Thursday, December 13, 2018 Last Update: 6:36 PM GMT

Palestinian Injured as Jewish Settlers Attack Vehicles in Nablus

Israel fosters a “culture of impunity” for Israelis committing violent acts against Palestinians. (Photo: via Twitter)

Dozens of Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles, on Thursday, the Huwwara road near the junction of the illegal Jewish settlement of Yizthar, south of the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus.

The Mayor of Huwwara, Nasser al-Huwwari, said that one Palestinian suffered injuries during the attack due to Jewish settlers showering the Palestinian vehicles with rocks.

He confirmed that three vehicles were severely damaged by Jewish settlers.

Al-Huwwari added that Israeli forces sealed off the main Nablus-Qalqiliya road, in addition to sealing off Huwwara and Awarta checkpoints in the south of the Nablus district.

Local sources told Ma’an clashes broke out among Palestinian youths and Israeli forces in the Asira al-Qibliya village, also south of the Nablus district.

Sources confirmed that the clashes led to dozens of Palestinians suffering from tear-gas inhalation.

Palestinian towns and villages in the Nablus area are surrounded by Jewish settlements and outposts, many of which are protected by the Israeli military and have gained notoriety for being comprised of the most extremist settlers.

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Israel Imposes Closure as Clashes Erupt across Ramallah (VIDEO)

Israel imposes closure on Ramallah as clashes erupt across the West Bank. (Photo: via Twitter)

The Israeli army imposed complete closure on Ramallah City in the central occupied West Bank, on Thursday afternoon, following a shooting attack carried out by a Palestinian near the illegal Jewish settlement of Ofra north of the city killing two Israeli soldiers and critically injuring another two.

The Israeli army reported that reinforcement is being deployed in the West Bank.

The army added, in a statement, that searches are being carried out at the entrances and exits of Ramallah City.

Israeli forces sealed off the Beit El checkpoint, the northern entrance of al-Bireh City and the Ein Siniya crossroads, holding dozens of Palestinian vehicles at the entrances of the city.

Meanwhile, two Palestinian youths were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets, while dozens of others suffered severe tear-gas suffocation during clashes that erupted in the al-Balou and the industrial area of Ramallah City.

Israeli forces detained four Palestinians, including a female minor, during raids in search for the Palestinian suspect of the shooting attack.

Clashes also erupted at the Beit El checkpoint, between dozens of Palestinian youths and Israeli forces, during which Israeli soldiers fired tear-gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Israeli forces set up several flying checkpoints across the industrial area after clashes erupted in the area.

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Israel Detains 6-Year-Old Palestinian in Hebron (VIDEO)

An Israeli occupation soldier arresting a Palestinian child in the West Bank village of Beit Omar. (Photo: Anne Paq, ActiveStills.org)

Israeli forces seized a six-year-old Palestinian child in Hebron (Al-Khalil), and detained him without family members for an hour, reported B’Tselem.

The incident took place on November 25, at aroun2 pmpm, when Israeli forces seized 15-year-old ‘Abd a-Rahman Abu Daoud, and six-year-old Zeid Taha.

Both children were then taken to so-called “Pharmacy Checkpoint” in the segregated city. Abu Daoud was then transferred to Ofer Prison and ultimately sentenced to three months in prison.

Zeid, meanwhile, was moved to two further checkpoints, before being handed over to Palestinian Authority police.

Zeid told B’Tselem researchers:

“The policemen took me into Abu a-Rish Checkpoint (the Pharmacy Checkpoint) and kept me shut in a room there for about an hour … I cried and the soldiers cursed me. Then they put me iina white car. I heard the other boy who was arrested with me asking a woman soldier where they were taking us, and she answered, ‘To prison’.”

His mother – Falestin Taha, 26, a married mother of three – told B’Tselem:

“I couldn’t have imagined that the military would arrest such a young boy. I was shocked and terribly worried. I kept imagining Taha all alone with armed Israeli soldiers.”

According to the mother,

“Zeid is still very scared and anxious. He’s not ready to be apart from me even for a moment. He isn’t even willing to sleep in his own bed. He sleeps holding on to me.”

B’Tselem added that “this is not the first time that Israeli security forces have illegally detained a child below the age of criminal responsibility.”

