Minor among 13 Palestinians detained from West Bank

JERUSALEM, Israeli forces Wednesday overnight detained at least 13 Palestinians, including a minor, from the West Bank districts of Jerusalem and Hebron.

WAFA correspondent said that Israeli police detained 10 Palestinians after storming their houses in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiyeh.

Among the 10 detainees were Ghadeer ‘Amuri, an employee with the Prisoners’ Affairs Committee, and Yasser Darwish, Secretary-General of the Fatah movement in Issawiyeh.

Police also conducted a raid into the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Zeitoun, resulting in the detention of a Palestinian.

Meanwhile, security sources confirmed that Israeli military vehicles raided al-Arrub refugee camp, north of Hebron city, where soldiers rounded up a 15-year-old Palestinian minor.

Israeli soldiers also detained a Palestinian after assaulting him at Jaber Courter of Hebron.

For the residents of Issawiyeh, a Palestinian village of some 20,000, and other parts of occupied East Jerusalem, military raids and building demolitions are a daily reality.

The village is plagued by poor infrastructure, residents are constantly harassed by the Israeli Border Police and anyone, including children, run the risk of arbitrary arrest.

Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for wanted Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

These raids, which take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, are conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Minor among 13 Palestinians detained from West Bank

JERUSALEM, Israeli forces Wednesday overnight detained at least 13 Palestinians, including a minor, from the West Bank districts of Jerusalem and Hebron.

WAFA correspondent said that Israeli police detained 10 Palestinians after storming their houses in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiyeh.

Among the 10 detainees were Ghadeer ‘Amuri, an employee with the Prisoners’ Affairs Committee, and Yasser Darwish, Secretary-General of the Fatah movement in Issawiyeh.

Police also conducted a raid into the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Zeitoun, resulting in the detention of a Palestinian.

Meanwhile, security sources confirmed that Israeli military vehicles raided al-Arrub refugee camp, north of Hebron city, where soldiers rounded up a 15-year-old Palestinian minor.

Israeli soldiers also detained a Palestinian after assaulting him at Jaber Courter of Hebron.

For the residents of Issawiyeh, a Palestinian village of some 20,000, and other parts of occupied East Jerusalem, military raids and building demolitions are a daily reality.

The village is plagued by poor infrastructure, residents are constantly harassed by the Israeli Border Police and anyone, including children, run the risk of arbitrary arrest.

Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for wanted Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

These raids, which take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, are conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

One year ago today, US moved its embassy to Jerusalem; 60 Palestinians murdered as a result

RAMALLAH, Exactly one year ago today, the United States, in a move contradicting with international consensus and law, moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets to protest this unprecedented move, and by the end of the day, almost 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli army gunfire and hundreds others injured in one of the bloodiest days in the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The Palestinians had planned marches and rallies to coincide with the Nakba (Arabic for catastrophe) anniversary, May 15, the day the Palestinians mark every year remembering the days when they were forced out of their homes and land in Palestine in 1948 and became refugees. Their land was taken over by foreign forces and turned into current day Israel.

But the US decision to move its embassy on the day prior to the Nakba anniversary – intended primarily to add salt to the wound of the Palestinians � forced the Palestinians to move the protests one day to coincide with this appalling American decision.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians protested at the Gaza border with Israel as part of their March of Return activities started on March 30 and in the various cities of the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The Israeli army crackdown on these protests was as ruthless as the US decision and by the end of the day 60 Palestinians, including children and medics, were killed and more than 1000 injured, many of them critical.

While Israel was killing Palestinians in Gaza and blood was being spelled, American officials namely Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, and her husband, Jarod Kushner, two ardent supporters of Israel, were taking part in festive celebration of the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, totally oblivious to what was going on only 90 kilometers away from where they were.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Global campaign launched to deactivate Airbnb on Nakba Day

RAMALLAH, A global coalition launched today a campaign against the international tourism company, Airbnb, for reversing its decision to delist properties in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, according to a press release.

The coalition is asking people from around the world to deactivate their Airbnb accounts on Nakba Day, 15 May. So far, thousands of people across the world, from Chile to Indonesia, have answered the coalition’s call to action and have committed to #deactivateAirbnb.

Israeli settlements are considered war crimes under international law and are responsible for the displacement of Palestinians and the theft of their land. By doing business in these settlements, Airbnb and other international companies are contributing to the economic viability of settlements and are normalizing Israeli annexation of Palestinian land, said the press release.

Despite the intense documentation and scrutiny from prominent human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, Airbnb is choosing to directly promote discrimination, oppression, and injustice � and failing to uphold its corporate responsibility to respect human rights, it said.

“It is time to end this culture of impunity that has allowed the occupation, oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian people to continue,” said Salem Barahmeh, executive director of the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy.

“International companies are complicit in perpetuating this injustice and must be held accountable. Through the #deactivateAirbnb campaign, people can choose whether to be complicit in supporting war crimes or ending them,” he added.

May 15 commemorates the expulsion of almost two thirds of the Palestinian population from their homes and land in 1948. The ‘Nakba’, meaning ‘catastrophe’ in Arabic continues to this day, as Palestinians are forcibly expelled from their lands to make way for illegal settlements, which can then be advertised as vacation rentals by international companies.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

PEX report: Index rises at start of week’s trading

NABLUS, The ‘Al-Quds Index’ of the Palestine Exchange closed Sunday trading at 530.41 points, up by 1.29 points (0.24%) compared to the last trading session.

A Total of 437,385 shares were traded with a value of $464,760.595 executed during 133 transactions.

Shares of 17 companies were traded. Share price increased in six companies whereas decreased in seven companies.

Top five gainers: PRICO by (2.56%), AIG by (2.17%), OOREDOO by (2.17%), TNB by (1.74%), and PEC by (1.53%).

Top five decliners: JCC by (-5.00%), MIC by (-4.81%), UCI by (-4.11%), PIBC by (-3.57%), and AQARIYA by (-1.39%).

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Hayya: Israel cannot impose new equations on Gaza

Member of Hamas’s political bureau Khalil al-Hayya said that the Israeli occupation state would be delusional if it thought it could impose new equations on the Gaza Strip.

Hayya made his remarks during a memorial service held on Friday night for field commanders from al-Qassam Brigades, who died recently during Israel’s aggression against Gaza.

The region and the occupation will not enjoy clam as long as the enemy is still on the land of Palestine and the blockade on Gaza has not been lifted, the Hamas official said in a speech during the event.

The time of Israeli-imposed equations and weakness is gone, he said, adding that the occupation is delusional if it thinks it can create new equations and persist in shedding the blood of peaceful protesters and resistance fighters.

We will not tolerate to see our people starve and suffer from the ongoing blockade on Gaza while there are weapons in our hands and we possess our will, he stressed.

Source: The Palestine Information Center