19 | 09 | 2019

An 18-year-old Palestinian search-and-rescue service volunteer died from wounds on Wednesday morning, March 27, after being shot a few hours earlier with live ammunition fired by Israeli military forces that entered a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

According to the Communist daily newspaper Al Ittihad, Sajed Abed al-Hakim Mizher died on Wednesday morning from wounds he sustained during predawn clashes with Israeli forces in the Dheisheh refugee camp in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem. Palestinian medical sources confirmed the death of the young paramedic volunteer who was wearing his reflective vest when he was mortally shot.

The United Nations Humans Rights Council voted Friday, March 22, to adopt a report accusing Israel of war crimes for its handling of Palestinians protests on the border with Gaza Strip. Twenty-three countries voted to in favor of the measure, with nine opposing it. Another 14 countries abstained, while one was absent.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, on the behalf of its 95 million members in 130 countries on the five continents, is strongly opposing the fact that Greek private and public companies have expressed their interest in constructing and expanding the Israeli metro/tram Green Line, inside the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem.

The Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA), a coalition consisting of more than 80 international organizations working in the occupied Palestinian territory, has said that the transfer of a population, whether by force or not, violates international law, including the international humanitarian law.

AIDA’s remark was in reaction to Israeli government plans to evict the Palestinian Sabbagh family from its home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem in order to turn it over to Jewish settlers who claim ownership of the Sabbagh home.

At least one Palestinian minor was killed and 41 others were injured, three of them seriously, by live ammunition or rubber-coated bullets on Friday, February 22, when Israeli forces attacked the weekly Great March of Return protests along Gaza-Israel border, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

A Palestinian teenager, Hassan Nofal, 17, died on Tuesday, February 12, of the wounds he sustained when he was shot by Israeli forces last Friday, February 8, during the Great March of Return protests along the borderline area to the east of al-Bureij refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip, medical sources at the Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir el-Balah said. The youth was from the al-Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Israeli authorities shot and killed three Palestinians and demolished 20 Palestinian-owned buildings in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem between January 15 and 28, according to the latest report issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory.

The report by OCHA indicates that three Palestinians, including a minor, were shot and killed by Israeli forces in three separate incidents in the West Bank. This brings the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank since the beginning of December 2018 to a total of 11.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will end all its projects assisting refugees in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip on January 31st following the US administration’s decision to cut funding to the Palestinians. The decision has been confirmed by Dave Harden, former USAID Mission Director and Managing Director of the Georgetown Strategy Group.

The media office of the Palestinian CP condemned the decision of the "Zionist entity" to close the schools of UNRWA (The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) in Jerusalem.

The Palestinian CP considered this step as "a serious escalation by the state entity of Israel" against the rights of the Palestinian people. The statement expressed that this decision is an attempt by this state "to write off the right of the Palestinian people to return and to Judaize the city of Jerusalem"

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exercise of the presidency of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (NAM), participated on Tuesday in the first quarterly debate of the Security Council of the United Nations (UN), on the “Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question”, in which it reiterated its solidarity with the Palestinian people and renewed its commitment to continue coordinating international efforts to promote a just, lasting, comprehensive and peaceful solution to the Palestine Question.

In Ramallah and Gaza City, five left-wing Palestinian factions have announced the formation of a united front named the Palestinian Democratic Alliance. The alliance was formed with the culmination of meetings between the constituent organizations that commenced in August 2016.

According to last Friday’s weekend edition of Al-Ittihad, the daily newspaper of the Communist Party of Israel (CPI), the alliance was formed to serve as a political body capable of putting an end to both the Palestinian division and the political dominance of the two main political movements, Fatah and Hamas.

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