Palestine protests Hungary over Jerusalem office

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) – The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday summoned Hungarian ambassador Shaba Rada to protest the opening of a diplomatic trade office in Jerusalem.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said the diplomat was summoned to express “indignation and anger” over the Hungarian move to open the office in the occupied city.

The ministry described the Hungarian step as an “aggression against all Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims around the world”.

“This move is a violation of international law and a violation of the EU position to the city of Jerusalem,” Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs Amal Jado said.

The Palestinian official warned that the Hungarian move “threatens bilateral relations between the two countries and will have serious repercussions at all levels".

The Ramallah-based authority also recalled its ambassador from Hungary over the move.

The European Union refuses to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, or transfer its embassies to the occupied city.

In late 2017, the U.S. triggered world outcry after the Donald Trump administration recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocated its embassy to the city.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the decades-long Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem — occupied by Israel since 1967 — might one day serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.

Israeli settlers vandalize Palestinian cars in W. Bank

JERUSALEM (AA) – Israeli settlers on Wednesday vandalized Palestinian vehicles in a suspected “price tag” attack in the occupied West Bank, according to local residents.

Settlers slashed the tyres of at least ten vehicles in the town of Battir near Bethlehem, residents said.

Attackers also sprayed racist slogans as “Death to the Arabs” on the walls of several homes in the area.

On Sunday, settlers cut off several roads in the West Bank following the death of two Israelis in a shooting attack in the occupied territory.

"Price tag" vandalism is a strategy used by extremist Jewish settlers to attack Palestinians and their property in retaliation for perceived threats to Israeli settlement expansion.

According to Palestinian figures, more than 700,000 Jewish settlers now live on 196 settlements (built with the Israeli government’s approval) and more than 200 settler outposts (built without its approval) across the occupied West Bank.

International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as "occupied territories" and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity on the land to be illegal.

The Palestinians want both these territories — along with the Gaza Strip — for an independent state of Palestine.

Israel kills 3 Palestinians in separate attacks

                            NABLUS / JERUSALEM (AA) - Israel forces killed three Palestinians on Tuesday, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.  

“The unit that communicated with the Israeli side, reported that a Palestinian was killed in Abveyn village,” said the health ministry.

According to a statement from the Israel army, Omar Abu Leyla, the alleged perpetrator of a Sunday attack on Israeli soldiers, stabbed an Israeli soldier at the entrance of the Ariel settlement before stealing his weapon.

He then drove his car to the Gitai Avishar junction and opened fire on Israelis at a bus station.

He was killed in an operation in Ramallah.

In another attack, Israel forces killed two Palestinians in Nablus, the ministry said.

Israel have not given the bodies to Palestine, Civil Liaison Manager Mazin ed-Denbek told Anadolu Agency.

3 Palestinians injured near Gaza-Israel buffer zone

              <p>By Hedaya al-Saeedi</p>    <p>GAZA CITY, Palestine (AA) - Three Palestinian protesters were injured on Tuesday by Israeli army gunfire near the Gaza-Israel buffer zone, according to Palestinian Health Ministry.</p>    <p>In a statement, the ministry said that the three -- whose names were not provided -- were wounded by live ammunition while they were participating in demonstrations in eastern Al-Bureij refugee camp and the northern part of the blockaded enclave.</p>    <p>Demonstrators demand the right to return to their homes and villages in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel. </p>    <p>They also demand an end to Israel’s 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.</p> 

Nearly 300 Palestinian students in Israel jails

            By Aysad al-Eis</p>  <p>RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) - At least 299 schoolchildren and 30 staff members of the Palestinian Education Ministry remain in Israeli prisons, Palestine's Education Minister said Tuesday.</p>  <p>Sabri Saidam told reporters in Ramallah that 47 students had been martyred in 2018 with 3,191 injured by Israeli gunfire in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem.</p>  <p>At least 97 schools have been subject to Israeli aggression, including 87 in the West Bank and 10 in the Gaza Strip, Saidam said.</p>  <p>The minister added that at least 47 Palestinian students were killed by Israeli gunfire in 2018 and called on the international community to be &quot;firm&quot; in bringing an end to Tel Aviv's actions.</p>  <p>According to estimates, around 6,000 Palestinians are currently languishing in Israeli detention facilities, including women, children and a handful of lawmakers. </p>  <p> 

We stand by Turkey against Israeli provocations: Hamas

                                 ISTANBUL (AA) - Palestinian group Hamas on Tuesday expressed solidarity with the Turkish people and leadership in the face of “Israeli provocations&quot;.</p>    <p>“We stand by Turkey’s leadership and its people against the Israeli provocations,” Hamas’ spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.</p>    <p>Zuhri’s remarks came following recent hostile remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his son Yair.</p>    <p>“The attempts to turn the facts will not hide the truth. Israel is a state of occupation […] and it is now the worst form of terrorism in the world,” he added.</p>    <p>Abu Zuhri hailed the supportive stance of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the Palestinian people and the Muslim Ummah [in reference to the Muslims worldwide].</p>    <p>“We express our appreciation to President Erdogan for his honest and supportive stance to the causes of the Ummah and Palestine, “he said.</p>    <p>On Monday, addressing Turkish people on the occasion of the 104th anniversary of the Battle of Canakkale, Erdogan commented on Yair Netanyahu’s remarks against Turkey, saying: “We've been here for a thousand year and we will be here until the Day of Judgment. You can't make Istanbul into Constantinople.”

Hamas condemns attack on Fatah spokesman in Gaza

By Nour Abu Aisha

GAZA CITY, Palestine (AA) – Palestinian group Hamas has condemned an attack on the spokesman of rival Fatah movement in the Gaza Strip.

Spokesman Atef Abu Saif was assaulted by unidentified people in Gaza on Monday with Fatah blaming Hamas for what it described as an assassination attempt against its member.

In a statement on Tuesday, Hamas spokesman Khalil al-Hayya denounced the attack and called on the Interior Ministry "to take the necessary measures to identify the attackers and punish them".

He also slammed any statements that blame Hamas for Monday's attack.

Tension has mounted in the Gaza Strip since last week amid protests against Hamas, which rules the Palestinian territory since 2007.

Hamas accuses Fatah, which is led by President Mahmoud Abbas, of inciting the protests with a view of "triggering chaos" in the enclave.

Fatah and Hamas have been at odds since Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007 from Fatah after street fighting.

Palestinians show solidarity with detainees in Israel

             By Qais Abu Samra

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) – Scores of Palestinians staged a rally in the West Bank city of Al-Bireh on Tuesday in support of detainees in Israeli prisons.

The protest was organized outside the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the city.

Addressing the rally, Kaddura Faris, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, said Israeli violations against Palestinian detainees were escalating.

"In case the violations continue, prisons will see an uprising and an open-ended hunger strike," he said.

Similar rallies were staged in the cities of Tulkarm, Nablus, Jenin, Bethlehem and Hebron upon calls from Palestinian factions to show support for detainees.

According to estimates, around 6,000 Palestinians are currently languishing in Israeli detention facilities, including women, children and a handful of lawmakers.

Israel continues arrest campaigns in West Bank

By Abdelrauf Arnaut

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) – Israeli forces rounded up 15 Palestinians in overnight raids carried out across the occupied West Bank, according to the military on Tuesday.

The individuals were arrested for "suspected involvement in terrorist activities", the army said in a statement, adding that they had since been referred to relevant authorities for further investigation.

The Israeli army frequently carries out wide-ranging arrest campaigns across the occupied West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.

According to estimates, around 6,000 Palestinians are currently languishing in Israeli detention facilities, including women, children and a handful of lawmakers.

Israeli army raids W. Bank homes in hunt for shooter

By Qays Abu Samra

SALFIT, Palestine (AA) – Israeli forces raided several homes in the West Bank city of Salfit on Monday as part of a manhunt for a Palestinian suspected of killing a settler a day earlier.

A military force stormed the towns of Biddya and al-Zawiya and searched several homes in the area, local residents said.

Israeli soldiers also detonated the doors of several shops in the area as part of their search campaign, they said.

The raid came one day after an Israeli settler was killed and two others were injured in a shooting attack in the West Bank on Sunday.

The Israeli military has yet to issue an official statement on the raid.

Tension has mounted in the Palestinian territories since last month when Israeli police briefly sealed the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque's Rahma Gate in East Jerusalem, sparking angry Palestinian demonstrations.