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Palestinian family detained, denied entry at O’Hare Airport

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Last Friday, airport security officials at Chicago O’Hare International Airport reportedly detained a Palestinian family of three for two days before sending them on a return flight to Palestine through Amman Queen Alia International Airport, according to local immigration lawyer Osamah Odeh.

The mother, father and their baby were attempting to visit an elderly relative in Chicago, whom they’ve been unable to see for nearly 20 years due to travel restrictions and issues with their visas.

According to Odeh, upon pleading to see her detained relatives, airport security officials did not allow the relative access to the room in which the family members were being held. In addition, while being detained the family was denied access to their child’s milk, medication for the mother, and proper, sufficient meals.

After two days, the family was forced to finance their own flight back to Amman, as well as tickets to ride on a congested bus system for twelve hours over Allenby Bridge into the West Bank.

“The family wasted money on ticket purchases back and forth, costs of coming into Jordan from Palestine to travel to the U.S., and costs of purchasing expensive gifts. They also lost wages for not being able to go back to work, costs of travel which totaled over $8,000,” Odeh said, in reference to the family’s previous travel attempts.

According to Odeh, airport security officials have full discretion over denying or permitting entry for travelers coming into the U.S. if they claim to have reason to believe that the travelers will stay past the duration of their visa. This is usually based on whether the traveler has strong ties to their home country, whether they have sufficient funds to fund their travel, and whether security officials have reason to believe the traveler will be employed illegally to offset costs of travel while in the U.S.

“Essentially the traveler is under interrogation, and they have to convince the officers that they will not overstay,” Odeh said.

Odeh also admits he has been contacted by more than 10 families in the past few months, a situation that seems to be getting worse for Palestinian and Palestinian-American travelers. While a traveler normally contacts their consulate to ensure their rights be protected, Palestinian travelers are essentially stateless according to the United States government and therefore have limited access to powers like these. ThePalestinian Liberation Organization Delegation in Washington D.C. effectively handles consular affairs, and they have the authority to file complaints with a congressional committee about mistreatment of Palestinian travelers who arrive at U.S. ports-of-entry.

“Other organizations such as the [Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee] and [Council on American-Islamic Relation] may have an interest in the outcome of this case,” Odeh said.

(Source / 24.05.2016)

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May 24, 2016 at 7:21 pm

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Israeli authorities to release bodies of 2 killed Palestinians held since October

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A funeral in the Palestinian refugee camp of Aida in the occupied West Bank, on Oct. 6, 2015 (File)

ERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities will reportedly release at midnight on Monday the bodies of two Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in October after allegedly carrying out attacks, a Palestinian rights organization said.A lawyer for prisoners’ rights group Addameer, Muhammad Mahmud, said in a statement that the bodies of Hassan Manasra,15, and Alaa Abu Jamal, 32, would be handed over to their families for immediate burial, with only 40 people allowed to attend the funeral.Manasra was shot dead on October 12 after allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack in the illegal settlement of Pisgat Zeev in occupied East Jerusalem, injuring two Israelis ages 13 and 21.Manasra’s cousin, 14-year-old Ahmad Salih Manasra, was convicted of two counts of attempted murder in the case earlier this month.Meanwhile, Abu Jamal was killed by Israeli police on October 13, after he rammed his car into a bus stop in West Jerusalem, killing one Israeli and injuring four others.The families of Manasra and Abu Jamal have been asked to pay deposits of 20,000 shekels ($5,176.65) and 40,000 shekels ($10,353.30) respectively to ensure their compliance with Israeli conditions, Mahmud added.Manasra’s body will be reportedly handed over for burial at the Al-Asbat gate cemetery, while Abu Jamal is expected to be buried at the Jabal al-Mukabbir cemetery.Israel currently holds the bodies of at least a dozen Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since October while they were allegedly committing or attempting to commit attacks.Earlier this month, the Israeli Supreme Court ordered the release of the bodies of nine Palestinian from Jerusalem being withheld by Israel.The bodies of Maram and Ibrahim Abu Ismail, as well as Fouad Abu Rajab al-Tamimi, were released earlier on Monday.Israel dramatically increased its policy of withholding bodies since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory since October, although it has scaled back on the policy in recent months.A joint statement released in early April by Addameer and the Israeli minority rights group Adalah condemned Israel’s practice of withholding bodies as “a severe violation of international humanitarian law as well as international human rights law, including violations of the right to dignity, freedom of religion, and the right to practice culture.”

