Saturday, 8 November 2014

Israel to confiscate 3,200 acres of Palestinian land near Jerusalem

Israeli authorities have delivered orders to the village of Beit Iksa north of Jerusalem ordering the confiscation of 12,852 dunums (3,176 acres) of Palestinian land, locals said on Saturday.

Locals told Ma'an that soldiers deployed at the military checkpoint at the entrance to the village delivered confiscation orders signed by the Israeli military commander in the West Bank Nitzan Alon that gave them until Dec. 31, 2017 to remain on their land.

Villagers said that soldiers informed them that an official from the Israeli military liaison would arrive on Monday to specify which lands that would be confiscated, adding that the lands confiscated would be used for "military purposes."

If carried out, the confiscation would dramatically reduce the land available to Beit Iksa's 1,700 people, the majority of whom are refugees who fled to the area in 1967 after the existing population of the village was forced to flee by Israeli authorities.

Although located immediately next to Jerusalem, the village's lands have been progressively confiscated and the village is surrounded on all sides by the Israeli separation wall. Villagers can no longer travel to Jerusalem without permits, and Palestinians not resident in Beit Iksa cannot enter the single Israeli checkpoint that allows access to the village.

Ninety-three percent of the village is under full Israeli military control, and a majority of the total land of the village falls in areas outside of the separation wall, meaning they have been de facto confiscated, including about 1,500 dunums (371 acres) where Jewish-only settlements have been built.

The head of the Beit Iksa village council Saada al-Khatib told Ma'an that according to the order and the maps that soldiers had shown them Saturday, the lands that will be confiscated are between parcels 7 and 8 and include Haraeq al-Arab, Thahr Biddu, Numus, and Khatab areas around the village. more

25 years after Berlin Wall fall, activists break open Israeli wall

Palestinian activists affiliated with local popular resistance committees in the villages northwest of Jerusalem on Saturday broke open a hole in the separation wall to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

"No matter how high walls are built, they will fall. Just as the Berlin Wall fell, the wall in Palestine will fall, along with the occupation," the popular committees said in a statement.

The activists said that their aim in destroying the wall was also to stress that Jerusalem is an Arab and Palestinian city, and that neither the construction of the separation wall nor Israeli military reinforcement could prevent Palestinians from reaching Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa mosque.

The activists also called upon Palestinians to unite and take part in the battle for Jerusalem, and to defend the al-Aqsa mosque and all Islamic and Christian holy sites.

They also called upon people to be ready to take part in the "intifada" of Jerusalem, which they said would be "the final, fateful intifada to liberate Palestine." more

Al-Qassam brigades pledges to free Palestinian prisoners

GAZA, (PIC)-- Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, pledged to extract the freedom of many Palestinian prisoners in a new deal with Israel.

A spokesman for the Brigades stated, in a festival held in Gaza city on Friday evening, that al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas would never rest until all prisoners in Israeli jails obtained their freedom.

"We promise you a second deal freeing you from the occupation's jails," he said.

The spokesman highlighted the readiness of the Brigades to confront any new round of Israel's military escalation against the Gaza Strip

"We, in al-Qassam Brigades, are at the highest level of readiness to repel any aggression against the Gaza Strip, and we will not hesitate for one moment to inflict heavy losses among Israeli troops as we had done in previous rounds of confrontations," the spokesman stressed. more

Israeli police execute Palestinian in Kfar Kanna

GALILEE, (PIC)-- Israeli police murdered Saturday morning Khair Hamdan, 22, from Kfar Kanna, north of 1948 occupied Palestine.

Israeli police claimed Khair attempted to stab an Israeli armed policeman. However, a CCTV video posted on Facebook clearly shows that Khair could not cause any harm to the police force that executed him soon after.

The video shows a young man banging on the side window of a semi-armored police van. It is not clear yet what he was doing. Soon after, a dozen of armed policemen got out of their vehicle and shot at him. The young man, later identified as Khair Hamdan, fell on the ground. At least 6 shots are heard.

Khair could have easily been arrested as he was outnumbered by the Israeli policemen.

On hearing the news, the youth in the village took to the streets and the local council declared a general strike in protest at the crime and Israeli racist policies against Palestinian Arabs.

Kfar Kanna is located in the Lower Galilee occupied since 1948. more