Friday, January 18, 2019 Last Update: 3:49 PM GMT

Israeli Forces Injure 2 Palestinians, Arrest Minor in Kafr Qaddum March (VIDEO)

Israeli soldiers arrested a Palestinian child from his house during an attack on Kafr Qaddum village. (Photo: via Twitter)

Two Palestinians were injured, while a minor was detained by Israeli forces, and several others suffered tear-gas suffocation Israeli forces suppressed the weekly Kafr Qaddum march in the northern occupied West Bank, on Friday.

Coordinator of a local popular committee of Kafr Qaddum, Murad Ishteiwi, said that Israeli soldiers opened live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear-gas bombs to suppress protesters, injuring two Palestinians.

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One Palestinian was injured in the chest and another in the leg; both were transferred to a hospital for treatment.

Israeli forces raided a Palestinian home, belonging to Nusfat Ishteiwi, after opening live fire at its front door; Israeli soldiers also opened fire inside the house, damaging property and windows of the house.

Israeli forces reportedly assaulted women and children before detaining 14-year-old Tareq Hikmat Ishteiwi.

Residents of Kafr Qaddum began staging weekly protests in 2011 against Israeli land confiscations, as well as the closure of the village’s southern road by Israeli forces. The road, which has been closed for 14 years, is the main route to the nearby city of Nablus, the nearest economic center.

The Israeli army blocked off the road after expanding the illegal Israeli settlement of Kedumim in 2003, forcing village residents to take a bypass road in order to travel to Nablus, which has extended the travel time to Nablus from 15 minutes to 40 minutes, according to Israeli rights group B’Tselem.

(Ma’an, PC, Social Media)

Israel Demolishes Home of Palestinian Prisoner

Israel has carried out hundreds of punitive house demolitions over the years. (Photo: ActiveStills.org)

Israeli forces blew up the family home of an injured Palestinian prisoner.

Locals reported that Israeli forces raided the Ruqaa area in Yatta City in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron (Al-Khalil), and demolished the family home of Khalil Youssef Jabbarin, 17, using explosives.

Israeli forces had raided Jabbarin’s home on predawn Friday, forced residents to evacuate the 3-floor house before blowing up the third floor of the house.

Jabbarin was shot, injured and imprisoned by Israeli forces, on September 16, 2018, after carrying out a stabbing attack near the illegal Israeli settlement of Gush Etzion, near Hebron, reportedly killing an Israeli settler.

Israeli forces had raided Jabbarin’s home on Wednesday, took footage of the house in preparation to carry out the demolition.

The family had received a demolition order in December 2018, allowing them until January 2 to appeal the order.

Israel always demolishes family homes of Palestinians, who were allegedly involved in attacking Israelis as part of its collective punishment policy against the Palestinian people.

Israel has come under harsh condemnation over the past several years for its response to attacks committed by Palestinians on Israelis, which rights groups have said amounted to “collective punishment” on family members and entire communities in a clear violation of international law.

(Ma’an, PC, Social Media)

Gaza Civil Defense Teams Rescue Egyptian Fishermen

Civil Defense teams in Gaza have rescued six Egyptian fishermen stranded by storm. (Photo: via Twitter)

Hamas authorities say they have rescued six Egyptian fishermen in the Mediterranean Sea after a storm wrecked their boat off the coast of Gaza.

The fishermen were taken to a Gaza hospital after rough seas washed the wreckage of their boat ashore on Nusseirat beach in central Gaza.

Local media reports say a 48-year-old Egyptian was still missing at sea.

The fishing boat was sailing off the coast of northern Sinai when it got caught up in bad weather and heavy winter winds sweeping the region.

A harsh weather front brought sandstorms, hail, and rain to parts of the Middle East this week, with fishermen in Gaza docking their boats to protect against stormy seas.

The heavily populated Gaza Strip is wedged between Egypt, the Mediterranean, and Israel, which imposes strict limits on how far Gaza fishermen can venture out to sea.

