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Palestinian/ Israeli update 11/28/2016.. Netanyahu thanks Palestinian Authority leader Abbas for helping out with fires

Monday, November 28, 2016 20:42
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Israeli forces arrested a legislator with the Gaza-based Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, along with nearly a dozen other Palestinians during separate operations across the occupied West Bank. On Monday, a large number of Israeli troopers raided the home of 60-year-old Azzam Nuaman Salhab in the city of Hebron, situated 30 kilometers south of Jerusalem, and arrested him, presstv reported. Israeli forces have detained Salhab on multiple occasions in the past. The Palestinian lawmaker was last released from the Israeli custody in July 2015. He has been held each time under Israel’s policy of administrative detention, which is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The jail term is extendable an infinite number of times. Some prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years without any charges brought against them. Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes to express their outrage at the detentions.

Also early on Monday, Israeli forces broke into several homes in Hebron, making a number of arrests. Anas Hatim Qafisha, the son of Hamas-affiliated lawmaker Hatem Qafisha, was among those arrested. Elsewhere in Jalazone refugee camp and the central West Bank town of Qatanna, three Palestinians were arrested when Israeli forces raided a number of houses and ransacked them. Additionally, Israeli forces stormed several houses in the central West Bank city of Bethlehem and Jalazone refugee camp, located seven kilometers north of Ramallah, and arrested four Palestinians.

The occupied Palestinian territories have been the scene of heightened tensions since August 2015, when Israel imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Eastern Jerusalem. Palestinians say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the sacred site. More than 260 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces during the tensions since the beginning of last October.

Israeli PM Netanyahu thanks Palestinian Authority leader Abbas for helping out with fires

‘We should burn down Arab villages – this is war!’

An Israeli Jewish man was arrested Saturday evening, after he posted a message on Facebook, calling for arson attacks on Arab villages in retaliation for the recent wave of terror arsons against Israeli communities. Hundreds of fires broke out across Israel last week, with the security establishment blaming acts of arson for roughly half of the blazes. The remaining fires have been attributed to the unseasonably dry, windy weather. The arson attacks destroyed more than 400 homes in Haifa and forced 85,000 residents to flee. Dozens of homes in other towns across Israel have also been destroyed. In response to the wave of arson attacks, Yair Grinshpan, 37, posted a series of messages last week calling for acts of retribution on Arab villages. “[There are] people trying to burn us, I’m in favor of burning them back,” Grinshpan wrote last Thursday on Facebook. Later that day Grinshpan added: “The fate of Haifa and Jerusalem will be the fate of [the Arab city of] Umm El-Fahm – burn them in revenge, those bastards.” “Just burn Arab villages in revenge; this is war,” added Grinshpan, “for all the leftists who believe in peace, know that the Palestinian Authority is happily calling for more places [in Israel] to be torched.” Then, on Friday, Grinshpan appeared to praise some reprisal arsons against Arabs, though it is unclear which, if any, incidents he was referring, as none were observed.

“Thank God, we’re burning them too.” On Saturday evening police took Grinshpan into custody for alleged incitement to violence after receiving a complaint regarding his comments. Grinshpan was released on Sunday. Police have arrested 37 individuals suspected of arson, 18 of them Israeli Arabs. In addition, five individuals are under investigation for incitement to commit arson, including two Arabs and five Jewish Israelis.

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