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Friday, 14 June 2019

Israel Issues an Order to Confiscate Palestinian Lands in Nablus

Scores of  Palestinians demonstrated afternoon Friday in a protest against an Israeli order of seizing 
20 dunams of Palestinians land in  Deir Alhatab and Azmout villages in the south of Nablus.

This order comes for the settlers purposes to open a bypass road for illegal settlement  Alon Morey  which also will prevent Palestinians land owners to access to their lands that exist behind the road.
Locals  said that Israel attacked protesters and injured 5, one of them a journalist using sound bombs and rubber bullets.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Palestine TV that Alon Morey settlement was one of the isolated settlement according to the classification of Netanyahu but giving the American green light from  president Trump encouraged every settlement to expand on the context of Palestinians land. “

He added that Palestinians who want to go to their lands behind the road, need to have permits to access through this road which Israel declared it as a closed military zone.”

The bypass road is one of the Israeli open policies  that put into practice after Oslo agreement between Israelis and Palestinians in 1993  for the sake of building roads to military and settlers use.

It is noteworthy that building bypass roads completely depend on verbal orders are given to soldiers and not stated in legislation or official papers.

According to a report  published by B’Tselem said that these bypass roads are discriminatory and violate two fundamental human rights: the right to equality and the right to freedom of movement besides humiliating Palestinians on checkpoints and many restrictions that confiscate Palestinians daily life.

However, Israel intensifies working to increase constructing bypass roads inside the occupied Palestinian territories to connect the Israeli settlements with each other and segregate the Palestinian communities and towns as a part of its policy to seize control over the Palestinian land and impose facts on the ground.


Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Is breakfast really the most important meal?!

"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" was first used for commercial purposes in the mid 19th century to sell newly invented breakfast cereal food stuffs.

However, researchers found out that breakfast meal can affect humans physically and mentally. Breakfast immediately raises the energy level of the body, increasing vigor and vitality. It reduces blood cortisol levels and helps control appetite, which over the long-term, can significantly impact on body composition. Breakfast also increases cognitive function and the ability to concentrate.

A team of researchers of Cardiff University in Wales, Britain found that those who regularly had breakfast performed better than their peers who skipped that meal.

Nutritionists say the body needs a strong energy booster in the morning to fully wake up from its night-time break.

“People who leave the house without eating anything in the morning tend to have trouble focusing,” says Harald Seitz, of the German Federal Nutrition Centre.

But Is there a link between breakfast meal and obesity ?!

A study was conducted by the Institute of Population Health monitored the breakfast habits of more than 1,500 Canadian pre-school children. The authors concluded that eating breakfast every day “is associated with having a healthy body weight, likely due to a more even distribution of energy intake across meals throughout the day.”

Furthermore, researchers at the University of Milan released a report arguing that skipping breakfast may lead to overeating later in the day, “possibly leading to weight gain over time and deleterious changes in risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.” The authors concluded that eating breakfast regularly “may reduce the risk of chronic diseases due to the potential impact on the composition of the overall diet.”

More researches are coming up to find other relations of a breakfast meal to the human body. But it appears that breakfast is an important meal.

Nutritionists say that breakfast meals should be healthy that provide a variety of nutrients but sweets, cake, and fizzy drinks don`t belong on the breakfast table because they do provide the body with energy, but they contain few vitamins, minerals and trace elements if any.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Palestinian Refugees Face Serious Crisis over UNRWA Controversial Situation

Scores of UNRWA employees demonstrate today Monday against US policy in cutting the fund to the agency.

In a speech by the head of UNRWA staff union, Ameer Al-Meshal said that U.S fund cuts threaten to put the vital services at risk and he called to enable UNRWA to carry out its duties towards Palestinian refugees.

