• Israeli navy sprays Palestinian fishermen with ’skunk water’
    April 2, 2019 11:59 A.M. (Updated: April 2, 2019 3:44 P.M.)

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli naval boats sprayed ‘skunk water’ at Palestinian fishermen working off the coast of the central besieged Gaza Strip, on Tuesday noon.

    Head of the Palestinian Fishermen Union in Gaza, Zakariya Bakr, reported that Israeli naval boats sprayed Palestinian fishermen with “skunk water” at 12 nautical miles off coast of the central Gaza Strip.

    This is the first Israeli assault against Palestinian fishermen since the the expansion of the permitted fishing zone off Gaza’s coast a day earlier.

    The permitted fishing zone was extended from 12 nautical miles to 15 nautical miles.

    Known as “skunk,” the Israeli military has been using the chemical since at least 2008 as a form of non-lethal crowd control. Palestinians, however, simply call the liquid “shit,” after the smell that can stay for weeks on clothes, body, walls and furniture.

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  • Israeli navy detains 3 Palestinian fishermen in Gaza
    Nov. 23, 2018 12:09 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 23, 2018 1:34 P.M.)

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli naval forces detained three Palestinian fishermen, while working less than three nautical miles off the northern besieged Gaza Strip’s coast, on Friday morning.

    Head of the Fishermen Committees in the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Zakaria Bakr, said Israeli naval forces detained three Palestinian fishermen, who were identified as Muhammad Ghaleb al-Sultan, 27, Yousef Farid Saedallah, 35, and Fares Ahmad Saedallah, 25.

    The reason for their detention remained unknown.


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  • 10 Palestinians injured as Gaza’s naval march continues
    Nov. 6, 2018 11:34 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 6, 2018 12:27 P.M.)

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian crowds gathered at the northern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip to take part in the 15th naval march setting off from the Gaza seaport in an attempt to break the nearly 12-year Israeli siege, on Monday.

    Local sources reported that Israeli forces injured 10 Palestinians, including four injuries with Israeli live ammunition, while several others suffered from tear-gas inhalation.

    Those injured were transferred to the Indonesian and al-Shifa hospitals to receive the necessary medical treatment; their conditions were reported as moderate.

    Sources added that a number of boats set off from Gaza’s seaport towards the Israeli Zikim beach, Israeli forces fired live ammunition and tear-gas bombs to suppress protesters participating in the naval march.

    The National Committee for Breaking the Siege, which organized the naval march, said “We will not stop the return marches and the naval marches until our goals are achieved,” referring to breaking the Israeli siege and allowing Palestinians the right of return as refugees to their original homelands, now in present-day Israel.


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  • 7 injured, 4 detained, including Israelis, at Khan al-Ahmar
    Oct. 15, 2018 5:15 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 15, 2018 5:15 P.M.)

    JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Seven Palestinians were injured and four others were detained, including two Israelis and one international activist, after Israeli forces stormed the Khan al-Ahmar village, east of Jerusalem, on Monday.

    Israeli forces escorting bulldozers stormed Khan al-Ahmar, in order to raze and level the land, in preparation for the demolition of the village and displacement of its residents.

    Dozens of Palestinians and international activists attempted to stand in the way of bulldozers to prevent them from reaching the village, however, bulldozers found another route through a nearby illegal Israeli settlement into the village. (...)


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  • Palestinian shot dead after alleged stabbing attack near Salfit
    Oct. 15, 2018 2:22 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 15, 2018 4:25 P.M.)

    SALFIT (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli forces, on Monday, after he allegedly attempted to stab Israeli soldiers in the Barkan industrial area, near the illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel near Salfit City in the northern occupied West Bank.

    Hebrew-language news outlets reported Israeli forces opened fire at a Palestinian after he allegedly attempted to stab several Israeli soldiers at the Gitai Avishar Junction.

    Locals identified the identity of the killed Palestinian as Elias Saleh Yassin , 22, from the Bidya village in western Salfit.

    The Israeli army confirmed that no injuries were reported among Israelis.


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  • Israel orders Khan al-Ahmar residents to evacuate before October
    Sept. 23, 2018 11:28 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 23, 2018 11:30 A.M.)

    JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli Civil Administration ordered on Sunday the Bedouin residents of Khan al-Ahmar village, east of Jerusalem, to demolish their homes and to evacuate the area before the start of October.

    According to local sources, staff members of the Israeli Civil Administration under the protection of Israeli forces stormed Khan al-Ahmar and handed evacuation notices to the residents, ordering them to demolish their homes and evacuate the village within the given timeframe.

    Sources said that Israeli forces threatened the residents in case of non-implementation of the notices, the Israeli army would demolish the village.

    Sources added that large numbers of heavily armed Israeli forces stormed the village and surrounded the open sit-in tent, as well as took photos of the participants.

    Earlier this month, the Israeli High Court rejected an appeal against the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and ruled for its evacuation and demolition to take place, under the pretext of building without a difficult-to-obtain Israeli permit.

    However, critics say that the displacement of the residents and the demolition of the village is as part of an Israeli plan to expand the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Kfar Adummim.

    The village is inhabited by about 200 Palestinians, 53% of whom are children and 95% of whom are refugees registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).


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  • Spain ready to recognize Palestinian state
    Sept. 21, 2018 1:44 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 21, 2018 5:27 P.M.)

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Spain has become the latest country to voice its readiness to recognize the State of Palestine and that it will promote a European Union (EU) move to recognize Palestine as an independent state.

    Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, spoke at a conference of EU leaders in Austria, saying that the Spanish government will promote an EU move to recognize Palestine.

    Borrell said that “if the EU is not able to reach a unanimous decision, then each to their own.”

    He added that if the move fails, the Spanish government will consider a Spain-only recognition, noting that “the last option of individual recognition of Palestine is on the table.”

    Borrell confirmed that he will initiate an “intensive” consultation process to set a timetable for achieving a common position on the given subject, as EU policy is unclear concerning unilateral recognition.

    The Palestinian Authority (PA) said that there are 139 countries that have recognized Palestine.

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  • Israël poursuit son rôle de grand démolisseur le maisons, de vie et d’espoir.


    La saleté de boulot du gouvernement israélien destructeur se poursuit à Al-Walaja, village traversé par la ligne verte au sud de Jérusalem.

    Ça fait au moins dix ans que les Israéliens martyrisent ce village, en le transformant en ghetto, en transformant la vie de ses habitants en véritable cauchemar. L’objectif, c’est l’éviction de la population et l’accaparement complet du territoire de la commune.

    En d’autres termes les israéliens veulent simplement voler le village pour y construire les extensions ds grandes colonies (illégales aux termes du droit international) voisines.

    J’y ai passé rien qu’une journée en décembre 2006 lors d’un reportage et la situation était déjà effrayante.

    J’éprouve toujours la même honte, et pour avoir assisté plusieurs fois à ces démolitions de foyers, de maisons dans lesqulles vivent des enfants, notre impuissance me donne toujours envie de pleurer. Il faudra bien qu’un jours les responsables de ces crimes payent le prix devant la justice des hommes.


    A SIlwan, même punition

    Israeli forces begin demolition campaign in al-Walaja

    Al Walaja : The story of a shrinking village

    Démolitions de maisons à Al-Walaja

    #israel #palestine #démolition #colonisation #destructions #al-walaja

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  • Palestinian poet sentenced to 5 months of prison
    July 31, 2018 4:41 P.M. (Updated: July 31, 2018 4:48 P.M.)

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli Magistrate Court of Nazareth sentenced Palestinian poet Darin Tatour, from the al-Reineh village in northern Israel, to five months of prison and 6 months of suspended sentence on Tuesday.

    The Israeli prosecution accuses Tatour of “incitement and supporting a terrorist organization” for writing a poem criticizing the Israeli occupation and posting it on her personal page on Facebook.

    The Israeli prosecution demanded that Tatour be imprisoned for periods between 15 and 26 months.

    Tatour had previously spent more than 2 years and 8 months between prison and house arrest for writing the poem.

    She said that the decision was “unjust” and that there was no reason for the court to place her under trial in the first place. However, she added that she was not surprised by the ruling.

    She added that she does not trust the Israeli court system, pointing out that the her detention was politically motivated; “democracy is confined to one type of people in this country,” Tatour said pointing out to the discrimination against Palestinian citizens in Israel.

