Dua Lipa and Anwar Hadid split after two-year relationship

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British-Kosovan singer Dua Lipa and American Palestinian-Dutch model Anwar Hadid have decided to take a break in their relationship, according to reports. Dua, 26, and Anwar, 22, have split to give each other space after two years of dating, amid reports of their relationship souring as a result of not spending enough time together. “Dua and Anwar are currently taking a break from their relationship and are spending time apart,” an insider source told People Magazine this week. “They’re figuring things out right now.” On Thursday, Hadid was spotted out in West Hollywood for the first time sinc… Continue reading “Dua Lipa and Anwar Hadid split after two-year relationship”

Israeli soldiers detain seven herders as settlers attack them in Jordan Valley

Seven Palestinian herders, including four siblings, were detained by the Israeli occupation army today shortly after a group of settlers attacked and chased them out of a pasture in the northern Jordan Valley region, northeast of the occupied West Bank, according to witnesses.

The herders were grazing their sheep when around 60 Israeli settlers broke into the area, assaulted them and pelted them with stones, injuring at least one herder, said Muataz Besharat, an official in charge of the Israeli settlement file in the area.

Besharat said an Israeli army force which later arrived at the scene to secure the settlers out of the area detained seven of the herders who were assaulted, including the one injured. Four of the seven herders are siblings. They were identified as Mohammad, Mahmoud, Ahmad and Ismail Awad.

Attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinians are commonplace, but attacks on farmers and herders are particularly rampant in the Jordan Valley area. Most of these attacks usually occur in the presence of the Israeli occupation army, which does nothing to stop the attacks and rather provides protection for assailants.

Armed settlers and soldiers often prevent Palestinian shepherds from herding in the open pastures of the occupied West Bank in order to force them to abandon the area.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

UPDATE | 58 Palestinians injured in a fresh Israeli attack on Burqa

At least 58 Palestinians were injured today and many others suffocated from teargas by Israeli soldiers who locked down the main entrance to the village of Burqa in the occupied West Bank districts of Nablus, according to local sources.

The shutdown of the village entrance came as the Israeli occupation army reinforced its presence in the Nablus-Jenin road, which is close to the village, to secure dozens of busloads packed with Israeli settlers who made a provocative tour of Homesh, north of the village, an Israeli settlement which was evacuated in 2005.

The Israeli soldiers clashed with scores of Palestinian protesters who were infuriated by the shutdown of the village entrance, and fired live bullets, rubber-coated rounds, stun grenades and teargas to disperse them, injuring at least 10 Palestinians with gunfire and another 48 protesters by rubber-coated rounds. Many cases of suffocation from teargas were reported.

Wafa Awwad, a photojournalist working with WAFA Agency, was injured by a rubber-coated round while covering the clashes.

Those wounded by live bullets were evacuated to a hospital in the nearby city of Nablus for medical treatment, and the condition of one of them was described as critical.

Similar clashes also erupted in the meantime at the entrance to the neighboring village of Bazariya as the settlers, protected by military, were making their way past the village towards Homesh. No injuries were reported.

Over the last few days, Israeli settlers protected by army attacked and attempted to raid homes of Palestinian citizens at the outskirts of the village of Burqa, which is close to the route leading to Homesh.

Meanwhile in Salfit province, in the middle of the West Bank, Israeli occupation forces confiscated a bulldozer for a Palestinian farmer, who was identified as Taleb Harb, while the latter was working in his own farm outside the village of Iskaka.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Palestine records 177 COVID cases, four deaths

Minister of Health Mai Alkaila said today that 177 new cases of COVID-19, four deaths and 321 recoveries were registered in Palestine during the last 24 hours.

In her daily report on the coronavirus pandemic, Alkaila said two deaths from COVID-19 were registered in the West Bank, while another two deaths were recorded in Gaza.

A total of 2,742 COVID-19 tests were conducted during the reporting period. In the Gaza Strip, 82 coronavirus tests came out positive, while the West Bank had 95 new cases.

No update was available regarding the situation in occupied Jerusalem.

The Health Minister said that in the West Bank, 103 patients of COVID-19 are currently hospitalized, of whom 52 are in intensive care, including 11 on ventilators.

She pointed out that the recovery rate in Palestine has so far reached 98.1 percent, while active cases reached 0.9 percent. Deaths stood at only one percent of total infections.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

OIC condemns Israeli policy of field execution

The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has strongly condemned the escalation of extremist settler crimes and aggression against the unarmed Palestinian people, with the Israeli occupation forces engaged, through their policy of field execution.

The OIC General Secretariat said these acts are a blatant violation of the international humanitarian law and other international instruments, and called for investigation and accountability.

