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News, May 2021
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Continue Attacking and Abducting Palestinian Civilians, Dispossessing them of their Homes in Jerusalem
May 3, 2021
While brutal force has been used to create Zionist Israel and sustain it thus far, Zionist claims to Palestine are false. Actually, from the five thousand years of known written history, there has been a continuous Palestinian-Canaanite presence in the Holy Land. Despite the Zionist false claims, the ancient Israelites ruled part of the land for only 85 years (during the reign of David, Solomon, and Solomon's son).
After that, the Egyptians conquered Palestine-Canaan in 925 BC, followed by Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans, before the Arab Muslim rule, starting from 636 AD.
By the Time Jesus started his mission, the three population groups of Canaanites, Palestinians, and Israelites were melted together in religion and language. Most of them became Christians when Constantine converted in 313 AD. Then, most of them became Muslims in the 7th and 8th centuries AD.
So, Palestinian Muslims, Christians, and Jews are the ones who have the right to claim descent from ancient Israelites, Palestinians, and Canaanites, not Zionists from other continents.
The following news stories are just examples of the Israeli occupation government abuse, mistreatment, and violations of Palestinian human rights, on daily basis.More detailed news stories can be found at the following sources:
http://english.wafa.ps/, https://english.palinfo.com/, https://imemc.org/, https://paltoday.ps/ar/
Illegal Israeli Settlers Injure A Palestinian Shepherd Near Qalqilia
IMEMC, MAY 3, 2021
A Palestinian shepherd was injured, Monday, after illegal Israeli settlers attacked him in Far’ata village, east of Qalqilia, in northern West Bank.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the colonists attacked Mohammad Mahmoud Salman, causing various cuts and bruises, especially to the head.
Daghlas added that the shepherd was herding his sheep on his land, in Far’ata, when the colonists assaulted him.
Palestinian medics were called to the scene and rushed the man to a hospital for treatment.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Eleven Palestinians In Nablus
IMEMC, MAY 3, 2021
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, Monday, eleven Palestinians in the northern West Bank governorate of Nablus, and sealed many roads in addition to closing military roadblocks around the city.
Media sources in Nablus said the soldiers abducted a young man, identified as Malek Jamil Sharqawi, 25, after stopping him at a military roadblock near Deir Sharaf village, west of Nablus.
They added that the abducted Palestinian is from the Askar al-Jadeed refugee camp, in Nablus.
In addition, dozens of soldiers invaded Jaloud village, south of Nablus, before storming and ransacking homes, and abducted ten Palestinians, identified as Nassim Farah Abad, Samir Sami Abad, Mohammad Sami Abad, Mohammad Kamal Abad, Rakan Shaher Fheidat, Mahmoud Shaher Fheidat, Ibrahim Shaher Fheidat, Mohammad Ahmad Mteir, Walid Abdul-Karim Hamoud, and Yousef Najeh Hamoud.
Furthermore, the soldiers intensified their measures on the Za’tara military roadblock, south of Nablus, and searched dozens of cars, causing an extended traffic jam, before forcing the Palestinians away.
On Sunday evening, the soldiers also closed all military roadblocks, and all roads leading to Nablus, before blocking all Palestinian traffic for several hours, following a drive-by shooting in which three Israeli colonialist settlers were injured.
In addition, illegal Israeli settlers invaded the southern area of Qusra village, south of Nablus, and attacked many homes before the locals intercepted them and forced them away.
Israeli occupation soldiers then invaded the village and fired many rounds of live ammunition, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at the Palestinians.
Also on Sunday evening, the soldiers injured five young Palestinian men and caused many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, after several army jeeps invaded Beita village, south of Nablus.
In Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, the soldiers fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades at Palestinian workers near the illegal Annexation Wall in Far’un village, south of the city, causing fires in farmlands.
In related news, the soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, eight Palestinians from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, after the army invaded many Palestinian communities, and searched homes.
On Sunday night, Israeli colonialist settlers burnt large areas of Palestinian agricultural lands, in addition to attacking many homes and cars, in Jaloud village, south of Nablus. Israeli soldiers also invaded the village and injured several Palestinians.
Israeli Occupation Navy Attacks Palestinian Fishing Boats In Gaza
IMEMC, MAY 3, 2021
Israeli occupation navy ships attacked, on Monday morning, several Palestinian fishing boats with live fire and water cannons, near the shore of Gaza city, in the besieged coastal region.
Media sources said the boats were less than three nautical miles from the shore in the Sudaniyya Sea area, northwest of Gaza city.
They added that the navy fired many live rounds, in addition to using the water cannons, causing serious damage to at least one boat, in addition to forcing the fishermen back to the shore without being able to fish to provide for their families.
The navy ships also chased a few fishing boats while trying to force the fishermen to leave.
The attacks are part of frequent Israeli violations against the Palestinians, especially the fishermen, farmers, shepherds, and workers in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, and have led to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to serious property damage and the confiscation of many boats after abducting the fishermen.
