Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Last Update: 5:32 PM GMT

Family of Palestinian ‘Beaten to Death’ in Israeli Military Custody Seeks Justice

Mohammed Al-Rimawi (24) was beaten to death in his bedroom by the Israeli forces in Beit Rima. (Photo: via Facebook)

The family of a Palestinian man who was reportedly beaten to death by Israeli soldiers while in custody have said they will take legal action in an international court.

The brother of Mohammad Rimawi told The New Arab‘s Arabic-language service on Tuesday that the family was seeking to press charges against the troops.

Bashir Rimawi said:

“We are now waiting to receive Mohammad’s body then we will hold a press conference after his funeral to announce that we are going to an international court to try my brother’s killers.”

Bashir warned that Israeli authorities could “manipulate” the cause of death on Mohammad’s death certificate.

A week ago, Israeli soldiers stormed into the Rimawi family’s home in the West Bank town of Beit Rima and brutally beat 24-year-old Mohammad while he was still in bed, his family says.

The troops ripped off his clothes and dragged him to the ground unconscious, towards a military vehicle. A few hours later, the family was informed of his death.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society has condemned the killing and said it was caused by an excessive beating by Israeli forces, Maan News reported.

The group said Rimawi was the third Palestinian tortured to death by Israeli forces so far this year.

(Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, PC, Social Media)

World Bank Warns Gaza Economy Is ‘Collapsing’

Gaza is on the verge of collapse due to the worsening crisis. (Photo: Activestills.org)

The economy in the Gaza Strip is “collapsing” mainly due to the 11-year blockade on the coastal enclave in addition to cuts in donor aid, according to a new report from the World Bank.

The report described the economy as being in “free fall”, shrinking by six percent in the first quarter of 2018, and warned of “further deterioration since then”.

It said unemployment in Gaza had reached more than 50 percent, while 70 percent of young people are jobless.

Marina Wes, the World Bank’s director for the region, said:

“A combination of war, isolation, and internal rivalries has left Gaza in a crippling economic state and exacerbated the human distress.”

She added:

“Increased frustration is feeding into the increased tensions which have already started spilling over into unrest and setting back the human development of the region’s large youth population.”

The report cited a number of factors affecting the strip other than the blockade, such as the Palestinian Authority’s decision to reduce the monthly payments by $30m to the area, the winding down of the $50-60m a year of the United States’ government aid programme, and the cuts to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees.

The World Bank called on Israel to lift restrictions on trade and movement of goods and people, to help improve Gaza’s economy. It also urged the PA to work on economic development policies and emphasized the need for the development of “legitimate institutions to govern Gaza in a transparent and efficient manner.”

The report was released before a high-level meeting of the bank’s Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, responsible for coordinating development assistance to the Palestinians, on Thursday.

Wes said:

“A situation where people struggle to make ends meet, suffer from worsening poverty, rising unemployment and deteriorating public services such as healthcare, water and sanitation, calls for urgent, real and sustainable solutions.”

Palestinians in Gaza have staged near-weekly demonstrations along the fence with Israel since late March, in part to protest the blockade enforced by Israel and Egypt since 2007, when Hamas took control of the territory.

Israeli soldiers have killed over 170 Palestinians during the weekly protests since March, including 27 minors, according to Gaza’s health ministry. Human rights groups have accused Israel of excessive and unlawful use of force against unarmed protesters.

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Hamas: Great March of Return to Continue until Israeli Siege Lifted

Injured Palestinian protesters rejoin ‘March of Return’ at Gaza-Israel fence. (Photo: Abdallah Aljamal, PC)

Hamas reiterated yesterday that the Great March of Return protests will not stop until the 11-year Israeli siege on the Strip is lifted, Al-Wattan Voice reported.

The movement’s spokesman Abdel-Lattif Al-Qanou said that the protests “are not connected to seasons or timetable, but they are continuous until the end of the siege.”

He added:

“The Palestinian people are ready to use every tool in their battle with the Israeli occupation, including the peaceful tools if they lead to achieving Palestinian rights.”

The Hamas official said that the protests are expanding and moving from place to place and their tools are developing, stressing that “the main goal is to lift the Israeli restrictions and achieve freedom of Gaza residents.”

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Gaza Coast Protests: Palestinian Killed, 90 Others Injured (VIDEO)

Gaza boats attempt to break the 12-year long siege. (Photo via Twitter)

A 21-year-old Palestinian was killed and 90 others were injured, on Monday evening, as Israeli forces fired live ammunition at protests in the northern besieged Gaza Strip.