Holding Israel, the occupying force, fully responsible for its repeated breaches and crimes, the OIC called on influential members of the international community to immediately act to stop such heinous Israeli crimes and to ensure international protection for the Palestinian people.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Rights group: Settler violence is sponsored by Israeli state

Under Israeli army protection, Israeli settlers have carried out large-scale attacks against Palestinian civilians and their properties in the West Bank, in what appears to be state-sponsored violence, Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor said Friday in a statement.

During the past few days, violence has escalated, taking a vengeful and collective punishment nature. The Israeli army protected the perpetrators after a settler was killed and two others were injured in an armed clash near the entrance of the Homesh settlement—evacuated since 2005—on December 16 evening.

The settlers carried out 38 attacks since the incident, most of which were executed with full protection from the Israeli army, according to the rights group.

Most recently, a settler deliberately ran over a Palestinian woman, Ghadir Anis Masalmeh, 55, on Friday morning at the entrance to the Sinjil town, north of Ramallah. The woman lost her life before the attacker escaped.

Violence against Palestinian village residents began on December 16 evening as settlers stormed Palestinian neighborhoods. They carried out no less than seven large-scale violent attacks and destroyed tombstones in the Burqa village, northwest of Nablus, which has been repeatedly raided in the past days.

Many villages and neighborhoods in the northern valleys of the Tubas governorate also witnessed violent settler raids that included throwing stones and assaulting citizens and their property.

The same scene was repeated on the outskirts of the Silat Al Dhaher town, south of Jenin, and the entrance to the village of Burqa, northwest of Nablus, where three houses and a carwash were attacked.

In the south of the West Bank, settlers uprooted trees, vandalized crops, and attacked homes.

“Even more alarming is settlers’ relocation in Homesh settlement, north of Nablus. Protected by the Israeli army, the settlers built caravans in the place of the former settlement in an official re-inauguration at the expense of the Palestinian land,” said the Euro-Med Monitor.

“Unofficial settler violence comes in parallel with official Israeli army violence, apparently to push Palestinians out of their towns and villages near Israeli settlements,” the NGO added. “The official Israeli response to settler violence clearly reflects the nature of its apartheid regime, as settler attacks are not only ignored but protected as well.”

Settlement is a war crime according to the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The presence of settlers in the Palestinian territories violates the basic principles of international humanitarian law.

The rights group urged the international community to assume its legal and moral responsibilities and compel Israel to respect its responsibilities under international law, end all settlement manifestations, put an end to settler attacks, and bring those involved to fair trials.

“As they are responsible for settler violence, the Israeli authorities should put an end to double standards in dealing with events in the Palestinian territories and discourage settler violence by not protecting it.”

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Existential lack of funding impedes UNRWA’s work, warns UN official

Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), has warned that chronic and drastic funding shortfalls could even lead to its collapse.

“Today, austerity has reached its limit and is impacting the quality of our services”, he said, highlighting that despite “rampant” poverty, the agency can no longer increase the number of refugees that it supports.

He added that “austerity reaches its limit when we put 50 children in a classroom or leave the most deprived children without transportation or stationery…when a doctor can only spend three minutes with a patient…[and] when many teachers and sanitation laborers are daily paid workers. These are frontline staff and it really pains me that UNRWA cannot yet give them more stable jobs”.

In an open letter to Palestine refugees, Lazzarini wrote that he was “painfully aware” that further uncertainty about UNRWA’s “dire” financial situation added another layer of distress to their lives.

“When everything around you falls apart, being able to send your children to school, receive health care and be part of a social safety net are a lifeline”, he added.

The UNRWA Commissioner-General spoke of his many meetings with Palestine refugees throughout the year, including children in Gaza who were mentally scarred in May by 10 days of rocket fire and airstrike exchanges between Israeli forces and armed groups in the enclave.

He also recalled encountering refugee families in the West Bank “living with the daily threat of forced displacement; young graduates in Burj Baranjeh camp in Lebanon whose only hope for a better future was to emigrate through dangerous migration routes; and refugees in Jordan who faced immense financial hardships under COVID-19”.

To date, over five million Palestinians are registered with UNRWA as refugees in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Palestine logs five more cases of Omicron, official says

Five more cases of the Omicron mutant of COVID-19 have been registered in Palestine during the last few days, bringing up the total number of cases registered in the country to 23, said Kamal Shakhra, a spokesman of the Ministry of Health.

Shakhra told WAFA the five new Omicron cases were registered in the West Bank provinces of Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Jericho, adding that the medical teams of the Ministry of Health are working hard to track any new cases to avoid a new outbreak of the disease as is the case on many neighboring countries.

He added that all the 23 Omicron cases registered in the country so far had only mild symptoms and did not develop into severe disease that required hospitalization.

