The Islamic Resistance Movement – Hamas – has condemned Israel’s destruction of Al Aqsa TV station in the Gaza Strip.
A spokesman for the movement, Fawzi Barhoum, described the targeting of the TV Channel and demolishing of its headquarters as a blatant act of aggression against journalism and all free voices dedicated to communicating the truth.
WATCH: A few moments ago when an Israeli airstrike bombed the Al Aqsa TV building in the middle of Gaza city. pic.twitter.com/hJWFuARg9E
The Israeli army activated the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepting several rockets. In addition, rocket sirens were sounded throughout Israeli communities surrounding Gaza, including Beer Sheva, Ashkelon, and Sderot.
A student society at the University of Cambridge has been slammed for its decision to invite notorious far-right Israeli minister Naftali Bennett for an event on campus next week.
According to the report in student paper Varsity, Cambridge’s Middle East and North Africa Forum (MENAF) will host the Jewish Home party leader on November 19, an event condemned by Cambridge University Palestine Society (PalSoc).
Bennett, a millionaire software entrepreneur and former army commander, has consistently supported the creation of Israeli settlements in the West Bank
“Bennett’s response to the white supremacist massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh included a disgraceful defense of Donald Trump. Given their track record, we are not surprised MENAF invited Bennett, but we nonetheless urge them to cancel the event.”
“The far-right extremism and violent colonial racism Bennett represents are antithetical to the values of freedom, tolerance, and equality held to by most in Cambridge.”
Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas this weekend vowed to continue payments to the families of those Palestinians languishing in Israeli prisons.
In a speech to mark the 14th anniversary of the death of former president Yasser Arafat, Abbas said that Palestinians were capable of facing “all liquidationist schemes and conspiracies that are being concocted against their national cause”.
He stressed that despite international attempts to prevent the policy, the PA will pay prisoners stipends “even if that’s the last thing we own,” the Jerusalem Post reported.
The PA has faced consistent international pressure to halt its payments – which amount to $3,500 a month – to prisoners’ families or the families of those Palestinians killed by Israel. In July, Australia stopped all direct aid to the PA in criticism of this policy, which it labeled as “martyr payments”.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: We Will Continue to Pay The Families Of Martyrs, Prisoners, And The Wounded; There Are Six Million Palestinian Refugees https://t.co/PvzMW3E5xI
In June, the US also froze its financial assistance to the PA in a bid to stop it paying the stipends. The US demanded that the PA cancel laws which guarantee these salaries, take “credible” measures to fight “terror” and condemn “Palestinian terror and violence” before assistance would be resumed. Despite the freeze, in August it was revealed that the US had continued to provide some financial assistance to the PA, but only for security coordination with Israel.
Also in June, the Israeli Knesset approved a bill to deduct tax revenue from the PA equal to the amount it paid in stipends. According to the bill, the PA transfers seven percent of its budget – estimated at 1.1 billion shekels ($300 million) – to pay the stipends and so the tax revenue deduction would equal that amount.
🇮🇱 doesn’t give #Palestinian prisoners minimum human rights in prison ◢◤
The conditions facing those Palestinians held in Israeli prisons are dire. In September it emerged that as many as 17 ill Palestinian prisoners face a slow death due to medical negligence in Israel’s Ramla Prison hospital, south of Tel Aviv. According to rights group The Commission of Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners, these Palestinian patients suffer from what it alleges is “deliberate medical negligence”, including a lack of medical and health services, diagnostic tests and treatment.
Israel has also sought to transfer the financial burden of its prison system to the PA, in October discussing a bill which would force the Authority to pay the expenses of treating Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails. If passed, the bill would see the Israeli government deduct the cost of medical care from PA taxes – which are collected by Israeli customs under the terms of the Oslo Accords – if it refuses to foot the bill.
According to @btselem, "at the end of August 2018, 239 Palestinian minors were held in Israeli prisons as security detainees and prisoners, including 3 administrative detainees."
According to Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, as of the end of August 2018 “there were 5,493 Palestinian security detainees and prisoners being held in Israel Prison Service (IPS) facilities”. Of these prisoners, 239 are minors under the age of 18. Many of these prisoners are being held in administrative detention, under which Palestinians can be held indefinitely without charge or access to legal proceedings.
