Monday, July 23, 2018 Last Update: 6:58 PM GMT

Three Palestinians Finally Buried after Israel Held Bodies for Months (VIDEOS)

Rami Sabarnah, 35, was shot dead by Israeli Forces in Al Khalil, Hebron, on June 2. (Photo: via Facebook)

Three Palestinians were finally buried on Saturday after their bodies were held by Israel for three months.

Mohammed Abdulkarim Marshoud a 30-year-old father of four died after a settler shot him in the head in April at the illegal settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.

After his death, Marshoud’s family told The New Arab that they were not informed when Israel would hand over his corpse for burial.

The Israeli police held the body for more than three months before returning it to the family for a burial at his hometown in Balata refugee camp in Nablus.

Hundreds of locals witnessed the burial at a mosque nearby the refugee camp.

The bodies of two other Palestinians killed by Israel were returned to their families on Saturday.

The body of Mohammed Anbar, 46, was returned to his family on Friday after he was was shot multiple times at a roadblock in his hometown Tulkarem in the occupied West Bank by Israeli soldiers in early April.

Anbar was buried in his hometown on Saturday.

In the occupied city of Hebron (Al-Khalil), Rami Sabarnah, 36, was also buried in his home village of Beit Ommar.

My town Beit Ommar Now, this is fourth live ammunition injury by Zionist occupation forces, following the funeral of my…

Gepostet von Younes Arar am Samstag, 14. Juli 2018

Sabarna was murdered in July by Israeli soldiers while he and other workers were conducting work for the Hebron City Council to repair and expand a road near the Ibrahimi Mosque.

My town Beit Ommar Now, following the funeral of my cousin Rami Sabarnah who was executed and kidnapped by Zionist…

Gepostet von Younes Arar am Samstag, 14. Juli 2018

After he was shot, soldiers stopped a Palestinian ambulance from assisting him, leaving him to bleed to death. Once he died an Israeli ambulance arrived, put his corpse in a black bag and took it away.

In March, Israeli lawmakers passed a controversial bill allowing police to hold the corpses of alleged Palestinian assailants indefinitely.

The act was passed by 48 votes to 10.

Palestinians denounce Israel’s tactic of holding corpses as inhumane, saying it is a form of psychological warfare and collective punishment.

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

General UN Peace Envoy Arrives in Gaza amid Tension

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolai Mladenov. (Photo: Mohammed Asad, via MEMO)

UN peace envoy Nikolay Mladenov arrived in the Gaza Strip on Sunday amid tension in the Palestinian territory, according to a local Palestinian official.

Mladenov arrived in the Palestinian territory through the Erez crossing, the official, who works at the terminal, said on condition of anonymity because he was unauthorized to speak to media.

The envoy’s visit came hours after Palestinian resistance factions and Israel reached an Egyptian-sponsored cease-fire deal to ease tension in the seaside enclave.

On Saturday, two Palestinians were killed and dozens injured in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.

Since March 30, nearly 140 people have been killed and thousands more injured by Israeli army fire during Palestinian protests against the decades-long Israeli occupation and 11-year blockade, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its roughly 2 million inhabitants of basic commodities.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Israeli Air Raids Kill two Palestinian Teens in Gaza (VIDEOS)

Amir al-Nimri, 15, and Luay Kaheel, 16, died of their wounds on Saturday shortly after an airstrike targeted al-Kutaiba. (Photo: via Social Media)

At least two teenagers in the Gaza Strip have been killed by Israeli air raids, according to Palestinian health officials, as Israel carried out the largest daylight attack on the besieged enclave since the 2014 war.

Amir al-Nimri, 15, and Luay Kaheel, 16, died of their wounds on Saturday shortly after an airstrike targeted al-Kutaiba, an area in western Gaza, the health ministry said.

Twelve others were wounded by the attack.

The al-Kutaiba square is adjacent to a park frequently visited by families over the weekend, especially during the summer months, witnesses told Al Jazeera.

Witnesses told Al Jazeera that the two teenagers who lost their lives were playing on the roof of the semi-abandoned building and described a scene where “there was glass everywhere”.

Two other people were wounded in earlier Israeli air raids, which targeted several neighborhoods in Gaza, raising the total figure of those hurt to 14.

Following the attack on al-Kutaiba, a ceasefire agreement was reached through international and regional mediation efforts, Palestinian officials said on Saturday.

In a Twitter post, Hamas, the group governing the Gaza Strip, said the efforts of “several parties” including neighboring Egypt succeeded in implementing a lasting ceasefire.

There has been no immediate confirmation from the Israeli side.

The escalation came just hours after a 15-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces at protests in the Gaza Strip near the fence with Israel and scores were wounded.

Also, a 20-year-old died on Saturday of gunshot wounds.

Hundreds of protesters had amassed near the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip on Friday to commemorate more than 100 days since the start of the Great March of Return mass rallies.

Since the protests began on March 30, nearly 140 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and more than 160,000 have been wounded.