Egyptian authorities shot dead a Palestinian fisherman near the Gaza border in November while enforcing the blockade.

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

Gaza: Poverty Rate Exceeds 80%

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

The General Federation of Palestinian Trade Unions (PGFTU) warned yesterday that the poverty rate in the Gaza Strip has exceeded 80 percent.

The federation warned that both poverty and unemployment rates have reached unprecedented levels in the Gaza Strip, with poverty exceeding 80 percent. Meanwhile, unemployment rates have reached more than 54.9 percent in the besieged enclave, both of which are serious indicators of the deteriorated economic situation in Gaza.

The number of unemployed persons has reached more than 295,000 during the year 2018, it explained.

The federation added that Palestinian workers in Gaza have been living in catastrophic conditions for more than 12 years since Israel began its siege on the Strip, causing massive destruction of the economic sector, infrastructure and contributing to the government’s inability to assume its responsibilities towards the Gaza Strip.

PGFTU called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to lift the sanctions imposed on the Gaza Strip and provide emergency relief and development projects to alleviate the Palestinian workers’ suffering.

The federation also appealed to the international community to shoulder its responsibilities towards the besieged enclave and on Egypt to reopen the Rafah border crossing to allow the entry of basic materials to the Strip.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Israeli Forces Raid Al-Aqsa Compound (VIDEO)

Israeli forces regularly raid the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound . (Photo: File)

Israeli special forces and police raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound via the Moroccans Gate, on Thursday morning.

Israeli forces raided the Marawani and Dome of the Rock mosques inside the compound.

An Israeli policeman also attempted to enter the Dome of the Rock mosque wearing a kippah; Israeli forces then imposed closure on the compound for several hours.

Israeli forces have been heavily deployed across the compound since early morning hours.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque. The third holiest site in Islam, it is also venerated as Judaism’s most holy place, as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood.

While Jewish visitation is permitted to the compound, non-Muslim worship at Al-Aqsa is prohibited according to an agreement signed between Israel and the Jordanian government after Israel’s illegal occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967.

(Ma’an, PC, Social Media)

Malaysia Reiterates Ban on Israeli Athletes, in Solidarity with Palestine

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. (Photo: File)

Malaysian Foreign Minister, Saifuddin Bin Abdullah, stressed yesterday that his country will not backtrack on its decision to deny entry to Israeli athletes seeking to participate in an upcoming international swimming tournament.

Bin Abdullah doubled down on Malaysia’s position, stressing that his country would never host Israelis in this or any other event, Quds Net reported.

This decision, he said, was taken in order to “underscore our reinforced position towards the Palestinian cause”.

Last week, the Malaysian government announced that it would not allow Israeli athletes to enter the country in order to participate in the upcoming World Paralympic Swimming Championship.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Florida Official: US Rep. Rashida Tlaib May ‘Blow up’ Capitol Hill

Rashida Tlaib in her Palestinian thobe while her son dabs in Congress. (Photo: via Social Media)

By CBS News

A Jewish Florida city commissioner has accused Rep. Rashida Tlaib – a Palestinian-American who is one of the first Muslim members of Congress – of being a “danger” who might “blow up” the U.S. Capitol.

Annabelle Lima-Taub, a city commissioner in Hallandale Beach, signed an online petition seeking to remove Tlaib from office and posted the petition on her personal Facebook page. “Proudly signed,” Lima-Taub wrote.

“A Hamas-loving anti-Semite has NO place in government! She is a danger and [I] would not put it past her to become a martyr and blow up Capitol Hill.”

Lima-Taub’s posting comes after Tlaib said of President Trump that she wanted to “impeach that motherf*****.”

The Facebook post was removed from Lima-Taub’s page, but the petition has been reposted by a follower.

The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called for her resignation. “Xenophobic stereotypes must not be embraced by any elected official,” the group said in a statement.

