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Jewish Settler Kills Palestinian Teenager near Qalqilya

Karam Ali Salman, 18, was killed by an illegal Jewish settler near Qalqilya. (Photo: via Social Media)

A Palestinian teenager was killed Saturday night by a Jewish settler near the settlement of Kedumim, illegally built on Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank province of Qalqilia, the official news agency WAFA reported.

Karam Ali Salman, 18, a resident of Qusin village near the city of Nablus, was reportedly shot dead by an armed Israeli settler in yet unclear circumstances.

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Salman’s killing is part of an ongoing wave of unabated settler violence encouraged by the new far-right Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu and with incitement from his ultranationalist cabinet ministers Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich.

Last night, attacks by Jewish settlers were reported in many areas and junctions across the occupied West Bank.

At least 31 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli occupation forces since the beginning of January, making it the deadliest month for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in years.

(WAFA, PC, SOCIAL)

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade Claims Responsibility for Jerusalem Shooting as Israel Arrests Dozens of Palestinians

Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades holds a press conference in Nablus. (Photo: via ActiveStills)

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for a shooting in Jerusalem on Friday night which left at least seven Jewish settlers killed, in what Israel has said is one of the worst attacks in years, The New Arab reported.

The shooting in the Neve Yaakov Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem came after the killing of 10 Palestinians a day earlier in the occupied West Bank, nine of them in the Jenin refugee camp.

The shooter was identified as 21-year-old Khairy Alqam.

“The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades mourns the martyrdom of Khairy Alqam from the Al-Tur neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem,” the group said.

It added that Alqam died “after he shook the security of the Zionist entity, and with his gun killed more than seven and exposed the fragility of their [Israel’s] security and military system.”

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades – the armed wing of the Fatah movement – said the Friday evening attack was a “natural response” to the crimes committed by Israel, the latest being the raid in Jenin.

At least 32 Palestinians have been killed by Israel in the West Bank since the beginning of the year.

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Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahranoth said on its website Friday that Alqam had “no security records” with the Israeli authorities and was “unknown” to them.

In the wake of the attack, Israel on Saturday increased its security alert to the “highest level,” deploying extra forces to Jerusalem and the West Bank.

A statement by the Israeli police said they had arrested “42 people for questioning” overnight, “some of them members of the terrorist’s family”. Others detained included residents of the gunman’s neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem which Israel annexed in 1967.

(The New Arab, PC, SOCIAL)

Israeli Soldiers Open Fire at Palestinian Journalists Covering Event near Nablus

Israeli forces block the entrance in the town of Beita. (Photo: via QNN)

Israeli occupation soldiers on Saturday opened fire in the direction of Palestinian journalists while covering an event in the town of Beita, near Nablus, the official news agency WAFA reported.

Palestinian journalist Wahaj Bani Moufleh told WAFA that he and his colleague, Mohammad Sumrin, were preparing a report on the Israeli army’s closure of the Beita entrance with cement boulders. Israeli soldiers shot live gunfire in their direction despite the fact that they were wearing vests clearly indicating that they were press.

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Sumrin reported that a couple of Israeli soldiers first fired tear gas canisters at a group of youths, then opened fire in their direction and forced them to pull back immediately.

Last night, a Jewish settler opened fire and injured five people in the town of Beita.

Afterward, Israeli soldiers came to the area and instead of arresting the settler placed the boulders at the entrance of the town, blocking the movement of people, even pedestrians.

(PC, WAFA, SOCIAL)

BREAKING: Two Israelis Wounded in New Attack in Occupied East Jerusalem

Two Israelis were reportedly shot and wounded on Saturday in occupied East Jerusalem in a new shooting attack. (Photo: Video Grab)

Two Israelis were reportedly shot and wounded on Saturday in occupied East Jerusalem in a new shooting attack, hours after a Palestinian gunman killed seven people in the settlement of Neve Yaakov on Friday, The New Arab reported.