Hundreds of Palestinian protesters took to the naval border fence in northern Gaza near Zikim beach to participate in a boat protest setting off from the Gaza seaport in an attempt to break the nearly 12-year-long siege.

Protesters were seen waving Palestinian flags and setting dozens of tires on fire into the sea as a part of the protest, while Israeli forces repeatedly fired live bullets and tear-gas bombs towards protesters and boats.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that a Palestinian, identified as Muhammad Fayiz Abu al-Sadeq, was shot and killed by Israeli forces.

The ministry confirmed that 90 other Palestinians were also injured; medical conditions of injured protesters remained unknown.

Sources added that a photojournalist, Muntaser al-Sawwaf, from the Anadolu Turkish news agency, was injured while covering protests, by an Israeli tear-gas bomb; al-Sawwaf’s camera was also damaged by a live bullet.

As part of Israel’s blockade of the coastal enclave since 2007, the Israeli army, citing security concerns, requires Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip to work within a limited “designated fishing zone,” the exact limits of which are decided by the Israeli authorities and have historically fluctuated.

Many attempts have been made throughout the years to draw the public’s attention to and break the on-going siege of the Gaza Strip whether via ships attempting to sail into Gaza or ships attempting to sail from Gaza.

(Ma’an, PC, Social Media)

Israel Places Addameer Legal Coordinator under Administrative Detention

Ayman Nasser, coordinator of Addameer’s legal unit. (Photo: File)

A senior staff member of Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer has been placed under administrative detention by Israeli military court of Ofer, on Monday.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners and Former Prisoners Affairs’ Committee, Ayman Nasser, 48, from the Saffa village in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, was placed under administrative detention for six months.

The committee pointed out that Israeli forces detained Nasser on September 9, 2018, and underwent several days of intense interrogation until he was sentenced to administrative detention.

Nasser, a husband, and father of four children is the legal unit coordinator at Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and had previously been sentenced to one year of administrative detention.

Administrative detention is imprisonment without trial or charge, it has no time limit and the evidence on which it is based is not disclosed.

Israel utilizes this measure extensively and routinely and has used it to hold hundreds of Palestinians for lengthy periods of time.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,781 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, 456 of whom are administrative detainees.

(Ma’an, PC, Social Media)

PLO Criticizes Jerusalem-Tel Aviv High Speed Railway Project

Israeli railway will connect Jerusalem with Tel Aviv. (Photo: via social media)

The Secretary of the PLO’s Executive Committee criticized the Israeli Jerusalem-Tel Aviv high-speed railway on Sunday, Quds Net News has reported. Saeb Erekat described the project as part of Israel’s plans to annex the eastern part of the occupied city.

The veteran official explained:

“This project is one of many illegal projects approved by the occupation authorities. This is an additional violation in the series of Israeli violations of international humanitarian law.”

Israel’s occupation government has been working “continuously” to abandon the 1967 borders, he added.

Erekat renewed his call for international companies not to get involved in Israel’s projects which consolidate its illegal settlement-colonies and apartheid in occupied Palestine.

He called for the UN Human Rights Council to publish data on the firms which support the Israeli occupation and its settlements as stipulated in Resolution 31/36 which was adopted on March 24, 2016.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Autopsy Shows Dead Palestinian Was Beaten in Raid

Mohammed Al-Rimawi (24) was beaten to death in his bedroom by the Israeli forces in Beit Rima. (Photo: via Facebook)

A Palestinian who died after Israeli occupation forces arrested him at his home was indeed assaulted, autopsy results have revealed, reported AFP on Sunday.

Mohammed al-Rimawi, 24, died after being taken into custody during a pre-dawn raid on Beit Rima village in the occupied West Bank last Tuesday.

At the time, the family said occupation forces had “beaten [Mohammed] into an unconscious state” while still in the house; two hours after he was taken, his family was informed of their son’s death.

The latest findings, published by the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, contradict claims made by Israeli authorities that there had been no violence by soldiers during or after the arrest.

The committee stated that,

“Preliminary results of the autopsy clearly indicate the martyr was assaulted and beaten”, adding that the body “had bruises on the torso and the right thigh, as well as on other (body) parts”.

The statement added:

“The brutal manner of his arrest had affected the functioning of his organs, which was the main cause of his death.”

AFP noted:

“The autopsy was carried out at Abu Kabir forensic institute near Tel Aviv in the presence of the head of the Palestinian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Rayan al-Ali.”

