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Israel court slams government for delay in demolishing Palestinian village

The Israeli government and the country’s High Court of Justice are in dispute over the demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar, a Palestinian village near Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, which is obstructing the expansion of Jewish only illegal settlements. The court has slammed the government’s request for another postponement of the demolition of the village as “embarrassing”. A hearing over …

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Israel seeks 5,000 new settlement units in West Bank

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz is seeking to approve 5,000 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank, local media revealed on Sunday. According to the Israeli TV Channel 12, Gantz wants the High Planning Council to convene this week for the approval of the construction plans. Therefore, he sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asking him to convene …

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European Union missions note with concern ongoing Israeli demolition of Palestinian structures

The European Union missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah today expressed concern regarding Israel’s ongoing demolition of Palestinian structures in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, despite the COVID-19 outbreak. They said in a statement that these demolitions, including EU and EU Member States-funded structures, have resulted in the displacement of Palestinians and negatively affected Palestinian communities. As of 31 …

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Ten people have died from coronavirus in Palestine

Ten people have died from coronavirus in Palestine in the last 24 hours and 717 new cases were recorded, today said Palestinian Minister of Health Mai Alkaila. She said that three of the deaths were recorded in East Jerusalem, and one each in a village near Jerusalem, Ramallah, Nablus, Salfit, Hebron, Qalqilya, and Gaza. Jerusalem, Hebron, and Gaza had new …

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Settlers uproot dozens of olive trees in Ramallah

A group of Jewish settlers uprooted and stole 45 Palestinian olive trees on Monday from the Turmus’ayya village to the northeast of Ramallah. Local sources reported that settlers of the nearby settlements uprooted and stole 45 olive trees from the land. Settlers escalate their attacks against the Palestinians and their land whenever the olive harvest season approaches every year. The …

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UN announces ‘temporary’ measures for Gaza patients to travel for treatment

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, revealed on Monday some “temporary” measures for Palestinian patients in the besieged Gaza Strip to travel for treatment. “A temporary arrangement has been agreed to support #Palestinian patients and companions from #Gaza to access essential #health services outside the Strip,” Mladenov tweeted. The UN official did not give …

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Sharp decrease in number of building permits granted to Palestinians by Israel

The number of building permits Israel has granted Palestinians in the occupied territories has decreased by 45 per cent in the second quarter of 2020, reported the Wafa news agency. A total of 1,217 building licenses were issued in the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT) in the second quarter of 2019, which included 813 for new buildings, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics …

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Israel demands compensation from US for sale of F-35s to UAE

Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth revealed yesterday that Tel Aviv demanded compensation in return for the US-UAE arms deal which would see the Emirates provided with F-35 fighter jets. The newspaper said that the Israeli security establishment is now discussing the compensation package that Israel will demand, adding that among the options being examined is advancing the date for the supply of advanced …

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Israeli occupation forces raze Palestinians lands near illegal settlement in south of West Bank

Israeli occupation forces today razed large areas of Palestinian-owned lands located near an illegal Israeli settlement in the south of the occupied West Bank, witnesses and local sources told WAFA. They said Israeli occupation forces raided an area known as Khirbet Zanouta, near the illegal Israeli settlement of Shimaa, as army bulldozers proceeded to raze lands owned by local families. …

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Israeli settler runs over a child in Hebron

An Israeli settler ran over a Palestinian child on Sunday evening near the Kiryat Arba settlement which is built on Hebron lands in the occupied West Bank. Eyewitnesses reported that a settler ran over the child with his vehicle, moderately wounding him before fleeing the scene towards the Kiryat Arba settlement. The Palestinian medical teams provided first aid to the …

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