Israeli police said the suspect was killed following the latest gun attack in the Silwan neighborhood, just outside Jerusalem’s Old City.

Unconfirmed reports have indicated that the attacker may have been as young as 13 years old.

Israel’s medical sources identified the victims as two men, aged 47 and 23, both with “gunshot wounds to their upper body”.

On Friday evening, seven Israelis were killed and ten others wounded in a shooting attack, a day after an Israeli military raid targeted the town of Jenin and its adjacent refugee camp in the northern West Bank, killing nine Palestinians and wounding 20 others.

Crowds shouted “Death to Arabs” – a chant popularized by national security minister Itamar Ben Gvir – as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured the scene of the synagogue attack late Friday.

Over 30 Palestinians have reportedly been killed since the beginning of this year, while last year has been described by the United Nations as the bloodiest year in the West Bank in decades.

(The New Arab, PC, SOCIAL)

‘Shackled in His Bed’: Palestinian Child Succumbs to Wounds Sustained from Israeli Gunfire near Jerusalem

Wadee’ Abu Rumouz, 16, was killed by Israeli forces near Jerusalem. (Photo: via Social media)

A Palestinian child succumbed on Friday evening to the wounds he sustained from Israeli gunfire in Silwan, near Occupied East Jerusalem Jerusalem, Wadi the official news agency WAFA reported.

The Wadi al-Hilweh Information Center said that Wadee’ Abu Rumouz, 16, was shot in the chest by an Israeli soldier during a military raid in Silwan on Wednesday.

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The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement that Abu Rumouz died while shackled in his hospital bed, despite his critical injury. PPS added that his family was prevented from seeing him.

Abu Rumouz’s body remains in Israeli custody.

With the death of Abu Rumouz, the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli occupation forces in the Occupied West Bank since the beginning of the year rises to 31.

(PC, WAFA, SOCIAL)

BREAKING: Seven Israelis Killed, Ten Others Wounded in Strong Palestinian Response to Latest Jenin Massacre

Seven Israelis were killed in a shooting attack in Occupied Jerusalem. (Photo: video grab)

UPDATED: Seven Israelis were reportedly killed and ten others wounded in a shooting attack in Occupied Jerusalem on Friday, according to official Israeli sources.

The Israeli Broadcasting Authority said that one of the attackers was killed, adding that Israeli forces are now searching for others allegedly involved in the operation. Other Israeli sources say that the attack was carried by one person only. 

The shooting attack took place in the Nabi Yaqoub area, north of Occupied Jerusalem. 

Israeli medical sources also stated that ten people were injured in the shooting incident in Jerusalem.

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This operation comes a day after an Israeli military raid targeted the town of Jenin and its adjacent refugee camp in the northern West Bank, killing nine Palestinians and wounding 20 others. 

Israeli Media sources claimed that the attacker is a resident of Occupied East Jerusalem.

The Israeli newspaper Yedioth Arenoth claimed that the attacker is a resident of the Shuafat refugee camp and that he is a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of the Fatah movement. 

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Shuafat has been under intense Israeli siege and frequent raids in recent days, with Salah Ali, 17, being the latest victim to be killed by Israel on Wednesday.  

Over 30 Palestinians have reportedly been killed since the beginning of this year, while last year has been described by the United Nations as the bloodiest year in the West Bank in decades.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

Fighting Back: Gaza Unleashes New Weapon in Fight against Israel (VIDEO)

The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades circulated videos showing its new air defenses at work during an Israeli air raid on Gaza. (Photo: Video Grab)

The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, circulated videos showing its new air defenses at work during an Israeli air raid on Gaza, Palestinian and Arab media reported. 

Al-Qassam Brigades posted on its website a video showing its new air defenses, which are reportedly able to intercept Israeli warplanes with surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft missiles.

On Friday morning, Israeli jet fighters targeted two sites belonging to the Palestinian Resistance with a number of missiles. 