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Israel Army Kill Three Palestinians, Two Soldiers Killed in Retaliation

Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank. (Photo: File)

At least two Israeli soldiers have been killed and two injured in a shooting in the occupied West Bank after Israeli forces killed three Palestinians in separate operations overnight on Wednesday.

The shooting took place near the illegal settlement of Ofra, in the central West Bank.

On Wednesday night, Israeli forces killed three Palestinians in separate operations over the span of six hours.

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian man after he injured two Israeli police officers in an alleged stabbing attack before dawn in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem. One of the officers was moderately injured, the other lightly.

Israeli police say security forces also shot dead a Palestinian accused of killing two settlers in the West Bank, following a two-month manhunt.

Israeli forces executed Ashraf Naalweh, 23, during the arrest raid early on Thursday in Askar refugee camp in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, according to Palestinian security sources.

The sources told Wafa news agency that an Israeli military unit raided the camp in the early hours and surrounded the house where Naalweh was staying. An exchange of gunfire ensued in which Naalweh was killed. The army has withheld his body.

Naalweh, from Shweikeh, north of the city of Tulkarem, was the main suspect in the killing of two Jewish settlers in early October in the Barkan industrial area near the Israeli settlement of Ariel.

Israeli forces conducted a widespread manhunt for him. His entire immediate family was arrested during the search and their home was constantly raided and ransacked, according to Wafa news agency.

During an overnight raid on another West Bank village, Israeli forces shot dead Salah Omar Barghouti, 29, suspected in a drive-by shooting on Sunday, in which seven Jewish settlers were wounded, including a pregnant woman whose baby later died, the Shin Bet security service said in a statement.

Sunday’s drive-by shooting also took place near the Ofra settlement.

According to Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency, Barghouti was driving his cab when Israeli soldiers opened fire at his vehicle near Surda, north of Ramallah. Sources told Wafa that undercover Israeli forces seized Barghouti’s body.

Army units raided the Barghouti residence in the village of Kobar, north of Ramallah, and arrested his father and brothers, Wafa reported.

They also raided a building in Ramallah after killing Barghouti and seized a car believed to be related to Sunday’s drive-by shooting attack near Ofra.

The Shin Bet’s statement did not say if Barghouti was suspected of being the gunman or an accomplice. It said an unspecified number of other suspects were arrested.

The Shin Bet announcement came hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that those who carried out Sunday’s drive-by shooting would be found and brought to justice.

Israeli forces arrested a total of 38 Palestinians across the West Bank and Jerusalem early Thursday morning.

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Israeli Forces Raid Al-Quds University

Israeli forces stormed several colleges and offices at Al-Quds University. (Photo: via Twitter)

Israeli forces raided the al-Quds University, on Wednesday, in Abu Dis village, southeast of the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem.

Local sources confirmed that a large number of heavily armed Israeli forces raided the campus, ransacking several faculties and offices, causing material damages.

Israeli forces searched student bloc offices, damaged the students’ personal belongings, and seized surveillance camera recordings.

Sources added that prior to the raid, violent clashes erupted among Palestinian youths and Israeli forces.

Al-Quds University, along with other Palestinian universities, has been subjected to numerous Israeli military raids in the past.

The university was raided several times throughout the years, when Israeli forces destroyed the school’s property, injured scores of students during clashes, confiscated the school’s equipment and documents and even staged a raid during a book fair for students in need, proceeding to destroy and confiscate all of the contents of the fair meant for struggling, low-income students.

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Disabled Athletes Compete in Gaza Sports Contest

Disabled Palestinians compete at an event in Gaza. (Photo: via MEMO)

The Rachel Corrie Gaza Sport Initiative was held for the fifth time this year for Palestinians with special needs in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The table tennis tournament held today was attended by nearly 50 players – both male and female – from a range of clubs.

The majority of the players had been injured by Israeli forces.

The Rachel Corrie Gaza Sports Initiative is an annual project, consisting of the Rachel Corrie Ramadan Football Tournaments and the Rachel Corrie Tournament for Athletes with Disabilities.

The Tournament for Athletes with Disabilities helps connect those with disabilities to the broader Palestinian society, affirms the place of the disabled in Gaza, and provides an avenue of accomplishment and fun in the sphere of athletics.

