Saturday, 30 June 2012

PA security clash with protesters opposing proposed meeting between Abbas and Netanyahu

Palestinian protesters (R) clash with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' plainclothes security personnel (L) as they tried to march on the headquarters in protest against the meeting between Abbas and Israeli Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz, even though it had been put off, in Ramallah on June 30, 2012. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of young Palestinians clashed with PA security forces in Ramallah on Saturday at a protest against the leadership's scheduling of a meeting with Israeli vice premier Shaul Mofaz.

The youth gathered in central Ramallah and tried to march on the headquarters of the leadership, the Muqataa, where they were blocked by riot police and some plain clothes agents.

"They beat them badly," a witness who asked not to be identified told Ma'an, adding that three people were taken to hospital but the extent of their injuries was not immediately clear. They were identified as journalist Muhammad Jaradat, Hassan Faraj and Waed Barghouti.

Activists told a Ma'an correspondent that six people were injured, and six others detained when forces attempted to disperse the crowd.

Other witnesses told Ma'an that security forces used more force than at past demonstrations, pushing and in some cases punching and kicking people who joined the rally. more

Two wounded, dozens suffer asphyxiation due to gas inhalation at Bil'in anti-wall protest


On Friday, 29th June, two Palestinians were injured, Ahmad Bornat, 18, who was shot in his leg by a rubber bullet and Abdallah Yaseen, 19, who was hit by a gas canister in his back and dozens of Palestinians and peace activists from foreign countries suffered from suffocation due to poison gas inhalation in the weekly march organized by the Popular Committee Against the Wall in Bil'in.

A delegation from the United States and European Union, a foreign group from different countries came under a program that is known as "travel & knowledge program", the people of Bil'in and Israeli and foreign peace activists participated in this march.

The march began after Friday prayers from the center of the village and took place at the land that was liberated. Participants raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans calling for national unity, the occupation to be dissolved, the destruction of the apartheid wall and the release of the prisoners. more

Night march in Al-Khalil in solidarity with political prisoners in PA prisons


AL-KHALIL, (PIC)-- A massive march was organized in Al-Khalil city on Friday evening in solidarity with the six political detainees on hunger strike in the PA prisons.

Hundreds of citizens participated in the march, which was organized by the committee representing families of political prisoners and the Association of Muslim Youth, raising flags and banners condemning the continued political detention and the disregard of the suffering of the hunger strikers in Bethlehem and Ramallah prisons.

The march stopped outside the sit-in tent pitched in front of the house of the political prisoner on hunger strike Othman Qawasmeh. A speech was delivered on behalf of the political prisoners' families condemning the continued detention of the strikers, who have been detained for two years in PA prisons, despite courts’ decisions ordering their release. more

Palestinian family of 12 in Aqaba receives order to demolish their own home

(Muhammed Al-Jabbar holds a demolition order for his family's home)

On Sunday, June 24 in Aqaba, Muhammed and Nassa Al-Jabba received a demolition order by Israeli authorities demanding that they evacuate the premises of their home within the next 3 days. The Al-Jabba family have not evacuated the home as it is the sole residence for their family of 10 children. The Israeli military may arrive at any time to demolish the building in the Area C (Israeli civil and security control) village.

Upon arriving in the village of Aqaba, International Solidarity Movement (ISM) volunteers spoke with the mayor, Haj Sami, an older man left wheelchair bound after suffering 3 gunshots from Israeli soldiers while working on his farm in 1971. He was only 16 years old at the time and fortunate to survive.

Haj Sami introduced ISM volunteers to Nassa Al-Jabbar, the mother of 10 who has been faced with a demolition order, giving her only 3 days to abandon the premises before the Israeli army is able to arrive with bulldozers and raze her home.

Nassa and her husband Muhammed have spent 10 years building their home. When asked why it took them so long, Nassa replied that because a permit to build on their own land is impossible to attain from Israel, the house was built in 7 different stages in order to avoid the soldiers attention. more

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the OPT (21– 27 June)

(Al-Bustan neighborhood, Jerusalem – A Palestinian civilian holds a demolition order of his house issued by the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem, which also ordered the demolition of another 4 houses in the area)

IOF launched a series of air strike on the Gaza Strip.

4 Palestinians, including one civilian, were killed by IOF in the Gaza Strip.
32 Palestinians, including a child and two women, were wounded.
A number of houses and shops were damaged.

A Palestinian was wounded at the entrance of an Israeli settlement in occupied East Jerusalem.

IOF use force to disperse peaceful protest organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.
A Palestinian civilian was wounded.
IOF arrested a Palestinian civilian and two human rights defenders.

IOF conducted 51 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
IOF arrested 19 Palestinians, including 6 children.

IOF continued to attack Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
3 Palestinian civilians were arrested by IOF at various checkpoints in the West Bank.

IOF have continued efforts to create a Jewish demographic majority in East Jerusalem.
Israeli authorities ordered the demolition of 5 houses in al-Bustan quarter in Silwan village.
Israeli authorities approved the construction of 180 housing units in “Armona Hanatsiv” settlement, south of occupied Jerusalem.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian property in Bethlehem. more