IOA denies Palestinian prisoner right of family visitation

The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has been denying the Palestinian captive Mohammad al-Arqan, 54, his right of family visitation for many years under alleged security pretexts. The wife of the detainee told the PIC reporter that one of their children has not seen his father for 17 years. The rest of family members are allowed to see him via few and brief irregular visits. Prisoner Arqan, from al-Khalil, has been held captive since 1995. He serves a life sentence and suffers chronic diseases and is currently held in Raymond jail. (Source / 24.03.2017) Continue reading IOA denies Palestinian prisoner right of family visitation

Live ammunition fired against Palestinians near Al-Mughayyir

On 24th March 2017 the popular resistance in Al-Mughayyir, north-east of Ramallah, held a demonstration against a new illegal outpost which was established approximately 10 days ago by illegal Israeli settlers who set up caravans on Palestinian land. Basic buildings and infrastructure have already been built along with a new access road, all of which are protected by barbed wire and the constant presence of Israeli soldiers. Live ammunition was fired at Palestinian protesters injuring five, according to a Palestinian news agency. The protest, which mobilized the people of four nearby towns and other popular struggle committees, was quickly repressed … Continue reading Live ammunition fired against Palestinians near Al-Mughayyir

Israeli forces close Ramallah-area checkpoint, fire tear gas at Palestinian vehicles

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces Thursday night closed the Attara military checkpoint north of Ramallah city in the central occupied West Bank, firing stun grenades and tear-gas bombs at Palestinian vehicles to deter people from the checkpoint. The sudden closure of the checkpoint, which connects the central and northern occupied West Bank, caused a major traffic jam in the area. An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports. The Attara checkpoint is located near al-Jalazun refugee camp, which was the site of clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces around the same time of the checkpoint closure, after … Continue reading Israeli forces close Ramallah-area checkpoint, fire tear gas at Palestinian vehicles

New Israeli settlement projects in Jordan Valley

A delegation of the Israeli Civil Administration visited on Friday the Jordan Valley Regional Council, compromising 21 illegal settlements, to discuss ways to establish new development projects in the Jordan Valley settlements, Israeli media sources said. The meeting was attended by David El Hayani, mayor of the Jordan Valley Regional Council, and Aravot HaYarden, chairman of the council. The discussion covered means of developing agriculture, tourism, and other economic sectors in the settlements. Nearly one million tourists visited the Jordan Valley last year, half of whom came to visit the religious sites in the area, which were recently developed by … Continue reading New Israeli settlement projects in Jordan Valley

Video: Israeli forces drag 8-year-old Palestinian boy, wearing no shoes, looking for stone-throwers

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A video published on Thursday by Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem showed Israeli forces earlier this week in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron dragging an eight-year-old Palestinian boy, wearing only socks on his feet, through a neighborhood in the city in order to identify other children who allegedly threw stones and a Molotov cocktail at a nearby illegal Israeli settlement.   The incident took place on March 19 around midday, according to a statement from B’Tselem, who identified the boy as Sufiyan Abu Hitah. “Hitah was wandering barefoot outside his house in Hebron looking … Continue reading Video: Israeli forces drag 8-year-old Palestinian boy, wearing no shoes, looking for stone-throwers

Israeli forces murder 2 Palestinians, wound 2 others

The Israeli soldiers opened fire heavily at the four youths from a very close distance The eyewitnesses stressed that Israeli claim that they threw firebombs is false and it aimed to justify the Israeli murder of the unarmed Palestinian civilians Israeli occupation forces murdered two Palestinian youths, wounded two others near Jalazoun Refugee Camp, north of West Bank city of Ramallah. Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli occupation forces opened fire from their automatic rifles at a Palestinian car with four people inside. According to the eyewitnesses, ages of the four people ranges between 17 to 20 years, noting that the … Continue reading Israeli forces murder 2 Palestinians, wound 2 others

Preparing to strike Gaza, Israel to hold largest ever areal drills

Early this week, Israel called up 2,000 reserves and carried out large drills near the eastern Gaza borders Monitors insist that these massive and continuous drills likely come in line with the Israeli efforts to prepare for a massive and deadly attack on the Gaza Strip Likely preparing for deadly offensive on Gaza, Israeli air force is preparing for largest ever and most complex military drills later this year. According to the Israeli public radio, about 100 fighters, other aircrafts and a few hundred soldiers and pilots, along with logistical support forces from the United States, Greece, Poland, France, Germany, … Continue reading Preparing to strike Gaza, Israel to hold largest ever areal drills