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Israeli Minister Tours West Bank Settlements: ‘We Are Here to Win’

Israel’s Minister of Science and Technology, Ofir Akunis. (Photo: via Facebook)

Israeli minister Ofir Akunis toured Israeli settlements yesterday and “declared his support” for the annexation of the so-called Gush Etzion settlement “bloc” and “Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] in general”, reported right-wing news outlet Arutz Sheva.

The Minister of Science and Technology, part of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party, visited the Gush Etzion settlements with local settler council leader Shlomo Ne’eman.

Akunis described the Gush Etzion settlement bloc as

“One of the foundations of our people dating back thousands of years, and anyone who disputes this right is wrong”.

He declared:

“As we have been forced to leave here in the past, we are here to win, and here thousands of families will raise their children for generations to come.”

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During the visit, the science minister said that his ministry “bring[s] all the wonders of science and technology…here to Gush Etzion” settlements.

Ne’eman expressed thanks on behalf of the local settlers “for his great support both in the field of his professional office and on the national level”.

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Israeli Forces Storm Palestinian Town, Confiscate CCTV Footage

Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank. (Photo: File)

Five Palestinians were wounded yesterday morning after Israeli occupation forces stormed Al-Bireh and confiscated surveillance cameras in the area, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.

More than 40 armored military vehicles stormed the occupied West Bank cities of Ramallah and Al-Bireh, raiding a number of shops around the headquarters of the Palestinian finance ministry and confiscating CCTV footage from the area.

Local sources said that the Israeli occupation forces set up flying checkpoints in Al-Masayif neighborhood and checked the IDs of Palestinian passersby.

The commander of the Israeli forces told journalists that they had not planned to storm the finance ministry but wanted to confiscate CCTV recordings from the area.

Five Palestinians were injured during the raid, according to PRC.

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Four-Year-Old Palestinian Boy Dies of Wounds from Israeli Fire

Ahmed Abu Abed, 4, died as a result of the wounds he received last Friday. (Photo: via Social Media)

A four-year-old Palestinian boy has died after being injured by Israeli gunfire at a routine protest near the fence with Israel, Gaza’s health authorities said.

The Ministry of Health spokesperson, Ashraf al-Qidra, said that Ahmed Abu Abed died late on Tuesday.

Al-Qudra said in a statement on Tuesday:

“Ahmed Abu Abed, aged four years and eight months, died as a result of the wounds he received last Friday east of Khan Younis.”

In the hospital where the boy died, 38-year-old Bassem told AFP news agency he was the child’s uncle.

He said Abu Abed was injured by shrapnel when his father was shot during regular Friday protests, dubbed the Great March of Return.

The boy’s funeral will take place on Wednesday.

A fragile calm has taken over the besieged enclave since an Egyptian-brokered deal between Hamas and Israel was announced last month.

The truce was designed to restore calm and end two days of Israeli aerial attacks on Gaza which began after Palestinian factions fired rockets at Israel in retaliation for an undercover Israeli operation that killed seven in Gaza.

The killing of four-year-old Abu Abed follows months of demonstrations by Gazans along the fence with Israel, demanding their right to their ancestral lands from which they were expelled 70 years ago.

The Great March of Return rallies culminated on May 15 to mark what Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or Catastrophe – a reference to the forced removal of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and villages to clear the way for Israel’s establishment in 1948.

So far, almost 200 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, one of the most densely populated places on earth.

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Palestinian Shot, Killed by Israeli Forces in Hebron (VIDEO)

Omar Hassan al-Awawdeh, 27, was shot and killed by Israeli forces. (Photo: via Facebook)

A Palestinian youth was shot and killed by Israeli forces, on Tuesday morning, in the Ithna village in western Hebron (Al-Khalil).

The Palestinian Red Crescent identified the youth as Omar Hassan al-Awawdeh, 27, from Ithna.

Al-Awawdeh was shot and critically injured in his back by Israeli forces in the village when he allegedly did not stop his vehicle for search, upon order by soldiers, according to the Israeli army.

Israeli forces claimed that the youth attempted to run soldiers over.

Medical sources at the al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron confirmed al-Awawdeh’s death later.

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