Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Israel demolishes 27 homes and makes 118 people homeless, 17 more houses also slated for destruction

The Civil Administration in the West Bank on Tuesday demolished 23 homes and three outhouses in the southern Hebron hills villages of Jinba and Halawa. According to Israeli activists who reached Jinba by midday, shortly after the demolitions, 78 people had been living in the newly-built homes, including 60 children. In Jerusalem the Jerusalem municipality destroyed in thelast days four homes, which made 40 people homeless.
Fifteen of the demolished structures were in the soutj Hebron area in the villaes of Jinba and Halawa. Many were built with financing provided by European and other foreign agencies. All 12 villages in the area developed in the 19th century from settlements of cave-dwellers, who had originally inhabited the numerous caves in the area.

Five Palestinians and one Israeli killed in four days, two Israelis seriously wounded

Israeli security forces and emergency personnel stand next to the body of a Palestinian man following an attack at Damascus Gate, a main entrance to Jerusalem's Old City on February 3, 2016. Israeli police and soldiers have killed five Palestinians in four days. Four of them were involved in attacks on Israelis during which five Israelis were wounded, one of whom later died.
Three Palestinians were shot dead Wednesday after carrying out an armed attack near Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem's Old City that left two Israeli officers critically wounded. Israeli police said.
Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an that the three youths attracted the attention of Israeli Border Police officers as they approached Damascus Gate.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday: two Palestinians shot dead after stabbing two women in an Israeli settlement

Two Palestinians were shot dead after allegedly stabbing and injuring two Israeli women in the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit Horon, west of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank, Israeli police said.
Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said "two terrorists approached a grocery store in Beit Horon and stabbed a woman, then they fled the scene. As they were fleeing the two then stabbed another woman before a security guard neutralized them,'' Al-Samri said" 
One Israeli woman, 40, was seriously injured after being stabbed in the "upper part" of her body, while another woman, 60, sustained light wounds. Al-Samri added that two explosive devices were also found after police searched the area.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Palestinian teen killed by prematurely exploded bomb

Mohammed Halabiyya
Israeli military sources have reported that a Palestinian teen was killed, on Saturday evening, in Abu Dis town east of occupied Jerusalem, when an explosive he allegedly was preparing to throw at an Israeli military outpost, detonated prematurely.
The explosion did not lead to any casualties among the soldiers. The body of the slain Palestinian was severely mutilated due to the blast. The Palestinian Red Crescent said its medics rushed to the scene, but Israeli soldiers prevented them from approaching the Palestinian, and declared the area a closed military zone.
The slain Palestinian was later identified Mohammad Nabil Halabiyya, 16 years of age, from Abu Dis town.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Curfew in Tunisia after days of unrest over unemployment

Photo Moncef Tajouri/AP
Tunisia's Prime Minister Habib Essid has held an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss a wave of protests and rioting over growing unemployment.The meeting on Saturday came a day after the government declared a nationwide curfew after four days of violence.
"People should understand that we can reach a solution, yet this requires a great amount of patience and positiveness. And, as I said, many dark ideologies are taking advantage of the peaceful demonstrations and the enthusiasm of many youth," Essid told a press conference.
"Many enemies do not wish to Tunisia or Tunisians successful. They feel undermined by the democratic process. They are doing all they can to disturb the harmony of our democracy and the historic transition period Tunisia has seen. The transition is inevitable. The transition is irreversible," Essid added.
Thousands of dissatisfied people have taken to the streets in recent days, demanding immediate action against unemployment and poor economic conditions.

Saturday: Brave Israeli guard from settlement kills dangerous 14 year old female terrorist

Israeli sources reported Saturday, that an armed guard of the settlement “Anatot” north of Jerusalem, shot dead a Palestinian child after she allegedly pulled a knife on him.
The child has been identified as Roqayya Eid Abu Eid (al-Yattawi), 14, from the Palestinian town of ‘Anata, in the Jerusalem district.‘Anatot’ is constructed on land taken illegally from ‘Anata.
According to the Israeli newspaper “Jerusalem Post” the incident took place outside Anatot settlement on Saturday morning. Acccording to the guard ''he approached her to ask for identification, and question her, but she pulled a knife and tried to stab him.” The guard was not harmed.
The child initially suffered very serious wounds, and later died. Palestinian sources said the child’s extended family is from Yatta town, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron. The family moved to ‘Anata ten years ago.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Jerusalem municipality demolishes house

Bulldozers of the Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem Wednesday demolished a Palestinian-owned under construction house in Wadi Qadoom neighborhood in the East Jerusalem town of Silwan, under the pretext there was no licence for the building.
Wadi Hilweh Information Center reported that Israeli police forces, accompanied with bulldozers, and a municipal staff, stormed the town of Silwan in the pre-dawn hours, sealed off Wadi Qadoom and surrounding areas, before proceeding to demolish the 300-square-meters house, which was built only three months ago and belonged to local Samer Nassar.
The Nassar family said that the demolition took place without any prior notice, noting that the building costs amounted to 180 thousand Israeli Shekels (over 35 thousand Dollars).

