegal Halamish colony.
The woman was rushed by Israeli Magen Admon medics to the Sheba Hospital, in Tel HaShomer.
It is worth mentioning that Deir Nitham has been subject to constant invasions and violations by the soldiers and the illegal colonists, living in Halamish, and constantly trying to illegally annex Palestinian lands to expand it, in addition to trying to confiscate the village’s only water spring.
In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Yazan and his brother Islam Kamel Abu Shamla, from their home in Ya’bad town, west of the city, after storming their home and ransacking it.
The soldiers also invaded Jaba’ town, south of Jenin, searched homes and abducted Ahmad Mohammad Alawna from his home, in addition to firing gas bombs and concussion grenades at Palestinian protesters.
In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Yasser Darwish, a member of Fateh movement’s regional council, from his home in the al-‘Isawiya town, north of the city.
It is worth mentioning that, last month, the army issued an order restricting the movement of Darwish for six months, after he was interrogated for several hours and was ordered to pay a 3000 Shekels fine, “for his political activities in Jerusalem.” He was also slapped with an order preventing him from leaving Jerusalem for three months.
In Hebron city, in southern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Tareq Anwar Ed’eis, from his home in the al-Hawouz area.
The army also invaded the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, and fired many gas bombs at residents in its alleys and their homes.
In addition, the soldiers installed military roadblocks at the main roads of Tarqoumia and Sa’ir towns, near Hebron, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
It is worth mentioning that the soldiers closed Huwwara military roadblock, south of Nablus, in northern West Bank, preventing the Palestinians from crossing, while dozens of colonists gathered nearby, and hurled stones at Palestinian cars, causing damage.
The colonists also hurled stones at Palestinians cars on the main Nablus-Ramallah road, causing damage.
Soldiers Injure Dozens Of Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum
MEMC, JAN 3, 2021
Israeli soldiers injured, Saturday, dozens of Palestinians in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, after the army attacked the weekly procession.
Morad Eshteiwi, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum, stated that dozens of soldiers invaded the town just as the Palestinians staring marching from the center of the town.
He added that the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing scores of injuries, mainly due to the effects of teargas inhalation.
The soldiers also attempted to ambush and abduct many Palestinians but were unable to take any Palestinian prisoner.
On Friday, the soldiers attacked the profession in the town, and injured eighteen Palestinians.
Kufur Qaddoum holds weekly processions, every Friday and Saturday, protesting the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall and colonies, in addition to the continued close to the town’s main road since the year 2003.
The road is no longer accessible to the Palestinians and is exclusively used by the colonists, driving to and from Kedumim illegal colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands.
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