The MoH spokesman pointed out that the overall COVID situation in Palestine is currently under control, but urged the public to adhere to the safety measures and precautions and to get vaccinated or boosted as soon as possible to avoid any restrictions on public life in the event of a new outbreak of the disease.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Finnish lawmaker introduces draft law to ban settlement goods

Veronika Honkasalo, a member of Finland’s parliament, has introduced a legislative motion which seeks to ban the import of goods manufactured in the Israeli settlements illegally built in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian Territory.

The motion targets all goods imported from “regions where occupying powers practice serious violations of international humanitarian law or human rights agreements.” An example of such violations includes cases where “homes of people living in the region are demolished and the residents deported or forcibly removed to make way for illegal settlements by the occupying power.”

The motion primarily focuses on the occupied Palestinian Territory and the Israeli settlements in the West Bank which are illegal under international law. Honkasalo stated: “We must stop supporting the illegal Israeli settlements.”

If the motion passes into law, it could prevent business activities and dealings which enable the continuation of Israeli human rights violations and the violation of international law.

The statement of the motion that “Finland stands among the defenders of international law, [and] is committed to the universal values of the United Nations and actively upholds international law, democracy and human rights. It is therefore our duty to stop enabling business activities that provide support for the economies of international law breaching occupying powers from causing or exacerbating human rights violations in the occupied regions.”

It added that Honkasalo will be collecting signatures from other MPs for the proposed law until 1 February 2022, in an effort to attain a majority and have the act passed into law.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

مسؤولون إيرانيون: المناورات الحربية في الخليج رسالة تحذير لـ”إسرائيل”

قال مسؤولون عسكريون في إيران، اليوم الجمعة، إن المناورات الحربية التي أجرتها طهران هذا الأسبوع في الخليج، استهدفت توجيه تحذير إلى “إسرائيل”، وسط مخاوف من خطط إسرائيلية محتملة لاستهداف مواقع نووية إيرانية.

وأجرت إيران اليوم، تدريباً على إطلاق 16 صاروخاً بالستياً بالتزامن نحو هدف واحد، وذلك في ختام مناورات واسعة في جنوب البلاد، وفق التلفزيون الرسمي، فيما حذر مسؤولون عسكريون “إسرائيل” من تنفيذ تهديداتها ضد الجمهورية الإسلامية.

وفي اليوم الخامس والأخير من المناورات العسكرية، عرض التلفزيون الرسمي لقطات لانطلاق عدد من الصواريخ البالستية من منصات مختلفة في منطقة صحراوية في توقيت شبه متزامن.

وقال رئيس هيئة الأركان المشتركة للقوات المسلحة الإيرانية، اللواء محمد باقري، في تصريحات للتلفزيون إن “هذا جزء من قوة الصواريخ الإيرانية. 16 صاروخاً أصابت الهدف ذاته. وهذا جزء صغير من مئات الصواريخ القادرة على تدمير أي بلد يريد مهاجمة إيران”.

وأشار باقري إلى أن المناورات شهدت اختبار “الصواريخ الأكثر نجاعة لدى الجمهورية الإسلامية”، معتبراً أن توقيتها مرتبط “بالتهديدات الفارغة لسلطات النظام الصهيوني في الأيام الأخيرة”.

من جهته، شدد قائد الحرس الثوري، اللواء حسين سلامي، على أن المناورات هي “تحذير جدّي في مواجهة تهديدات مسؤولي النظام الصهيوني”، وحذّر من أنه “في حال ارتكبوا أي خطأ، سنقطع أيديهم”.

وبدأ الحرس الثوري، يوم الإثنين الماضي، مناورات “الرسول الأعظم 17” في ثلاث محافظات بجنوب الجمهورية الإسلامية، وشملت اختبارات صاروخية من البر والبحر، وتمارين للقوات البرية والبحرية، وفق ما أفادت وسائل الإعلام المحلية.

وتقول إيران إن صواريخها الباليستية يبلغ مداها ألفي كيلومتر وقادرة على الوصول إلى “إسرائيل” والقواعد الأمريكية في المنطقة.

وجاءت المناورات الإيرانية، التي أجراها الحرس الثوري، في وقت يوجه مسؤولون في “إسرائيل” تهديدات متكررة لطهران على خلفية برنامجها النووي والمفاوضات الرامية الى إحياء الاتفاق النووي المبرم بشأنه.

Source: Quds Press International News Agency

حكومة الاحتلال تصادق الأحد على مخطط استيطاني في الجولان المحتل

قالت صحيفة “يسرائيل هيوم” العبرية، اليوم الجمعة، إن “الحكومة الإسرائيلية ستصادق خلال اجتماعها الأسبوعي يوم الأحد المقبل، على مخطط استيطاني؛ لمضاعفة عدد المستوطنين في مرتفعات الجولان ومستوطنة كتسرين”.

