Palestine: Three Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in West Bank

HEBRON, Palestine (AA): A Palestinian was killed by Israeli forces after an alleged stabbing attack in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Wednesday, according to Palestinian Health Ministry.

On Tuesday morning before dawn, Israeli troops invaded the village of al-Yamoun and killed Ahmad Nasr Jarrar, 22,  whom they suspected of the murder of an Israeli, without filing charges or arresting him for the crime.

Israeli soldiers killed, on Tuesday at night, a young Palestinian man, and injured 110, including 32 who were shot with live ammunition, in Nablus city, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Hamzah Zamara, 19, was killed after he was shot dead by Israeli soldiers near the southern West bank city of Hebron, the ministry said in a statement.

The Israeli army, for its part, said the Palestinian was killed after he stabbed and lightly wounded a security guard in the community of Karmei Tzur in Hebron.

The soldiers, including a Canine unit, were heavily deployed in the area of al Yamoun, and conducted searches of many homes, in addition to using the rooftops of several buildings as monitoring towers and firing posts.  They also demolished a wall and a shed, and uprooted many olive trees, as they set up a permeter around the ‘wanted’ man’s location.

The Palestinian Health Ministry the Palestinian killed in Nablus as Khaled Waleed Tayeh, 22, from Iraq-Tayeh village, east of Nablus.

Khaled succumbed to his wounds, after being shot with a live round in the chest; he died at the at al-Najah Hospital, in Nablus.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said the soldiers injured 110 Palestinians, including 32 who were shot with live ammunition, 26 with rubber-coated steel bullets, and 51 who suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

It added that the soldiers also rammed one Palestinian with their jeep, causing moderate wounds.

The Palestinian territories have remained dogged by tension since U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Dec. 6.

The move has triggered world outcry and sparked angry protests in the Palestinian territories — and multiple clashes with Israeli troops — that have left at least 25 Palestinians dead.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces rounded up 17 Palestinians in overnight raids in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, according to a Palestinian NGO.

Seven people were arrested by Israeli forces after raiding their homes in the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said in a statement.

“Ten others were detained in raids on their homes in the northern West Bank cities of Nablus, Jenin and Tulkarem, it added.

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

According to Palestinian official figures, more than 6,400 Palestinians are currently held in detention facilities throughout Israel.

Additional report by imem.org

[Photo:  Mourning the death of Ahmed Jarrar, who was killed early Tuesday morning by Israeli troops in al-Yamoun, West Bank, on February 6, 2018. Photographer: Ali Jadallah/AA]

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Palestine: 14 Palestinians killed since Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

By Qais Abu Samra

 

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA): At least 14 Palestinians have been killed since U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last December, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Monday.

According to Hamdallah, the Ǯ were killed by live ammunition or died in Israeli custody due to Israel’s intentional policy of medical negligence.

He went on to assert that as many as 1겨 Palestinians — including more than 300 minors â had been detained by the Israeli authorities over the same period.

“We maintain our historical right to live in a sovereign state established on pre-1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital,” the prime minister said, reiterating the Palestinian leadershipâs commitment to a “two-state solution”.

Trumpâ€s decision on Jerusalem, he added, had effectively given Israel a “green light” to continue its abuses against the Palestinian people.

On Dec. 6 of last year, the U.S. president recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, sparking condemnation and protest across the Arab and Muslim world.

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

[Photo:  Palestinians carry Leys Heysem Ebu Naim’s (16) dead body, who was killed by Israeli soldiers’ fire, during the funeral ceremony in Ramallah, West Bank on January 31, 2018. Photographer: Issam Rimawi/AA]

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Palestine: 14 Palestinians killed since Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

By Qais Abu Samra

 

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA): At least 14 Palestinians have been killed since U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last December, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Monday.

According to Hamdallah, the Ǯ were killed by live ammunition or died in Israeli custody due to Israel’s intentional policy of medical negligence.

He went on to assert that as many as 1겨 Palestinians — including more than 300 minors â had been detained by the Israeli authorities over the same period.

“We maintain our historical right to live in a sovereign state established on pre-1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital,” the prime minister said, reiterating the Palestinian leadershipâs commitment to a “two-state solution”.

Trumpâ€s decision on Jerusalem, he added, had effectively given Israel a “green light” to continue its abuses against the Palestinian people.

On Dec. 6 of last year, the U.S. president recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, sparking condemnation and protest across the Arab and Muslim world.

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

[Photo:  Palestinians carry Leys Heysem Ebu Naim’s (16) dead body, who was killed by Israeli soldiers’ fire, during the funeral ceremony in Ramallah, West Bank on January 31, 2018. Photographer: Issam Rimawi/AA]

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After Religious Clash in India, Rumors Create a False ‘Martyr’

Candlelight vigils paying respect to Mr. Upadhyay, who is Hindu, lit up the streets of seven districts, some with the participation of local politicians.

By the time Mr. Upadhyay found out, there was little he could do: The riots had become so bad in Kasganj that the authorities shut down the internet.

“No media house or politician bothered to visit my place or call me first to confirm that I was indeed dead,” he said. “The marketplace of rumors had heated up beyond control.”

Kasganj was not always like this. For much of its history, Muslims and Hindus coexisted peacefully in this dusty city about 100 miles east of New Delhi. As the price of land shot up in the area, the city prospered. Now, rows of mustard-colored crops, markers of the region’s agrarian roots, frame Honda dealerships catering to a population eager to trade bicycles for motorbikes.

In the years since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party rose to power in 2014, violent outbreaks between Hindus and Muslims have become more common in some pockets of India.

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But locals said the energy did not change in Kasganj until last year, when Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand politician with ties to far-right Hindu nationalist groups, was chosen as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, home to over 200 million people.

The clashes began with a flag. On Jan. 26, a group of Muslims gathered in an open square in Kasganj, unstacking rows of red plastic chairs and preparing to hoist a flag into the air to celebrate Republic Day, which marks the enactment of India’s constitution in 1950.

Around the same time, dozens of men on motorbikes affiliated with a far-right Hindu student group approached the assembly, asking that the Muslims move the chairs so they could pass. Accounts of what happened next vary.

According to a police report filed by Sushil Gupta, the father of Abhishek Gupta, the man who was actually killed, a group of Muslims began taunting the Hindus, shouting “Long Live Pakistan,” and telling them that they would have to chant “Hail Pakistan” if they wanted to pass.

Shamsul Arafeen, 70, a Muslim tailor who was part of the crowd, remembered the encounter differently, describing a “big mob of Hindus who demanded that the Muslims move the chairs before boiling the argument down to religion. Others said the Hindus told the Muslims to go back to Pakistan.

“They started abusing us, saying, ‘If you want to live in Hindustan, you must chant ‘Hail Sita and Ram,’” Mr. Arafeen said, using another name for India and referring to two Hindu gods.

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The confrontation became physical soon afterward, with rioters from both sides throwing stones at each other and burning shops to the ground. Videos of the confrontations spread rapidly. The authorities shut down internet service in the area for hours.

By the end of the clashes, which stretched over a week, over 100 people had been arrested, both Hindu and Muslim. Mohar Singh Tomar, an investigating officer with Kasganj’s police force, said it was unclear who started the clashes, brushing aside suggestions that either religious group had received unfair treatment.

Purnendra Pratap Singh Solanki, the district president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, took a harder line, characterizing the confrontation as a “preplanned conspiracy” by a growing Muslim population to target Hindus.

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“What is very problematic for us is that Muslims are ruled by their religion first,” he said. “They consider themselves Muslims before Indians, whereas the Hindus consider themselves Indians first and then Hindus.”

“The solution to such problems is to control their population,” Mr. Solanki added. “Their religious education at the madrassas must be combined with nationalism, peppered with nationalism. The problem is they don’t want to get educated at all.”

Reacting to the violence in Kasganj, R. V. Singh, the district magistrate in Bareilly, also in Uttar Pradesh, described a recent episode involving a Hindu march in a village in his district.

“A strange trend has started of carrying out processions through Muslim localities and raising anti-Pakistan slogans,” he wrote in a Facebook post that was subsequently deleted after he faced pressure from the state government. “Why? Are these people from Pakistan?”

At the same time, the always rocky relationship between Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan has notably worsened in recent months.

Around Kasganj, many people said they were terrified to leave their homes and return to work.

“Our children are sleeping on hungry stomachs,” said Mohammad Shadab, 24, who works in a soap factory. “The kind of fear in the community has never been felt before.”

As for Mr. Upadhyay, he still has not figured out who first reported his death or why he had been singled out. Over the last weekend in January, he fielded over 400 calls from people asking if he had died. âMy mother had to serve endless cups of tea to visitors and convince them that I was alive,” he said.

Eventually, Mr. Upadhyay figured that if he could not control social media, he might as well participate.

