Rights group calls Israeli undercover unit ‘racist and illegal’
The creation of an Israeli undercover team made up of Jews posing as Arabs in Palestinian territories in Israel has been labeled “racist” and “illegal” by a Palestinian-Israeli NGO.
Israeli police on Tuesday unveiled the creation of the secretive unit Mistaaravim, which they say would fight “organized crime” in Palestinian parts of Israel.
Mistaravim, which can be loosely translated as “artificial Arabs”, is often used by Israel in protests in Palestinian neighborhoods.
Rights group Adalah expressed outrage at the move in a letter to Avichai Mandelblit, Israel’s attorney general, and Kobi Shabtai, the country’s police chief, on Wednesday.
Adalah stressed that “designating a special unit for a specific ethnic group is racist and illegal”.
Israel forces Palestinian to demolish his house in Silwan, in Jerusalem
A Palestinian man from Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood was forced to demolish his own home by Israeli occupation forces on Sunday.
According to local sources, Ayman Abu Wahdan said the Israeli occupation municipality had issued a demolition order for his house on the pretext that it was built without a permit.
He had no choice but to demolish the 50-square-meter house to avoid paying excessive demolition costs to the Israeli occupying municipality, he added.
In Silwan, dozens of houses are threatened with demolition with plans to turn the neighborhood into a biblical park.
Six Palestinian prisoners escape from Israeli prison
Six Palestinian prisoners escaped Monday from Israel’s Gilboa Prison, a high-security prison, Israeli media and police reported.
According to reports, the six detainees, most of whom had been sentenced to life in prison, belonged to the Islamic Jihad movement and one was a former commander of the Fatah party.
According to reports, the six were locked up in Gilboa Prison in the same cell, and then disappeared through the tunnel in northern occupied Palestine.
Six Palestinian detainees escape from Israeli prison
Israeli sources have reported that six Palestinian prisoners managed to escape from the Israeli high-security prison Gilboa, in the north of the country, after digging a tunnel.
According to sources, one of those detained is Zakariyya Zobeidi, the former leader of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades in Jenin, in the north of the West Bank. The other five escaped political prisoners are all members of the Islami Jihad movement.
Israel claims Zobeidi was responsible for an attack on the Likud party headquarters in Bisan in 2002 that killed six Israelis.
Army kidnaps two Palestinians in Jenin
Israeli soldiers kidnapped two Palestinians at dawn on Monday from Jenin Governorate, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
Local sources said undercover Israeli soldiers broke into and searched two homes in the towns of Fahma and Jaba, southwest of Jenin, before kidnapping the two young men.
They added that the soldiers kidnapped Ahmad Mahmoud Manasra from the city of Fahma and Nayef Ahmad Malaisha from Jaba’.
Israeli soldiers kidnap five Palestinians in Ramallah
Israeli soldiers abducted five Palestinians from their homes at sunrise on Monday in Ramallah Governorate, in the central West Bank.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said several Israeli military jeeps raided the al-Am’ari refugee camp before the soldiers stormed and ransacked several homes.
It added that the soldiers kidnapped three Palestinians in the refugee camp, identified as Qussai Khader, 20, Bassel Abu Halima, 21, and Yazan Abu Halima, 20.
Soldiers kidnap two Palestinian children in Ramallah
Israeli soldiers abducted two Palestinian children Sunday night at the main entrance of the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, in the central West Bank.
Local sources said the soldiers detained the two children and questioned them before they were kidnapped, taking them to a nearby military base.
They added that the kidnapped children have been identified as Rayyan Raed Dallash, 13, and Walid Wa’el Hmeidat, 13.
Israeli ‘Defense’ Forces Destroy Palestinian Farms in Occupied West Bank
Israeli “defense” forces on Sunday handed orders to Palestinian farmers in the village of Battir on the outskirts of Bethlehem, saying soldiers will raze their farms and destroy their vines, Anadolu reported.
The occupying army’s pretext for destruction is that the vines will be planted in Area C, which is under the security and administrative rule of the Israeli authorities. According to activist Omar Al-Qaisi, the vines were planted five years ago.
Area C covers 61 percent of the area of the occupied West Bank. Israel will not allow the construction of Palestinian facilities there or the cultivation of land without a permit from the occupation authorities, which was never issued.
(Sources: Days of Palestine, Quds News Network, IMEMC, MEMO)
Henny A.J. Kreeft
Independent Citizen Journalism
© Khamakar News Agency / 06.09.2021