(Source / 23.05.2016)

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May 23, 2016 at 8:39 pm

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Settlers led by rabbi Glick defile Aqsa Mosque

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– A horde of Jewish settlers led by extremist rabbi Yehuda Glick desecrated the Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards on Monday morning under tight police protection. As the settlers were touring the Mosque’s courtyards, some of them tried to perform rituals, which provoked some Muslim worshipers there into protesting this behavior by chanting religious slogans. Glick has become a member of the Knesset after the resignation of Moshe Ya’alon. He claimed his entry to the Mosque today would be the last before his swearing-in at the Knesset.

(Source / 23.05.2016)

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May 23, 2016 at 8:28 pm

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IOF Israeli police raze prayer shed in Jerusalem

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Israeli bulldozers escorted by police forces demolished at an early hour on Monday, particularly after midnight, a prayer shed for Muslims in central Jerusalem.

According to Quds Press, Israeli police forces stormed overnight al-Musrara neighborhood near Bab al-Amud (Damascus Gate) in the Old City and occupied the rooftops of some houses near the prayer shed.

Afterwards, Israeli bulldozers embarked on knocking down the structure in al-Anbiyaa street and leveled it to the ground. During the demolition, a verbal altercation broke out between Palestinian citizen and policemen in the neighborhood.

The Israeli occupation authority demolished three residential structures and 12 mobile homes during the current month in Jerusalem at the pretext of unlicensed construction.

(Source / 23.05.2016)

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May 23, 2016 at 8:23 pm

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Suspicious object shuts down J’lem rail and bus stations

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Molotov cocktail attacks in the West Bank

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) on Sunday evening closed the light rail and central bus stations in Occupied Jerusalem after finding a suspicious object in the area as different Molotov cocktail attacks reportedly took place in the West Bank. According to the Hebrew website 0404, the Israeli police partially closed the rail and bus stations in Jerusalem after finding a suspicious bag in the area. Meanwhile, Palestinian young men attacked the light rail north of Jerusalem with stones as it was traveling through Shuafat neighborhood, which caused some material damage to it. Other young men also attacked Kokhav Ya’akov settlement in the Palestinian village of Kafr Aqab, northeast of Jerusalem, with Molotov cocktails, causing fire in its vicinity. Similar arson attacks on this settlement and others near Jerusalem had already happened during the current month. In another incident, Kiryat Arba settlement and the military checkpoint of Abu Rish in al-Khalil were also attacked with Molotov cocktails on the same day by Palestinian young men, with no reported casualties.

(Source / 23.05.2016)

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May 23, 2016 at 8:11 pm

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Netanyahu, Lieberman discuss death penalty for Palestinian prisoners

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Clash between Palestinian protestors and israeli forces west-bank.

Clash between Palestinian protestors and israeli forces west-bank. [File photo]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the head of Yisrael Beitenu Avigdor Lieberman are nearing a deal to execute Palestinians involved in fighting the occupation, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported yesterday.

Isral’s Haaretz newspaper reported that Israelis who carry out deadly attacks against Palestinians would not be subject to this law because the law would only be enforced by military trials, settlers and Israeli nationals are tried in civil courts.

If this happened, tens of Palestinians could be sentenced to death, but Israeli extremist settlers who killed Palestinian teen Mohamed Abu Khdier two years ago and those who burnt the Dawabshe family to death would not be.

Israeli general radio said that both leaders may finish their negotiations to have Lieberman in the government today and he may be sworn in tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu said that his efforts to expand his government would continue, including efforts to include the Zionist party.

(Source / 23.05.2016)

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May 23, 2016 at 7:47 pm

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Bado’il settlers bulldoze Palestinian lands in Deir Ballut town

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SALFIT, (PIC)– Israeli bulldozers from Bado’il settlement on Sunday leveled Palestinian plots of land belonging to Deir Ballut town, west of Salfit province. Eyewitnesses said that two bulldozers leveled a vast tract of land in the town and prepared it for the building of more housing units. Specialist in settlement affairs Khaled Maali said that Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu had described the area extending from Ariel settlement to Bado’il settlement as the balcony of Tel Aviv. Maali added that Bado’il settlement was founded in 1984 on annexed Palestinian lands belonging to Deir Ballut and Kafr Addik towns.

(Source / 23.05.2016)

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May 23, 2016 at 7:42 pm

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