Hebron schoolgirls denied entry to Jerusalem despite having permits

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces prevented Palestinian students from the Umm Salma primary school for girls in the village of Yatta, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, from entering Jerusalem for a school visit on Thursday, despite them having Israeli permits, locals told Ma’an. The director of education in Yatta, Khalid Abu Sharar, condemned the move, saying it was part of Israel’s “vicious campaign against Palestinian students and education, aiming to separate Palestinian students from the holy city.” Head of public relations for education in Yatta Jibril al-Bababsa also condemned the move, noting that the students were all 12-year-old … Continue reading Hebron schoolgirls denied entry to Jerusalem despite having permits

14-year-old child among several Palestinians kidnapped in IOF sweep

Several Palestinians, including a 14-year-old minor, were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at predawn Thursday in mass abduction sweeps launched across the West Bank and Jerusalem. The IOF kidnapped seven Palestinians from the northern West Bank province of Qalqilya. A PIC news correspondent said the IOF rolled into Qalqilya city in over 20 military jeeps and attacked the Palestinian protesters with spates of teargas canisters, resulting in several suffocation cases. The assault triggered violent clashes with Palestinian anti-occupation youth. The list of arrestees included ex-prisoner Tahseen al-Adl, who was kidnapped by the IOF from his own family home. … Continue reading 14-year-old child among several Palestinians kidnapped in IOF sweep

Netanyahu will not freeze settlements in occupied Jerusalem

Image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 11 February 2017 [Facebook] Benjamin Netanyahu has said that his government will not freeze settlements in occupied Jerusalem, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.  He said, The issue of halting building projects in the Israeli neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem is not part of the [current] negotiations with the US administration Netanyahu made his comments during his tour to China, where he told journalists on Tuesday that talks between the Israelis and the Americans about settlements started the day before. However, he noted, they ended without “any breakthrough or progress,” although they will resume … Continue reading Netanyahu will not freeze settlements in occupied Jerusalem

IOF kidnaps MP Ibrahim Dahbour near Jenin

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Wednesday evening  kidnapped Palestinian lawmaker Ibrahim Dahbour, from Hamas, at a roadblock near Arraba town, southwest of Jenin city in the West Bank. Rahma Dahbour, the lawmaker’s daughter, told Quds Press that Israeli soldiers rounded up her father at a makeshift checkpoint on a road near Arraba and confiscated the car he was driving. Two other Hamas-affiliated lawmakers had been kidnapped from their homes earlier during the current month. On March 9, Israeli soldiers stormed at dawn the house of MP Samira Halayka in Ash-Shuyukh town, northeast of al-Khalil province, and took her prisoner. … Continue reading IOF kidnaps MP Ibrahim Dahbour near Jenin

Israeli forces detain Palestinian youth in Hebron over alleged knife possession

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a Palestinian youth in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Wednesday night for allegedly being in possession of a knife. An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a “suspect with a knife” approached an Israeli checkpoint near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Old City of Hebron. The spokesperson did not clarify whether the Palestinian was attempting to carry out a stabbing attack, but highlighted that he was detained “without the use of live fire.” Israeli forces have detained scores of Palestinians for allegedly being in possession of knives in the past … Continue reading Israeli forces detain Palestinian youth in Hebron over alleged knife possession

Israeli forces raid Tulkarem print shops, confiscate equipment

TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided and sacked two Palestinian print shops in the northern occupied West Bank city of Tulkarem at dawn on Thursday and confiscated equipment. Ali Abu Saleh, the owner of the two print shops, told Ma’an that large numbers of Israeli troops raided his home in the Shweika neighborhood and demanded that he let them access his stores. Abu Saleh said that Israeli soldiers searched his shop in the Shweika area, where they confiscated equipment, printed materials, and destroyed security camera footage. Israeli forces also raided Abu Saleh’s other print shop in central Tulkarem, breaking the … Continue reading Israeli forces raid Tulkarem print shops, confiscate equipment

Israel working to return bodies of 1967 Jordanian soldiers found in Jerusalem

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement on Wednesday that it had halted excavations in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Bahir after finding the remains of three Jordanian soldiers earlier this month. Reports earlier this month stated that the bodies of two unidentified soldiers had been found in the area. However, the ministry said that three bodies had in fact been found, and identified them as belonging to Jordanian soldiers who fought in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. According to locals, the district west of Sur Bahir where the remains were found, was a … Continue reading Israel working to return bodies of 1967 Jordanian soldiers found in Jerusalem