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Palestinian Killed, 14 Others Injured in Gaza Protests

Imad Daoud Eshteiwi, 21, was killed by Israeli live ammunition, east of Gaza City. (Photo: via Facebook)

One Palestinian was killed and 14 others were injured on late Sunday as Israeli forces attempted to suppress protests in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that Palestinian, Imad Daoud Eshteiwi, 21, was killed by Israeli live ammunition, east of Gaza City.

Another mourning morning..21-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli fire, yesterday in a beaceful night time…

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The ministry also confirmed that Israeli forces opened fire and injured 14 Palestinians east of the return camps in central Gaza.

According to reports, one of the injured is in critical condition.

A Ma’an reporter said that Israeli forces opened live fire towards hundreds of Palestinians who were peacefully protesting at the eastern fence separating Gaza from Israel.

Meanwhile, Israeli warplanes carried out two airstrikes also in central Gaza, targeting a group of Palestinian youths and injuring several of them.

The medical condition of the youths remained unknown.

For the past week, hundreds of Palestinian protesters, have been organizing, as well as participating in night protests, during which they set tires on fire and chant slogans through loudspeakers, while marching towards the border with Israel. These protesters are also known as the “Night Confusion” unit.

(Ma’an, PC, Social Media)

Israeli Forces Assault Palestinian at Allenby Crossing

Route to Allenby bridge. (Photo: File)

A 28-year-old Palestinian has been hospitalized over the weekend after Israeli forces assaulted him while traveling through the Allenby bridge crossing, which separates Jordan from the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian was identified as Ameer Abu Laban, who won an award for his contribution to the dissemination of the Arabic language. He was traveling through the Allenby crossing to return from Jordan.

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Upon his arrival to the Israeli part of the crossing, Abu Laban had informed one of the Israeli soldiers that he cannot pass through the metal detector due to undergoing a reconstructive foot surgery, which consisted of placing platinum in his feet and requires him to hold a walking stick to sustain balance.

However, five Israeli soldiers unexpectedly assaulted Abu Laban and repeatedly beat him at the crossing, while two others pointed their weapons toward him, without providing a reason.

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Abu Laban said that the Israeli soldiers beat him on his head and chest, causing him difficulty to breathe.

Despite Abu Laban requesting an ambulance, as he was not able to move on his own, it did not arrive until 40 minutes after the assault.

Medical sources confirmed that Abu Laban suffered several injuries and bruising due to the assault and is currently receiving necessary medical treatment at the Hadassah Medical Center in the central West Bank district of Jerusalem.

Israeli border authorities have not yet commented on the incident.

(Ma’an, PC, Social Media)

Palestinian Farmers Protest Land Restrictions as Olive Season Nears

Olive harvest, West Bank (Photo: ActiveStills.org)

Palestinian farmers and landowners demonstrated by the separation wall near the occupied city of Jenin on Saturday to protest Israel’s debilitating restrictions on Palestinian farming.

The protesters came from the villages of Araqa, Nazlat Zaid, Toura and Tarem, where farmers are especially affected by Israel’s barrier. They demonstrated near the fence, which separates them from their farmland, in anticipation of the upcoming olive harvesting season.

The protesters demanded Israeli authorities remove the crippling restrictions that stop them from entering their own lands on the other side of the fence, according to Palestinian Authority official news agency WAFA.

Israel has occupied the West Bank illegally since 1967, committing various crimes against Palestinian civilians.

More than 600,000 Israeli Jews live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in constructions considered illegal under international law.

Along with stealing land, occupying Israeli forces and settlers routinely torment Palestinians in various ways.

Earlier this month, the UN published a report which revealed the impoverished conditions in Palestine proves the extent to which Israel’s policies of expanding the occupation debilitates Palestinians.

The report said:

“Over the years, Israel established a complex matrix of controls over the Palestinian economy featuring a permit system, roadblocks, earth mounds, trenches, road checkpoints, road gates, and the Separation Barrier.”

The report added:

“The Occupied Palestinian Territory has the highest unemployment rate in the world, and women and youth are disproportionately impacted by the joblessness crisis. Construction of illegal Israeli settlements and annexation of Palestinian land accelerated. Gaza continues to slide on a path of de-development as a grave humanitarian crisis deepens.”

Last month, Jewish settlers vandalized Palestinian property in the village of Einabous, south of Nablus, reports said.

The settlers had slashed tires of a car in the village and painted racist slogans in the area, Ghassan Daghlas a Palestinian Authority official who monitors illegal settlement activity in the occupied West Bank said.

(Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, PC, Social Media)