Palestinians protest against violent crackdown by Israeli forces in West Bank

Palestinians protest against violent crackdown by Israeli forces in West Bank
Palestinian demonstrators set up a barricade during clashes with Israeli forces at a protest over the killing of Palestinian gunmen in an Israeli raid, near the settlement of Beit El, near Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. (Reuters)
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Updated 29 September 2022

Palestinians protest against violent crackdown by Israeli forces in West Bank

Palestinians protest against violent crackdown by Israeli forces in West Bank
  • The demonstrations took place the day after army incursions into Jenin that left four Palestinians, including a 7-year-old boy, dead and more than 50 injured
  • Ibrahim Melhem, a spokesperson for the Palestinian government, said Palestinians from all sections of society are paying the price for the unjustified Israeli violence

RAMALLAH: Dozens of Palestinians demonstrated in the center of Ramallah on Thursday in response to a violent crackdown by Israeli authorities in the West Bank this week.
A strike was organized in protest against the Israeli army’s incursion into Jenin on Wednesday that left four Palestinians dead and more than 50 injured.
Palestinian medical sources at the Beit Jala Hospital said on Thursday that a 7-year-old boy was among the dead. Witnesses said Rayan Suleiman was with a group of Palestinian youths who were chased by Israeli soldiers on Wednesday during a confrontation in Taqua village in southeastern Bethlehem. He reportedly collapsed after his heart stopped. He was taken to the hospital but declared dead.
Ibrahim Melhem, a spokesperson for the Palestinian government, described the situation in the West Bank as intimidating and said Palestinians from all sections of society are paying the price for the unjustified Israeli violence.
He criticized Israeli soldiers for terrorizing students by carrying out raids on schools, resulting in incidents such as the one that caused the death of Rayan.
“The mere presence of soldiers in schools is a terrifying sight, so what about when they arrest students?” Melhem said.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry described Rayan’s death as a “heinous crime committed by the occupation forces.”
It said it holds the Israeli government directly responsible for the escalation in violence and condemned the aggression of the occupation forces in their violent incursions into Palestinian areas, measures that restrict the movement of Palestinians in their own land, the demolitions of Palestinian homes carried out by Israeli forces, and attacks by settler militias that take place under the supervision, protection and support of the Israeli government and its various military and security arms.
Wasel Abu Yousef, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee, told Arab News that Israel is waging an open and comprehensive war against Palestinian citizens, targeting their land and holy sites in an attempt to break the will of the people and using Palestinian blood to secure votes from the extremist right in elections scheduled for Nov. 1.
A Palestinian citizen from Jenin told Arab news: “We struggled for 54 years to have an independent Palestinian state, not to get a work permit in construction or agriculture in Israel.”
Suhair Freitech, a Palestinian political activist from Nablus, told Arab News that the Israeli actions are designed to give the impression that there is no Palestinian political partner, in the leadership or among communities, that wants peace. In this way, he added, Israeli authorities can justify their violence against Palestinians.
The Israeli soldiers who protect settlers who storm Al-Aqsa Mosque portray the Palestinians who resist such incursions as terrorists, Freitech said, adding: “The real terrorists are the settlers who steal Palestinian land.”
Meanwhile, Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked has ordered the deportation of several relatives of a Palestinian man who carried out a deadly attack five years ago in East Jerusalem.
In a message posted on Twitter, Shaked said she sent a notice to seven people related to Fadi Al-Qanbar, who killed four Israeli soldiers in a truck-ramming attack in Abu Tor neighborhood in 2017, telling them to “leave the country within a week or be forcefully deported.”
Jessica Montel, director of the Israel-based human rights organization HaMoked, told Arab News: “This is a political stunt, trying to win votes from the ultranationalists at the expense of East Jerusalem Palestinians.
“HaMoked is preparing an appeal to the Jerusalem District Court, challenging it. This is collective punishment and we hope the court will agree that this is unacceptable and prevent these deportations.”


Man killed during Israeli raid in West Bank – Palestinian health officials

Man killed during Israeli raid in West Bank – Palestinian health officials
Updated 46 min 14 sec ago

Man killed during Israeli raid in West Bank – Palestinian health officials

Man killed during Israeli raid in West Bank – Palestinian health officials
  • It was the latest death in a recent surge of violence in the territory
  • Israeli military has been conducting daily raids throughout the West Bank since the spring

JERUSALEM: Palestinian health officials said a Palestinian man was killed by Israeli fire during a military raid in the occupied West Bank on Monday.
It was the latest death in a recent surge of violence in the territory. The Israeli military has been conducting daily raids throughout the West Bank since the spring.
The official Palestinian news agency Wafa said that soldiers entered the Deheishe refugee camp near the city of Bethlehem early on Monday, sparking clashes with a group of local residents. The soldiers then fired tear gas and opened fire at the crowd, it said.
The agency said Omar Manaa, 22, was killed, while six other Palestinians were wounded. Four people were arrested.
There was no immediate Israeli comment.
Rising Israeli-Palestinian tensions have made 2022 the deadliest year in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the long-running conflict since 2006. Further escalation appears likely, as the most right-wing and religious government in Israel’s history is poised to be installed in the coming weeks, with former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returning to power.
More than 140 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli-Palestinian fighting this year. The Israeli army says most of the Palestinians killed have been militants. But stone-throwing youths protesting Israeli army incursions and others not involved in confrontations have also been killed.
Monday’s deadly shooting came against the backdrop of months of Israeli arrest raids in the West Bank, prompted by a spate of Palestinian attacks against Israelis in the spring that killed 19 people. The military says the raids are meant to dismantle militant networks and thwart future attacks, but the Palestinians say they entrench Israel’s open-ended occupation, now in its 56th year. A recent wave of Palestinian attacks against Israeli targets killed an additional nine people.