    Tatour was previously detained in October 2015, she was indicted in November 2015 on charges of “incitement to violence and support for a terrorist organization.”

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  • Israeli, Palestinian officials react to UNESCO vote against Israeli policies in Jerusalem
    July 5, 2017 7:52 P.M. (Updated: July 5, 2017 11:00 P.M.)

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee adopted a resolution on Tuesday reaffirming the international body’s non-recognition of Israeli sovereignty in occupied East Jerusalem, and condemning Israeli policies in the Old City, sparking reactions from both Palestinian and Israeli officials.

    Ten member states voted in favor of the resolution, three against, while eight states abstained.

    The resolution referred to Israel as an “occupying power” in East Jerusalem, and stated that UNESCO “regrets the failure of the Israeli occupying authorities to cease the persistent excavations, tunneling, works, projects and other illegal practices in East Jerusalem, particularly in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, which are illegal under international law.”

    The resolution, unlike one in October 2016, did not mention specifically the issue of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

    Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon condemned the resolution as “disgraceful.”(...)

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  • #Gaza braces itself for ’collapse’ after Israel approves reduction of electricity supply
    June 12, 2017 1:33 P.M. (Updated: June 12, 2017 5:48 P.M.)

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli security cabinet has approved a 40 percent reduction in Israel’s electricity supply to the besieged Gaza Strip, where Palestinians are already coping with a crippling power crisis and daily, hours-long blackouts, according Israeli media reports.

    While Gaza’s electricity company said it had not received an official order regarding the impending power cut, it called upon Palestinians in Gaza to prepare for the worst, while human rights groups urged Israel to reconsider the move — expected to have immediate and disastrous effects on the medical sector in particular.

    The approval came after Israeli authorities announced plans to make the cuts last month, upon request of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in occupied West Bank, which foots Gaza’s monthly electricity bill from Israel, by subtracting from taxes collected by Israel on behalf of the PA.

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had reportedly informed Israel that the PA only intended to pay 60 percent of the 40 million shekel ($11.19 million) monthly bill, as Hamas, the de facto ruling party in Gaza, and the Fatah-led PA continued to blame each other for a deepening crisis in Gaza.

    Meanwhile, the Gaza electricity company said on Monday that it had been informed by Egypt’s power company that it could cut off power lines feeding Gaza at any time, without providing further details.

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  • New Hamas charter holds contradictory views on establishment of Palestinian state

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — While a draft version of Hamas’ new charter which leaked on Sunday evening raised questions over whether the movement would explicitly accept a Palestinian state along pre-1967 borders, the document will make clear that “our rivalry is with the occupation who occupied our land,” Hamas official Ahmad Yousif told Ma’an on Sunday.
    The text of the new agenda — which is to revise the Hamas charter for the first time since it was declared in 1988 — was leaked by Lebanese news site Al-Mayadeen.
    Shortly after it was leaked, Yousif confirmed to Al-Mayadeen that the document was indeed Hamas’ new charter, which would officially be released in the coming days.
    While Point 19 of the charter mentions “the creation of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state along June 4, 1967 lines, with the return of refugees and displaced persons to their homes,” the document does not explicitly accept a Palestinian state based on the borders, and goes on to reject “any alternative to the liberation of Palestine completely from its sea to its river,” referring to the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.
    The section also states that Hamas “will not relinquish any part of the land of Palestine, no matter what the reasons, circumstances, and pressures could be, and no matter how long occupation may continue."
    Yousif explained in an interview with Al-Mayadeen that "Hamas accepted an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders as a matter of preserving Palestinian consensus,” however stressing that Hamas would maintain their right to armed resistance — a point reiterated multiple times in the draft charter.
    Yousif confirmed to Ma’an on Sunday evening that the new charter continues to “legitimize all types of resistance and struggle against occupation.”
    Contrary to reports in Israeli media, the new charter will not officially recognize a state of Israel, Yousif said. “The charter does not recognize the Israeli occupation or breach our irrecoverable principles.”
    Palestine, according to the Hamas’ definition, “is one inseparable region and is the homeland of the Palestinian people.”
    “The fact that the Palestinian people were expelled from their land and displaced through the creation of the Zionist entity does not annul the Palestinian people’s right to all of their land, nor does that establish a legitimate right for the usurper Zionist entity to have this land,” the charter asserts.
    Meanwhile, the charter will also notably differentiate between “the Jews as a People of the Book and as followers of a religion on one hand, and the occupation and the Zionist project on the other hand,” affirming that “Hamas does not view the conflict with the Zionist project as a conflict with the Jews because of their religion."
    “Our rivalry is with the occupation who occupied our land," Yousif affirmed.
    He said that a number of amendments were made to the charter “in response to criticism of Hamas over anti-Semitism, racism, and other issues viewed as violations under international law."
    He also stressed that the documented was prepared “as a reaction to ongoing Israeli aggression and the confrontations between the occupation and the stone children," referring to Palestinian children who throw stones at Israeli forces as a form of resistance and face up to 20 years in military prison for the act.
    The new Hamas’ charter applauds “Western entities,” as well as Arab and Muslim countries, who show solidarity with the Palestinian people, Yousif said, adding that the he expects Hamas will be regarded in a more positive light by “several countries, especially in Europe,” after the charter is officially released.
    The new charter also “includes a positive attitude toward the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and considers it as a national umbrella for all the Palestinian people.”
    Point 27 of the leaked text defines the PLO as the “national framework for the Palestinian people inside Palestine and abroad.”
    However, the charter calls for the redevelopment and restructuring of the PLO, based on democratic principles, in order to “guarantee the participation of all” Palestinians, “in a way that preserves Palestinian rights."