The bombing caused damage to the two sites and several houses in the Al-Maghazi refugee camp and east of the town of Beit Hannoun. 

(The Palestine Chronicle)

Amnesty International Says Jenin Raid is Reminder of the Cost of Israel’s ‘Total Impunity’

Israeli forces raided Jenin and killed nine people. (Photo: via ActiveStills.org)

Amnesty International said on Thursday that the deadly Israeli raid in the Jenin refugee camp is a horrifying reminder of the cost of impunity, the official news agency WAFA reported.

“In the space of just a few hours this morning, Israeli forces killed at least nine people and injured 20 more; blocked ambulances from accessing the wounded; and fired tear gas at a hospital, reportedly causing suffocation injuries to sick children,” Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director at Amnesty International, Philip Luther, said.

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“Medics in Jenin say a child is one of those being treated for gunshot wounds, and Palestinian authorities have confirmed that a 61-year-old woman was among those shot dead,” Luther added.

He pointed out that the northern West Bank refugee camp has been a target of “relentless” Israeli military raids and “escalatory crackdown”.

“For almost a year, Jenin refugee camp has been at the center of Israel’s escalating military crackdown. Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead in the camp last May, and its residents continue to be subjected to relentless military raids which amount to collective punishment” .

He went on to condemn the de facto impunity conferred on Israel and the passivity of the international community towards Israeli crimes.

“Meanwhile, Israel continues to enjoy total impunity for the system of apartheid it imposes on Palestinians – a system which is partly maintained through violations like unlawful killings. While Palestinian deaths mount, the international response to Israel’s violations consists of little more than timid condemnation at best, and unconditional support at worst,” he said.

Luther finally stressed the need for collective action to hold Israel accountable for its violations and crimes.

“Today’s bloodshed is a reminder of the cost of this shameful inaction – until there is accountability, deadly attacks against Palestinians across the Occupied Palestinian Territories will continue.”

(WAFA, PC, SOCIAL)

Saudi Arabia Strongly Condemns Israeli Raid in Jenin

Palestinians in Jenin mourn the victims of the Israeli brutal military assault. (Photo: via ActiveStills.org)

Saudi Arabia strongly condemned on Thursday a raid by Israeli commandos on the Palestinian town of Jenin that killed nine people and injured dozens of others, the Said state news agency SPA reported.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry said it denounced Israeli forces’ “storming of the city” that led to “the fall of a number of victims”.

The Ministry said Saudi Arabia rejected “serious violations of international law by the Israeli Occupation Forces” and called on the international community to take responsibility to “end the Occupation, stop the Israeli escalation and aggressions and provide the necessary protection for civilians,” SPA said.

Kuwait and Oman also condemned the attack, their state news agencies said on Thursday.

UN and Arab mediators said they were in talks with Israel and Palestinian factions in hope of heading off escalation after the protests in Jenin, among areas of the northern West Bank that have seen intensified Israeli operations in the last year.

(MEMO, PC, SOCIAL)

Blinken to Visit Middle East amid Ongoing Israeli Violence

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. (Photo: US Embassy Nigeria, via Wikimedia Commons)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Egypt, Israel and the West Bank from Sunday to Tuesday in his first trip to the Middle East this year, the US State Department announced.

The top US diplomat’s visit was announced just hours after Israeli commandos killed ten Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank, stirring fear of further flare-ups after the largest single death toll in years of fighting.

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In meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Blinken will discuss Israeli-Palestinian relations and preserving the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, department spokesperson, Ned Price, said in a statement on Thursday.

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“With both Israeli and Palestinian leaders, the Secretary will underscore the urgent need for the parties to take steps to de-escalate tensions in order to put an end to the cycle of violence that has claimed too many innocent lives,” Price said.

Price said Blinken would also discuss the importance of upholding the status quo around the Haram Al-Sharif, where a storming by Israeli far-right Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir recently stirred outrage among Palestinians.

(MEMO, PC, SOCIAL)