Palestinian citizen sentenced to two life terms
The Israeli occupation judge today, Wednesday, sentenced Palestinian citizen Muntasir Shalabi to two life sentences. Shalabi is the father of seven children, he lived in the US for many years.
The life sentence in the Israeli occupation law is legal and the most severe punishment is applied almost exclusively to Palestinians. Life imprisonment usually serves within the range of 20-30 years.
Shalabi is a businessman of American nationality who does not accept the unjust, humiliating behavior of the Israeli occupation forces against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.
Occupation soldiers open fire on Palestinian farmers in southern Gaza Strip
According to local sources, Israeli occupation forces indiscriminately opened heavy fire on Palestinian farmers in farmlands in the southern besieged Gaza Strip.
Occupying troops stationed at the “Kisofim” military site east of the al-Qarara area in the Southern Strip opened intensive fire on farmland and fired indiscriminately at the al-Wad area.
No injuries or causalities have been reported.
Israel to demolish 295 Palestinian residential buildings in 2021
The Israeli occupation demolished 295 Palestinian housing structures in occupied territories in 2021, leaving 895 Palestinians, 463 of whom are minors, homeless, Israeli rights group B’Tselem reported Tuesday.
According to a report by B’Tselem, the demolition of Palestinian homes by the Israeli occupation in 2021 was the highest number since 2016.
“During the year, an additional 548 non-residential buildings, including water cisterns, warehouses, agricultural structures, businesses and public buildings, were demolished under orders from Israeli authorities — the highest number since 2012,” B’Tselem said.
The Israeli rights group added: “In East Jerusalem alone, 160 buildings were demolished, including 96 homes.”
Israeli troops demolish house in Silwan
Israeli Municipality bulldozers demolished a house owned by the Helissi family in the town of Silwan, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, today.
Local sources reported that Israeli occupation forces “chopped down” Sultan Halissi’s house in the Wadi Hilweh neighborhood of Silwan on the pretext of building without a permit.
Halissi said he has lived in the 60-square-foot house since 2014 with his wife and four children, the oldest of whom is 13 years old and the youngest six.
74th Anniversary of the Israeli Gang Massacre at the Semiramis Hotel in Jerusalem
Today marks 74 years since the Zionist gangs bombed the Semiramis Hotel in Jerusalem, killing at least 20 civilians.
On January 5, 1948, the Zionist terrorist organization “Hagana” blew up the Semiramis Hotel in the Baqa’a neighborhood, a Palestinian residential area west of the Holy City, killing at least 20 Palestinian civilians and injuring 20 others.
Among the victims of the terrorist bombings were women and children, most of them from a Palestinian family, the Abu Sawan family, whose members took refuge in the hotel because it is in an area far from the war zone.
Israeli settlers uproot 50 olive trees from Palestinian land in Salfit
Extremist Israeli settlers on Tuesday night uprooted more than 50 olive trees on Palestinian-owned land in the village of Kafr al-Dik, west of the town of Salfit in the occupied West Bank.
Local residents and the land owner said extremist Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Alei Zahav cleared 50 olive trees from his land in the village of Kafr al-Dik.
The settlers also razed large tracts of land to the ground.
Palestinians plant about 10,000 new olive trees in the West Bank each year, most of them of oil-producing varieties.
Israel to build new city near Gaza Strip
Israel’s National Planning and Building Council yesterday approved the creation of a new Jewish community on the periphery of the occupied Gaza Strip, Anadolu reported.
The new settlement would be given a temporary name – Hanoun – and will house 500 Israeli Jewish families.
Anadolu reported a statement from Israel’s Ministry of Construction and Housing that said, “The National Planning and Construction Council held a meeting today and agreed to ask the Israeli government to approve the construction of the Hanoun settlement.”
It will be placed east of the kibbutz of Sa’d under the jurisdiction of the Sdot Negev Regional Council.
Right-wing Israeli attacks Palestinian journalist
Palestinian video journalist Fayez Abu Armeleh was attacked today by a right-wing Israeli protester while covering events on the ground outside the hospital where hunger striker Hisham Abu Hawash is being held.
Abu Hawash agreed to end his 141-day hunger strike yesterday after Israeli authorities agreed to release him on February 26. He has been detained without charge or trial since October 27, 2020.
Anadolu video journalist Abu Armeleh covered protests outside the Shamir Medical Center when Israelis attacked him, causing him to fall to the ground with a head injury.
TikTok closes Palestinian news network account over coverage of pro-Palestinian content
TikTok’s video-focused social networking service has permanently shut down the account of a prominent Palestinian Arabic-language network over pro-Palestinian content, as part of a campaign aimed at stifling Palestinian voices.
Al-Qastal, a well-known Palestinian networking hub for Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem, announced on Wednesday that TikTok has shut down its account for publishing pro-Palestinian content and documenting Israel’s ongoing violations and attacks on Palestinians in Jerusalem.
Al-Qastal noted that TikTok also closed its account in 2021, but the network was able to recover the account.
In November 2021, Facebook also blocked Al-Qastal along with Maydan al-Quds, another Palestinian network, for the same reason TikTok closed Al-Qastal account for.
(Sources: Days of Palestine, Quds News Network, MEMO)
Henny A.J. Kreeft
Independent Citizen Journalism
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