Weather: Very hot with rise in temperature throughout the week

RAMALLAH, Weather today is hot to very hot with a rise in temperature becoming 6C above the annual average, said the Palestinian Meteorological Department (PMD).

Wind is northwesterly to northeasterly, light to moderate and active at times. Sea waves are low.

Temperature in Jerusalem and Bethlehem is expected to reach a high of 31C and a low of 19C and in Ramallah and Hebron, a high of 30C and a low of 18C. In Jericho, the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley, temperature is expected to reach a high of 39C and a low of 24C, while it is expected to reach a high of 30C and a low of 21C in Gaza and the coastal areas.

PMD also predicted temperature to rise again on Tuesday to become 8C above the average with very hot conditions.

A slight drop in temperature is likely on Wednesday yet it remains above annual average by 7C with hot to very hot conditions.

Thursday’s weather is expected to be hot to very hot. Temperature is expected to slightly drop while remaining 6C above its seasonal average.

People are warned against prolonged exposure to direct sunlight especially during the peak hours of the day between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm local time, and against setting fire in areas where dry grass is grown.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Foreign Ministry, others condemn exoneration of Jewish murderer of Palestinian family

RAMALLAH, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates was among several Palestinian organizations that strongly condemned an Israeli court’s exoneration of a member of a Jewish gang responsible for the murder of three members of the Dawabshe family in the occupied West Bank in 2015.

In a plea bargain, murder charges were dropped against a Jewish suspect in the July 31, 2015 firebomb attack at the Dawabshe home in the West Bank village of Duma claiming that he was a minor at the time of the attack.

The arson killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child and his parents, who were burnt to death while an older son was badly burnt but survived the attack.

The Ministry stressed that the court was complicit in the cover up for the murderers, which it said was a crime in itself, and encourages other Jewish terrorists to continue to murder Palestinians and attack their property.

It said the Israeli courts had only days before exonerated another Jewish murderer who was responsible for the killing of Palestinian teacher and mother of 8, Aisha Rabi, who was killed on October 12, 2018 in a stone attack at her car in the West Bank.

The Foreign Ministry called on the International Criminal Court to start immediate investigation of these Israeli crimes against Palestinian civilians after the Israeli judicial system has failed to do its job and provide justice to the Palestinians under Israeli occupation.

Other similar condemnations and charges came from the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the Palestinian Prisoners Commission and the Palestinian Prisoner Society.

Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency

Foreign Ministry, others condemn exoneration of Jewish murderer of Palestinian family

RAMALLAH, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates was among several Palestinian organizations that strongly condemned an Israeli court’s exoneration of a member of a Jewish gang responsible for the murder of three members of the Dawabshe family in the occupied West Bank in 2015.

In a plea bargain, murder charges were dropped against a Jewish suspect in the July 31, 2015 firebomb attack at the Dawabshe home in the West Bank village of Duma claiming that he was a minor at the time of the attack.

The arson killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child and his parents, who were burnt to death while an older son was badly burnt but survived the attack.

The Ministry stressed that the court was complicit in the cover up for the murderers, which it said was a crime in itself, and encourages other Jewish terrorists to continue to murder Palestinians and attack their property.

It said the Israeli courts had only days before exonerated another Jewish murderer who was responsible for the killing of Palestinian teacher and mother of 8, Aisha Rabi, who was killed on October 12, 2018 in a stone attack at her car in the West Bank.

The Foreign Ministry called on the International Criminal Court to start immediate investigation of these Israeli crimes against Palestinian civilians after the Israeli judicial system has failed to do its job and provide justice to the Palestinians under Israeli occupation.

Other similar condemnations and charges came from the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the Palestinian Prisoners Commission and the Palestinian Prisoner Society.

Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency

Israeli forces detain activist, journalists covering eviction of Palestinian families in northern Jordan Valley

RAMALLAH, Israeli forces detained seven journalists and a human rights activist while covering the Israeli forces’ eviction of Palestinian residents from Hemsa al-Foqa village, in the northern Jordan Valley, to make way for military exercises, said witnesses.

Israeli forces detained seven journalist and a human rights defender working for al-Haq human rights organization as they were covering the eviction process of Palestinian families from their homes in Hemsa al-Foqa village to make way for Israeli military drills. They were taken to an Israeli military camp near Um-Zoqa area, northeast of Tubas.

The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate condemned the Israeli detention of the journalists and the activist, calling on all UN international organizations to promptly intervene and release them.

The syndicate called on the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) to exert all possible efforts and provide ‘real protection’ to Palestinian journalists and to put a stop to the Israeli occupation’s violations against them.

Israeli forces evicted 15 Bedouin Palestinian families consisting of 98 people, including women and children, from their homes in Hamsa al-Foqa area to make way for Israeli military drills in the area.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

IOF attacks citizens in Jaba town

Dozens of Palestinian citizens at dawn Saturday suffered from their exposure to tear gas during clashes with the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in Jaba town, south of Jenin.

Local sources told a reporter for the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that the clashes happened mainly in al-Fawwara area in the town, where the IOF intensively fired tear gas grenades at angry young men and nearby homes.

They added that the events started after the IOF set up a makeshift checkpoint near al-Fawwara park and intercepted citizens.

Source: The Palestine Information Center

Ashrawi calls on Austria to recognize Palestine and defend prospects of peace

VIENNA, Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Hanan Ashrawi, called yesterday upon Austria to recognize the State of Palestine and proactively defend the prospects of peace.

During a meeting with Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Karin Kneissl in Vienna, Ashrawi the latter on the current political developments as well as the economic and political Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and leadership.

The two also discussed the dangers posed by the irresponsible US-backed Israeli efforts to undermine international law and the two-state solution.

Ashrawi welcomed the position voiced by most EU members on the need to ensure respect for international law and the two-state formula in any peace effort or plan.

“We call on all responsible international actors that are committed to international law, justice and peace to join us in defending the international rules-based order and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to freedom, peace, security and prosperity,” she stated.

Ashrawi also called on Austria and other members of the international community to take proactive steps to ensure accountability for Israeli violations, also calling on Austria to recognize Palestine.

She concluded, “Recognizing the state of Palestine would be a positive and powerful step that protects the prospects of peace and reflects commitment to the universality of human rights, the standing of international law, and the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination.”

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency