Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Last Update: 1:01 AM GMT

Palestinian Students Attacked by Israeli Forces Near Nablus

Tear gas being fired into a school in Burin, in 2014. (Photo: Zakaria Sadah, Rabbis for Human Rights)

The young students of the Burin Secondary school, to the south of Nablus, were attacked today by Israeli occupation forces.

According to Ibrahim Omran, the school’s principal, clashes broke out between students and Israeli soldiers during the students’ morning break time.

Soldiers reportedly attacked the students, firing stun grenades and tear gas bombs at the school’s campus while students were on their morning break. No injuries were reported.

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Israeli Officials Prevent Umm al-Fahm from Naming Streets after Palestinian Leaders

Israeli Officials Prevent Umm al-Fahm from Naming Streets after Palestinian Leaders. (Photo: via IMEMC)

Umm al Fahm, one of the largest Palestinian cities in Israel’s 1948 borders, continues to lack street names and house numbers.

Of the 301 street names selected by the Umm al-Fahm municipality, the Israeli Interior Ministry has stalled the approval of 60.

All of the street names that have not been approved, Adalah: the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel reports, bear the names of Palestinian leaders, such as Mahmoud Darwish, Yasser Arafat, and Umm al-Fahm’s former mayors.

Attorney for Adalah Sawsan Zaher emphasizes that under Israeli law, the Interior Minister has no authority to prevent a municipality from naming streets as it wishes. Israeli municipalities are required by law only to notify the Ministry of new street names.

Member of Knesset Yousef Jabareen (Joint List), who is also a resident of the city, explains:

“The right to a residential address is a citizen’s basic right and it is inconceivable that in the 21st century in a city of 60,000 residents such as Umm al-Fahm, there are no street names or house numbers. The naming of streets is not strictly a technical matter, but rather allows the commemoration of cultural identity and national narrative. The Interior Ministry’s red tape is part of the ongoing denial of our unique identity as a national homeland minority.”

Adalah and Jabareen sent a letter to Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit demanding the approval of the list of street names submitted by Umm al-Fahm.

Umm al-Fahem, with a population of 60,0000, is one of the largest Palestinian cities within Israel’s 1948 borders.

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Netanyahu Opens Exhibition at UN on Israeli Narrative about Jerusalem

Palestinian women visit Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Occupied East Jerusalem. (Photo: MEMO)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened an exhibition at UN headquarters on Thursday about the alleged Jewish connection to the occupied city of Jerusalem.

The idea for the exhibition originated with the Israeli Representative at the UN, Danny Danon, following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the “eternal” capital of Israel.

During his opening speech, Netanyahu said that the Jewish connection to Jerusalem “is being denied by those seeking to erase the history of our people, our connection to our lands and our connection to our eternal capital Jerusalem.”

He claimed that Jewish history in Jerusalem goes back some 3,000 years, noting that this was even before Christianity.

“We [Israeli officials] are changing the world,” he boasted, adding: “We are changing Israel’s position in the world and above all we are making it clear that we fight for the truth and for our rights. We also fight for security.”

The UN has issued numerous resolutions reiterating that occupied Jerusalem is not part of Israel and it should be the capital of the future Palestine state. The 1947 UN Partition Plan, which Israel often cites as the legal justification for its existence and the occupation of Palestine, designated Jerusalem as a separate entity to be run by an international body. Israel ignored this and occupied West Jerusalem in 1948, and the Eastern half of the city in 1967.

In response to Trump’s announcement in December, the UN voted overwhelmingly against the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and said that Trump’s move is “null and void”.

At the entrance of the exhibition hall, a disclaimer states: “The content of this exhibit is solely the responsibility of the sponsors. The holding of the exhibit in UN premises does not imply endorsement by the United Nations. Please direct any queries to the organizers.”

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Jewish Extremists Broke Into the Yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque (VIDEO)

Illlegal settlers perform wedding ritual at Al-Aqsa Mosque under heavy security. (Photo: PIC)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

Several Israeli Jewish extremists stormed Al Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem (Al-Quds), this morning.

These raids are more and more frequent, where Jewish settlers keep desecrating Al-Aqsa compound, escorted by Israeli forces. More such provocations are being planned.

Last summer, the writer Dan Cohen revealed an Israeli plan to bring down Al-Aqsa and listed some Israeli leaders and politicians who support a Jewish takeover of what they call Temple Mount.

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Palestinian Young Man Was Shot Dead Near Nablus

Clashes near Yussuf’s Tomb in Nablus. (Photo via Twitter)

A Palestinian young man identified as Omayr Shehadah, 19, was shot dead and another one identified as Hammam Sobhi, 16, was injured during clashes with the Israeli army in the village of Urif, to the south of Nablus in the West Bank.

Shehadah died of his wounds after Israeli soldiers and settlers who were raiding the village critically injured him in the chest.

Shehadah and Sobhi, along with other village’s residents, were confronting the Israeli Jewish settlers, who attacked the village of al-Tuwaneh, in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, on Saturday.

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US Embassy to Israel Will Be Based in Occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem

The city of Jerusalem. (Photo: Joe Freeman, Wikimedia Commons)

According to the Washington Post, the US Embassy to Israel will be based in a zone of East Jerusalem considered occupied territory under international law.