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“I am Rahul Upadhyay,” he said in a recorded message sent out into cyberspace. “I am well and I have not even received a scratch.”

Still, he said, the damage was done. Hundreds of miles away, in the city of Gorakhpur, posters with his photograph had already been distributed.

Near his face was a warning: “We will take revenge for the death of martyr Rahul Upadhyay.”


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Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/05/world/asia/india-kasganj-hindu-muslim.html

Palestine: Israel razes two classes in Bedouin school in Jerusalem

By Lubaba Thuqan

 

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA): Israeli forces on Sunday demolished two classes in a Bedouin school near occupied East Jerusalem.

Local residents said Israeli forces, backed by a helicopter, brought down the two classes inside the school in the Abu al-Nawwar Bedouin community, which is hemmed in on all sides by Israel’s Maale Adumim, Kedar and New Kedar settlements.

Israeli authorities say that the two classes recently added to the school were built without a permit.

There was no official comment from the Israeli army on the demolition.

In early 2016, Israeli military bulldozers had demolished the school, which was originally funded by the French government. Local residents, however, quickly rebuilt it as tin classrooms, with no electricity, no labs nor computers, and no playgrounds.

Before the school was built in 2014, Bedouin children would have to cross the highway to catch rides to a school in al-Azariya town, 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) from East Jerusalem.

For years, the Israeli government has tried to dismantle the Abu al-Nawwar community — which consists of some 700 people who work mainly as shepherds — to make way for its massive E1 settlement project in East Jerusalem.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem ” occupied by Israel since 1967 — might eventually serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

The holy city dominated world attention after U.S. President Donald Trump on Dec. 6 recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, increasing the tension across the region.

[Archive Photo: Palestinian child taking his belongings after Israelis demolished their home in Ar-Ramon, Ramallah, West Bank on 29 March 2016. Photographer: Issam Rimawi/AA]

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Syria: Airstrikes hit hospital, mosques in Idlib

By Burak Karacaoglu and Esref Musa

 

IDLIB, Syria (AA): Syrian Government forces carried out air attacks which hit hospitals and mosques in the northwestern province of Idlib, according to the Syrian Civil Defense on Monday.

Mustafa Haj Yousuf, head of Civil Defense units in Idlib, told Anadolu Agency: “Intensive air attacks on Idlib, which has been conducting for weeks, targeted a hospital in Maarat al-Numan area and three mosques in the city center last night.”

He noted that the attacks were aimed at destroying the psychological strength of civilians, “However, immunity should be at the high level at hospitals and places of worship.”

Health Minister of the Syrian Interim Government Mohammed Firas al-Jundi also confirmed to Anadolu Agency that Maaretinuman Central Hospital and surrounding area have been targeted with seven air strikes.

“No one has been died in the attack carried out by Russian fighter jets, many injured. The hospital went out of service,” said al-Jundi.

In the meantime, the flow of information from the region has slowed because of intense air and missile attacks by the Bashar Assad regime and the Russian forces on the different points of Idlib, making the Civil Defense teams – which are also known as the White Helmets- difficult to continue their search and rescue operation.

Located in northern Syria near the Turkish border, the Idlib province was declared a “de-escalation zone”.

Controlled by anti-regime armed groups, the province has been under intense airstrikes for the last two months.

In January alone, 211 civilians were killed and 1,447 wounded.

Syria has been locked in a devastating civil war since March 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

While UN officials say hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict, Syrian Government officials say the death toll is closer to 10,000.

[Photo:  Members of civil defense carry out a search and rescue operation after an airstrike at the Kafr Nabl district which is a part of a de-escalation zone in Idlib, Syria on February 4, 2018. Photographer: Mohamed Waleed Alrashed/AA]

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Netherlands: Mosque vandalized in The Hague

By Abdullah Asiran

 

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AA): A mosque in the Dutch port city of The Hague was vandalized late Friday, the head of the mosque said Saturday.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the act of vandalism, in which a Turkish flag was crosed with red paint with slogans against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also written on it.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Sinasi Koc, the head of Ahi Evran Mosque, which is currently under construction and belongs to the Islamic Foundation in Netherlands, condemned the attack.

Koc said the attack was probably related to Turkey’s ongoing Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s Afrin.

“There are those who do not want our unity and solidarity, and those who want to bring disorder to us. They will not succeed, for Allah is with us,” Koc said.

Since Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 to rid Afrin, northwestern Syria of PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists, there have been numerous attacks on mosques across Europe by PYD/PKK supporting groups.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.

