Al-Maqdesi: 200 demolition orders in J’lem since 2011 started
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Al-Maqdesi foundation for society development said the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) have issued since the start of this year no less than 200 demolition orders against Palestinian homes in occupied Jerusalem.
In a report, Al-Maqdesi highlighted some of the Israeli violations that happened during this year or would happen in east Jerusalem.
According to the report, the Israeli central court in east Jerusalem ordered the displacement of a Palestinian family from its home in Ras Al-Amoud district and permitted settlers to live in its place.
The IOA forced a Palestinian family from Sur Baher district to demolish its own home so as to avoid paying 140, 000 shekels as demolition expenses.
The Israeli district committee of planning and building declared its intention to build 1, 608 housing units in settlements of Pisgat Ze’ev and Har Homa and 2, 200 other units in settlements of Talat Shufat and Ramat Shlomo.
The committee also intends to annex 662 dunums of Palestinian lands in Attur and Issawiya area in order to establish gardens, public building and tourist sites within the eastern slopes of Azzeitoun Mount in order to connect Jerusalem with the settlement project E1 near Ma’ale Adumim settlement.
The Israeli magistrates’ court ordered the evacuation of Abul Nada café in Mesrara neighborhood and the seizure of real estate in Jerusalem.
A Zionist society called Atirat Kohanim started to make renovation works in a Palestinian carpenter’s workshop which it seized years ago in the old city of Jerusalem, while an Israeli court decided to displace two Palestinian families from their homes in Beit Hanina area and give them to another Zionist society.
The Israeli municipal council in Jerusalem approved the building of a bridge leading to Al-Maghariba Gate of the Aqsa Mosque.
It also approved the building of 14 housing units as a prelude to setting up a new settlement in Ras Al-Amud district in Jerusalem and ordered the seizure of 480 dunums of Abu Dis lands in order to expand the segregation wall.
The Knesset, for its part, approved the third reading of a bill against the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe) which provides for reducing the budget of any institution that gets government funding if it stages or supports any event commemorating the Nakba.
The report also pointed out to a number of Israeli arbitrary measures taken against Christian Palestinians including the Israeli interior minister’s refusal to renew the residency of father Suhail Duni, the bishop of the Episcopal church, at the pretext of his collaboration with the Palestinian authority.
A Zionist company for the development of the Jewish outpost in the old city of Jerusalem decided to expel a Christian resident because he is not Jewish.
IOF arrests minor, settlers uproot olive trees in tense West Bank
AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Tensions ran high in the West Bank on Monday as Israeli soldiers raided several areas in Al-Khalil province arresting seven youths, among them a 17-year-old minor.
Four of those detainees, including the minor, were arrested in the West Bank town of Beit Ummer north of Al-Khalil, while other Israeli forces arrested one Palestinian man southwest of the city in the Al-Fawar refugee camp after searching his home. Another man was taken near his home in the Dewaya district in the Old City after being brutalized.
In a separate incident, a group of Jewish settlers raided and then desecrated a Muslim cemetery in downtown Al-Khalil near Shuhada Street as they shouted racial slurs and claimed the graveyard was situated in a Jewish district of the city. Witnesses claimed they did so as Israel soldiers and police provided protection.
The Israel occupation force (IOF) raided several other cities across the West Bank later that night. Random home searches and street patrols were conducted in Azzoun west of Qalqilya after gun shots were fired at the car of a Jewish settler near the village without report of arrest.
The IOF also set up a checkpoint at the town’s entrance and searched vehicles and used flares to search the moutain areas.
Soldiers in Jenin used police dogs the following morning to search ten apartments and surrounded a home in the city’s Al-Basatein district, where they searched and questioned residents on the spot. They searched a nearby building as well, but no reason was given to why the search was being done.
Locals said IOF soldiers patroled the streets of Kafr Rai and Zabbouba outside of Nablus until early hours in the morning, but no arrests were made.
Meanwhile, Jewish settlers worked alongside IOF soldiers to uproot more than 50 olive trees in Dir Istya near the West Bank city of Salfit. Israeli authorities warned two months back that the trees were planted in a protected natural area where agriculture is prohibited.
Dozens of settlers stormed Monday the the village of Ein al-Beida in the northern Jordan Valley and began planting trees paving the way for confiscating the land and using it for the interests of the nearby Rotem settlement. Villagers possessed documents confirming that the affected area was their property.
