The Palestinian News That Escapes Our Attention

Palestinian news sites chronicle an endless cycle of clashes with soldiers and injuries. These were the top Palestinian stories this past Saturday

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A Palestinian protester hurls back a tear gas canister towards Israeli forces during clashes in Beita, opposite the newly-established Israeli wildcat settler outpost of Eviatar, last Friday.
A Palestinian protester hurls back a tear gas canister towards Israeli forces during clashes in Beita, opposite the newly-established Israeli wildcat settler outpost of Eviatar, last Friday.Credit: JAAFAR ASHTIYEH - AFP
Amira Hass
Amira Hass

It’s another Saturday morning and here are the routine sort of headlines the reader finds on Palestinian news sites:

* In protests against the settlements on Friday, 411 people were wounded in clashes with the Israeli occupation forces south of Nablus [to which the reader supplements: And the continued organized and armed robbery of land in the West Bank] in the villages of Beita and Qusra. According to the Red Crescent, 23 people were wounded by live fire (one was hit in the chest and his condition is moderate); 260 people choked on tear gas; 70 were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets; and another 58 were injured by a fall or were burned [to which the reader concludes: The protesters fell while fleeing from the shooting soldiers. And the burns? Apparently from fires in the thistle fields and orchards that were ignited by tear gas and stun grenades fired by soldiers, or from burning tires lit by Palestinians].

* A kidney and the spleen were removed from an 18-year-old from Silwan in occupied Jerusalem after he was wounded by the occupation forces on Friday. Harbi al-Rajabi was on his way to pray at the mosque when the occupation forces raided a street in the neighborhood of Bir Ayub. They shot live fire in all directions and hit him in the back. The young man was rushed to Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem and immediately brought to surgery. The operation took three hours. Later the occupation forces stormed the hospital looking for the wounded man and demanding that they be given the bullet that had struck him. A few days ago, the occupation forces demolished a commercial structure belonging to the father of the injured man, Nidal al-Rajabi, in the Bustan neighborhood.

Palestinian Red Crescent medics evacuate an injured protestor during clashes with Israeli forces in the town of Beita, near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, last Friday.Credit: JAAFAR ASHTIYEH - AFP

Harbi, who has diabetes, has been arrested and severely beaten several times in the past [the reader supplements: By uniformed and armed Israelis who are stationed in Silwan to protect the settlers taking over the neighborhood], most recently a month ago. On one occasion, he was banned from the Old City of Jerusalem and another time, in 2018, he was banned from Silwan and placed under house arrest following a harsh interrogation. This time his injury was “a tax on our presence here,” his father said in a video posted on Facebook. He said he was thankful that the shooting had been from a distance. “Demolitions, no security in the street, no security at worship. This is the occupation. But God sees everything.”

* Intense clashes broke out between young people and the occupation forces on Friday evening in the Bir Ayub neighborhood of Silwan, after a pole with surveillance cameras of the occupation forces was set on fire. A large number of troops of the occupation forces raided the neighborhood and chased after young men. The forces shot stun grenades and live fire at the young people, who threw fireworks and firecrackers at them.

* The occupation forces on Friday dispersed a popular protest against the settlements in the area of Al-Ras west of the city of Salfit. The secretary general of Fatah in Salfit, Abd al-Sattar Awwad, said the occupation was trying to take over another 10,000 dunams (2,500 acres) in the district, lands of the villages of Deir Istiya and Qarawat Bani Hassan [the reader knows: The Salfit district is riddled with settlements, the largest of which is Ariel, and the settlers have their eye on the remaining land].

* The occupation forces forced worshippers at gunpoint to leave the ancient Tarsala Mosque, which is under renovation, near the village of Jaba south of Jenin [the reader knows: This mosque is in on the site of a former Jordanian military camp that became an Israeli base; the settlement of Sa-Nur was built nearby; both it and the military camp were evacuated in 2005]. The soldiers then collected the mosque’s furnishings and rugs and set them on fire, which led to clashes with worshippers and villagers. At least one of the protesters was hit by Israeli fire and taken to the hospital.

*The Home Front Command of the occupation army issued orders banning four residents of Jerusalem from the city for six months. They may remain only in their place of residence [the reader doesn’t fully understand what “their place of residence” means: They can walk in their neighborhood, or remain only in their home?] They have also been banned from contacting certain people. The four are former prisoners, and the order banning them was given under the British Mandate Defense (Emergency) Regulations of 1945 based on intelligence that they pose a danger to the occupation’s security. The four are Nasser Al-Hidmi, Salim Al-Jubeh, Majed Al-Jubeh and Yaqub Abu Assab.

*A vehicle was set on fire by stun and tear gas grenades fired by the occupation forces during clashes on Friday with young men at the entrance to the Al-Ram neighborhood, north of Jerusalem.

*The occupation forces arrested Hazem Nabil Saleh Adili, a young Palestinian from the village of Ousarin, south of Nablus, during clashes that broke out on the outskirts of the village. The occupation forces fired on a Red Crescent ambulance [the reader assumes that they were metal-coated rubber bullets]. The vehicle’s windshield was shattered.

*On Saturday morning, warships of the occupation forces fired on fishing boats off the Sudaniya beach in northern Gaza. According to the monitoring committee of crimes by the occupation against fishermen, the boats were in an area where Israel allows fishing. No injuries were reported.