In Rotterdam, supporters of the PYD/PKK terror organization attacked Turkish demonstrators, an Anadolu Agency correspondent at the scene reported.

The supporters, who were holding banners at the market hall, also attacked reporters, not allowing them to capture footage.
Sevreal arrests were made

Europe has experienced a growing number of radical protests and violence from PYD/PKK supporters since the group launched a campaign two weeks ago to protest Turkey’s operation.

[Archive photo: Mosque vandalised in the Netherlands. Photo by AA]

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Pakistan: Suicide explosion kills 11 soldiers in Swat district

By Islamuddin Sajid

 

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AA): At least 11 security personnel, including an army officer, were killed and 13 others injured on Saturday when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a military camp in the Swat district of northwestern Pakistan, army officials said.

The suicide bomber struck in a sports ground of an Army unit in Sharifabad in Kabal area of the Swat district, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), a media wing of Pakistan army said in a statement.

In a statement, the outlawed terrorist group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi strongly condemned the attack and expressed his grief over the losses of security personnel.

“Coward enemy terrorists are no match for our valiant sons of the soil and no attack can deter us in pursuing our struggle against the menace of terrorism,” Abbasi said in a statement.

 

Swat, a tourist spot located in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, is also known as the “Switzerland of Pakistan”.

The valley was once a TTP stronghold from 2007 to 2009.

The Pakistani army had launched a large scale operation against the militants in the Swat valley in 2009 and destroyed their hideouts within two months.

 

The last deadly attacked carried out by TTP militants in Swat in January 2013 had targeted a religious center and killed 21 worshipers and injured 70 others.

Swat is also a home town of Nobel Peace Prize winer, Malala Yousafzai. In 2012, Taliban militants had shot and severely injured Malala Yousafzai, who has campaigned for girls education in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt. They allegedly carried out the attack on the orders of Taliban leader Maulana Fazlullah.

The brazen attack on Yousafzai, who was 15 at the time, sparked outrage in Pakistan and internationally. She was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, alongside Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.

[Map of Pakistan from the CIA factbook/Public Domain]

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Palestine: Palestinian teen killed in Israeli raid on Jenin

By Eshat Firat

 

JENIN, West Bank (AA): A Palestinian teen was killed Saturday following a raid by Israeli forces in the northern city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank. Eight Palestinians were injured, four were taken away by Israeli soldiers and they demolished a room and a barn, during a massive invasion into Burqin town, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

The teen suffered a severe head wound during the raid and was transferred to Jenin’s state hospital, the Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement.

According to local sources, the teen was identified as 19-year-old Ahmad Samir Abu ‘Obeid.

The Ministry added that the soldiers also shot two young Palestinian men with live rounds in their legs, and six others with rubber-coated steel bullets, in addition to causing dozens to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation, after the army attacked locals, who protested the invasion.

The WAFA Palestinian News Agency reported that the invasion was carried out by twenty-two armored military vehicles, and two bulldozers, and added that the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes, and used K9 units in searching the properties, causing anxiety attacks among many Palestinians, especially children.

Earlier in the day, Israeli forces surrounded several homes in al-Kufayr and Barqin villages in southern Jenin in search of Ahmed Jarrar, according to local residents. Jarrar is accused by Israeli authorities of killing a Jewish settler in a drive-by shooting last month near Nablus.

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

Last week, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man and demolished four homes during a raid in Jenin in search of Jarrar.

Additional report by imemc.org

[Photo: Ahmad Samir Abu Obeid killed by Israeli soldiers in North of Jenin. Photograph: Imemc.org]

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Libya: 90 migrants drowned off Libya coast

– Just 3 migrants survive after boat capsizes off Libya coast, says UN migration agency
By Fatih Erel

GENEVA (AA) – An estimated 90 migrants drowned after a boat capsized off the coast of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea on Friday morning, the UN migration agency said.

There were just three survivors, International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokeswoman Olivia Headon told a press conference in the UN at Geneva via phone.

The migrants were trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe.

According to survivors†testimony, 90 migrants — mostly Pakistanis — drowned in the accident, Headon said.

A total of “6,ᔰ migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 28 January. This compares with 5,983 coming ashore during a similar period in 2017,” the IOM said.

Some 246 migrant deaths were seen in the Mediterranean this January, the IOM noted.

[Archive photo: Migrants in boat being rescued Libyan coast in June 2015. Photographer: Hazem Turkia/AA]

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