The development of UNRWA crisis comes after Trump decision to withhold $65 million of a planned $125 million funding installment. “We would like to see some reforms be made,” said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, adding that changes are needed to the way the agency operates and is funded. “This is not aimed at punishing anyone.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the move and accused the agency of perpetuating the Palestinian refugee problem and narrative of erasing Zionism, "This is the first time this thing is challenged. It’s a good thing that they’re moving forward and challenging this body.”

In contrast, The Israeli army warned the government in a report that without US financial aid, the PA “would find it difficult to maintain the capabilities of its security forces and [then] its desire to continue coordination with Israel.”

While Palestinian officials considered this decision to put additional pressure on PA after the late criticized U.S biased policy and called for alternative just peace broker.

Trump decision to recognize Jerusalem, the capital of Israel has angered Palestinians and has been condemned by many European and Arab counties and it was rejected by U.N because it violates the International conventions and threatens peace in the middle east.

The Palestinian envoy to Washington, Husam Zomlot, said, “Palestinian refugees and children’s access to basic humanitarian services, such as food, health care, and education, is not a bargaining chip but the US and international obligation.” He added, "Heeding Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu's zero-sum game to take Jerusalem off the table and now attempting to dismantle UNRWA, thinking that it would relinquish the rights of Palestinian refugees is a fallacy."

The UN’s aid agency for Palestinian refugees announced last Wednesday the launch of an international fundraising campaign to cover the shortfall in the budget caused by the US decision. In the statement, the Commissioner-General, Pierre Krahenbuhl warned that “this reduced contribution threatens one of the most successful and innovative human development endeavors in the Middle East.” And he called on the agency’s partners, including host countries and donors to continue to support UNRWA and in creating new funding alliances and initiatives to ensure the continued effectiveness of its programmes. "At stake is the access of 525,000 boys and girls in 700 UNRWA schools and their future. At stake is the dignity and human security of millions of Palestine refugees [and] access of refugees to primary health care, including prenatal care and other life-saving services,” added Mr. Krähenbühl in the statement.

Furthermore, many global NGOs condemned the trump decision, Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said in a Twitter post late on Tuesday that Washington was "holding Palestinian kids' humanitarian needs hostage to political agendas".

Palestinian refugees who live now in a serious situation that faces a drastic deterioration in different aspects of life due to Israeli policy that violated International agreements and stands as a blocking obstacle against peace and prosperity of Palestinians.

Nafez Barakat, A Palestinian live in Gaza strip said, " If they cut the aids, we will not be able to live. We depend on UNRWA that is obliged to provide services because we are refugees ."

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) was established by the U.N. General Assembly in 1949 after hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled from their homes in the 1948 war that followed Israel’s creation which Palestinians call it the "Nakba". The agency focuses on providing health care, education, and social services to Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. And it aids five million registered Palestinian refugees in the Middle East.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Israel to deduct tax money from Palestinians over inflammatory kites

Israel plans to deduct from tax funds it collects for the Palestinians to compensate Israelis living near the Gaza Strip who have fallen victim to a wave of arson attacks.

Israel has been battling fires caused by kites rigged with incendiary devices or attached to burning rags launched by Palestinians in Gaza due to Israeli excessive force used against Palestinians in Great March of Return rallies.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted on Sunday that he had asked for the deduction.

The kites have been flown by Gazans who have staged weekly protests since late March, during which more than 120 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli army fire and injured thousands.

On Monday, the Israeli military said it fired at two Palestinians who were attempting to breach the border fence, killing one of them.

The Palestinian Authority condemned the move, saying it would violate past agreements signed with Israel and called it “robbery and cowardly aggression” against the Palestinians.

Israel collects some taxes and customs on behalf of the Palestinians, which it transfers monthly.

The statement from Mr. Netanyahu’s office on Sunday did not disclose how much would be deducted.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Israeli demolish some buildings in east Jerusalem

Israeli Bulldozers demolished on Wednesday, a Palestinian home, hair salon, a barn and a Palestinian home funded by EU in different parts of Jerusalem under the pretext of having no .building license

Many army jeeps and bulldozers, in addition to police officers and workers of the City Council invaded Shu’fat neighborhood, after isolating it, and demolished a home and a barn, owned by Saleh Abu Khdeir.