Part of the diplomatic compound that is scheduled to open as the embassy in just two months lies in the Arnona neighborhood, a contested No Man’s Land between East and West Jerusalem. Israel took control of the area in the 1967 war and so it is still considered occupied territory by the United Nations.

“No Man’s Land is occupied territory,” said Ashraf Khatib of PLO’s Negotiations Affairs Department. “Any permanent status for that territory should be part of a final status negotiation.”

The decision to move the embassy follows US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem last year that caused outrage across the world.

In response to the proposed relocation of the embassy, Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) chief negotiator, said the move shows,

“a determination to violate international law, destroy the two-state solution and provoke the feelings of the Palestinian people as well as of all Arabs, Muslims, and Christians around the globe.”

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Funeral of Mohammad al-Jabari, Disabled Palestinian Killed in Hebron (VIDEO)

Hundreds of mourners participate in the funeral of Mohammad Zain Jabari, 24, in Hebron, on Friday evening. (Photo: via Twitter)

Hundreds of mourners participated in the funeral of Mohammad Zain al-Jabari, who was killed yesterday by Israeli occupation forces.

The 24-year-old was shot in the chest on Friday, during protests against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Palestinian man, who was mentally disabled and suffered from speech impairment, leaves behind a four-year-old child.

Despite his disabilities, he worked in construction and would often be the first to arrive at the scene when Israeli forces were spotted in the area.

This is not the first time Israeli forces shoot and kill a disabled Palestinian.

Last December, the UN’s human rights chief had criticized the killing of Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, a disabled Palestinian protester who was shot at the border fence between Gaza and Israel.

According to the UN official, evidence gathered by his staff pointed to the use of “excessive” force.

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Palestinian Prisoner Meets His Family, after Losing His Sight in Israeli Jail (VIDEO)

Mohammad Duwaikit lost his sight in an Israeli jail due to medical negligence. (Photo: via Facebook)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

This is the moment when Palestinian prisoner, Mohammad Mazen Dwaikat met his family after being released from the Israeli jails.

Mohammad, 30 years old from Batala Camp in in the northern West Bank, lost his sight last November, while he was detained in an Israeli Jail, due to medical negligence.

His mother told the Palestinian Prisoners Club that her son was transferred from Jalbou’ jail into an Israeli hospital, after a long procrastination in providing medical care for him.

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More Than 15,000 Palestinian Women Arrested by Israel Since 1967

Palestinian women detained by Israel reportedly face various forms of torture. (Photo: via MEMO)

The Israeli authorities have arrested more than 15,000 Palestinian women since the beginning of the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem in 1967, official statistics revealed on Wednesday.

A report compiled by Abdel Nasser Ferwaneh, of the PLO’s Committee for Prisoners’ and Freed Prisoners’ Affairs, accused the Israeli occupation of escalating attacks against women over the past few years. He revealed that the Israelis have arrested 445 Palestinian women since the start of the Jerusalem Intifada in October 2015, including a number of girls.

Ferwaneh added that dozens of the women were shot and wounded by the Israeli occupation forces before their arrest. Fatemeh Taqatqa, 15, for example, was shot, wounded and arrested, before being pronounced dead in March last year whilst in detention.

“On most occasions, women are arrested from their homes at the dead of night,” explained Ferwaneh, “and they are beaten and subjected to harsh treatment and exposed to physical and psychological torture while under arrest.”

What’s more, he pointed out, Palestinian women inside Israeli jails are frequently denied proper medical treatment and are incarcerated alongside criminals regardless of their age or alleged wrongdoing. The latest Palestinian woman to be arrested by the Israelis, Ferwaneh noted, was Fatemeh Jarrar, 20, from the West Bank city of Jenin, who is a student at Al-Quds Open University.

The PLO official called for all local, regional and international human rights groups to put pressure on the Israeli occupation to release the Palestinian woman, as well as to fund support projects to empower them after their release.

At the moment, there are 63 Palestinian women and girls being held in Israeli jails, including eight university graduates, 10 minors, 20 married mothers and three who are under administrative detention with neither charge nor trial.

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Gaza: Palestinians to Start 46-Day Protest on Land Day (VIDEO)

Hundreds of Palestinians were shot by Israeli soldiers at Gaza borders. (Photo: Mohammed Assad, MEMO)

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are planning a six-week-long tent city protest near the Israeli border, starting on March 30, demanding that Palestinian refugees be allowed to return to their homes in Israel, organizers said on Wednesday.

Palestinian protesters along the Gaza border are frequently confronted by Israeli soldiers with tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition.

Ahmed Abu Ayesh, a spokesman for a coordinating committee, said plans were for hundreds or thousands of people, including entire families, to live in tents erected “at the nearest, safe point from the border”. The United Nations, Abu Ayesh said, would be notified of the rally.

A statement issued by the organizing committee urged Palestinians in Gaza to take part in this “national project that endorses peaceful resistance as a new way to win our rights, foremost the right of return” of refugees to what is now Israel.

The protest is set to begin on March 30, the annual “Land Day” commemorating the six Arab citizens of Israel who were killed by Israeli forces during demonstrations in 1976 over land confiscations.

It will end, the organizers said, on May 15, the day Palestinians call the “Nakba” or “catastrophe”, marking the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians by the creation of Israel in 1948.

In the town of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, a Palestinian journalist got a jump-start on the protest, erecting two tents about 450 meters from the border fence, to promote the planned demonstration.

(Aljazeera, PC, Social Media)