Devastation, Demolition, EU concerned about settlement plan, abuse increases

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‘Israel’ has destroyed 11 Palestinian bookstores and printing presses since early 2021

Since the beginning of 2021, the Israeli occupation has raided and destroyed 11 Palestinian bookstores, printing presses and media offices, the Palestinian Information Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
The ministry said that during the 11 days of deadly aggression on the Gaza Strip last May, the occupying state destroyed four print shops or publishing houses and four bookstores.
While in the occupied West Bank, Israeli occupation forces destroyed and looted equipment in three print shops in Ramallah, Bethlehem and in Izzariyeh after raiding them.
They also ordered the closure of the Ramallah-based print shop, Bisan, for six months.
The troops also detained bookstores and print store owners after raiding their own buildings.
Israeli forces often raid Palestinian homes, shops and buildings in the occupied West Bank almost daily on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, leading to clashes with residents.
These raids, which also take place in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, are carried out without the need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military wants, in accordance with its wide-ranging arbitrary powers.
In addition, Israel’s 11-day aggression on the Gaza Strip began on May 10 and ended with a ceasefire brokered by mediator Egypt on May 21, killing at least 279 Palestinians, including 69 children and 40 women, and injuring 1,910 others.

Israel tore down 52 Palestinian buildings in occupied Jerusalem in two months

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said that in June-July 2021, Israeli occupation authorities demolished 52 Palestinian structures, some under construction, in occupied Jerusalem.
The human rights group said of the 52 buildings, 22 were residential buildings and 11 of them, owned by 11 families with a total of 52 people, including 24 minors, were inhabited.
The group said 11 other residential buildings were under construction or unoccupied.
Five of the houses were demolished by the occupying authorities and 17 were demolished by their owners on the orders of the authorities to avoid having to pay a fine for exorbitant demolition costs if the Israeli municipality (staff and police) carried out the demolition.

The group said 30 non-residential buildings, including a school under construction, were also demolished, 11 of them by their owners.
Here are some of those who have destroyed themselves or have their homes destroyed by Israeli forces:

* The Israeli municipality in occupied Jerusalem demolished a family home of four people, including two minors, in the Ras al-‘Amud neighborhood on June 29, 2021.
*Two families from the same extended family, including 13 people, including five minors, demolished their homes in the a-Tantur neighborhood of Beit Safafa on July 1, 2021.
* Parents of three self-demolished houses under construction ordered by the occupation authorities in the village of a-Sheikh Sa’ed, cut off from Jerusalem by the apartheid wall on July 26, 2021.
* A family of eight, including six minors, demolished their home in the al-Tur neighborhood on July 6, 2021, on orders from the occupation authorities.
* Inhabitant of al-Esawiyah’s self-demolished house, which he started to build nearby on July 4, 2021.

European diplomats visit Beita on Israeli settlement plan

European heads of mission and representatives of the member states of the West Bank Protection Consortium (WBPC) and like-minded countries visited the village of Beita in Nablus in the occupied West Bank on Thursday to discuss the Israeli settlement plan in the area.
The Heads of Mission and representatives from Belgium, Denmark, the EU, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK visited Beita.
In a statement from the delegation and Ireland, they said the visit came in response to growing concerns – over the occupied West Bank and in Beita in particular – over increasing settler violence.
The visit also covered the disturbing establishment of an illegal settlement on the top of Jabal Sabih, on the outskirts of the village, which regularly leads to clashes between Palestinian residents, Israeli settlers and Israeli occupation forces, the delegation said.

According to UN OCHA, six Palestinians, including two children, have been killed near Beita as a result of live ammunition by Israeli forces since early May.
During the visit, participants heard from local residents, WBPC partners and the Colonization and Wall Resistance Committee about developments on the ground, which often lead to violent incidents because residents live near a settlement, the delegation said.
“Palestinian residents told attendees how they feared losing even more land and being exposed to more settler violence. Members of the WBPC and like-minded countries also learned about the lack of effective preventive measures and adequate protection against the perpetrators of settler violence.”
According to UN OCHA, the total number of settler attacks on the West Bank that resulted in injuries and/or property damage increased by 46 percent in 2021 compared to the same period in 2020.
Meanwhile, Yesh Din reported that 96 percent of Israeli occupation authorities’ investigations into alleged acts of settler violence do not lead to charges.

Israel worsens abuse of detained Palestinians, says human rights organization

Israel has escalated its abusive practices against Palestinian prisoners, including the use of medical negligence, over fears of the spread of the coronavirus, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club warned yesterday.
“There is a state of extreme tension in Section 3 of Ashkelon Prison, which is destined for security detainees, due to the escalation of [Israeli] abuse and the tragic conditions the detainees face around the clock,” the body said in a statement. statement, pointing to the rising number of sick inmates, and the prison administration’s continued policy of medical negligence that “exacerbates the state of tension.”
According to the statement, the suffering of the inmates at Ashkelon Prison has recently worsened after the prison administration brought in more inmates and the cells became overcrowded.

(Sources: Quds News Network, MEMO)

Henny A.J. Kreeft
Independent Citizen Journalism

© Khamakar News Agency / 06.08.2021

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