Three Illegal Israeli Settlers Shot in Drive-By Shooting Near Nablus
IMEMC, MAY 3, 2021
On Sunday evening, three 19-year old Israeli settlers were shot and injured by gunshots from a passing vehicle while standing on the roadside by Za’tara military checkpoint in southern occupied Nablus.
Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint opened fire at the vehicle from which the shots were fired — identified as a silver SUV — but the vehicle drove away.
The three wounded Israelis were identified as Yehuda Guetta from Jerusalem, Benaya Peretz from Beit Shean, and Amichai Hala from Safed. The three were students at a Yeshiva (Jewish religious school) located in Itamar settlement, built on stolen Palestinian land near Nablus.
One sustained critical injuries, one sustained moderate injuries, and the third’s injuries were described as light.
According to the Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, “The [Israeli military] and security forces will not rest until they get their hands on the terrorists who carried out the attack”.
Following the shooting, Israeli forces closed the checkpoint, preventing all Palestinian civilians from entering or leaving the area. They also began invading nearby villages and towns, forcing all residents to remain in their homes during the invasions.
In addition, the Israeli military set up a number of ‘flying checkpoints’ throughout the northern West Bank, forcing Palestinian civilians to remain stopped on roadways for hours at a time waiting for their vehicles to be examined by the soldiers.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a a statement saying that, “We will not allow terror to raise its head, and we will strike our enemies forcefully.”
The three victims were taken to the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva for treatment.
The attack came in the midst of high tensions throughout the West Bank, with numerous attacks against Palestinian civilians by Israeli settlers and soldiers. The violent attacks against Palestinian civilians began two weeks ago, at the beginning of the Muslime holy month of Ramadan, when a right-wing Israeli group Lehava held a march through Palestinian neighborhoods shouting ‘Death to Arabs’ and injuring more than a hundred Palestinians in a single night.
Israeli soldiers and settlers have also repeatedly attacked Palestinian worshipers at and around the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, which is the third-holiest site in Islam.
According to Israeli media, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement issued a statement that, “We praise the courageous operation at Za’tara checkpoint. We consider it a message in the name of the entire Palestinian people that Jerusalem is a red line and harming the holy places will cause an explosion of anger in the face of the occupation”.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Eight Palestinians In Jerusalem, Bethlehem, And Hebron
IMEMC, MAY 3, 2021
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, eight Palestinians from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, after the army invaded many Palestinian communities, and searched homes.
Media sources in Jerusalem said the soldiers invaded and ransacked several homes in Hizma town, before abducting Abdullah Hussein Khatib, Mohammad Hamza Mubarak, Ayman Khader Eqab, and Nadim Abdul-Hamid Khatib.
They added that the soldiers also abducted Majdi Khaled al-Hadra from his home in the at-Tour town, after interrogating him and his family while ransacking the property.
In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers searched a few homes before abducting Mohannad Jamal Nawawra, 25, and Ibrahim Nasser al-Wardian, 22.
Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, searched homes, and summoned Mohammad Rif’at Sleibi, 18, for interrogation in Beitar Illit illegal colony, and abducted him once he arrived there.
The soldiers also installed roadblocks at the main entrance of the ath-Thaheriyya and as-Sammoa’ towns, in addition to the Jouret Bahlas area at the northern entrance of Hebron city, before stopping and searching dozens of cars and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Shoot Five Palestinians In Beita, Near Nablus
IMEMC, MAY 3, 2021
Israeli occupation soldiers injured, on Sunday evening, five young Palestinian men, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, after several army jeeps invaded Beita village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Local sources said the soldiers invaded the village after installing roadblocks around it, leading to protests.
Medical sources said the soldiers moderately injured one Palestinian with a live round in the abdomen, causing a moderate injury, in addition to shooting three others with live rounds in their legs, and one in his wrist.
The soldiers also fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades at the Palestinians, causing many injuries.
During the invasion, the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes and shops, before confiscating surveillance recordings and equipment.
In related news, Israeli colonialist settlers burnt, on Sunday at night, large areas of Palestinian agricultural lands, in addition to attacking many homes and cars, in Jaloud village, south Nablus, before the soldiers invaded the village and injured several Palestinians.
Illegal Israeli Settlers Burn Palestinian Lands, Attack Homes, Cars, South Of Nablus
IMEMC, MAY 3, 2021
Illegal Israeli settlers burnt, on Sunday at night, large areas of Palestinian agricultural lands, in addition to attacking many homes and cars, in Jaloud village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Israeli soldiers also invaded the village and injured several Palestinians.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the Israeli assailants came from the illegal Ahiya colonialist outpost, which was installed on stolen Palestinian lands.
Daghlas added that the colonists torched large areas of Palestinian farmlands in the eastern area of the village before the locals and firefighters rushed to extinguish the fire.
Furthermore, the colonists attacked at least fifteen Palestinian homes, only 200 meters from their illegal outpost, in addition to causing damage to four cars.
Following the assaults, Israeli soldiers invaded the village and fired many gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at the Palestinians.
Medical sources have confirmed that many Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, and a few others sustained cuts and bruises.
The soldiers also invaded and ransacked many homes, and occupied their rooftops to use them as firing posts and monitoring towers, in addition to attempting to abduct a child.
Daghlas warned of the seriously escalating violations by the illegal colonists targeting the Palestinians, their homes, and lands, not only in Nablus but also across the occupied West Bank, especially in Jerusalem.
Seriously Injured Palestinian Woman Dies From Her Wounds
IMEMC, MAY 2, 2021
The Palestinian woman, who was shot and seriously injured by Israeli occupation soldiers, Sunday, near Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, has died from her injuries.
The woman, Rihab Mohammad Mousa Za’oul, 60, was shot earlier Sunday by Israeli soldiers near the junction of Gush Etzion illegal colony, south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli sources claimed the woman tried to attack soldiers with a knife before they shot her.
Za’oul was later moved to Sha’arei Zedek Israeli medical center, in Jerusalem, where she succumbed to her serious wounds.
The Palestinian woman was from Wadi Fukin Palestinian village, southwest of Bethlehem. Her corpse remains held by Israel.
Updated From: Soldiers Shoot A Palestinian Woman Near Bethlehem May 2, 2021, at 11:41
Israeli soldiers shot, on Sunday morning, a Palestinian woman at the Etzion junction, south of Bethlehem, south of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.
Media sources said the soldiers shot Rihab Mohammad Khalaf al-Hroub, 60, from Wadi Fukin village, southwest of Bethlehem, while walking near the military roadblock.
Israeli sources said the woman was moved to Shaare Zedek hospital, in Jerusalem.
Israeli Ynet News claimed the woman was shot in her leg when the soldiers noticed “she carried a knife.”
It added that the incident did not lead to any injuries among the soldiers.
Following the incident, the soldiers closed the junction to all Palestinian traffic.
WAFA: Israeli occupation forces assault protesters demonstrating against imminent evictions in Sheikh Jarrah”
IMEMC, MAY 2, 2021
The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA): Israeli occupation forces last night assaulted and dispersed dozens of Palestinian nonviolent protesters while holding a sit-in in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, in occupied Jerusalem, against an imminent threat of eviction from their homes by the occupation authorities, said witnesses.
Police officers reportedly assaulted the protesters and beat up some of them, and also asked those protesting inside the homes slated for evacuation to leave them.
Currently, at least six out of 28 Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah are under the imminent threat of eviction from their homes to make way for a new Israeli settlement known as Shimon HaTsadiq. A plan for the settlement, consisting of 200 housing units on 18 dunums, has already been submitted to the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem District Court has ruled at least six families must vacate their homes in Sheikh Jarrah as of today, despite living there for generations.
The same court ruled seven other families should leave their homes by August 1. In total, 58 people, including 17 children, are set to be forcibly displaced to make way for Israeli settlers.
The court rulings are a culmination of a decades-long struggle for these Palestinians to stay in their homes. In 1972, several Jewish settler organizations filed a lawsuit against the Palestinian families living in Sheikh Jarrah, alleging the land originally belonged to Jews.
These groups, mostly funded by donors from the United States, have waged a relentless battle that resulted in the displacement of 43 Palestinians in 2002, as well as the Hanoun and Ghawi families in 2008 and the Shamasneh family in 2017.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Shoot Two Palestinians in Kufur Qaddoum
IMEMC, MAY 2, 2021
Israeli occupation soldiers shot, Saturday, two young men and caused many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.
The Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum said the soldiers invaded the town, and attacked the protesters, in addition to chasing many others in an attempt to abduct them.
It added that the soldiers fired many sponge-tipped bullets, wounding two young men, in addition to firing dozens of gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.
The soldiers also fired many gas bombs at several Palestinian homes, causing injuries, especially among the children.
The Palestinians in Kufur Qaddoum hold weekly processions against the closure of the village’s main road, which was blockaded by the army 18 years ago to enable easy access for the illegal colonialist settlers while driving to and from Kidumim colony, which was installed on stolen Palestinian lands.
PA Foreign Ministry Denounces Israeli Occupation Soldiers Assault On Christians On Holy Saturday
IMEMC, MAY 2, 2021
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry issued a statement denouncing the Israeli police attack on dozens of Palestinian Christians celebrating Holy Saturday, on Saturday evening, in the occupied capital, Jerusalem.
In its statement, the ministry described the attack as a flagrant violation of religious freedoms and the freedom to access all holy sites.
It added that such an attack reflects the prevalence of hatred, extremism, and racism in the institutions, including the police, of the occupying power [Israel].
The Ministry also called on the International Community to provide the needed protection to Islamic and Christian holy sites in Palestine, and the Palestinian people living under Israeli occupation and subject to various forms of violations, assaults, and crimes.
Eyewitnesses said the soldiers also assaulted two young Palestinian men, celebrating Holy Saturday with their families, near the church and abducted them.
On its part, the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates also denounced the attack and the harassment targeting Palestinian Christians near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and demanded Israel to respect religious freedoms, and to stop its violations, against the Palestinian Muslims and Christians in the occupied holy city.
It is worth mentioning that Sunday marks easter for Orthodox Christians.
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