Apple sues Israeli spyware company NSO Group
Apple is suing Israeli spyware company NSO Group and its parent company for allegedly attacking iPhone users with a hacking tool.
NSO’s Pegasus software can infect both iPhones and Android devices, allowing operators to extract messages, photos and emails, record calls and secretly activate microphones and cameras.
NSO Group said its tools are made to target terrorists and criminals.
‘Israel’ refuses to send 100-day hunger-striking Palestinian detainee to court with deteriorating health
The Israeli Occupation Prison Service (IPS) has refused to send Palestinian detainee Hisham Abu Hawwash, who has been on hunger strike for 100 days, to court on Wednesday for a hearing.
Jawad Boulus, a lawyer with the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), said on Wednesday that the Israeli prison service refused to send Abu Hawwash to the hearing earlier today to review an appeal against him, due to his serious health problems.
An Israeli court had previously ruled that the period of Abu Hawwash’s administrative detention should be reduced from six to four renewable months.
Extremist Israeli settlers break into Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem
Large numbers of extremist Israeli settlers broke into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city of Jerusalem early in the morning on Wednesday.
Under the protection of occupation forces, about 80 Israeli settlers broke into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the morning break-in and entered through the Damascus Gate, which Palestinians call the Bab al-Amoud Gate.
They are now provoking the Palestinian believers by offering Talmudic prayers in the courtyards of the Mosque.
Israeli soldiers invade two villages near Nablus
Several Israeli military vehicles raided the villages of Deir Sharaf and al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya near the northern West Bank city of Nablus on Wednesday and ransacked homes.
Local sources said the soldiers invaded the village of Deir Sharaf from various directions, before surrounding and raiding a few houses and searching them violently.
The sources added that the soldiers also raided and searched Jamal Tirawi’s home, causing damage.
Army kidnaps four Palestinians in Jerusalem and Tulkarm
Israeli soldiers on Wednesday kidnapped four Palestinians, including the deputy head of the Waqf Branch and Islamic Endowment, in Jerusalem and Tulkarm, in the occupied West Bank.
Media sources in Jerusalem said the soldiers kidnapped Najeh Bakirat, the deputy head of the Waqf and Islamic Endowment branch, after he stopped and searched his car near Bab al-Asbat in the city.
Israel arrests senior Waqf official in Jerusalem
According to eyewitnesses, Israeli police detained Sheikh Najeh Bakirat, the deputy director of the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, near the flashpoint of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to eyewitnesses, Anadolu News Agency reports.
No reason was given for Bakirat’s arrest and the Israeli police have not yet commented.
The Jordan-run Jerusalem Islamic Waqf is responsible for overseeing the holy sites in East Jerusalem.
Soldiers shoot five workers, kidnap four Palestinians near Ramallah
Israeli soldiers shot five Palestinian workers from the town of Bir Nibala at dawn on Wednesday, along with four Palestinians, including a woman, kidnapped from their homes in the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, near the central city of Ramallah in the West Bank.
Local sources said the soldiers raided the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, ransacked homes and kidnapped Nabila Hamdan Abu as-Sabri, 50, and her son, Bilal Sami Abu as-Sabri, 30, next to Tha’er Samad’a.
The sources added that the soldiers who kidnapped Nabila pressured her son, Ahmad, to turn himself in to the military.
Palestinian doctor loses last Israeli appeal over daughters killed in Gaza
A Palestinian doctor on Wednesday lost his last Israeli claim for damages for the murder of his three daughters and a niece in Israeli shelling during the fighting in Gaza in 2009 and said he could seek justice in an international forum instead, Reuters reports.
The Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s rejection of Izzeldin Abuelaish’s claim, deeming the fatal incident an “act of war”. The army has said its troops fired after they believed they saw Hamas fighters on the top floor of the doctor’s house.
“Our hearts go out to the petitioner…but within the confines of the proceedings before us, there is no recourse or remedy,” the three-justice panel said in its ruling.
PA calls for research on labs in Israeli settlements
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has called on the UN to send an international investigative team to Israeli settlements in the occupied territories to inspect their labs, Wafa reported Tuesday.
The Assistant Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Nations and Specialized Agencies, Omar Awadallah, told participants at the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of Biological Weapons in Geneva that Israel is the only party to refuse a zone in freedom from mass weapons destruction in the Middle East.
(Sources: Days of Palestine, Quds News Network, IMEMC, MEMO)
Henny A.J. Kreeft
Independent Citizen Journalism
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