Dozens of Palestinians participated in a protest against an Israeli army order to close a Palestinian high school in the al-Lubban village south of the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, on Monday, forcing the Israeli army to back down on the decision.
Local sources told Ma’an that Palestinian families and officials participated in a protest against the closure of the al-Sawiya school, seemed to have forced the Israeli army to back down on its earlier decision.
The Israeli army was to close the al-Sawiya high school, located on the Ramallah-Nablus road, under the pretext that students threw stones at Israeli soldiers nearby.
Israeli forces sealed off roads leading to the high school, in an attempt to prevent students from reaching it.
Meanwhile, as Palestinians began to peacefully protest the closure, Israeli forces attacked protesters and students at the school, causing clashes to break out.
Jewish settlers stormed the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, on Monday, and flooded the area with wastewater for the second time.
Locals said that Jewish settlers from the nearby illegal settlement of Kfar Adummim stormed the village and flooded Khan al-Ahmar with wastewater, causing serious environmental and health hazard for residents.
Sources added that the wastewater from the Kfar Adummim settlement flooded large areas of the village, as Jewish settlers attempt to assist the Israeli government force the residents to leave the area.
This is not the first time Jewish settlers flooded the village with wastewater, causing serious damage to land and property.
Palestinian prisoner Ahmed Al-Rimawi launched a hunger strike to protest against Israeli occupation forces holding him under administrative detention, Quds Press reported yesterday.
According to a statement issued by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC), the Israeli occupation arrested 26-year-old Al-Rimawi in August 2017 and he has been held under administrative detention – detention with trial or charge – since.
85% of prisoners jailed under "administrative detention" are Palestinians that Israel couldn't charge with any crime #BDShttps://t.co/iuHSF3g4hW
Without reaching a reconciliation with the Palestinian factions, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday called for the Palestinian parliament to be dissolved.
During a meeting of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council in Ramallah, Abbas issued a decision calling for the PLO’s Central Council to take the needed measures to dissolve parliament.
Hamas's Mahmoud Zahar: No reconciliation with Fatah as long as Abbas is in power. After we liberate Palestine, we will put him and others on trial for betraying Palestinians. pic.twitter.com/b1k6s7NeEh
According to the statement, the Central Council is to carry out the elections only in the occupied West Bank if the situation on the ground does not allow for them to be carried out in Gaza and Jerusalem.
Prior to Netanyahu’s remarks, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned that the time had come to deliver “the hardest blow” to Hamas should the “violence” on the “border” not stop, he said in reference to the protests being held by unarmed activists.
Lieberman: "There is one choice left, which is to give Hamas a hard blow, even at the price of expanding the conflict there." https://t.co/EDX9BSwLiX
Israeli police said on Saturday they were investigating the death of a Palestinian woman in the occupied West Bank after her husband said he suspected Jewish settlers had pelted their car with rocks.
Reuters was unable to independently verify the circumstances of the incident but footage of the car, which a Reuters cameraman said bore Palestinian license plates, showed what appeared to be a blood-stained broken brick at the foot of the passenger seat, which was covered in shattered glass and blood stains.
A source at the Nablus hospital where Aisha al-Rawbi was brought said the 47-year-old, a mother of eight, was dead on arrival and that she had suffered a head injury. Her relatives said an autopsy was to be carried out at another hospital.
The woman’s husband, Aykube al-Rawbi, 52, said he was driving by a settlement late on Friday after dark along the main road near the Palestinian city of Nablus and that he could not clearly see who pelted the car.
Two New Zealand pro-Palestinian activists have raised NZ$17,576 ($11,435) as of Sunday for a Palestinian charity after being fined by an Israeli court for their alleged role in persuading pop star Lorde to cancel a concert in Tel Aviv last year.
Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab said last week they would not pay the fine of 45,000 shekels ($12,416) awarded to three Israeli teenagers, calling the court’s ruling a “stunt” intended to intimidate Israel’s critics.
Instead, they asked people to donate money through website givealittle.co.nz to the Gaza Mental Health Foundation, a volunteer group that raises funds for mental health and women’s empowerment groups in the Gaza Strip.
As of Sunday, they raised NZ$17,576, according to the website.
Israel's court has fined two New Zealanders $12,000 for encouraging Lorde to cancel her Israel concert, causing 'mental harm' to Israeli teenagers who wanted to attend – the Kiwi duo have instead raised $12,000 for the Gaza Mental Health Foundation via /… https://t.co/HfYuAjjgVZpic.twitter.com/lnvexpHL5r
Lorde canceled her concert in Israel that same month after a campaign by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) group, which campaigns for Palestinian rights, that included the open letter published by Sachs and Abu-Shanab.
Israel’s Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has ordered an immediate halt to fuel deliveries headed to the besieged Gaza Strip in response to what he said were attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians, his office announced on Friday.
The announcement on Friday follows the killing of six Palestinians by Israeli forces during the ongoing Great March of Return protests.
#Israel decided to stop letting fuel into #Gaza which means back to the lack of electricity & all the repercussions of it.
Lieberman said the measure was in response to “riots” along the fence dividing Israel and Gaza and a midweek beach protest in which fishing boats and demonstrators gathered at the northwest end of the Gaza Strip.
The United Nations has warned that Israel’s 11-year blockade of the strip has resulted in a “catastrophic” humanitarian situation.
Under the UN-brokered deal, Qatar pays for the fuel which is then delivered through Israel with UN monitoring, a diplomatic source said.
A Qatari official, speaking to Reuters news agency on Sunday, said Doha planned to help with Gaza’s power crisis “at the request of donor states in the UN, to prevent an escalation of the existing humanitarian disaster”.
Upon the directives of HH the Amir Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) has announced $150 million in emergency aid to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the besieged Gaza Strip for years pic.twitter.com/AmBTQG8tmM
Israeli forces have killed six Palestinians, including two teenage boys, during ongoing protests along the Israeli separation fence east of Gaza, according to Ashraf al-Qidra, the enclave’s health ministry spokesperson.
Four Palestinians were killed along the fence east of Al-Bureij in the center of the Gaza Strip, while one died east of Gaza City, al-Qidra said.
The five victims identified so far are Ahmed Ibrahim Zaki al-Taweel (27), Mohammed Abdulhafid Youssef Ismail (29), Ahmed Ahmed Abdallah Abu Naeem (17), Abdallah Barham Ibrahim Suleiman al-Daghma (25) and Afifi Mahmoud Atta Afifi (18).
The Israeli municipality of Jerusalem’s staff, escorted by Israeli police forces, stormed the Silwan neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, on Friday.
Residents of Silwan told Ma’an that staff from the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem stormed several areas of the neighborhood, under armed protection by Israeli police forces, and photographed residential and commercial buildings and raided a few of them.
Israeli police officers and several employees of the City Council of occupied Jerusalem, invaded on Friday at noon, Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and photographed many homes and stores.https://t.co/PLJat64MPZpic.twitter.com/weaDRZhHKS
Israel uses the pretext of building without a permit to carry out demolitions of Palestinian-owned homes on a regular basis.
Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in East Jerusalem, though the Jerusalem municipality has claimed that compared to the Jewish population, they receive a disproportionately low number of permit applications from Palestinian communities, which also see high approval ratings.
For Jewish settlers in occupied East Jerusalem, the planning, marketing, development, and infrastructure are funded and executed by the Israeli government. By contrast, in Palestinian neighborhoods, all the burden falls on individual families to contend with a lengthy permit application that can last several years and cost tens of thousands of dollars.
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