وبيّنت الصحيفة، أن حكومة الاحتلال ستعقد اجتماعًا خاصًا في مرتفعات الجولان، لـ”المصادقة على الخطة التي سيتم من خلالها استثمار نحو مليار شيكل (317 مليون دولار)، وستشارك فيها معظم الوزارات في الحكومة الإسرائيلية”.

ونقلت الصحيفة عن الوزير جدعون ساعر، أن “القرار الذي سيجري التصويت عليه يوم الأحد، هو تنفيذ لاتفاق التحالف الحكومي، لتعزيز الاستيطان في الشمال، بالأفعال وليس بالأقوال”، مشيرًا إلى أن “الحكومة الإسرائيلية تهدف إلى مضاعفة الاستيطان في الجولان”.

واحتلت “إسرائيل” الجولان السوري خلال حرب العام 1967، وفي 1981 أقر “الكنيست” قانون ضمها إلى “إسرائيل”، لكن المجتمع الدولي لا يزال يتعامل مع المنطقة على أنها أرض سورية محتلة.

وتنص القرارات الأممية جميعها، على أن احتلال “إسرائيل” مرتفعات الجولان السورية، هو عمل غير مشروع بموجب القانون الدولي.

وأصدر مجلس الأمن الدولي بالإجماع قراره رقم 497، في 17 كانون الأول/ديسمبر 1981، دعا فيه “إسرائيل” إلى إلغاء ضم مرتفعات الجولان السورية، واعتبار قوانينها، وولايتها، وإدارتها هناك لاغية وباطلة وليس لها أثر قانوني دولي، كما صدرت قرارات أخرى من الجمعية العامة بنفس المعنى.

Source: Quds Press International News Agency

غانتس: آمل أن نتمكن من دفع السعوديين إلى اتفاق تطبيع

أعرب وزير جيش الاحتلال الإسرائيلي بيني غانتس، عن “أمنيته في التطبيع مع السعودية قريبًا”.

كلام غانتس نقلته صحيفة معاريف العبرية، مساء اليوم الجمعة، والذي أجرى لقاء “أونلاين” مع المئات من أتباع وناشطي حزبه “أزرق أبيض”، والذي تحدث فيها عن قضايا وملفات كثيرة، أهمها التطبيع مع الدول العربية والإسلامية.

وقال غانتس: إنه يأمل في دفع السعوديين إلى توقيع اتفاق تطبيع، بالتوازي مع تعزيز العلاقات مع كل من الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية وتقوية السلام مع كل من مصر والأردن، وكذلك الإمارات والبحرين والمغرب والسودان، التي وقعت على “اتفاق إبراهام”.

وأضاف أن “أكبر إنجاز حققته على المستوى الشخصي، هو إزاحة بنيامين نتنياهو، من رئاسة الحكومة، وتولي نفتالي بينيت بدلا منه، وتشكيل حكومة إسرائيلية جديدة، يكون هدفها الإسرائيليين أنفسهم، وأن تستمر دون أي معوقات أو صعوبات”.

وشبَّه غانتس نفسه برئيس الحكومة الإسرائيلية الأسبق، يتسحاق رابين، الذي يرى أنه عمد على تدشين السلام وتقويته وتعزيزه فيما بعد، فضلاً عن تعزيز أمن “إسرائيل” بحسب تعبيره.

وشهد العام 2021 تسارعاً في وتيرة “التطبيع مع إسرائيل”، تمثل في مؤتمرات ولقاءات ودعوات متبادلة بالزيارة بين الدول المطبعة.

وكشفت مواقع عبرية أن “إسرائيل تجري محادثات متقدمة مع جزر القمر، بهدف التوقيع على اتفاق تطبيع بين البلدين”.

وفي حال تم الإعلان عن التوصل إلى اتفاق تطبيع رسمي بينهما، فإن جزر القمر ستكون الدولة العربية الخامسة التي تطبع مع إسرائيل بعد مرور عام على التطبيع مع الإمارات والبحرين والسودان والمغرب.

يشار إلى أنه في 22 كانون الأول/ ديسمبر 2020، وقع المغرب اتفاقاً ثلاثياً مع الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية والاحتلال الإسرائيلي، يقضي باستئناف العلاقات بين الرباط و”تل أبيب”، في الوقت الذي اعترفت فيه الإدارة الأمريكية بقيادة الرئيس السابق دونالد ترامب بسيادة المغرب على إقليم الصحراء المتنازع عليه مع جبهة “البوليساريو”.

Source: Quds Press International News Agency