Monday, January 18, 2016

One female Israeli settler killed, another one wounded in stabbing attacks

A pregnant Israeli woman was wounded in a stabbing attack in the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, in Gush Etzion, according to initial reports. Medical personal said she suffered moderate-to-serious wounds.
The woman was in a warehouse when she was attacked by a Palestinian man, who was shot by a settlement resident. The attacker, who was previously reported killed, is now said to be in serious condition.
She suffered injuries to her upper body. They said that the woman was fully conscious before she was taken to hospital for further treatment.
The incident took place inside the settlement, as did another stabbing on Sunday. 39-year-old Dafna Meir was stabbed to death inside her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel after a struggle with the attacker.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday: Israelis kill at Huwwara checkpoint 159th Palestinian

Wisam Qasrawi
Israeli soldiers shot dead a young Palestinian man on Sunday afternoon, man, allegedly after attempting to stab a soldier, at the Huwwara military roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Palestinian medical sources said the young man has been identified as Wisam Marwan Qasrawi, 21, from Msalya village, southeast of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
The Israeli military reported no injuries among the soldiers, pushed dozens of additional troops into the area, and closed the roadblock.
His father refuted the Israeli claims of an "attempting stabbing attack", and said Wisam headed to his work at the brick factory, where he has been working for several years, and accused the military of executing him.He added that his slain son was helping the family provide livelihood for his five brothers, including children.
Qasrawi is the 159th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli fire since October 1, 2015.

Yes, Israel Is Executing Palestinians Without Trial

by Gideon Levy, Haaretz

We should call it like it is: Israel executes people without trial nearly every day. Any other description is a lie. If there was once discussion here about the death penalty for terrorists, now they are executed even without trial (and without discussion). If once there was debate over the rules of engagement, today it’s clear: we shoot to kill – any suspicious Palestinian.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan outlined the situation clearly when he said, “Every terrorist should know he will not survive the attack he is about to commit” – and almost every politician joined him in nauseating unison, from Yair Lapid on up. Never have so many licenses to kill been handed out here, nor has the finger been so itchy on the trigger.

In 2016, one doesn’t have to be Adolf Eichmann to be executed here – it’s enough to be a teenage Palestinian girl with scissors. The firing squads are active every day. Soldiers, police and civilians shoot those who stabbed Israelis, or tried to stab them or were suspected of doing so, and at those who run down Israelis in their cars or appear to have done so.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Friday: Israelis kill two in Gaza

Israeli forces, on Friday afternoon, shot dead a two Palestinianx in the Gaza -Strip. One was killed during a military invasion of al-Bureij refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip, the other  was shot during a protest in Khan Younis, in which protesters threatened a portion of the border fence.
Doctors said that 19-year-old Mohammad Abu Zayed from al-Bureij had been shot in the head. His body was taken to the al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah.Medics added that at least 10 other Palestinian youths had been shot and wounded by live fire during the clashes.
Some hours later, a second Palestinian died after being shot in the stomach.Gaza’s Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra identified the man as Mohammad Majdi Qaita, 26, from Khan Younis. Qaita was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to the al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, the spokesman added.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thursday: Israeli soldiers kill two Palestinians, one from Sa'ír, the 12th from this town since 1 October

The dead Moayyad Jabarin.

Updated. Israeli soldiers shot and killed, two Palestinians on Thurday. One was killed at an Israeli military checkpoint nearby the Palestinian village of Asira ash-Shamaliya, north of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus. Israel’s army said that he attacked a military vehicle before stabbing and injuring an officer when the forces exited the vehicle. Israeli forces then opened fire on him and killing him on site. He was identified by locals as Haitham Mahmoud Abd al-Jalil, 31.The Israeli was ''very lightely'' wounded, the army said.
Somewhat earlier on the same day the Israeli army killed a young Palestinian close to the Beit 'Anoun Junction, east of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. Palestinian medical sources said the slain Palestinian has been identified as Moayyad Awni Jabarin, 20, from Sa’ir town, northeast of Hebron.
The Israeli army claimed the soldiers "thwarted an attack when the young man attempted to stab them, causing no injuries among soldiers. He was the twelfth Palestinian, from Sa’ir town  to be killed since October 1, 2015