Abu Khdeir told the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) that his home was 115 square meters and was built in 2006, but he and his family were only able to inhabit it in 2012, after completing all the needed work and furnishing.

He added that the City Council issued the demolition order in October 2017, but Abu Khdeir managed to obtain a court order halting the demolition until further deliberations are held, but the soldiers went ahead and demolished the property.

The house that funded by UN  was owned by Hani Abu-Eweeda and a 13-member family lived inside it.

The Palestinians who owned these buildings did not get a prior notice by the Israeli authorities.

These measures are part of an Israeli plan to evacuate the area from its Palestinian residents so it can carry out the 12,000-dunam Israeli settlement project E1 which will separate East Jerusalem from the West Bank.
EU member states have previously denied the Israeli policy of targeting Palestinian facilities built 
with EU funds in area C, which is fully under Israeli occupation control, considering it opposed to international law.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Palestinian Foreign Ministry Calls Guatemala’s Jerusalem Embassy Move ‘Shameful’

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry on Monday condemned the Guatemala`s decision to move its 
embassy to Jerusalem and it described this move as” shameful “.

“It’s a shameful and illegal act that goes totally against the wishes of church leaders in Jerusalem” 
and violates a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution condemning the US move, the ministry said in a statement.

“The state of Palestine considers this as a flagrant act of hostility against the inalienable rights of the 
Palestinian people and international law,” it added.

“The state of Palestine will act with regional and international partners to oppose this illegal decision,” the ministry stressed.

Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales announced that the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first country to follow the lead of US President Donald Trump in ordering the change.

Guatemala was one of nine countries that voted with the United States and Israel on Thursday when the UN general assembly overwhelmingly adopted a non-binding a resolution denouncing Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

No other the country has their embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, though the Czech Republic has said it is considering such a move.

US President announced early December that Washington would be recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital, stressing that the United States would relocate the embassy in the occupied lands from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.

The move was hailed by Israel but condemned by the rest of the international community as one which undermines the peace talks.

Washington’s al-Quds move has raised a chorus of outcry across the international community. The Muslim world, the UN, world leaders from Europe to the Middle East to Australia and even US allies in the West have criticized the bid, saying it would plunge the already tumultuous region into new upheaval.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in a statement issued following an extraordinary summit in Turkey’s Istanbul, declared East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine “under occupation” and urged the US to withdraw from the peace process and back down from its Jerusalem decision.

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) overwhelmingly passed a non-binding a resolution condemning US President’s decision and called on states not to move their diplomatic missions to the sacred city. Only nine countries voted directly against the resolution, while 56 others either abstained or did not cast a ballot. The UN resolution passed overwhelmingly in the body’s General Assembly with 128 countries voting in favor of it.

The UNGA vote followed the US veto of a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution. All other UNSC members voted in favor of a motion to rescind Donald Trump’s move.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Israel approves to build 176 settlements in Jerusalem

The Local Committee for Planning and Construction in the Jerusalem municipality is expected to approve on Wednesday a plan to expand the Israeli settlements of Nof Zion in east Jerusalem, Israeli media reported.

If the plan of constructing new buildings is approved, Nof Zion will be the biggest Israeli settlement in Arab areas of east Jerusalem.
For now, there are 91 housing units in the neighborhood, which is surrounded by the southeastern Arab neighborhood of Jebel Mukaber.

In 1994, the construction of 395 housing units was approved, and in the early 2000s the first phase of the project saw the construction of the current 91 housing units in Nof Zion.
Left-wing NGO Peace Now condemned the future move, saying that the expansion of settlements in east Jerusalem will harm Israel’s international status and will be a big obstacle to achieve the two-state solution.”