UAE President arrives in Qatar for official visit

UAE President arrives in Qatar for official visit
Updated 19 min 52 sec ago

UAE President arrives in Qatar for official visit

UAE President arrives in Qatar for official visit
  • UAE among the Arab countries earlier invited to attend the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in Doha

DUBAI: UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has arrived in Qatar on Monday for an official visit.

The visit comes in response to an invitation from the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, and builds on the existing brotherly relations between the two nations and their people, state news agency WAM reported.

Sheikh Mohamed and his delegation were welcomed by the Qatari ruler upon his arrival at the Amiri Terminal of Hamad International Airport on Monday morning.

The two leaders would discuss bilateral ties and ways to enhance cooperation between the two Gulf states, said WAM.

The UAE was among the Arab countries invited to attend the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in Doha.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, UAE’s vice president, prime minister and ruler of Dubai, represented the UAE among Arab leaders attending the opening ceremony of the global tournament.


Jailed Sudan ex-president Bashir transferred to hospital – lawyer

Jailed Sudan ex-president Bashir transferred to hospital – lawyer
Updated 05 December 2022

Jailed Sudan ex-president Bashir transferred to hospital – lawyer

Jailed Sudan ex-president Bashir transferred to hospital – lawyer

KHARTOUM: Former Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir has been moved from prison to hospital to complete some medical treatment, his lawyer Hashim Abu-Bakr said on Sunday.

The 78-year-old has been in custody while he is being tried over the 1989 coup that brought him to power. He was ousted in an uprising in 2019.

His lawyers had on Tuesday petitioned the court to transfer him to hospital, saying blood pressure and kidney issues posed a threat to his life if left untreated in prison.

Images of Bashir walking round a hospital ward caused controversy earlier this year.


Two killed as demonstrators storm governor’s office in southern Syria

Two killed as demonstrators storm governor’s office in southern Syria
Updated 05 December 2022

Two killed as demonstrators storm governor’s office in southern Syria

Two killed as demonstrators storm governor’s office in southern Syria
  • Syria’s pro-regime media said tens of ‘outlaws’ stormed the governor’s office

JEDDAH: Dozens of demonstrators angry over worsening economic conditions in Syria stormed and ransacked the governor’s office in the southern city of Sweida on Sunday, clashing with police, the authorities and witnesses said.

Earlier, more than 200 people had gathered around the building in the center of the Druze-majority city, chanting slogans calling for the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar Assad, they said, amid spiraling prices and economic hardship.

“Down with Assad,” the crowd chanted. Anti-government protests in state-controlled areas in Syria are not tolerated and rare.

Syria’s pro-regime media said tens of “outlaws” stormed the governor’s office and burned files and official papers.

The Ministry of Interior said they had also tried to seize the city’s police headquarters, and that one policeman was killed in the ensuing clashes.

“We will pursue all the outlaws and take all legal measures against anyone who dares to undermine the security and stability of the province,” the regime’s statement said.

Three witnesses said the governor was not in the building which was vacated before protesters stormed and ransacked offices.

“The governor’s office was burnt completely from the inside,” said Rayan Maarouf, a civic activist and editor of Suwayda 24, a local website that covers the southern region, who said several people were wounded in the exchange of gunshots.

“There was heavy gunfire,” Maarouf said, saying it was not clear from where the shooting came in the heavily policed area.

A source in the city hospital said one civilian who was being treated had died from gunshot wounds while another was still in hospital after being shot.

Sweida province has been spared the violence seen in other parts of Syria since the start of the over-decade long conflict that began after pro-democracy protests erupted against Assad’s family rule were violently crushed by security forces.

The minority Druze sect, whose faith draws its roots from Islam, have long resisted being drawn into the Syrian conflict.

Many community leaders and top Druze religious leaders have refused to sanction enlistment in the army.

Syria is in the throes of a deep economic crisis where a majority of people after a devastating conflict that killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions struggle to afford food and basic goods.

Witnesses in Sweida said that once inside the building, demonstrators brought down pictures of Assad.


GCC education bureau to partner with Jordanian teaching academy

GCC education bureau to partner with Jordanian teaching academy
Updated 05 December 2022

GCC education bureau to partner with Jordanian teaching academy

GCC education bureau to partner with Jordanian teaching academy
  • Agreement outlines plans for joint professional development programs

RIYADH: Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Assimi, director general of the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, and Dr. Osama Obeidat, CEO of Jordan’s Queen Rania Teacher Academy, signed an agreement to strengthen partnership through teacher training, exchanging expertise and establishing joint programs for professional development, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday. 

The move is in line with the ABEGS framework on boosting cooperation with specialized organizations and institutions.