His comments were reported by Israel’s Channel 10 yesterday and confirmed by the legal official to whom he spoke. However, the Jerusalem Post reported that a source from the ruling Likud party – of which Netanyahu is the leader – disputed the comments, saying,
“These words were never said. I suggest that no one take this report seriously.”
In addition to 3 suggested indictments in Case 3000, Netanyahu confidants suspected/charged of wrongdoing include: Ari Harow (former chief of staff), Perarch Lerner (Knesset adviser), Natan Eshel, Ministry of Communications Chief Shlomo Filber, & former media advisor Nir Hefetz. https://t.co/ik8ubVqZiV
Both of Netanyahu’s comments will be seen in the light of the ongoing corruption charges against him and members of his inner circle. Last week Israel’s police said that it had found sufficient evidence to indict Netanyahu’s lawyer and a number of his confidants in what has become known as Case 3000.
The case refers to allegations of a $2 billion purchase of submarines from German firm ThyssenKrupp, in which Netanyahu’s lawyer and cousin – David Shimron – is suspected of lobbying defense officials while standing to personally profit from the deal.
Although Netanyahu is not personally under investigation in Case 3000, he faces charges of corruption and bribery in three other cases known as Case 1000, 2000 and 4000 respectively.
In October Netanyahu was questioned for the 12th time in relation to cases 1000 and 2000, the first time since his former confidant Nir Hefetz turned state’s witness and agreed to assist the Israeli police with their investigations.
Members of Israel’s political establishments have called for Netanyahu to step down if the cases result in an indictment. Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said in October that Netanyahu could not remain in office in this event, threatening to pull his Kulanu party out of the governing coalition was the prime minister to be indicted.
Israeli settlers prevented the entry of dozens of truckloads of basic supplies and fuel, on Sunday, into the besieged Gaza Strip through the Karam Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing.
According to local sources, dozens of Israeli settlers blocked the main road leading to Karam Abu Salem crossing, Gaza’s main commercial crossing, preventing truckloads of merchandise, food, fuel, gas, and construction materials to enter Gaza.
Due to the roadblock by Jewish settlers, hundreds of trucks still wait on the Palestinian side of the crossing, awaiting discharge of the truckloads coming from the Israeli side.
This is not the first time that Jewish settlers attempted to prevent goods from entering Gaza, during which they blocked a road leading to the Karam Abu Salem crossing and demanded that the Israeli government should cancel the entry of goods into Gaza, as long as the launching of incendiary kites and balloons continues.
However, Palestinians in Gaza view the incendiary kites as a form of protest against Israel’s nearly 12-year blockade of Gaza and for Palestinian refugees right of return to their homes and lands which are now known as Israel.
There are three crossings into the Gaza Strip; two are controlled by Israel and one by Egypt. The Gaza-Israel crossings are the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, that is specifically for pedestrians, and Karam Abu Salem in the southern Gaza Strip for the entry of goods and fuel. The Gaza-Egypt crossing is the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, but is often closed and lacks infrastructure for it to be a main commercial crossing.
Israeli forces detained an eight-year-old Palestinian child, on Friday afternoon, near the entrance of the town of Beit Ummar, north of the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron (Al-Khalil).
Local sources said that Israeli forces targeted eight-year-old Omar Rabie Abu Ayyash and detained him near the entrance to the town of Beit Ummar.
The reason for Ayyash’s detention remained unknown.
HEBRON, https://t.co/0vLGuoEtUR — The Israeli army on Friday arrested an eight-year-old Palestinian boy in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil), according to a Palestinian activist. Mohamed Awad, an… https://t.co/Guz6hzbAgX
Defense for Children International reported that since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been detained and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system infamous for the systematic mistreatment and torture of Palestinian children.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) Prisoners and Former Prisoners’ Affairs Committee reported, earlier in October, that Israel had detained 35 Palestinian minors during September 2018.
The committee’s August report documented testimonies from a number of Palestinian children during their detention by Israeli forces and revealed that the children were subjected to systematic beatings and torture during and after their detention.
According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are over 270 Palestinian children in Israeli prisons, of whom 50 are under the age of 16.
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