Saturday, December 14, 2019 Last Update: 12:10 AM GMT

Israeli Forces Raid Palestinian Homes, Shops in Hebron

Israeli forces raid a Palestinian home in Hebron. (Photo: via Social Media)

The Israeli army on Friday stormed a number of Palestinian homes and shops in Hebron (Al-Khalil) during a morning raid campaign.

Local sources said that Israeli forces broke into the homes of Hamas MPs Nezar Ramadan and Mohammed Bader and violently searched them.

Israeli soldiers also raided a store and a bakery and wreaked havoc on them.

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Political Crisis in Israel: Country to Hold Third Election in a Year

The Israeli Knesset. (Photo: File)

Israel will hold the third general election in less than 12 months, after the two largest parties failed to make a deal before a Wednesday deadline, prolonging months of political stalemate. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud Party and his main rival Benny Gantz of Kahol Lavan (Blue and White) were unable to build a governing coalition following the April and September polls.

In November, Netanyahu has been indicted on charges of bribery, fraud, breach of trust, making him the first sitting prime minister to face prosecution.

The new elections are deeply unpopular among Israelis. A poll published by Israel’s Channel 13 TV found that 41 percent of people thought Netanyahu was to blame for the ongoing political crisis. 

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Israeli Forces Attack Gaza Fishermen

Gaza fishermen come under regular fire by Israeli soldiers. (Photo: via Social Media)

The Israeli navy opened fire on Palestinian fishermen boats in Khan Yunis in the southern part of the Gaza Strip today during the early hours of this morning.

The fishermen were targeted within the area they were permitted to fish. No injuries have been reported.

The Israeli navy carry out regular attacks on fishermen during their work in the Gaza Sea. A recent human rights report confirmed that 85 percent of fishermen in the Gaza Strip were exposed to such violations.

Israeli authorities have long imposed unilateral restrictions on Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip, which are routinely enforced with violent attacks by naval vessels.

Palestinian officials say Israeli naval forces frequently open fire on Gazan fishermen on the pretext that they are fishing outside the designated zone.

The profession has been deemed dangerous by rights organizations due to Israel’s harassment of fishermen at sea.

According to the Palestinian Fishermen’s Association in Gaza, there are some 4,000 fishermen working in Gaza’s fishing sector, who are looking after about 50,000 dependents.

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Israeli Forces Arrest 9 Palestinians, Including Journalist (VIDEO)

Israeli soldiers arresting and beating a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank. (Photo:

Israeli forces today detained nine Palestinians, including a journalist, from various parts of the occupied West Bank, said the Palestine Prisoners’ Society (PPS).

PPS confirmed in a press statement that Israeli forces rounded up four Palestinians in a predawn raid in Beit Kahil town, located to the northwest of Hebron (Al-Khalil) in the south of the West Bank.

It said two other Palestinians, including a journalist, were detained in separate raids in Dura city and al-Arroub refugee camp respectively, located to the northwest and north of Hebron city.

In Ramallah district, Israeli military barged into Beitunia town, west of Ramallah, where soldiers detained a Palestinian and seized a vehicle.

Similar Israeli raids were carried out in the al-Bireh city neighborhood of al-Balu’ as well as the Ramallah city neighborhood of Ein Misbah and town of Birzeit.

During ensuing confrontations, Israeli troops opened fire towards youngsters at Surda Junction, north of Ramallah. No injuries were reported though.

In the northern West Bank, PPS said that Israeli forces stormed Qabatia town, south of Jenin city, resulting in the detention of a Palestinian.

Another Palestinian was detained during a similar raid in Seida town, located to the northeast of Tulkarem.

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Netanyahu: Time to Apply Israel’s Sovereignty over Jordan Valley, Annex West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Photo: File)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that this is the time to apply Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and legalize Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, local media reported.

The Jordan Valley makes up approximately 28 percent of the occupied West Bank. It is home to nearly 65,000 Palestinians.

“It is time to apply Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and legalize all the Judea and Samaria [West Bank] settlements, those that are in settlement blocs and those outside of them,” he said during a conference organized by the right-wing newspaper Makor Rishon.

Referring to the illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, he said:

“They will be part of the State of Israel.”

