Saturday: Israeli violence against Palestinians in the West Bank
Israeli soldiers and colonialist settlers continued their escalating abuses against the Palestinian people on Saturday in various parts of the occupied West Bank, including the occupied capital Jerusalem.
In Tubas, in the northeast of the West Bank, the soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinians who were protesting nonviolently against the illegal annexation of their land, near the military roadblock of Tayasir, east of the city.
Medical sources said the soldiers shot a young man with rubber-coated steel bullets, hurting dozens of victims from inhaling tear gas.
The soldiers stopped a Palestinian bus, filled with residents participating in the nonviolent procession, before detaining and interrogating them for several hours at the Tayasir roadblock.
The soldiers also kidnapped twelve Palestinians, identified as Ahmad Samer Daraghma, Wajdi Talal Foqaha, Mustafa Fida Kheizaran, Mohammad Eyad Daraghma, Hasan Tareq Ghannam, Ahmad Mohammad Dibik, Ayham Samer Abu Ali, Bassel Abdul-Salam Abdul-Razeq, Mohammad Darwish, Maher Ibrahim Yousef and Abdul-Rahman Nasser Anbousi.
In addition, the soldiers attacked nonviolent protesters in the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, in occupied Jerusalem.
Israeli Forces Suppress Sheikh Jarrah’s Protest Against Ethnic Cleansing
Israeli forces suppressed a peaceful protest against ethnic cleansing in eastern Jerusalem on Saturday night.
Residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and activists protested Israel’s policy of ethnic cleansing against Palestinians. The protest comes two days before an Israeli court hearing that will consider a decision to forcibly evict four Palestinian families from their homes in Sheik Jarrah.
The protesters chanted slogans against the Israeli government and rejected Israel’s policy of ethnic cleansing.
Israeli forces quelled the peaceful protest with dozens of stun grenades and ‘skunk’ water.
Yesterday another protest took place at the entrance of the Sheikh Jarrah district. Israeli police prevented protesters from entering the area.
IOF arrests 12 Palestinians during anti-settlement demonstration in Tubas
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested 12 civilians on Saturday evening while participating in an anti-settlement march near the Tayasir checkpoint, east of Tubas.
Clashes broke out between the civilians and the IOF soldiers after a march was launched towards the settlement rejection and land confiscation checkpoint.
IOF fired stun grenades and tear gas canisters at the protesters who were carrying Palestinian flags and throwing stones at the soldiers.
Local sources reported that the IOF soldiers arrested 12 men while they were participating in the march.
Freedoms Committee concerned about Israeli restrictions on Sheikh Salah
Freedoms Committee in 1948 Occupied Palestine (Israel) has expressed deep concern over reported Israeli restrictions imposed on Islamic Movement head Sheikh Ra’ed Saleh in solitary confinement.
Lawyers, who recently met with Sheikh Salah, told the Freedoms Committee that the Israeli prison service banned the Sheikh from obtaining books and newspapers and refused to respond to his simplest needs.
The Committee called for an end to Sheikh Salah’s isolation and restrictions imposed by necessity, describing the prison sentence against him as unfair and his solitary confinement as an unjustified punishment to increase his suffering.
UNRWA: Israel’s closure of Gaza border crossings hampers reconstruction
Sam Rose, director of UNRWA affairs in Gaza, has said that the lack of raw materials resulting from Israel’s closure of the border crossings with the Gaza Strip is hampering the reconstruction process, which also needs money.
Rose confirmed that UNRWA had issued a special appeal in late June to obtain funds needed to rebuild Gaza and help it recover from the effects of the war.
He said the refugee agency began its own damage assessments in Gaza after the international “rapid damage and needs assessment” launched at a donor meeting at the time.
The UN official claimed the agency needs $160 million to reconstruct homes for refugee families from Gaza.
(Sources: English Palinfo, MEMO, IMEMC, Quds News Network)
Henny A.J. Kreeft
Independent Citizen Journalism
© Khamakar News Agency / 01.08.2021