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PA Hands Bullet that Killed Shireen Abu Akleh to US for Examination

Al Jazeera released photos of the bullet that killed Shireen Abu Akleh. (Photo: Video grab)

The Palestinian Authority announced on Saturday that it handed the bullet that killed Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh to US officials to conduct a forensic examination, Anadolu Agency reported.

“We have agreed to allow the American side to conduct a forensic examination of the bullet that killed Abu Akleh,” Palestinian Attorney-General Akram al-Khatib told the Doha-based Al Jazeera television.

Al-Khatib said the bullet will not be given to the Israeli side.

On May 11, Abu Akleh, 51, was covering an Israeli military raid near the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank when she was shot dead.

While Palestinian officials and every employer of Al Jazeera accused Israel of killing the reporter, Tel Aviv denied any responsibility.

Palestinian officials have rejected an Israeli request for conducting a joint investigation into the journalist’s death.

On May 26, al-Khatib announced that an examination of Abu Akleh’s body confirmed that she was killed by an armor-piercing project fired directly at her head by an Israeli sniper.

Several leading media agencies, including Al Jazeera, CNN, Associated Press, Washington Post, and the New York Times, conducted their own investigations, which all came to an end that Abu Akleh was killed by an Israeli bullet.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Jewish Settlers Brutally Assault Palestinian Elderly near Tulkarm

Mustafa Hussein Fuqaha, 70, was brutally assaulted by Jewish settlers near Tulkarm. (Photo: via Social Media)

A group of Jewish settlers brutally assaulted an elderly Palestinian man on Sunday, near the village of Kafr al-Labad in the northern West Bank province of Tulkarm, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Eyewitnesses told WAFA that a group of Jewish settlers, armed with rifles, brutally assaulted and beat up Mustafa Hussein Fuqaha, 70, while he was in his own land outside the village, causing him bruises and fractures across his body.

The 70-year-old Palestinian man was rushed to the Thabet Public Hospital in the nearby city of Tulkarm for medical treatment, the eyewitnesses added.

Members of Fuqaha’s family said the attack was the latest in a sequence of attacks against farmers in the village. They added that about three months ago, a group of Jewish settlers attacked his brother while he was in his land.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

There are over 600,000 Israeli settlers living in colonial settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

(WAFA, PC, Social Media)

Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure Palestinian Man near Jericho

Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank. (Photo: via ActiveStills.org)

A Palestinian youth was shot and injured on Sunday by Israeli military gunfire at an Israeli military checkpoint near Jericho city, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Hassan Mleihat, the general supervisor of al-Baydar Organization for the Defense of Bedouin Rights, told WAFA that Israeli forces, stationed at al-Hamra military checkpoint, shot and injured Ayed Nayef Ka’abneh, 25.

Israel has a longstanding policy of extrajudicial killings.

According to the human rights group B’tselem, Israeli forces killed 313 Palestinians, including 71 minors, in 2021: 236 in the Gaza Strip and 77 in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem).

(The Palestine Chronicle, WAFA, Social Media)

Israel Accused of Negligence as Palestinian Woman Dies in Israeli Prison

Saadia Farajallah, 68, died in the Israeli prison of Damon. (Photo: via Social Media)

Palestinian detainee Saadia Farajallah, 68, died Saturday morning in the Israeli prison of Damon, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement.

According to the PPS, Farajallah was brought to a military court on Tuesday in a wheelchair and her lawyer asked that a doctor check her because she was diabetic and had high blood pressure. The Israeli court, however, did not give a ruling on this matter, prompting the PPS to claim that she died of medical negligence.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh and the Foreign Ministry also held the Israeli government responsible for her death, in two separate statements.

Farajallah, a mother of eight from the West Bank town of Idna, was detained by the Israeli occupation forces in December while she was near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron (Al-Khalil), and has been in detention since then.

The circumstances behind her death remain unknown until this moment, the PPS said, adding that a state of outrage among her fellow Palestinian detainees dominated the prisons following the news about her death.

The PPS added that the prisoners began knocking on the doors of their cells to express their anger.

Farajallah is the 230th Palestinian to die while in Israeli imprisonment or detention. She was one of 29 female Palestinian political prisoners incarcerated in the Israeli prison of Damon, near Haifa.

(The Palestine Chronicle, WAFA, Social Media)

Israeli Forces, Jewish Settlers Attack Protests in Sheikh Jarrah

A protest in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. (Photo: JLM Anarchists TW Page)

Israeli forces detained five Palestinians during the weekly anti-expulsion protest in Sheikh Jarrah, while Jewish settlers assaulted the protesters, the Middle East Monitor reported.

Saleh Diab, an activist from Sheikh Jarrah, said that “a number of Israeli settlers spread in the area during the weekly protest and attacked the protesters as soon as they had arrived near a farm of the Salem family.”

The settlers stole the Palestine flag from the protesters and tore it up, Diab said, adding that the “settlers’ aggression on the protesters continued in the presence of the Israeli occupation police.”

In addition, he said that the Israeli police attacked the protesters and detained five of them, including a minor, while they were on their way home.

Diab explained that protests have been organized weekly for years in rejection of the Israeli decisions to expel Palestinians from their homes.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

UN Human Rights Office Urges Israel to Respect Human Rights of Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli occupation soldiers in the occupied West Bank. (Photo: via ActiveStills.org)

The UN Human Rights Office in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) said it was alarmed by the impact of intensified Israeli forces’ operations on the right to life of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and urged Israel to respect human rights law during military activity in the West Bank, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

“Since the beginning of the year as of June 30, Israeli forces have killed 60 Palestinians, including 14 boys and five women in the context of law enforcement operations in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,” said the UN Human Rights Office in a statement.

