Monday, January 20, 2020 Last Update: 1:55 PM GMT

Jewish Settlers Attack Palestinian Homes in Hebron

Jewish settlers attack Palestinian homes in Hebron (Al-Khalil). (Photo: via Twitter)

Jewish settlers carried out overnight attacks on Palestinian homes in the occupied city of Hebron (Al-Khalil), local media reported.

Dozens of settlers from the illegal Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba threw rocks and glass bottles at Palestinian homes in the Hebron neighborhood of Jaber, according to Palestinian Authority’s official news agency WAFA.

The settlers were protected by a military escort as they chanted profanities and racist slogans against local Palestinian residents.

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

As journalist and author Ramzy Baroud commented:

“Jewish settler violence should not be analyzed separately from the violence meted out by the Israeli army, but seen within the larger context of the violent Zionist ideology that governs Israeli society entirely.”

“Settler violence has long since become part of Palestinians’ daily life under occupation,” according to the Human Rights Group B’tselem. “Israeli security forces enable these actions, which result in Palestinians casualties – injuries and fatalities – as well as damage to land and property. In some cases, they even serve as an armed escort, or even join in the attacks”. 

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.

(The Palestine Chronicle, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, Social Media)

Israeli Soldiers Raid School, Terrorize Students near Ramallah (VIDEO)

Israeli forces routinely raid schools and assault Palestinian students in the occupied West Bank. (Photo: File)

Israeli forces raided today a school and terrorized its students in the village Deir Nizam, near Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.

Israeli Soldiers raided the school and ransacked classrooms, causing horror and fear among students as they threatened to detain some of them.

IOF break into school in Ramallah

#Watch| Israeli soldiers on Sunday morning broke into a school in the village of Deir Nidham in western Ramallah, intimidating children.

Posted by Quds News Network on Sunday, January 19, 2020

The soldiers claimed that rocks were thrown by some students at illegal Jewish settlers’ vehicles near the aforementioned village.

As journalist and author Ramzy Baroud commented, “Israel’s strategy in destroying the infrastructure of the Palestinian schooling system is a brutal logic, that has guided the Israeli government strategy regarding Palestinian education for 70 years.”

“It is a war,” Baroud added, “that cannot be discussed or understood outside the larger war on Palestinian identity, freedom, and, in fact, the very existence of the Palestinian people.”

(Palestine Chronicle, WAFA, Social Media)

Israeli Forces Detain Palestinian Elderly Woman in Jerusalem (VIDEOS)

Israeli police arrest a Palestinian woman at Damascus Gate, in Old Jerusalem. (Photo: Video Grab)

Israeli police detained today a Palestinian woman at Damascus Gate, one of the gates to the Old City of Jerusalem, under allegation she attempted a stabbing attack.

Fully armed Israeli soldiers were caught on camera while brutally assaulting the woman, whose identity was not immediately known, before taking her away.

#WatchThe moment when IOF brutally assaulted an elderly women before arresting her at Bab al-Amud gate at al-Aqsa mosque.

Posted by 16th October Group on Saturday, January 18, 2020

Police closed Damascus Gate and nearby streets and prevented people from entering or leaving the Old City after the incident.

According to Palestine Prisoners Center for Studies 200 arrests have been already documented throughout Palestine since the start of 2020.

(Palestine Chronicle, WAFA, Social Media)

Israeli Forces Raid Bethlehem, Arrest Three Palestinians

Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian man in the West Bank. (Photo: via Twitter)

Israeli forces on Friday detained at least three Palestinians from the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem.

Security sources confirmed that Israeli forces raided Bethlehem city, and arrested two Palestinians, including a former prisoner.

Israeli soldiers also arrested a third man, after ransacking his family’s house in Njeim village, near Bethlehem.

Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

According to Prisoner Support and Human Rights Organization Addameer, 5,000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli jails, including 185 children and 458 administrative detainees.

(Palestine Chronicle, WAFA, Social Media)

Israeli Forces Assault Palestinian Worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque (VIDEOS)

Israeli police storm Al-Aqsa compound. (Photo: Video Grab)

Israeli police on Friday stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem and assaulted Palestinian worshippers.

Thousands of Palestinians rallied at the mosque compound following the Fajr Prayer, chanting slogans slamming frequent Israeli intrusions into the site.

Scores of Israeli police officers stormed the area and assaulted the Palestinian worshippers, inflicting bruises and contusions to dozens, including the elderly.

Israeli Police opened fire towards the worshippers participating in the rally, injuring at least five with rubber-coated steel bullets.

Local sources confirmed that the casualties received medical treatment at the scene.

Israeli occupation Police officers broke into Alaqsa Mosque compound and physically assaulted the Palestinian worshipers, today at dawn during Alfajer prayer.

Posted by Wafaa A. AlUdaini on Friday, January 17, 2020

“Al-Aqsa Mosque has served not only as a religious symbol for Palestinians but a national symbol as well,” wrote Palestinian journalist and author Ramzy Baroud, “representing their coveted freedom and serving as a source of hope and unity throughout generations.”

Tensions at the Al-Aqsa compound have been rising for some time, as increasing settler raids have been reported.

