AL KHALIL (Occupied Palestine)- Palestinian teenager was killed Friday by Israeli soldiers near the occupied Israeli town of Al-Khalil (Hebron).
The Palestinian 16-year-old boy was shot down by Israeli occupation soldiers, while two other Palestinians were wounded in protests near the town of Al-Khalil (Hebron), in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials said.
The Palestinian Health ministry has identified the Palestinian teenager killed on Friday as Mourad Youssef Abou Ghazi, noting that he was fatally shot in the chest.
Occupied AL-QUDS- A Palestinian was shot down Monday by Israeli occupation forces near one of the gates of the old city of occupied al-Quds (East Jerusalem), Palestinian sources reported.
The East Jerusalem's inhabitant is the second Palestinian to be killed by Israeli soldiers in a week, the sources noted.
Occupied East Jerusalem, along with the West Bank, has been the scene of a wave of Israeli violence taking the lives of 255 Palestinians since early October 2015, according to media figures.
RAMALLAH (Palestine)- A Palestinian was killed late on Sunday by Israeli occupation forces in Ramallah, West Bank, Israeli sources reported.
The 31-year-old Bassel al-Aaraj, from Beit Lahm (Bethlehem), was killed by Israeli soldiers at home, according to sources cited by agencies.
Palestinian hospital sources also disclosed that two other Palestinians were wounded by Israeli shots.
The West Bank and occupied al-Quds (Jerusalem) have been the scene of Israeli violence that left 254 Palestinians dead since early October 2015, according to media figures.
The Israeli occupation forces have carried out daily arbitrary arrests against dozens of Palestinians in the West Bank and occupied al-Quds.
BRUXELLES (Belgium)- The decision of Israeli occupation authorities to build 2,500 housing units in the West Bank and 566 others in East-al Quds (East Jerusalem), in the occupied Palestinian territories, puts seriously in danger the two-state solution, the office of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said Tuesday.
Israel's settlement building policy may "seriously undermine the two-state solution," Mogherini's office said in a statement, in response to Tel Aviv's approval of a settlement project for the building of 2,500 housing units in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Israeli occupation authorities announced Tuesday their decision to build the housing units in occupied West Bank.
The day before, Israel gave the green light for the building of 566 housing units in East Jerusalem, a Palestinian territory occupied and annexed by Israel.
The European Union expressed regrets for the ongoing expansion of Israeli settlements in spite of international community's warnings, stressing that the settlement building policy "is illegal from the viewpoint of the international law."
BETHLEHM (West Bank)- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the resolution 2334 of the UN security Council, condemning Jewish settlement building in Palestine, sets forth legal basics for a solution to the conflict.
"The voting in favour of the resolution has not resolved the Palestinian cause, but defined it," Abbas was quoted as saying by the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.
"The resolution stressed on the legal basics for a solution and reiterated that Israeli settlements are illegal," the Palestinian president said at a Christmas diner in Bethlehem, occupied West Bank.
"The world said its word that settlement in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem, is illegal," Abbas underlined, referring to the 14 state members of the Security Council who voted in favour of the resolution.
Abbas called on Israel "to sit together on the negotiation table to discuss all the outstanding issues between us and resolve it with good intentions."
RAMALLAH (West Bank)- Palestine is to compete at the Olympics 2016 in Rio, kicked off Friday, with six athletes in four sports events, a record the Palestinian Olympic participation, in spite of Israel's obstacles.
It is Palestine's sixth participation in the Olympic Games and the most important in the number of competing athletes, who were only five at the Olympics 2012 in London.
The departure of the Palestinian delegation was delayed because of hindrances and restrictions to the movement of athletes and their coaches imposed by Israeli occupation authorities.
The chief of the Palestinian sports Jibril Rajoub has recently reported that the head of the Palestinian delegation Issam Qichta was prevented from leaving Gaza Strip, a city of nearly two million people who whave been under tight Israeli blockade for nine years.
The number of Palestinians competing in the Olympics is slightly but surely increasing "in spite of the lack of resources and means and the difficulties we are undergoing under (Israeli military) occupation," said the secretary-general of the Palestinian Olympic Committee, Munther Masalma.
This year, Mayada al-Sayad, a 23 Palestinian female marathon runner living in Berlin, Germany, is the Palestine's standard bearer at the opening ceremony on Friday, in Maracana Stadium of Rio de Janeiro.
Judoka Simon Yacoub, 28, is the Palestinian athlete to have the most chances to get a medal in Rio, in the 60-kg judo event.
Mohammed Abou Khoussa, a 23-year-old athlete from the Gaza Strip, will compete in the 100-metre race.
Swimmer Ahmed Jibril, 24, will participate in the 200-metre freestyle event for the second time in the Olympic Games. His first participation was in London in 2012.
Mary al-Atrach, 22, who prepared for the Rio Olympics in Algiers, Algeria, will compete in the 50-metre freestyle.
In dressage riding, Palestine will be represented by Christian Zimmermann, a 54-year-old Palestinian living in Germany.