He added: “I want American recognition of our sovereignty over the Jordan Valley, it’s important,” noting he recently discussed the issue with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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Israeli Airstrikes Target Northern Gaza Strip

Israeli aistrike in Gaza. (Photo: via Social Media)

Israel carried out airstrikes early Sunday in the northern Gaza Strip, according to security sources, reports Anadolu Agency.

The Israeli military said in response to three rockets fired from Gaza into Israel, that jets and helicopters hit Hamas targets in Gaza.

Israeli airstrikes on different areas of Gaza Strip #GazaUnderAttack 💔🙏🇵🇸

Posted by Mohammed Bn Zyad on Saturday, December 7, 2019

According to security sources in Gaza, seven positions in Jabalia, belonging to the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian resistance group, Hamas, was hit by Israel.

No casualties have yet been reported.

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Israeli Forces Arrest Two Palestinians near Gaza Fence

Israeli soldiers at the fence separating Gaza from Israel. (Photo:

The Israeli army on Saturday morning arrested two Palestinian citizens near the fence in separating besieged Gaza from Israel.

A spokesperson for the Israeli army claimed the detainees crossed into the Israeli side of the fence in southern Gaza, adding that no weapons were found in their possession.

According to a recent report released by a human rights group, 126 Palestinian citizens from Gaza had been detained since the beginning of 2019 while attempting to cross the border into Israel or to travel officially through the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing.

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Jewish Settlers Attack Palestinian Farmers South of Hebron

Israeli forces routinely harass Palestinian farmers in the West Bank. (Photo: via Social Media)

Jewish settlers today attacked Palestinian farmers in Umm al-Arayes village, located to the east of Yatta in the southern West Bank district of Hebron (Al-Khalil).

Coordinator of the Anti-Wall and Settlement Committees Rateb Jabour said that a group of settlers from the Mizpe Yaer settlement beat up and prevented Palestinian farmers from plowing up their fields to plant winter crops.

The assaulted farmers were identified as members of the Jabarin family.

Jewish settlers and Israeli forces routinely harass Palestinian shepherds grazing their flock in the area in order to drive them out of their land and take it over for the construction of illegal colonial settlements.

Israeli violations against the area include demolition of animal barns, homes and residential structures. Issuance of construction permits by Israel to local Palestinians in the area is non-existent.

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Israel Seals off Entrance to Bethlehem-District Town (VIDEO)

Israeli soldiers storm a village near Bethlehem, in occupied West Bank. (Photo: via Social Media)

Israeli forces today sealed off the northern entrance to Nahalin town, located to the west of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, said a municipal source.

Head of Nahalin Council Hani Fanoun told WAFA that Israeli forces placed cement blocks at the northern entrance of the town, turning the entrance to a military checkpoint.

Now. Heavily armed Zioamerican occupation soldiers storming Kisan Village, East Bethlehem, occupied Palestine, 4 December 2019.#RecognizePalestine #اعترف_بدولة_فلسطين

Posted by Younes Arar on Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Two out of three entrances to Nahalin are now closed. The eastern entrance has been completely closed with an iron gate since the beginning of 2000, and the southern entrance is occasionally closed.

Israeli severely restricts Palestinians’ freedom of movement through a complex combination of approximately 100 fixed checkpoints, flying checkpoints, settler-only roads, and various other physical obstructions.

(Wafa, PC, Social Media)

Gantz Stops Campaign to Garner Support to Head Government

Benny Gantz, head of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) alliance. (Photo: via MEMO)

Israel’s Blue and White party has stopped its campaign to gather sufficient signatures from Knesset members to enable its leader, Benny Gantz, to form a government, Israel Radio reported.

The station said the party has left the scene open for Likud, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to form a coalition government, however, the latter’s chances are also slim.

According to the Israel Radio, Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) has stopped its efforts because it came to the conclusion that its chances of forming a government are very small, in light of the intransigence of Yisrael Beiteinu Avigdor Lieberman and to avoid entering into a coalition with the Joint List.

The report said:

“Blue and White coalition fears that Gantz will not be able to form a government, which would damage its image in the Israeli street.”

Israel has been in a political vacuum for nearly a year. The Knesset elections were held in April and September 2019, but no government has so far emerged.

A third Knesset election is expected to take place in March 2020.

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