Jewish settlers raid Al-Aqsa Mosque on a daily basis and perform Talmudic rituals inside its yards, while the Israeli army limits access to Muslim worshippers during this time.

(Palestine Chronicle, WAFA, Social Media)

Israeli Army Demolishes School Foundations East of Yatta

Palestinian children start the new school year in a school demolished by Israeli occupation forces. (Photo: via Twitter)

Israeli forces today demolished the foundations of a new school in Southern West Bank, according to Rateb Jabour, a member of the National and Popular Committee Resisting the Wall and Settlements.

Jabour told WAFA that Israeli soldiers stormed the area and began to demolish the foundation of the building.

The school was being built between Yatta and Bani Naim, near the illegal Jewish Israeli settlement of Beni Hefer.

According to Jabour, no prior notice of demolition was given to the school administration.

The school was intended to serve children who live in remote and isolated villages and often have to travel long distances to reach their schools in nearby towns.

As journalist and author Ramzy Baroud commented, Israel’s strategy in destroying the infrastructure of the Palestinian schooling system is a brutal logic, that has guided the Israeli government strategy regarding Palestinian education for 70 years.”

“It is a war,” Baroud added, “that cannot be discussed or understood outside the larger war on Palestinian identity, freedom, and, in fact, the very existence of the Palestinian people.”

(Palestine Chronicle, WAFA, Social Media)

Israeli Forces Raid West Bank Town

Israeli forces storm the town of Beit Ummar, in occupied West Bank. (Photo: via Twitter)

Israeli forces raided today the town of Beit Ummar, in Southern West Bank, prompting clashes with local residents, according to activist Mohammad Awad.

Awad told WAFA that Israeli soldiers raided the southern neighborhoods of Beit Ummar, located on the main road between Hebron (Al-Khalil) and Bethlehem, and fired teargas canisters and stun grenades at local residents who confronted them.

Several people suffocated from inhaling teargas said and were treated at the spot, according to Awad.

(Palestine Chronicle, WAFA, Social Media)

Israeli Airstrikes Reported in Gaza (VIDEO)

Israeli airstrike on Gaza. (Photo: via Twitter)

Israel carried out a series of airstrikes on the besieged Palestinian Gaza Strip on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

The Israeli military claimed that the airstrikes were a response to four rockets that were fired at Israel from the Gaza enclave, earlier in the afternoon.

However, there was no immediate claim of responsibility from Palestinian Resistance groups in the Strip, which has been under a hermetic Israeli blockade since 2007.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

Israel Releases Palestinian Prisoner after 113 Days on Hunger Strike

Palestinian prisoners Ahmad Zahran. (Photo: via Social Media)

Palestinian prisoner Ahmad Zahran has been released after spending 113 days on hunger strike in Israeli jails, the head of the  Palestinian Commission of Prisoners and ex-Prisoners’ Affairs, Qadri Abu Bakr, announced yesterday.

Abu Bakr said:

“Following a 113-day hunger strike Zaher was able to reach an agreement with the Israeli prison administration in exchange for his release”.

Zahran, from the Ramallah-area village of Deir Abu Mishaal, was detained last March and placed under administrative detention without charge or trial and based on secret evidence not available even to his lawyer.

He has served a total of 15 years in Israeli prisons for resisting the occupation.

As journalist and author Ramzy Baroud commented: 

“Administrative detention is Israel’s go-to legal proceeding when it simply wants to mute the voices of Palestinian political activists but lacks any concrete evidence that can be presented in an open, military court.”

“The procedure,” Baroud continues, “denies the detainees any due process, and fails to produce an iota of evidence to as why the prisoner – who is often subjected to severe and relentless torture – is being held in the first place.”

5,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently detained in Israeli prisons, including 41 women, 185 minors and seven lawmakers, according to Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association Addameer. 

(Palestine Chronicle, MEMO, Social Media)

Jewish Settlers Flood West Bank Farmlands with Wastewater

Illegal jewish settlements have been discharging their untreated sewage through Israel’s Apartheid wall near Jenin. (Photo: via Twitter)

Jewish settlers today flooded farmlands of the village of Jalboun, located to the east of the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, with wastewater.

Mayor of Jalboun Nidal Abu al Rub told WAFA that settlers from neighboring illegal settlements have been discharging their untreated sewage for several days through Israel’s Apartheid wall.

He added that the toxic stream of sewage that runs steadily has a devastating effect on the health and livelihood of Palestinians in the area, and urged human rights organizations to immediately intervene to bring this Israeli violation to an end.

The sewage submerging farmlands, and the rancid smell engulfing the area and mosquitoes swarming it often force farmers to desert their farmlands, which are subsequently seized for the expansion of Israeli colonial settlements.

Israel’s Apartheid wall has negatively impacted Palestinian water resources, which are already devastated by continuous Israeli theft and illegal dumping of toxic waste.

According to a report issued by the Bethlehem-based, Applied Research Institute, “(Illegal Jewish) settlements don’t have wastewater treatment plants and instead dump their wastewater onto the Palestinian villages”.

“Untreated wastewater”, the report continues, “is one of the biggest pollutants in the West Bank, contaminating streams, springs, and other water sources”.

(Palestine Chronicle, WAFA, Social Media)