(AJE, PC, Social Media)

EU Denies Netanyahu’s Accusation of Interfering in Israeli Legislation

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.(Photo: MEMO)

The European Union has rejected accusations made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it interferes in Israeli legislation, Arab48.com reported on Friday.

The EU Mission is Israel said:

“The way that Israel defines itself is an internal issue, we respect the internal discussions. However, Democracy and equality are basic values that define our societies… We do not accept, the EU, to see these values doubted or threatened.”

According to Haaretz, the EU added,

“We will never use abject language in general, and we will not use it regarding laws being discussed in the Knesset.”

On Thursday, Netanyahu ordered the Foreign Ministry to summon the EU representative to be reprimanded over alleged remarks and efforts to undermine the passing of the “Nationality Bill”, which stipulates the establishment of Jew-only towns.

EU Ambassador in Tel Aviv Emanuele Giaufret commented:

“The law stinks of racism, and it discriminates against various groups, particularly Arabs, and weakens the values Israel tries to uphold.”

Netanyahu responded:

“It is not enough that the EU finances NGOs that strive to undermine the State of Israel and finances illegal construction [by Palestinians]. It is now interfering with Israeli legislation. Apparently, they do not understand that Israel is a sovereign state.”

Regarding its relations with Israeli parliamentarians, the EU Mission said that they are no different to the relations of any diplomatic mission in the world with host diplomats and politicians.

It also pointed out that Netanyahu himself meets with politicians and diplomats of other countries, mainly the US, with the intention of being able to influence their policies.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Israeli Minister Planned Khan Al-Ahmar Demolition 40 Years Ago (VIDEOS)

Israeli forces violently attacked Palestinian demonstrators protesting the demolition of the occupied Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar. (Photo: via Twitter)

Israel planned the demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar to make room for illegal settlements 40 years ago, newly-emerged documents have revealed.

The revelations show that Uri Ariel, now Israel’s agriculture minister, approved plans for a “Jewish corridor” of illegal settlements that would require the demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar, a Palestinian Bedouin village situated east of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, Haaretz has revealed.

The plan, believed to have been written in the late 1970s, intended to establish the settlements on some 100,000 to 120,000 dunams (25,000 to 30,000 acres) of Palestinian land.

The document in question states “in the area there are many Bedouin involved in the cultivation of land,” which Haaretz sees as undermining claims made by modern-day illegal Israeli settlers that Bedouin only recently “took over the land”.

The document also states that

“since the area is used by the military and a large part of the industry there serves the defense establishment, the area must be closed to Bedouin settlement and evacuated.”

The plan intended for the land to be cleared of its Bedouin residents to make way for Ma’ale Adumim and Kfar Adumim, two illegal Jewish-only settlements situated on the Jerusalem-Jericho road.

Save for the final eviction of Bedouin living in these areas, most of Ariel’s plan has already been accomplished.

Israel has long sought to officially annex Ma’ale Adumim and has pushed a “facts on the ground” policy in the E1 area, which remains largely inhabited by Palestinians. If settled, Israel believes this would create a contiguous area of Jewish settlement and thus facilitate Ma’ale Adumim’s annexation.

Khan Al-Ahmar has been the focus of attention in recent weeks after it was slated for demolition by Israeli occupation forces. Soldiers visited the site on July 2, taking measurements, inspecting the village’s school made of tires and counting livestock in preparation for the demolition.

Residents of Khan Al-Ahmar were told to leave after the area was declared a closed military zone, and mobile homes were installed in nearby Al-Azariya to relocate them.

On July 5, following international outcry, Israel’s Supreme Court delayed the planned demolition.

Khan Al-Ahmar is home to Al-Jahhalin Bedouins, who are refugees from the Negev desert that have lived in the area since their displacement by the Israeli army in 1967. Israel has refused to recognize Al-Jahhalin Bedouin communities or grant them building permits, a strategy often used by Israel to term any Bedouin home illegal.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Violence Flares as Israel Strikes Besieged Gaza Strip

Israeli airstrikes targeting Gaza. (Photo: via Social Media, file)

Israel’s army said it had launched airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip early on Saturday, following Israeli violence at the Gaza fence that saw a Palestinian teenager shot dead and many injured.

The health ministry in the besieged enclave said that 220 Palestinians were injured in Friday’s protests on the Gaza border in addition to 15-year-old Othman Rami Halles who was shot dead.

A Palestinian child was killed today and another 43 people were wounded, during a protest in Gaza, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in the besieged Gaza Strip. https://buff.ly/2La0HX6

Gepostet von The Palestine Chronicle am Freitag, 13. Juli 2018

Palestinians in Gaza have been demonstrating against Israel’s decade-long blockade of the territory and in support of their right to return to lands they fled or were driven from during the war surrounding the creation of Israel in 1948.

Since the protests began on March 30, they have been violently quashed by the Israeli army. Nearly 140 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.