Tlaib, for her part, linked the comments from Lima-Taub to Trump. “This sort of hateful anti-Muslim rhetoric doesn’t happen in a vacuum – this President embraced it and Republicans have happily gone along with it,” she said on Twitter.

(CBS News, Social Media)

Report: Palestinian Prisoners Do Not Get Proper Cancer Treatment (VIDEO)

There are hundreds of sick Palestinians in Israeli prisons who do not receive proper healthcare. (Photo: via Ma’an)

The Palestine Prisoners’ Centre for Studies said on Tuesday that 23 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel suffer from cancer but do not receive adequate treatment or healthcare from the prison authorities, Safa news agency has reported. The Israeli Prison Service only provides painkillers for such patients, it is alleged.

The Director of the Centre, Riyadh Al-Ashqar explained that Sami Abu Dayyak, 36, from Jenin, has been in prison for 16 years and has advanced intestinal cancer. Al-Ashqar, who is a former prisoner himself, said that Abu Dayyak is close to death, and accused the Israelis of killing him slowly and painfully by not offering adequate medical care.

He cited a number of other prisoners as examples of those in desperate need of operations and treatment for their cancers, including Yaser Rabayeh, 44, from Bethlehem, who has been in prison since 2011 and also has intestinal cancer; Bassam Al-Sayeh, 45, from Nablus, who has bladder, blood and bone cancer, and is also in urgent need of heart surgery; and Fuad Al-Shobaki, at 79 the oldest such prisoner and in poor health generally, who also suffers from bladder cancer.

Al-Ashqar pointed out that even prisoners who are diagnosed with cancer whilst in prison and are released tend to die at home shortly thereafter due to lack of adequate treatment. He called on all local, regional and international bodies involved in prisoner issues to put pressure on the Israeli occupation authorities to offer proper medical treatment to Palestinian prisoners held in their jails.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Israeli Minister: ‘We Are Ready to Occupy Gaza’

Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs and Public Security, Gilad Erdan. (Photo: via Twitter)

Israel’s Minister of Internal Security said on Monday that plans to occupy the Gaza Strip are on the table for the Cabinet to consider, Quds Net News has reported. However, Gilad Erdan told Israeli military radio that the country prefers calm and the possibility of reaching a deal that guarantees security for all Israelis.

Nevertheless, he suggested that occupying Gaza would give Israel a better chance to maintain such calm.

He added:

“We must be ready to pay the costs of such a step.”

The extreme right-wing minister warned Hamas leaders not to cross any red lines. He pointed out that doing so would see Israel going back to its assassination policy.

Erdan said that he blames Hamas for the rockets fired from Gaza as it is the de facto government of the enclave.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

New Israeli Military Chief Promises ‘Deadly, Efficient’ Army

Israel’s military chief, Aviv Kochavi. (Photo: File)

Israel’s new military chief has taken office at a ceremony in Tel Aviv and promised an even more “deadly, efficient” response from his troops despite hundreds of protesters killed on the Gaza border over the past year.

Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, 54, was promoted from major-general at the ceremony at the military headquarters, becoming the country’s 22nd military chief.

Kochavi, who served in Israel’s brutal 2014 Gaza war among other campaigns, pledged at the event to focus on

“strengthening our attack capabilities towards our enemies, and presenting an army that is deadly, efficient and modern, that preserves its mission and it’s uniqueness”.

He replaces Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, who is retiring after 40 years of service.

Kochavi previously served as commander of military intelligence, chief of northern command and most recently as Eisenkot’s deputy chief of staff.

He also commanded the Gaza division during Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from the Strip.

In 2006, Kochavi canceled a trip to study at London’s Royal College of Defense Studies following legal advice that he could be arrested on arrival for alleged war crimes committed in Palestinian territories.

Kochavi’s inauguration comes as Israel’s military completed its operation to destroy Hezbollah’s tunnel network from Lebanon, as it appears to be dropping its ambiguity over hundreds of strikes it carried out against Iran in Syria.

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