Palestine News

Palestine News (2063) – Negev. Israeli bulldozers on Friday demolished three houses belonging to Palestinian locals near the Negev desert under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Palestinian sources reported to Quds Press that the demolitions included a house in the village of Umm-Qabu near Tall Al-Sabe village as well as two others in the villages of Al-Atrash and Al-Sayyed that are not recognised by the Israeli occupation authorities.

An Arab deputy in the Israeli Knesset, Said Al-Kharoumi, claims that the demolition campaign is just one in a series of recent fierce campaigns that aim mainly at harassing citizens and forcing them out of the area.

Al-Kharoumi told Quds Press that the Israeli authorities have been trying to impose forced solutions, demolitions and destruction on the inhabitants of Negev.

The Chairman of the Supreme Orientation Committee of the Arabs of Negev added that “we believe that this racist and unfair policy is going to fail in weakening our people in Negev, just like it failed in all of its previous attempts.”

In Ramallah, the Israeli occupation forces blew up the house of a Palestinian family in the village of Deir Abu Mishal, northwest of occupied Ramallah, yesterday.

Nearby houses suffered damages and one of them was set on fire as a result of the explosion. Fire trucks from the Palestinian Civil Defence control the fire were called to the scene to put out the flames.

In occupied Hebron, Israeli forces razed Palestinian lands near Yattah south of the city, in order to expand a settlement built on Palestinian land.

The coordinator of the National Committee to Resist Settlements in Yattah said that the bulldozers of the occupation have been working on razing Palestinian lands that belong to Al-Hathalin and Abu Hmeid’s families every morning in order to expand the illegal settlement of Karmiel.

He added that many settlement outposts are multiplying their construction efforts.


Source: – Rafah. Egyptian authorities have prevented an Algerian humanitarian aid convoy from entering the Gaza Strip through the Rafah Crossing, a Palestinian NGO revealed on Friday.

"The Egyptian decision to prevent the entry of the Algerian humanitarian convoy to Gaza is sad and unfortunate and does not reflect the positive spirit that recently dominated relations", said the NGO.

According to Palestinian sources, the Algerian convoy was denied entry despite having all the required credentials and documents, noting that the convoy is currently in its way back to Algeria.

The Palestinian NGO said that the convoy was carrying medicines, medical disposals, electricity generators and other equipment urgently needed for Gaza’s hospitals.

Last Tuesday, Sheikh Yahya Sari, head of the relief department of the Algerian Scholar’s Association, announced the launch of the convoy. He noted that it included 14 truckloads of aid and five members from the association’s relief department.

Sari said that they obtained all the documents and Egypt’s agreement to deliver the aid to the Gaza Strip.

The Egyptian authorities opened the crossing from Monday to Thursday on both sides for the exit of the pilgrims and patients seeking treatment abroad.

The Rafah Crossing, which is the main Gaza opening to the world, has been completely closed since July 2013. On a few rare occasions it was opened for a couple of days to allow hundreds of stranded Gazans travel in and out. Prior to this week’s opening, the last time it opened was five months ago.



Jumat, 18 Agustus 2017 16:48

Israel plans new settlement in Jordan Valley

Written by – Al-Quds. The Israel Channel 20 has revealed an “official” Israeli plan to establish a new settlement in the northern Jordan Valley area (in occupied East Jerusalem).

The channel reported that the Ministry of Construction and Housing is planning to build a new settlement on a site called “Brosh”, which currently houses a Jewish youth settlement.

It also mentioned that the plan includes the construction of 100 settlement units in an area where a number of caravans inhabited by 50 students are currently parked. Though these are now facing an eviction threat.

According report the construction of a new settlement necessitates a governmental decision and might engender significant political repercussions.

The channel’s website explained that the Brosh area has to served as a recreation area in the past and in the recent years has become into a religious Zionist youth settlement.

The channel quoted Yoav Galant, the Minister of Housing in the occupation government, saying: “Brosh is a strategic and important security location for the state of Israel.”

In December 23, 2016, the UN Security Council adopted a draft resolution that condemned settlements, stressing the fact that the settlements were illegal and that they threaten the two-state solution as well as the peace process.


Source: - Palestine. The family of Palestinian prisoner Ribhi Jaber Al-Badawi (Abu Al-Fahd) accused the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) in Ofer prison refused to transfer the detainee Ribhi Al-Badawi to the hospital. The transfer is intended to obtain the necessary treatment. Ribhi allegedly injured in his kidney. Palestinian detainee Ribhi Al-Badawi is a Palestinian from al-Aroub refugee camp, in al-Khalil Governorate, in the southern West Bank.

Jasnah Zaqout (one of Ribhi Al-Badawi relatives) to the media "Al-Araby Al-Jadeed", explained that Ribhi suffered severe injuries in his kidney. The prison administration rejected the transfer of Ribhi to the hospital for the necessary treatment, the International Red Cross told to Ribhi's wife.

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) abducted Ribhi Al-Badawi from al-Aroub refugee camp in June.


Source: – Gaza. Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) & Head of National Bureau to Defend the Land and Resist Colonial Settlements, Tayseer Khaled welcomed South Africa’s decision to boycott the African-Israeli Summit on Higher Technology, Communication, Agriculture and Security, to be held in Lomé, Togo, in the last week of October. At least 150 Israeli companies, along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, received an official invitation to participate in the summit, which Israel is betting to normalise its relations with all the African Union countries.

The African National Congress last month called for initiatives to block Israel from approaching African countries in general and the Conference in Lomé in particular. The official position of the Republic of South Africa, which affirmed its solidarity with the Palestinian people, its just cause and its struggle for independence, and sharply criticized the Israeli attempts to win Africa at the expense of principles and to undermine the Palestinian cause is applaudable .

In the same context, Khaled  praised the “honorable positions of the leaders of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in the Republic of South Africa by refusing to receive an Israeli delegation planning to visit South Africa with the aim of holding meetings with party officials and members of the government and the late leader Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Mandela Mandela.”

“In this occasion, Mandela Mandela and the South African ruling party shows its commitment to the positions of the late great leader Nelson Mandela in support of the Palestinian cause, which called on the government to sever all diplomatic relations with the occupying state, including the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador to the republic of South Africa,” Khaled said in a statement.

Khaled stressed that such positions are truly honorable and bear witness to the great friendship and cooperation between the Arab-African countries, South Africa and other African countries in the region. It paves the way for the members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), for a united position against the Togo summit and to halt the normalization efforts with Israel in the African continent. Accepting and normalizing relations with Israel would only encourage Israel to continue to defy international law and international resolutions related to the Palestinian cause and the rights of the Palestinian people and provides unwavering support to Israel’s violations of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967,  the illegal settlement and the policy of transfer and systematic ethnic cleansing and the almost daily excitations of the Palestinian people at military check-points in the West Bank.


Source: - Gaza. Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the northern coast of the besieged Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning.

Witnesses told Ma’an that the fishermen were forced to sail back ashore to Beit Lahiya after coming under fire.

No injuries or detentions were reported during the incident.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that they were looking into the case.

The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the so-called “buffer zone” -- on the Gaza side of the Israeli-Gaza border -- as the authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.

The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave.