14 Palestinians arrested in West Bank raids

By Abdelraouf Arnaout

JERUSALEM (AA) – Israeli forces rounded up 14 Palestinians in overnight raids carried out across the occupied West Bank, according to the Israeli military on Thursday.

The individuals were arrested for “suspected involvement in popular terrorist activities”, the army said in a statement, without elaborating on the nature of these activities.

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 Palestinian figures, some 6,000 Palestinians continue to languish in Israeli detention facilities, including scores of women and hundreds of minors.

Irish Senate OKs bill banning Israeli settlement goods

            By Tayfun Salci</p>  <p>LONDON (AA) – Ireland’s Senate or upper house of parliament on Wednesday approved a bill that criminalizes the import and trade of goods and services originating in Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories.</p>  <p>The draft bill passed the committee stage last week.</p>  <p>While the Irish government opposes the bill, it will be enacted if it is approved by the lower house of parliament.</p>  <p>If this occurs, Ireland will be the first EU country to impose such a ban on Israeli settlements.</p>  <p>&quot;We will enact this vital bill with great support,&quot; Senator Frances Black wrote on social media.</p>  <p>In a statement earlier, Black also emphasized that the bill is a minimum requirement for being an EU country that is committed to justice and human rights.</p>  <p>The Israeli embassy in Dublin has condemned the bill, calling it &quot;populist” and “dangerous&quot;.</p>  <p>The Irish Senate voted 25-20 in July to advance the bill, which would criminalize trade with Israeli settlements, including those built in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.</p>  <p>According to the draft law, anyone importing or attempting to import from the settlements would be committing a crime punishable by up to five years in prison or a 250,000 euro fine. 

Israel demolishes Palestinian school in West Bank

HEBRON, Palestine (AA) – Israeli forces on Wednesday demolished a school in a Bedouin community in the West Bank city of Hebron, according to a local activist.

“Israeli bulldozers brought down ‘al-Tahadi 13’ (Challenge 13) school without any prior notice,” Rateb Jabour told Anadolu Agency.

He said the school, which accommodates about 50 students, was scheduled to open later this week.

According to Jabour, Israeli forces cited the construction without permit for demolishing the school.

He said the school was part of a program by the Palestinian Education Ministry to build mobile classrooms for children in vulnerable communities across the Area C in the southern West Bank.

There was no comment from the Israeli military on the demolition.

Under the 1995 Oslo agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), the West Bank — including East Jerusalem — was divided into Areas A, B and C.

Area A falls under the administrative and security control of the PA; Area B falls under the administrative control of the PA and the security control of Israel; and Area C falls under the administrative and security control of Israel.

Area C is currently home to around 300,000 Palestinians, the vast majority of whom are Bedouins and herding communities who predominantly live in tents, caravans and caves.

Israeli army continues arrest campaigns in West Bank

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) – Israeli forces rounded up 21 Palestinians in overnight raids carried out across the occupied West Bank, according to the Israeli military on Wednesday.

The individuals were arrested for “suspected involvement in popular terrorist activities”, the army said in a statement, without elaborating on the nature of these activities.

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 Palestinian figures, more than 6,500 Palestinians continue to languish in Israeli detention facilities, including six parliament members, 52 women and 270 minors.

Israel arrests 24 Palestinians in West Bank raids

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) – Israeli forces rounded up 24 Palestinians in overnight raids carried out across the occupied West Bank, according to a Palestinian NGO on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said ten people were arrested in raids in the cities of Bethlehem and Hebron in the southern West Bank.

Nine more Palestinians, including two children, were detained in the cities of Nablus and Tubas, the NGO said.

Israeli forces also arrested five people in raids in the city of Ramallah and the town of Hizma, north of east Jerusalem.

The Israeli military has yet to issue a statement on the arrests.

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 Palestinian figures, more than 6,500 Palestinians continue to languish in Israeli detention facilities, including six parliament members, 52 women and 270 minors.

Israeli forces teargas Palestinian protesters in Nablus

By Qays Abu Samra

NABLUS, West Bank (AA) – Scores of Palestinians suffered temporary asphyxiation on Sunday by teargas fired by Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Nablus.

Israeli soldiers used teargas canisters and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators, who marched toward Hawara checkpoint south of Nablus, according to an Anadolu Agency correspondent in the area.

Palestinian protesters hurled stones at Israeli soldiers, the correspondent said.

According to medics, dozens of demonstrators affected by teargas were treated on the spot.

There was no comment from the Israeli military on the report.

Sunday’s rally was staged to protest recent Israeli violations in the occupied city of East Jerusalem.

Israel recently arrested Jerusalem governor Adnan Gaith and several members of Palestinian group Fatah before an Israeli court on Sunday ordered their conditional release.

Israel continues arrest campaign in occupied West Bank

By Abdel Raouf Arnaout

JERUSALEM (AA) – Israeli forces arrested 10 Palestinians in overnight raids carried out across the occupied West Bank, the Israeli military said Thursday.

The individuals were arrested for “suspected involvement in popular terrorist activities”, the army said in a statement, without elaborating on the nature of said activities.

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

According to Palestinian figures, some 6,500 Palestinians are currently languishing in Israeli jails, including scores of women and hundreds of minors.

Israeli court rules Jewish ownership of West Bank land

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) – Israel’s Supreme Court has approved the ownership of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) of 522 dunums (1,000 square meters) of Palestinian land near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, according to Israeli media on Wednesday.

Israeli newspaper Hayom said court judges rejected an appeal filed by Palestinians against an earlier decision by the Central Court in Jerusalem that endorsed the JNF ownership of the land in Gush Etzion settlement.

The court verdict will now pave the way for settlers to start construction on the confiscated land and build hundreds of settlement homes there.

On Tuesday, Israeli authorities issued notices to confiscate 267 of dunums of church-owned land in the Jordan Valley region.

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.

Israel occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It annexed the entire city in 1980 claiming it as the Jewish state's "undivided and eternal capital" — a move never recognized by the international community.

International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as "occupied territories" and considers all Jewish settlement construction there as illegal.

16 Palestinians arrested in Israeli raids

By Abdel Raouf Arnaout

JERUSALEM (AA) – Israeli forces rounded up 16 Palestinians in overnight raids across the occupied West Bank, according to the Israeli military on Wednesday.

The individuals were arrested for “suspected involvement in popular terrorist activities”, the army said in a statement, without elaborating on the nature of these activities.

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 Palestinian figures, some 6,500 Palestinians continue to languish in Israeli detention facilities, including scores of women and hundreds of minors.

Israel arrests 18 Palestinians in West Bank raids

By Abdelraouf Arnaout

JERUSALEM, Palestine (AA) – Israeli forces rounded up 18 Palestinians in overnight raids across the occupied West Bank, according to the Israeli military on Tuesday.

The individuals were arrested for “suspected involvement in popular terrorist activities”, the army said in a statement, without elaborating on the nature of these activities.

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 Palestinian figures, some 6,500 Palestinians continue to languish in Israeli detention facilities, including scores of women and hundreds of minors.