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The Occupation Forces
Two Youths Injured During Clashes With IOF in Jericho Two Palestinian youths suffered rubber bullet injuries after Israeli Occupation Forces stormed Aqabat Jabr refugee camp, south of Jericho city, and clashed with local youths. According to local sources, soldiers fired tear gas grenades and rubber bullets at angry youths after storming the camp, injuring two of them.
Palestinian Boy Shot Dead by Israeli Soldiers During Clashes in West Bank City A seventeen-year-old boy identified as Mohammad Salman al-Haddad was shot in the heart and immediately killed today during clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
Israeli Police Attack Worshipers at Al-Aqsa, Injure Ten Israeli police attacked the worshipers and fired rubber-coated rounds at them, injuring at least ten, one of them in the head. The police then forced all the worshipers to leave the compound and detained three of them.
Israeli Warplanes Attack Targets in the Gaza Strip Israeli warplanes attacked late last night several posts in the northern and central Gaza Strip causing damage to property but no injuries, reported WAFA correspondent. Israel claims it attacked Gaza in response to the firing of mortar shells from the besieged sea enclave into southern Israel without causing any damage or injury.
Israeli Forces Attack Students' Rally Protesting US-touted Deal, Dozens Suffocate WAFA correspondent said that Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition and tear gas bombs toward students, who were protesting against the US-touted deal of the century, causing dozens to suffocate due to tear gas inhalation. They were all treated at the scene.
Two Injured, One in the Eye, By Rubber Bullets Fired by Israeli Soldiers in the West Bank Two young Palestinians were injured today by rubber-coated metal bullets fired by Israeli soldiers, one in the eye, during confrontations in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, according to the Ministry of Health and WAFA correspondent.
Israeli Warplanes Bomb Site Near Khan Younis Israeli warplanes bombed a site in the city of Khan Younis of the southern besieged Gaza Strip on Wednesday at dawn. Although no casualties were reported, there was significant property damage.
Gaza Boy Dies 3 Months After Being Shot in Head With Teargas Canister Palestinian medical sources have reported that a child died, Friday, from serious wounds he suffered in mid-October of 2019, after Israeli soldiers shot in southern Gaza. The sources said the boy, Ala’ Hani al-Abbassi, fifteen, was shot by the soldiers with a high-velocity gas bomb in his head. He was in a coma from October until being pronounced dead last Friday.
Do Israel’s Bombs Cause Miscarriages in Gaza? Ayman Odeh, a gynecologist and obstetrician, has spent the past decade working in Gaza’s hospitals. He knows of numerous miscarriages that occurred while Israel was attacking Gaza. Data published by the UN Population Fund indicates that during the 2009 bombing, there were thirty-one percent more miscarriages than are normally expected. Additionally, the Gaza Community Mental Health Program stated that during Israel’s use of weaponized sonic booms on Gaza, the rate of miscarriages rose.
Netanyahu to Postpone Israeli Annexation of West Bank Settlements Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he will put forward a project to impose “Israeli sovereignty” on settlements in the West Bank for the approval of the government after the elections scheduled for the second of next March, according to Haaretz newspaper.
Palestinian Government Bans Some Israeli Products The Palestinian government is banning some Israeli goods from its markets after Israel stopped Palestinian agricultural produce from being sold. The tit-for-tat accelerated after the Palestinians decided to limit the number of cattle imported from Israel. That move was part of a pilot program to reduce Palestinian dependence on the Israeli economy.
PLO: Hamas, Islamic Jihad to Take Part Ramallah Meeting Member of Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee Wasel Abu Yousef said yesterday that Hamas and Islamic Jihad will take part in a meeting of Palestinian factions in Ramallah, Al Wattan Voice reported. This meeting is meant to resolve some controversy around the meeting of Palestine Liberation Organization delegations and Hamas members, which Hamas said was welcome, but the PLO claims was rejected by Hamas.
Israel Once Again Bans Import of Cement to Gaza Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett yesterday stopped cement entering the besieged Gaza Strip and cancelled entry permits issued to hundreds of Gaza traders, Safa news agency reported.
Palestine Cancels 1995 Oslo Accords Signed with Israel Palestine on Thursday cancelled the 1995 Oslo Accords signed with Israel, Anadolu reports. “Israel has been informed that the Palestinian administration will not adhere to the agreements between them,” the Palestinian Authority’s Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh said. The implications of this cancellation and future actions of the Palestinian Authority remain unclear.