The majority of those killed were non-violent protesters, as well as journalists, bystanders, and a nurse, however, a small number were seeking to breach or damage the border fence.

No Israelis have been killed.

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

Palestinian Child Killed, 43 Injured in Gaza Protests

Othman Rami Hilles, 15, was killed by israeli forces in Gaza. (Photo: via Facebook)

A Palestinian child was killed today and another 43 people were wounded, during a protest in Gaza, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in the besieged Gaza Strip. 

Othman Rami Hilles, 15, was shot by Israeli soldiers who fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at a peaceful protest along the fence separating Gaza from Israel.

A 15-year-old #Palestinian, Othman Hilles, was shot and killed by an #Israeli sniper minutes ago while at least 43 other…

Gepostet von Women For Palestine am Freitag, 13. Juli 2018

The Ministry also said that at least 43 other people were wounded.

Since Palestinians began staging mass rallies near the Gaza-Israeli fence on March 30, over 140 protesters have been killed and thousands more injured by gunfire from Israeli troops and snipers.

(PalestineChronicle.com)

UN: 1,400 Palestinian Protesters May Suffer Long-Term Disability

Palestinians take part in Gaza’s Great March of Return. (Photo: Abdallah Aljamal)

Some 1,400 Palestinians shot by Israeli forces during “Great March of Return” protests in the occupied Gaza Strip face the possibility of “long-term disability”, a United Nations agency has said.

The UN OCHA report, contributed by the World Health Organization and the Disability Working Group, said:

Gaza’s “health sector has continued to struggle with the cumulative caseload of serious injuries, particularly those requiring long-term rehabilitation”.

One obstacle, for example, is that,

“the import to Gaza of materials required for the production of artificial limbs, including carbon fiber and epoxy resins, is restricted, due to Israel’s consideration of these materials as ‘dual use’ items, which could be used also for military purposes.”

Since the start of demonstrations on March 30 up to June 30, says the report, a total of 15,501 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces, of whom 8,221 required hospitalization.

As of July 3, 53 Palestinians had received lower limb amputations and eight had upper limb amputations, with 11 children among the amputees.

OCHA added:

“Additionally, at least ten other Palestinians have been left paralyzed following spinal cord injuries.”

As of June 26, meanwhile, more than 1,400 Palestinians “with severe injuries are at risk of longer-term physical disability”.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Jewish Settler Who Killed Palestinian Toddler, Family to Be Released (VIDEO)

Ahmed Dawabsheh lost his baby brother and parents in an arson attack in 2015. (Photo: via Twitter)

An Israeli court on Thursday ordered a suspect in a firebombing that killed a Palestinian family to be released from prison to house arrest after throwing out parts of his confession.

The July 2015 arson attack killed a toddler and his parents, drawing international condemnation.

The release to house arrest of the suspect, a 17-year-old at the time of the attack who is being held in a special prison ward, was delayed until Sunday to give prosecutors time to appeal the ruling to the supreme court.

Court proceedings were closed to the public since the suspect, accused of being an accessory to racially motivated murder, is being tried as a minor and his identity has not been released.

Court officials and defense lawyers confirmed Thursday’s ruling.

Adi Kedar, one of the suspect’s lawyers, hailed the decision as a “success”.

Last month, the same district court in Lod in central Israel threw out parts of the confessions of both the minor and the main suspect, Amiram Ben-Uliel from the northern West Bank settlement of Shilo.

Eighteen-month-old Ali Dawabsha was burnt to death when the family home in the village of Duma in the Israeli-occupied West Bank was firebombed.

His parents later died of their injuries. His brother Ahmed, four at the time of the attack, was the sole survivor from the immediate family but was left with severe burns.

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

Israeli Supreme Court Freezes Demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar (VIDEO)

Residents of Khan al-Ahmar block Israeli bulldozers to stop the demolition of their village. (Photo: Oren Ziv, Activestills.org)

Israel’s Supreme Court has suspended the planned demolition of a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank pending an appeal amid international opposition to the move.

The court on Thursday extended a previous suspension of the corrugated shack encampment’s demolition until a hearing no later than August 15.

Israel claims Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, was illegally built and has offered to resettle residents 12 kilometers away.

But critics say it is impossible for Palestinians to get building permits, and the removal of its roughly 180 residents is to make room for an Israeli settlement.

The pending demolition has drawn heavy international criticism and become a rallying cry for the Palestinians.

Leaders of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party gathered at the village on Thursday in solidarity with residents.

The UN’s humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories, Jamie McGoldrick, has condemned the planned demolition.

He said:

“These demolitions are particularly outrageous because they target communities who already live in extremely difficult conditions, with high levels of humanitarian needs.”

The village is located in the 60 percent of the West Bank known as Area C, which remains under exclusive Israeli control and is home to dozens of Israeli settlements.

Israel places severe restrictions on Palestinian development in Area C, and home demolitions there are not unusual.

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