RAMALLAH (Palestinian Territories)- Israeli occupation forces killed Tuesday a 12-years-old boy in occupied West Bank, near Al-Quds (East Jerusalem), the Palestinian Health ministry has disclosed.
"Mohiyeh al-Tabakhi, 12, was shot dead by Israeli occupation soldiers in the occupied town of al-Ram," on the outskirts of East Jerusalem, separated from the holy city by the "wall of shame" build by the occupation Israeli authorities, the Palestinian health authorities said in a statement.
The child was hit in the chest by rubber-coated metal bullets, which led to a cardiac arrest, Palestinian official agency Wafa said, citing medical sources.
Since October 2015, Israeli violence in the occupied Palestinian territories claimed 217 Palestinian people.
RAMALLAH (West Bank)- Twenty-six Palestinians, including children, have been arrested Wednesday by the Israeli occupation army in the West Bank, and occupied al Quds (East Jerusalem).
The occupation forces made incursion into the towns of Ramallah, Tulkarem, Al-Khalil (Hebron), Qalqilya and Bethlehem with heavy gunfire, Palestinian Prisoners Club has said.
A total of 26 Palestinians, including children, have been arrested during the incursion.
The Israeli army is carrying out a campaign with daily arbitrary arrests against dozens of Palestinians in the towns and villages of the West Bank, under various pretexts.
About 7,000 Palestinians have been arrested in 2015, including 400 children under the age of 18, according to official figures.
RAMALLAH (West Bank)- Huge statue of Nelson Mandela, the late president of South Africa and a figurehead of the struggle against Apartheid, was inaugurated Tuesday in Ramallah, media reported.
The six-meter-high bronze statue, weighing two tonnes, is a gift from the municipality of Johannesburg in Ramallah, the city where the Palestinian Authority is based in the West Bank, a territory occupied by Israel for a half century.
The statue represents the late Peace Nobel Prize winner Nelson Mandela raising his hand to the sky.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attended the inauguration of the statue, erected at an area named, on that occasion, Nelson Mandela Square.
Nelson Mandela, passed away in 2013, was South Africa's first president just after the era of Apartheid, a segregationist system the Palestinians accuse Israel of imposing on them.
The statue "symbolizes the sufferings shared" by both South-African and Palestinian people, said the Palestinian city's mayor Musa Hadid.
With the statue, Hadid carries on, Ramallah intends to send a "clear message to the Israeli colonizer and occupier: we are really closer to liberty than you think."
RAMALLAH (West Bank)- Israeli occupation forces on Friday at dawn made a raid on Falisteen al-Yom (Palestine Today) TV station in Ramallah, close down its offices and arrested the manager, media have reported.
Recording and broadcasting equipment have been seized by the Israeli occupation soldiers, who reached in military jeeps the centre of Ramallah, the station said.
The TV stations will continue to broadcast from the Gaza Strip.
Occupation forces arrested during the night the station's manager, Farouq Aliat, 34, Cameraman Mohammed Amr and engineer Chabib Chabib, the Palestinian Journalism Union said.
The occupied Palestinian territories, since last October, have been the theatre of a wave of Israeli abuses and crimes, in which 188 Palestinians lost their lives, accordion g to media figures.
NABLUDS (Palestinian Territories)- Two young Palestinians have been killed by Israeli occupation army soldiers in the occupied West Bank.
Labib Azem and Mohammed Zaghlaouane, both of whom aged 18 years old, have been shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the south of Nablus, Palestinian police said.
The two victims were from the village of Qariout, in the West Bank.
The occupied Palestinian territories are the theatre of a wave of Israeli violence, since last October, which has left more than 170 Palestinians dead, according to official figures.
Occupied AL-QUDS- A Palestinian was killed and ten others wounded by the Israeli occupation forces in the refugee camp of Qalandiya, near al-Quds (East Jerusalem) in occupied West Bank, Palestinian medical sources said Tuesday.
Palestinian victim, Eyad Omar Sajdia, was a 22-year old student, said the ministry of Palestinian Health.
Occupied Palestinian territories have been targeted for more than four months to a wave of Israeli attacks in which some 170 Palestinians have been killed, according to official data.
Qalandiya refugee camp houses 11,000 Palestinian refugees who fled their villages during the Arab-Israeli war in 1948 (the year of the proclamation of the State of Israel), according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
Open in 1949 as a provisional camp, Qalandiya has become a town.
Nearly 60% of its population are under 25 years old and one inhabitant in five is unemployed, according to UNRWA.
Qalandiya is located between Ramallah, West Bank, and al-Quds.
NEW YORK (United Nations)- Secretary-General’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov on Thursday expressed concern over the violence, broke out in October 2015, between Palestinians and Israelis, and which shows "no sign of relenting."
"Some recent incidents might be early warning signs of a new worrisome stage of the conflict," Mladenov said at a briefing to the UN Security Council.
"While tensions persist," Mladenov said, "Palestinians are being killed and injured in clashes in the West bank."
According to him, the spiral of violence which has killed at least 137 Palestinians so far "cannot be reversed by security means alone."
"Leaders on both sides must show a political will to their people and stand up to incitement and the radicals among their own constituents."