    #Hamas #Gaza #Palestine

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  • Israeli forces suppress weekly Bilin, Kafr Qaddum protests
    Jan. 6, 2017 7:12 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 6, 2017 7:12 P.M.)

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces Friday suppressed weekly marches in the village of Bilin in the occupied West Bank district of Ramallah and in the village of Kafr Qaddum in the northern West Bank district of Qalqiliya, causing dozens to suffer tear gas inhalation.

    In Bilin, Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at demonstrators, causing tens of Palestinian, foreign, and Israeli peace protestors to suffer from tear gas inhalation during a weekly march held in the village.

    The march was organized by the popular committee against the separation wall and settlements. Protesters held up the Palestinian flag to mark the 52nd anniversary of the establishment of the Fatah movement, and also held pictures of slain Palestinian Jawaher Abu Rahma, in a repeat of a similar protest held last month to mark the upcoming anniversaries.

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  • Israeli army commander testifies soldier had no justification for shooting al-Sharif
    June 16, 2016 10:24 P.M.

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli army commander testified in court Thursday that Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier who shot dead Abdel Fattah al-Sharif while he was lying wounded on the ground after an alleged attempted stabbing in Hebron, saying there was no “operational justification” for Azaria’s actions, according to Israeli news media.

    The company commander of Azaria, Maj. Tom Neeman, recounted to the court the chilling moments after the execution style killing that took place in Hebron’s old city on March 24.

    After the deadly shooting, for which Azaria is now on trial for manslaughter, Neeman testified that he saw "Elor with his hands on the weapon, walking westward.”

    “I approached him and asked, ’Why did you do it?’,” Neeman continued, “He answered me, ’This terrorist was alive, and he needs to die.’” Neeman added: “I was angry at him for doing this. Essentially a shooting had been conducted at the scene that I was in charge of, without my permission.”

    Neeman also added that prior to Azaria’s murder of al-Sharif, no one had paid attention to al-Sharif, who was lying immobilized on the ground, or claimed that the he was booby-trapped.

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  • Israel cancels weekly visit from Gaza to Al-Aqsa
    March 16, 2016 10:56 P.M. (Updated : March 18, 2016 10:41 A.M.)

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Israeli authorities on Wednesday cancelled a weekly visit allowing elderly Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to travel to occupied East Jerusalem for Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to Palestinian liaison officials.

    Sources at the Palestinian liaison office said that Israel had called off the agreement, which previously allowed 200 Gazans above the age of 60 to worship at the holy site as part of a ceasefire agreement that ended the 2014 Gaza war.

    850 Gaza Christians receive permits to celebrate Easter in Jerusalem
    March 19, 2016 7:50 P.M. (Updated : March 19, 2016 9:24 P.M.)

