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Palestine: Eleven houses demolished within one day & Israeli restrictions on movement of Palestinians collective punishment

Occupation demolishes 11 Jerusalemite houses within one day

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli authorities on Tuesday demolished 11 apartments in the occupied city of Jerusalem, displacing more than one hundred Jerusalemite citizens, mostly women and children.

Wadi Al-Helwa Information Center said in a report published on Wednesday that the Jerusalem municipality teams, accompanied by military and police forces, demolished in Tur neighborhood and Jabal Mukaber in eastern Jerusalem 7 Palestinian houses and a residential building of four apartments.

The occupation authorities said the apartments were built without a permit on lands threatened with confiscation, and started the demolition without any prior notice.

The Information Center said the residential building in the Jabal Mukaber, which consisted of four apartments, has been built since 1973, and that some years ago the occupation tried to buy it.

The building’s owner asserted that he had repeatedly tried to obtain building permits from all Israeli competent authorities, but his request was turned down because of the occupation’s plans to confiscate the building for establishing Jewish Gardens in its place.

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Amnesty: Israeli restrictions on movement of Palestinians collective punishment

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli stringent restrictions imposed on the movement of Palestinians serve as a “collective punishment” of the population of Gaza and the West Bank in flagrant violation of the international law, an international human rights organization said.

Amnesty International stated in its yearly report that more than 500 Israeli military checkpoints and barriers continued to hinder Palestinian movement, in addition to a 700km fence/wall, mostly on Palestinian land within the West Bank, especially in East Jerusalem and parts of al-Khalil and the Jordan Valley.

The report pointed out that West Bank Palestinians are forced to get Israeli permits while the Israeli settlers are allowed to move freely in those areas.

Movement restrictions compelled some 200,000 Palestinians from 70 villages to take detours between two to five times longer than the direct route to reach the closest city, undermining their access to basic services, the report said.

The human rights organization confirmed that Israeli authorities generally withheld construction permits from Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem and Area C ( which constitutes 60% of the West Bank territories), where Israel retains full authority for planning and zoning, impeding their right to adequate housing.

More than 620 Palestinian houses and other facilities were demolished. Almost 1100 Palestinians were displaced as a result, more than 1400 others were affected by demolitions of 170 animal shelters and 46 cisterns, the report added.

Settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank increased, the organization said, noting the establishment of 14 new settlement outposts for the first time since 7 years.

Regarding Palestinian prisoners, Amnesty confirmed that Israel held more than 4,200 Palestinian prisoners by the end of this year including 178 administrative detainees (held without trial or charge). Reports of torture and other ill-treatment of detainees continued.

The authorities also intensified demolitions of Palestinian homes inside Israel, particularly in officially “unrecognized” villages, where all construction is banned, the report said.

Amnesty yearly report added that “shacks and other structures in al-‘Araqib, an “unrecognized” village in the Negev, were demolished at least 20 times in 2011, following other demolitions in 2010.”

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IOA releases Palestinian prisoner after 15 years in custody

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) released on Thursday a Palestinian prisoner from al-Khalil in the southern West Bank after serving 15 years in Israeli prisons for being affiliated with al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing.

The IOA released the prisoner Magdy Ibrahim Jabari, 35, at Shamaa checkpoint near Dahrya town in al-Khalil, where he was greeted by dozens of his relatives and friends and liberated prisoners.

Magdi Ibrahim Jabari has spent 15 years detention on charges of affiliation to al-Qassam Brigades, and trying to capture Israeli soldiers. He was arrested in 1997 where he was jailed in Nafha, Negev and Raymond prisons.

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IPS transfers Abu Sisi to Eichel solitary confinement

GAZA, (PIC)– The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has transferred the isolated prisoner Dirar Abu Sisi, director of Gaza power plant, from Ohlikdar solitary confinement to Eishel isolation in Beersheba in southern 1948-occupied territories, human rights institution stated.

Breaking the Chains Institution confirmed that Abu Sisi, detained and isolated since 2 years, was transferred from Ohlikdar to Eichel solitary confinement.

Dirar Abu Sisi, 43, was kidnapped by the Israeli Intelligence (Mossad) from the Ukraine on February 18, 2011, and then transferred to Israeli jails where he is being isolated for the past two years.

Abu Sisi is the sole Palestinian prisoner who was kidnapped outside the Palestinian territories and the only isolated prisoner in Israeli jails since two years where the IPS refused to put an end to his isolation following the Dignity strike in 11 April 2012.

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