Draft UNSC Resolution Rebukes Israel Annexation Plan A draft United Nations Security Council resolution condemns Israel’s plan to annex the settlements it has built illegally on occupied Palestinian territories in a rebuke of a US-devised scheme that endorses such land theft. The draft, which was reported on by Reuters on Tuesday, has been drawn up by Palestinians and circulated to council members by Tunisia and Indonesia.
EU and Denmark Provide a Contribution of Around €6 Million to Build Projects in Area C The European Union and Denmark have provided around six million euro for the implementation of sixteen social and public infrastructure projects in Area C. The package of projects is expected to fund sixteen social infrastructures in fifteen localities across the West Bank, serving over twenty-four thousand beneficiaries.
CIA Director Gina Haspel Secretly Visited Ramallah After ‘peace plot’ Bid: Report During the covert visit on Thursday, the US CIA chief met with “senior Palestinian Authority officials,” who have reiterated the plans to cut all security ties with Washington and the Tel Aviv, Israeli news outlets reported Saturday.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation Rejects Trump Peace Plan The fifty-seven-member body, which held a summit on Monday to discuss the plan in Jeddah, said in a statement that it "calls on all member states not to engage with this plan or to cooperate with the US administration in implementing it in any form."
Arab League Rejects Trump's Middle East Plan In a statement on Saturday, the pan-Arab bloc said it "rejects the US-Israeli 'deal of the century' considering that it does not meet the minimum rights and aspirations of Palestinian people." Arab states also agreed "not to ... cooperate with the US administration to implement this plan," adding that Israel should not implement the initiative by force.
Israel official: Only Disagreement With US Over Annexation Regards Timing A senior Israeli official close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed reports of disagreements between the United States and Israeli governments over the application of the Trump plan, claiming that the only diversion relates to the timetable for annexation of West Bank territory.
Settlers and Illegal Settlements
Armed Israeli Settlers Attack, Injured Palestinian Family in West Bank The attack took place near an Israeli military checkpoint in central Hebron on Saturday night. The family members were on their way to the hospital when armed settlers from the Ramat Yishai settlement stopped their car at gunpoint and assaulted them.
Armed Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinian Shepherd East of Tubas Aref Daraghmeh, a rights activist, said armed settlers beat up Faysal Masaeed and threatened to shoot him while he was grazing his livestock near his tents in Yarza area. Khirbet Yarza is a marginalized hamlet, it has the least of life possibilities, and most of its lands are planted with Israeli landmines.
Israeli Settlers Beat 3-year-old Palestinian Child And Her Family in West Bank City Jewish settlers today beat a three-year-old girl and her family while they were at their home in the neighborhood of Tel Rumeida in Hebron city in the south of the occupied West Bank, according to the head of the family Ibrahim Ramadan.
Boycott, Divest, and Sanction Movement
Khaled Calls for Building National Committees to Boycott Israeli Goods Tayseer Khaled, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, called on all Palestinian political forces to build national boycott committees in all governorates so that a comprehensive boycott of Israeli goods can be enacted.
Will Ireland’s Next Government Ban Goods From Israel’s Settlements? Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin are tied in first place, according to the latest opinion poll conducted ahead of the 8 February general election. Both of their manifestos indicate that they wish to see the Occupied Territories Bill placed on the statute books. That legislation would prohibit imports from colonies built in contravention of international law–such as those Israel has constructed in the West Bank and Golan Heights.
GoFundMe Shuts US-based Palestinian Group’s Account The popular charitable online giving platform GoFundMe has closed down the account of Palestinian advocacy organization al-Awda without providing any reason. Head of the group, Abbas Hamideh, said in response, ““We are an American non-profit (501c3) organization advocating for Palestinian refugees. They refuse requests to disclose reasons why they shut down a legitimate fund raiser after using them successfully for the past four years. Why did they shut us down?”
Palestinian Prisoners in Israel Declare a two-hour Strike in Support of Women, Minor Detainees Palestinian prisoners in several Israeli jails decided to observer a two-hour strike today and to refuse to take meals in protest of the way the Israel Prison Services treats women and minor Palestinian prisoners held at Damon prison, according to two advocacy groups.
Environment, Economy, and Other
Israel Destroys Water Network in Jordan Valley According to the deputy head of the Village Council, Ziyad Sawafta, Occupation Forces destroy the water networks which supply the village’s farmlands. Sawafta said that the village has been suffering from a severe shortage of water for seven years, point out that it needs 240 cubic liters per hour and Israel releases only one hundred.