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Israeli forces arrest, detain Palestine TV reporter in West Bank

PRESS RELEASE
Committee to Protect Journalists – MENA

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Beirut, August 21, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about Israel’s arrest and ongoing detention of Ali Dar Ali, a reporter for the Palestinian Authority’s official broadcaster Palestine TV.

In a dawn raid on August 15, Israeli troops stormed into the Dar Ali family house in the West Bank village of Burham, 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) northwest of Ramallah, and arrested Dar Ali, according to news reports, Ali Dar Ali’s official Facebook page, and the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom.

Ali Dar Ali’s father was cited by SKeyes as saying that a large number of Israeli soldiers raided the family house, seized Ali’s cell phone and computer, and arrested him without informing them of any charges. Read more »

Israeli forces arrest at least 7 Palestinian journalists in West Bank

PRESS RELEASE
Committee to Protect Journalists – MENA

Israeli forces stand guard as Palestinians sit outside shops in Hebron, in the West Bank on April 3, 2018.  (Reuters/Mussa Qawasma)

Israeli forces stand guard as Palestinians sit outside shops in Hebron, in the West Bank on April 3, 2018. (Reuters/Mussa Qawasma)

Beirut, August 7, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the arrest of at least seven Palestinian journalists in the West Bank since July 30 and called on Israeli authorities to immediately disclose charges against them or set them free.

The early morning arrests occurred after Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman declared the Hamas-affiliated broadcaster Al-Quds TV a terrorist organization and banned its activities in Israel and the Palestinian territories, as CPJ documented. Lieberman’s order was issued on July 3 under Israel’s counter-terrorism law, according to news reports from the time.

“Israel has been relentless in its assault on the Palestinian press. Declaring a media outlet a terrorist organization set the tone for the country’s latest crackdown on Palestinian journalists,” said CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, Sherif Mansour, from Washington, D.C. “We call on Israeli authorities to disclose charges against the seven journalists arrested over the past week or release them and allow them to work freely.”

Details of the arrests are below: Read more »

Occupied Palestinian Territory: Bleakest picture yet, says UN expert after regional visit

PRESS RELEASE
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory

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GENEVA (29 June 2018) – A UN expert has expressed alarm about the deterioration of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, saying reports received during his visit to the region this week painted the most dispiriting picture yet of the situation on the ground.

“After years of creeping Israeli de facto annexation of the large swathes of the West Bank through settlement expansion, the creation of closed military zones and other measures, Israel appears to be getting closer to enacting legislation that will formally annex parts of the West Bank,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk. “This would amount to a profound violation of international law, and the impact of ongoing settlement expansion on human rights must not be ignored.”

Lynk travelled to Amman, Jordan this week to meet with civil society, government officials and UN representatives to collect information for his next report, to be presented to the 73rd session of the General Assembly in October 2018. Israel, the occupying power, has continued to prohibit him from travelling to the OPT.

“This is my third mission to the region since I assumed the mandate in May 2016, and the reports I received this week have painted the bleakest picture yet of the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” he said. Read more »

Israeli troops arrest Palestinian journalist in West Bank

PRESS RELEASE
Committee to Protect Journalists – MENA

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Beirut, February 16, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the arrest of Palestinian journalist Abdul Mohsen Shalaldeh. Israeli security forces arrested Shalaldeh, a reporter for the Hamas-affiliated Quds News Network, at his home in the southern West Bank town of Sa’ir, on February 15, according to news reports, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, and Shalaldeh’s brother, Loay.

Loay Shalaldeh and Nabhan Khraishi, the communication officer of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, told CPJ that Israeli troops seized three phones–two of which belonged to Abdul Mohsen Shalaldeh –and a laptop, in a dawn raid on the journalist’s house.

Loay Shalaldeh added that the family has not been told where his brother is being held or the reason for his arrest.

The Israeli Defense Forces did not immediately reply to CPJ’s email requesting comment.

“Israeli security forces should either bring charges against Palestinian journalist Abdul Mohsen Shalaldeh so that he can defend himself, or release him immediately and cease interfering with his ability to do his job,” said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour from Washington, D.C. Read more »

Israeli forces raid several Palestinian media production companies

PRESS RELEASE
Committee to Protect Journalists – MENA

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Beirut, October 19, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Israeli authorities to stop harassing Palestinian media and to release two staff members of a media company arrested during a series of raids in the West Bank yesterday.

Avichay Adraee, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson for Arabic Media, said in a statement published on an IDF Facebook account yesterday that at least eight Palestinian telecom and production companies were raided, but he did not specify the companies’ names. Adraee said 11 offices of the companies were raided because they provide services to the Hamas-affiliated stations Al-Aqsa and Al-Quds, which incite against Israel.

In early morning raids in several West Bank cities, Israeli forces, in cooperation with the Israeli home security service Shin Bet, confiscated documents and broadcast equipment, and closed the media companies down, according to news reports and the pro-Palestinian press freedom group Journalists Support Committee. Footage on the IDF Facebook page shows soldiers using plywood and metal to physically prevent access to the offices. Notices were left on doors saying that the companies were closed for six months, and warning employees to stop assisting terrorism and incitement. Read more »

PFLP in Kobar urges broad campaign to rebuild demolished homes of resistance strugglers

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Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation in the village of Kobar northwest of Ramallah urged the building of a broad popular campaign to rebuild the home of the family of Palestinian prisoner Omar Abdel-Jalil al-Abed and open the streets of the village.

