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Palestine: Israelis still deny the kiling of al-Dorra, children run over, homes demolished & 2350 holy sites desecrated

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Al Mezan: Israeli denial of al-Dorra Killing is a new attempt to hide IOF crimes

GAZA, (PIC)– Al Mezan Center for Human Rights strongly denounced the Israeli authorities’ denial of its responsibility for the killing of the child Mohammed al-Durra during the second Palestinian uprising in 2000, saying that it is “a new Israeli attempt to exempt forces from responsibility for violations of International law.”

The Israeli government’s investigation committee, which was formed in September 2012 in order to conduct investigations into the killing of the Palestinian child, Mohammed al-Durra, stated that at the end of the film that captured the incident and was aired by the French television channel France 2, al-Durra was still alive.

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights condemns “Israel’s policy of denial as an attempt to escape its responsibility for the death of Mohammed. The formation of the investigation committee came 12 years after the incident, heard no witnesses and reviewed no credible resources about the event.”

The French channel’s correspondent who filmed the incident where Jamal al-Durra and his young son were targeted and were trying to protect themselves from live fire.

The Israeli occupation forces continue to mislead public opinion regarding its actions in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), especially in the Gaza Strip, the center noted.

Al Mezan stressed that “Israel has thus far refused to cooperate with almost all of the UN investigative missions to the oPt.”

Israel has amended its laws to prevent Palestinians’ access to any form of justice or redress within the Israeli justice system. This development entrenches a serious state of impunity and denial of any remedies for Palestinians affected by Israel’s occupation of the oPt and acts as encouragement to the Israeli occupying forces to violate the rules of international law, the center added in its press release.

The center concluded by stressing that the international community’s failure to stand by its obligations has further encouraged Israel to continue with its crimes and policies of denial and impunity, with complete disregard to its obligation under International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law.


In Two Separate Incidents; Two Children Injured By Settlers Vehicles

by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

Palestinian medical sources have reported that two Palestinian children have been seriously injured, on Wednesday, in two separate incidents after being rammed by settlers’ vehicles in the West Bank districts of Hebron and Nablus.

The sources said that a 9-year-old child was seriously injured after being rammed by a settlers’ car east in As-Salayma neighborhood, east of the Ibrahimi Mosque, in Hebron city. She was moved to a local hospital; the settler fled the scene.

Furthermore, a 16-year-old Palestinian child, identified as Marwan Zakariyya ‘As’ous, suffered serious injuries and was moved to the Rafidia Hospital, after being rammed by a settler’s car at the Beta Junction, south of Nablus.

Usama Malhees, head of the Rafidia Hospital, stated that the ‘As’ous suffered various fractures and is currently on life support at the Intensive Care Unit.

On May 14, Hanin Bassem Al-Ja’bary, 7, was injured after a settler rammed her with his vehicle close to the Ibrahimi Mosque, in the Old City of Hebron. The settler fled the scene.

Dozens of claims have been filed with the Israeli police and the military in the occupied territories regarding hit and run ramming incidents carried out by Israeli settlers, but no actual measures were taken on the ground.


Jewish extremists run over a Palestinian female student near Safed

NAZARETH, (PIC)– A female student at the Safed College, in the northern 1948-occupied territories, sustained injuries after being run over deliberately by Jewish extremists’ vehicle; while crossing the road heading to her college.

The Association of Arab students at Safed College asserted in a press statement that they recognized the car which belongs to supporters of the Jewish extremist Bar Salab.

Following the incident, the ambulances arrived to the place and took the student to the Western Galilee Hospital to receive treatment, while her father filed a complaint to the Israeli police.

The Association demanded the Israeli police to enforce the law and chase those extremists; especially because they fled from the place after running over the young woman.

Few days ago, Jewish extremists wrote racist slogans on the wall of an apartment in the city inhabited by three Palestinian female students from the same college.


IOF demolishes two homes in Jerusalem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) raided on Tuesday Khelit al-Ain area in al-Tur neighborhood in Jerusalem and demolished two homes belonging to Abu Sa’alan family.

IOF demolished the two houses under the pretext of being built without permit in addition to bulldozing the garden surrounding the two buildings that housed 7 people.

The houses’ owners confirmed that the buildings were established since 12 years ago, noting that the family tried to obtain a building permit, but were unable to do so.

The Israeli municipal authorities imposed fines and issued demolition order against the mentioning houses three years ago, the family emphasized.

Khelit al-Ain area is threatened to be confiscated by the Israeli authorities in order to implement “National Parks” scheme that will confiscate 740 dunums of al-Tur and al-Isawiya lands.

It’s worth mentioning that 4 houses owned by Ghaith family have been demolished recently led to the displacement of 27 people.

According to the UN reports, 33 percent of all Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem lack Israeli-issued building permits, potentially placing at least 93,100 residents at risk of displacement. The reports show that 95 percent of Palestinian applications for a building permit are rejected.


Occupation desecrates 2350 holy sites in Palestine 48

NAZARETH, (PIC)– A Palestinian Foundation, located in the 48 occupied territories, revealed that “Israeli gangs have been using malicious methods to destruct and Judaize Islamic and Christian holy places in order to blur the Palestinian landmarks over the past 65 years.

Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowments and Heritage said, in a press release on Tuesday, that Islamic and Christian holy sites are subjected to an Israeli continuous and tireless Judaization policy aiming to remove its Arab and Islamic character.

Nearly 2350 Palestinian Islamic and Christian holy sites have been desecrated by the Israeli occupation in the occupied territories in 1948, the Foundation confirmed.

1350 holy sites including graves, mosques, churches and chapels in the northern area of the Palestinian territories were either partially or fully demolished by Israel, Abdul Majeed Aghbariya, head of the sanctities portfolio at the Foundation reported.

Furthermore, Aghbariya pointed out that about 1,000 holy sites in the southern part of the occupied territories have also been desecrated. He noted that the report only included the Arab coastal cities such as Acre, Haifa, Jaffa, Al-Lid and Ramla.

Hundreds of graves and mosques have been totally destroyed and turned into restaurants, bars, museums and synagogues, he added.


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