Ignoring suffering of Palestinians, PA to host dance festival in Ramallah
RAMALLAH, (PIC)– As the tears of many Palestinian families who lost their beloved ones during recent Israeli aerial attacks on Gaza have not yet dried, preparations are being made in the West Bank city of Ramallah to host a festival for contemporary dance.
Different news agencies said the Palestinian authority (PA) is making preparations to launch a 20-day dance festival with the participation of 15 dance bands from Arab and foreign countries.
Director of the festival Khaled Olayan made an apology for not canceling the festival out of respect for the feelings of the bereaved families and just said the shows would be held only in the occupied city of Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Ramallah and not in Gaza.
A few days ago, one of the victims, Nizal Qudeih, a 19-year old girl, was getting prepared for her wedding in Gaza when an Israeli air raid killed her along with her mother turning their home into a house of mourning after it was set to receive wedding invitees.
Ramallah regiment is not the name of a resistance brigade fighting the occupation and defending the Palestinian people, but it is one of three Palestinian dance bands that will participate in the festival against other groups from Portugal, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, France, Norway, Germany, Spain and other countries.
In a separate context, the family committee of political detainees in PA jails said there are still 420 political prisoners in different West Bank prisons.
The committee condemned the attempt by PA militias to kidnap the father of martyr Mamoun Al-Natsheh from Al-Ansar Mosque in Al-Khalil city as shameful and painful.
It said the militias wanted to kidnap the father of Natsheh because he only talked about the suffering of his son, Mutasim, who has been in Jericho prison for more than six months.
The committee hailed the Palestinian young men who are still holding a sit-in on Al-Manara square in Ramallah city for demanding the PA to immediately release all political detainees from its jail.
Violent confrontations in Silwan
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Violent confrontations took place in the town of Silwan in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday between the Israeli occupation forces and locals.
Local sources said that the raiding troops fired gas canisters at random and insulted women, which provoked the inhabitants and led to the confrontations.
They noted that the Israeli soldiers assaulted four women with batons.
The sources said that a number of citizens were injured in the clashes, one of them seriously.
They noted that the soldiers beat up a young man who was standing in front of his shop until he fainted then arrested him while unconscious.
“Israel” Moves To Destroy Awarta
Israel’s military is on a daily basis raiding a Palestinian town in the north of the occupied West Bank, humiliating residents and damaging property in an attempt to expand nearby settlements.
The mayor of the town of Awarta, Qais Awwad, announced the demolition plan on Monday and stated that Israel has also taken over land nearby in order to expand Jewish settlements, Ynetnews reported.
The Palestinian Authority condemned the raids and called on the international community to put pressure on Israel to halt them.
“Israel wants to destroy the town and expand nearby settlements,” the PA’s foreign minister, Riyad al-Maliki, said.
An Israeli activist, Yaakov Manor, recounted one such raid on a Palestinian home. “The soldiers entered rooms and broke furniture, broke a washing machine belonging to the family and a refrigerator as well. The soldiers tipped over oil containers and broke closets,” he said.
Hundreds of Israeli troops entered the town shortly after midnight on Thursday, and imposed a curfew after which they began rounding up more than 100 women, many of whom were elderly.
The women were taken to a military camp where Israeli soldiers questioned them for hours. The incident comes as the Israeli military has been conducting consistent raids on the town of Awarta for the past four weeks and arresting scores of residents.
According to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees, Israel demolished 76 Palestinian homes in the West Bank in March compared with 70 in February and 29 in January.
Israeli Military Demolishes a Water Well and a Farm In Bethlehem
by George Rishmawi – IMEMC & Agencies
Israeli military forces demolished a water well designed to collect rain water and an agricultural structure in al-Khader village southwest of Bethlehem on Monday.
The well and the building belong to Mohammad Dar Issa and his brothers. The well can collect some 90 cubic meter of water, and the building was 225 squared meter in area.
The Ma’an News Agency said that the bulldozer put the rubble of the building in the well in order to completely destroy it.
This demolition will severely affect Issa’s work and will cause them a financial set back. The Israeli military gave no official warrant. Issa found some papers in Hebrew only near his farm, which turned later to be a demolition order.