Nickolay Mladenov stressed that "only genuine progress towards just peace that allows the people of Israel and the people of Palestine to live side by side in safe and secure borders will end the bloodshed and counter the rise of extremism."
RAMALLAH (West Bank)- A young Palestinian was killed Monday by Israeli soldiers in occupied West Bank, a Palestinian security source has reported.
The occupation forces shot dead Ahmed Toba, 17 years old, from a village in the north of West Bank, the source said.
The day before, 30-year-old Amjad Abu Muamar, had been killed by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank.
According to the United Nations, 170 Palestinians have been killed and more than 15,000 injured by Israeli occupation soldiers in 2015.
RAMALLAH (West Bank)- Palestinian Journalist Mohammed al-Qiq, on hunger strike for 61 days in an Israeli jail, "may die at any moment," his lawyer Jawad Boulous said Monday.
"His health is very bad. He may die at any moment," the lawyer said following a visit to Mohammed al-Qiq on Sunday.
For his part, Saeb Erakat, the secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said he holds Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responsible for the situation of Mohammed al-Qiq.
Al-Qiq, 33, a reporter at Arab TV Channel Al-Majd, is father of two young daughters.
He was placed by Israeli authorities in administrative detention, in mid-December.
Administrative detention is an extrajudicial system that allows detention without charge not trial for an indefinitely renewable six-month period.
He was arrested on November 21 at home, in Ramallah, West Bank.
On November 25, he went on Hunger strike to denounce "torture" and "mistreatments" in jail.
In Mid-December, he was taken to the nursery of Ramleh prison, then to Afoula Hospital on December 30.
Occupied AL QUDS- A 13-year-old Palestinian girl was killed Saturday by Israeli occupation forces in in the West Bank, media reported.
The teenager was shot dead by the Israeli occupation soldiers under the usual pretext of attempting to commit a knife attack.
The West Bank, Al-Khalil (Hebron) and occupied al-Quds (East Jerusalem) are the theatre, since October 1, of an Israeli escalation and attacks against defenceless Palestinians, 156 of whom have been killed, according to world media.
According to the United Nations, 170 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli occupation forces in 2015, and more 15,000 others wounded during the same period.
GAZA- Two Palestinians were killed Friday in the east of Gaza and occupied West Bank in clashes with the Israeli army, the spokesperson of the Palestinian ministry of Health.
Hani Wahdan, 22, was killed by Israeli soldiers near Nahal Oz checkpoint, between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Ashraf al-Qudra said.
The second victim is a young Palestinian. He was stopped by Israeli security forces in occupied West Bank before being executed.
West Bank, al-Quds (Jerusalem) and al-Khalil (Hebron) have been the theatre, since October 1st, of a series of attacks and assaults against defenceless, innocent Palestinian civilians.
More than 127 Palestinians have been killed in the assaults and hundreds others wounded, according to media figures.
RAMALLAH (West Bank)- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday the main cause of the present tension with Israel is the growing despair felt by the Palestinians, sparked by the failure of the two-States solution.
"Despair felt by the Palestinian people is due to the expansion of Israeli settlements, the construction of the separation wall in the West Bank and Israeli attacks against Palestinians' properties on daily basis," Abbas said.
"In spite of Israel's such practices, we remain committed to our rights and we will not give up or make concessions about our rights, whatever the circumstances."
Peace talks with the Israelis cannot resume before the "release of all prisoners arrested before the signing of the peace agreements with Israel, in 1993,'' and which was agreed upon with Israel and the United States.
Abbas urged Israel to freeze settlement construction and to put an end to settlers' attacks against the Palestinians and the holy places of Islam and Christianity.
RAMALLAH (West Bank)- Palestinian ministry of Foreign Affairs warned the international community, on Sunday, against Israel's plans to deepen the apartheid system it has imposed on Palestine.
The Foreign ministry, in a statement cited by media reports, used harsh words to condemn Israel's segregationist policy and measures against the State of Palestine, land and people.
It underlined the unprecedented escalation against the Palestinian people, using different criminal methods in order to force them to give up and submit to Israel's occupation and its segregationist policies.
"Israeli occupation government deals with the Palestinian people as a demographic group without any political or national rights," the statement said.
Israel uses against the Palestinians "a series of punishment and repressive measures that are likely to strengthen the apartheid system in large parts of Palestine, in a bid to impose the final solution it wants."
Occupied AL QUDS- Three Palestinians have been killed Thursday by Israeli forces in occupied West Bank, Palestinian health ministry has reported.
The Palestinian ministry of Health identified the first victims as Samer Hassan Srissi, 51 years old.
Earlier, a 21-year-old Palestinian, Yahya Taha, was hit on the head by Israeli soldiers' shots in the village of Qatanna, northeast of occupied al Quds (East Jerusalem), according to the ministry.
By day's end, Palestinian rescue teams said a 19-year-old Palestinian, Khaled Jawabrah, was shot dead by Israeli forces in clashes near Al-Khalil (Hebron), in the south of the West bank.
Nearly 100 Palestinians have been shot dead and more than 2,000 others wounded by Israeli soldiers in occupied Al Quds, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.