“Israel” razes Araqib village for the 48th time
NEGEV, (PIC)– Israeli bulldozers razed the homes and tents of Araqib village inhabitants in the Negev, occupied in 1948, on Wednesday for the 48th time.
The Islamic movement in the Negev said in a statement that such acts by the Israeli authorities would not deter the Negev inhabitants from persisting in demanding their right to live in their land and to defend it with all means possible.
It called on land owners to unite and to remain steadfast regardless of the Israeli authorities’ plans of forcing them to abandon their land under the false slogan of solving the Bedouins’ problems in the Negev.
IOF soldiers bulldoze land south of Gaza
KHAN YOUNIS, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) advanced around 150 meters into eastern Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday morning.
Human rights sources told the PIC reporter that two tanks and seven military bulldozers were leveling land east of Farahin suburb in Abbasan Al-Kabira village.
IOF soldiers routinely raid eastern and northern border areas of the coastal enclave in blatant violation of the calm agreement concluded under Egyptian patronage last November.
Palestinian child injured in settler’s attack
AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Nine-year-old child Yassin Iqnaybi was injured in his face and hand in a Jewish settler’s attack in the Old City of Al-Khalil on Tuesday.
Local sources said that a Jewish settler threw stones at a group of schoolchildren while on their way to school wounding the child in his face and hand.
They said that the child was hospitalized with moderate wounds.
The sources noted that the settler ran away when people gathered and Israeli forces arrived to the scene.
Captive Issawi stops drinking water
RAMALLAH, OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Prisoner Samer al-Issawi, who has been on hunger strike since the first of August 2012, has stopped drinking water and other liquid since Monday afternoon.
Lawyer Jawad Boulos, director of the Legal Unit in the Palestinian Prisoners Society said that Issawi has escalated his steps in protest at having to wear ankle restraints and being shackled to his hospital bed.
He is required to keep his restraints on even when using the bathroom; Boulos said in a press statement on Tuesday, adding that keeping him tied to the bed is inhumane and undignified.
The lawyer added that there is no security reasons for these procedures that aim to humiliate the captive.
He added that Issawi told him that one of the occupation officers from the south visited him on Monday and had a long talk with him which was full of threats of how the occupation is going to teach a tough lesson if he does not end his hunger strike, which made Samer escalate his steps and stopped drinking water.
The lawyer said that when he visited Issawi’s room at Kaplan Hospital, he found seven Israeli prison officers eating food to deliberately torment Issawi.
Doctors have tried to convince Issawi to drink water and are afraid he may die at any moment as his blood pressure is very low.
Meanwhile, the occupation forces dispersed on Tuesday evening a protest, staged in solidarity with the hunger striker Samer Issawi near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem.
The demonstrators raised photos of hunger striking prisoners on, and chanted slogans demanding the release of captives.
When the protesters arrived to Sultan Suleiman Street, the Israeli forces started dispersing them, without arresting any one.
Islamic-Christian Committee warns of manipulating definition of refugees
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Dr. Hanna Issa, Secretary General of Islamic-Christian Committee to support Jerusalem and holy sites, warned of Israeli tireless efforts to change the legal formula that defines “Palestinian refugees”, in order to strip Palestinians who have been displaced from their land in 1948 of this status.
The Professor of International Law said, on Tuesday, that the issue of Palestinian refugees represents one of the most prominent phenomena in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It is a hot topic in the world, as it combines religious, national, humanitarian, legal and existential factors.
He considered the Israeli attempts to change the Palestinian refugee status a blatant violation of the international charters, laws and norms, and called on the international community and humanitarian organizations to find an urgent solution to solve the Palestinian refugee problem.
He has also called for rejecting all the Israeli allegations and policies that have displaced Palestinians and stolen their land, and considered these practices a continuation of the abuses committed against the Palestinian refugees.
Dr. Hanna Issa called on every Palestinian and every refugee not to give up the “Palestinian refugee” status and the right of return and compensation, and stressed that any final political solution to the Palestinian issue must be accompanied by a solution to the Palestinian refugees’ issue, ensuring their right of return and self-determination.
He added that the right of the Palestinian refugees is a collective right, and not only an individual right.
Occupation notifies 15 families to evacuate their land east of Seir
AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces notified on Tuesday, the residents of Khirbet al-Kanoub east of the town of Seir, north of al-Khalil, to evacuate their land under the pretext that it is under the Israeli occupation military control.
Riad Shallaldah, 38, says that more than 15 families live in the area threatened with demolition and confiscation by the Israeli civil administration.
He adds that the occupation has threatened the residents that it will use force against them if they do not implement the decision in the notification and leave within three days.
The residents of the region have been living inside caves and old stone houses, and possess the papers that prove their ownership to this agricultural land rich with fruit trees, livestock and wells.