Youth kidnapped by Israeli army over alleged anti-occupation stabbing

A Palestinian youth was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at noontime Monday near Hawara checkpoint, south of Nablus, on allegations of an attempted anti-occupation stabbing. The Israeli army spokesman said a Palestinian youth was arrested after he attempted to stab Israeli soldiers. Reporting from the scene, eyewitnesses told the PIC that the young man was walking near the checkpoint while an Israeli woman suddenly fled the scene. A group of soldiers deployed in the area nabbed the young man. A snapshot circulated by Hebrew-speaking news outlets showed a sharp object thrown on the ground and purported that it … Continue reading Youth kidnapped by Israeli army over alleged anti-occupation stabbing

IOF breaks into Palestinian cartoonist’s house in Ramallah

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Monday forced their way into the house of the Palestinian cartoonist Osama Nazal in western Ramallah and confiscated all his drawings. Nazal, from Kafer Naama village west of Ramallah, affirmed that IOF soldiers violently stormed his family house at 4 am and destroyed his atelier before confiscating his drawings for unknown reasons. (Source / 27.03.2017) Continue reading IOF breaks into Palestinian cartoonist’s house in Ramallah

Lieberman: We are conducting a new policy against Hamas

Israel’s Army Minister Avigdor Lieberman declared Sunday evening that his country is “conducting a new policy against Hamas in a responsible and determined form” since he came to office in June 2016. “We are conducting a new policy against Hamas in a responsible and determined form. Anyone who sees our responses will see that this is a responsible and determined policy,” he said in a conversation with his followers on Facebook. In a live chat, Lieberman was asked about his promise before he was appointed Army Minister to eliminate senior Hamas leader Ismail Haneyyah. “It is wise to progress responsibly,” … Continue reading Lieberman: We are conducting a new policy against Hamas

IOF raids Nablus village for second time in 24 hours

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed at dawn Monday Iraq Burin village, south of Nablus, and were deployed in its eastern neighborhoods. Eyewitnesses told the PIC reporter that Israeli forces broke into the village amid reports of gunshots firing and set up a number of make-shift checkpoints. The sources pointed out that the IOF stormed the area twice in less than 24 hours. (Source / 27.03.2017) Continue reading IOF raids Nablus village for second time in 24 hours

Settlers attack Palestinian vehicles in Occupied Jerusalem

A group of Israeli settlers attacked a number of Palestinian vehicles in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Occupied Jerusalem on Monday. According to a local source, the attacks included damaging the tires of some vehicles and writing racist slogans on others. The Jewish Price-Tag gang was suspected of being behind these attacks. The Price-Tag gang consists of a group of extremist settlers and it is considered an extension of the Zionist organization Kahane Chai which was outlawed in 1994, but this did not prevent its members from continuing their crimes. The gang has carried out mass attacks against Palestinian citizens in … Continue reading Settlers attack Palestinian vehicles in Occupied Jerusalem

Israel continues closure of main road connecting Bethlehem-area villages

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces continued to impose road closures on a main road in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem for the fifth day in a row on Monday, blockading a route used every day by thousands of commuters from four Palestinian villages. Five days ago, Israeli forces placed rocks and dirt mounds in the middle of a road near the village of al-Khader. Though the closure does not directly affect the residents of al-Khader, the road serves as a main route between the city of Bethlehem and the villages of Husan, Battir, Nahhalin, and Wadi Fukin. Israeli … Continue reading Israel continues closure of main road connecting Bethlehem-area villages

Israeli commander tells soldiers to reduce use of force against Palestinian protesters

Israeli soldiers aim towards Palestinian youths during clashes in the West Bank town of Hebron on Oct. 4, 2015 BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli army commander unveiled a new directive for Israeli forces Monday, issued in an effort to decrease unwanted “reactions” from Palestinians by reducing Israel’s use of weapons to suppress protests in the occupied West Bank, particularly those organized next to Israel’s illegal separation wall. The announcement came as Israeli forces have come under repeated criticism for excessive use of force, as well as lethal methods of crowd control that often result in the injury or death of … Continue reading Israeli commander tells soldiers to reduce use of force against Palestinian protesters