In the statement, it accused the Israeli occupation forces of using “lethal force” against Palestinians protesting illegal settlement activities.

“Many of the cases monitored by UN Human Rights Office indicated that Israeli forces used lethal force in a manner that appears totally inconsistent with international human rights law,” the statement read.

“In a number of incidents, it appears that lethal force was used by Israeli forces as a first rather than as a last resort to confront the alleged threat.”

The UN Human Rights Office also documented incidents where unwarranted lethal force was employed against Palestinian workers attempting to cross the Wall into Israel.

The UN Human Rights Office also documented a number of incidents in which Israeli forces targeted the upper body of individuals with live ammunition in situations where they no longer appeared to pose any threat and in several instances were in fact running away.

In the absence of active hostilities in the West Bank, all these incidents should be analyzed through the legal framework regulating the conduct of law enforcement operations, said the UN Human Rights Office.

“Israeli use of lethal force has become a pervasive practice in the OPT, often employed regardless of the specific level of gravity of the potential threat detected and often as a first rather than as a last resort, contrary to international standards,” the statement continued.

The UN Human Rights Office reiterated that there must be appropriate investigations into the actions of Israeli forces, including transparency on their outcomes, and anyone found responsible should be held to account with penal and disciplinary sanctions commensurate to the gravity of the violations.

“As the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said, this culture of impunity must end now,” it said.

(WAFA, PC, Social Media)

WATCH: Israeli Soldiers Attack Palestinian Woman’s Funeral in Beit Ummar

Israeli soldiers attacked a Palestinian woman’s funeral. (Photo: via Times of Gaza TW Page)

Israeli occupation forces on Friday attacked a Palestinian woman’s funeral in the town of Beit Ummar, in the southern West Bank province of Hebron (Al-Khalil), the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Mohammad Awad, a local Palestinian activist, told WAFA that Israeli soldiers attacked the coffin of the deceased Palestinian woman as well as the pallbearers as the funeral passed through the main entrance to the town.

Awad said the Isreali soldiers fired lives shots into the air, kicked the pallbearers, and fired teargas canisters and stun grenades in an attempt to disperse the funeral. No injuries were reported.

(WAFA, PC, Social Media)

EU Dismisses ‘Terrorism’ Smear, Resumes Funding for Two Palestinian NGOs

Six Palestinian rights groups were outlawed by Israel. (Photo: Courtesy of Al-Haq website)

The European Union (EU) has resumed funding to two prominent Palestinian human rights groups, more than a year after suspending support for six Palestinian organizations labeled terrorists by Israel, the Middle East Monitor reported.

Indicating that the Israeli claims are baseless, the European Commission – the EU’s executive branch – sent letters to Al-Haq and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

The two organizations were informed that their 13-month-long suspensions were lifted unconditionally and with immediate effect.

The PCHR and Al-Haq collect evidence of alleged Israeli crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and have worked with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague in its investigation of alleged Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity.

All six groups which were banned by Israel believe they were targeted by the Apartheid State for their work with the ICC.

Announcing the resumption of funding, the Commission mentioned the results of a review conducted by the EU’s European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), which it said found “no suspicions of irregularities and/or fraud” and “did not find sufficient ground to open an investigation”.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Jewish Settlers Set Lands on Fire near Bethlehem

Illegal settlers regularly set fire to Palestinian lands, destroying crops and olive trees. (Photo: via Social Media)

Extremist Jewish settlers on Thursday set Palestinian-owned lands on fire in the village of Husan, near the city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Mohammad Sabatin, mayor of Husan, told WAFA that a group of Jewish settlers set fire to large swathes of land planted with olives and grapes, destroying hundreds of trees.

Violence and vandalism by Jewish settlers are commonplace across the occupied West Bank and are never prosecuted by the occupation authorities.

Over 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across the occupied Palestinian Territories in violation of international law.

(WAFA, PC, Social Media)

US Presbyterian Church Declares Israel ‘Apartheid State’, Designates Nakba Remembrance Day

The US Presbyterian Church voted to declare Israel an ‘apartheid state’. (Photo: via US Presbyterian Church)

The US Presbyterian Church voted on Tuesday at its 225th General Assembly to declare Israel an “apartheid state” and designate a Nakba Remembrance Day within their calendars, The New Arab reported.

The church claims over 1.7 million members.

Its Committee on International Engagement passed a resolution recognizing that “Israel’s laws, policies and practices regarding the Palestinian people fulfill the international legal definition of apartheid”, according to a statement on the Presbyterian Church’s website.

The committee also called for an end to Israel’s siege of Gaza and affirmed the “right of all people to live and worship peacefully” in Jerusalem.

Out of 31 voting members, 28 agreed with the resolution, which states that Israel was practicing apartheid by “establishing two sets of laws, one for Israelis and one for Palestinians, which give preferential treatment to Israeli Jews and oppressive treatment to Palestinians”.

A resolution designating May 15 as the Palestinian Nakba Remembrance – commemorating the tragedy whereby over 750,000 Palestinians were expelled for the creation of Israel in 1948 – was also approved.

This received 31 affirmative votes and no negative votes within the committee.

It was passed “for the purpose of lifting prayer for peace” and “giving solidarity for those suffering under occupation”.

The resolution also stated that remembrance should be annually included in the Presbyterian Planning Calendar.

This resolution specifically calls on the US government to “exhort the government of Israel immediately to cease and desist all hostile actions that are defined as “collective punishment” under international law… [and] end the siege of Gaza”.

The Presbyterian Church’s resolutions echo human rights groups’ statements surrounding Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian land and its persecution and violence against Palestinians have been defined as apartheid by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

The UN’s Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories has also issued a report saying that Israel has imposed an ‘apartheid reality’ on Palestinians.

(The New Arab, PC, Social Media)