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hundreds of Christian Palestinians from the Gaza Strip will travel to celebrate Easter in Bethlehem and occupied East Jerusalem after the Israeli authorities agreed to grant them permits, a Palestinian Authority official said Saturday.

    Muhammad al-Maqadma, a public information officer for the Palestinian Ministry of Civil Affairs, told Ma’an that Israel had granted around 850 permits to Gaza Christians of different ages to travel to the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

    Al-Maqadma said the permits were the result of “dedicated efforts” by Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh in order to enable hundreds of Christians to celebrate the holidays within a span of 45 days.

    This is the first time such a large number of Christians from Gaza received permits to travel to the West Bank and Jerusalem, al-Maqadma added.

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  • Egypt destroys 12 tunnels between Gaza-Egypt border
    Sept. 19, 2015

    CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egyptian army border guards recently discovered and destroyed 12 “new” tunnels running under the Gaza-Egypt border in the northern Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian security sources told Ma’an.

    Egyptian security sources said that the army’s border guards destroyed the tunnels in cooperation with military engineering forces.

    Last month, Egyptian authorities announced plans to fill a kilometer-long trench along the Gazan border with seawater to be used for fish farming,aimed at preventing the construction of smuggling tunnels between the border.

    The trench, which is currently a kilometer long and20-meters deep, will be expanded along the border, security sources had said.

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  • Israeli forces disperse protest over hunger striker in Ashkelon
    Aug. 16, 2015 9:55 P.M.

    JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Sunday evening clashed with more than hundred Palestinian protesters calling for the release of Palestinian hunger striker Mohammad Allan near Barzilai Medical Center in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

    Israeli news site Ynet reported that Israeli police arrested 10 Palestinians during the clashes, in addition to five Jewish Israelis who earlier Sunday threw stones at Palestinian protesters, damaging the car of a Palestinian journalist.

    An Israeli police spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

    Witnesses told Ma’an that dozens of Palestinian youths arrived in Ashkelon by bus bearing Palestinian flags and posters depicting Allan.

    Hanin Zoabi, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, also reportedly participated in the protest.

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  • Hunger striker enters coma as protest enters 60 days
    Aug. 14, 2015 10:42 A.M

    RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Allan, who has been on hunger strike for two months, lost consciousness Friday morning, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said.

    The society said that Allan’s health had dangerously deteriorated overnight, and that the hunger striker entered a coma after severe shivering.

    They added that he is currently connected to ventilators.

    Israeli authorities previously said they would make use of a controversial new law to force feed Allan if his health became critical.

    However, Usama al-Saadi, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, told Ma’an: “Allan might be a martyr in hours as his health condition is very critical.”

    Shortly after the announcement, the Israeli Prison Service declared a state of alert across Israeli jails, closing all sections and preventing prayers.

    Issa Qaraqe, the head of the Palestinian Authority Prisoners’ Committee, told Ma’an that the Israeli Prison Service had imposed a complete curfew in Israel’s Ramon, Nafha, Negev and Eshel jails.

    Allan, a lawyer from southern Nablus, has been held without trial or charge since November.

    According to his lawyer, Allan has been on hunger strike at least 60 days in protest against his administrative detention. (...)

    Le défi de Mohammad Allan : « Je refuse l’esclavagisme de l’occupation »
    Par Fadwa Nassar

    11 août 2015 - En grève de la faim depuis 56 jours, Mohammad Allan (30 ans) est avocat, de la région de Nablus et membre du mouvement du Jihad islamique en Palestine. Il est « détenu administratif », ce qui signifie qu’aucune charge ne pèse contre lui, sinon un dossier secret concocté par les autorités sécuritaires sionistes, qu’il n’a pas le droit de consulter, ni d’ailleurs ses avocats. C’est ainsi que l’entité coloniale tente de briser toute volonté de résistance à l’occupation, en emprisonnant tout Palestinien considéré gênant pour le maintien de son pouvoir colonial sur la Palestine. Mohammad Allan a décidé d’entamer la grève de la faim lors du renouvellement de sa détention, il y a 56 jours, décidée par un tribunal militaire sur la base d’informations « secrètes » (...).

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