On Thursday, 17 August, masked youths of the PFLP in Kobar went to the family home, attacked and bulldozed by the occupation forces, and decorated it with Palestinian flags. They painted on the remaining walls and throughout the village “Al-Fida’i Omar al-Abed” (The struggler, Omar al-Abed) as well as the image of Omar on the main street at the entrance to the village, sending a message to the occupation that the people embrace the resistance and their families. Read more »

Israeli forces execute Palestinian near Nablus

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Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man at Huwwara checkpoint, south of Nablus in the north of the occupied West Bank, on Sunday evening.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers fired many live rounds fired at the Palestinian after dragging him out of his car, while the army claimed, “he ran toward the soldiers.”

The slain Palestinian was later identified as Rami Ortani, 31 years.

The Israeli soldiers prevented Palestinian ambulances from entering the area, and refused to allow the medics to approach him to provide the urgently needed medical treatment.

The Palestinian bled to death, while the soldiers closed the entire area, and declared it a closed military zone.

Eyewitnesses confirmed that the soldiers forced Ortani out of his car, and executed him at close range.

UNRWA condemns forcible transfer, demolition of Palestine Refugee Bedouin homes; decries desperate humanitarian consequences

UNRWA
Press Release

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Jerusalem 7 January, 2016 Director of UNRWA Operations West Bank, Felipe Sanchez, has condemned the demolition of Bedouin homes in the West Bank by the Israeli authorities. “The humanitarian consequences of this destruction of property are grave and I am seriously concerned, particularly about the children who are now homeless”, said Sanchez.

The demolitions were carried out on the morning of 6 January 2016 by the Israeli Civil Administration (ICA) in the vulnerable community of Abu Nwar, in Area C near East Jerusalem. In the midst of the winter, a total of five residential structures were demolished, leaving 26 refugees, including 17 children, displaced and without a home. Read more »

Hamas calls for continuation, support of the Palestinian uprising

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The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas called Wednesday for the continuation and support of the Palestinian uprising against Israeli aggression to confront the relentless Israeli oppression.

In a press statement Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that continuous raids and the detention campaign carried out by occupation forces last night in Jerusalem and West Bank is proof of the occupation’s intentions to escalate aggression against Palestinians.

Israeli Occupation Forces detained more than 47 Palestinians in Jerusalem and West Bank Tuesday night, and raided several areas.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Red Crescent recorded 191 Palestinian casualties in clashes between occupation forces and Palestinian youth on Tuesday, with clashes were reported at more than 61 points.

14th Intifada on the way; its global ramifications

Mazin Qumsiyeh, Professor, Bethlehem University
Opinion

Below I discuss briefly why I think Israel is intent on ethnic cleansing in the occupied territories, the recent upheaval here and the killing of children, who is Benyamin Mileikowsky (aka Netanyahu) behind the spate of
recent war crimes including murdering a 13 year old child, ask whether a 14th Intifada on the way and identify its global ramifications.

Abdelrahman Abeidallah murdered by Israeli soldiers in al-Aidah refugee camp

Abdelrahman Abeidallah murdered by Israeli soldiers in al-Aidah refugee camp

There has been a significant escalation of violence in the apartheid country in the past few days. If this is a new uprising it is expected as we have one on average every 10 years (we had nearly 14 in the past 140 years of Zionist onslaught).

When we analyze the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back for this particular wave of unrest, we see the arson attack 31 July 2015 on the Dawabshe family (father, mother and child murdered), and the calls for revenge. Read more »

Factions call for escalating intifada, resistance

Source: Palestinian Information Centre

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Palestinian resistance factions on Monday called for escalating the Palestinian intifada (uprising) against the Israeli occupation.

The factions hailed resistance operations in the West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem and called for escalating resistance operations as a strategic option to defend Muslims’ holy places. They also urged Palestinians to unify their efforts to confront Israeli aggressive practices.

In a press conference held in Gaza City, the Palestinian factions asked the Palestinian Authority (PA) to halt its security coordination with Israel and to stop chasing Palestinian resistance activists.

The factions stressed the right of Muslims and Arabs to the Aqsa Mosque, and said Israelis have no right in the Palestinian land.

They also hailed Palestinians in the 1948 Occupied Palestine and Occupied Jerusalem for defending the Aqsa Mosque and for siting-in at its plazas for the confrontation of settlers’ repeated incursions.

The factions called on Palestinians to take part in the pro-Aqsa march after Maghreb prayer on Monday night in Gaza City.

Red Crescent Declares State of Emergency in West Bank

WAFA Agency
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RAMALLAH, October 4, 2015 – In light of settlers’ flare-up of violence across the West Bank, including Jerusalem, the Palestinian Red Crescent raised the alert status across the West Bank to third degree, declaring a ‘State of Emergency.’

The Palestinian Red Crescent activated its central operations room at its headquarter in al-Bireh/Ramallah as well as mobilized all volunteers and teams to provide relief to Palestinians against the backdrop of escalated recent settlers’ violence against Palestinians and their properties.

Israeli settlers late Saturday and Sunday – following two separate killing incidents of Israelis by Palestinian suspects – went on a revenge rampage, under the protection of Israeli army forces , against Palestinian civilians and their properties, leading to violent clashes across the West Bank districts, which left dozens of injuries and suffocation cases among Palestinian locals. Read more »