For Palestinians, Ramadan concludes as Israelis make more arrests

RAMALLAH (Parliament Politics Magazine) – On the penultimate day of Ramadan, the Israeli army intensified its arrest and raid operation against Palestinians in many West Bank cities and towns.

It arrested 12 Palestinians from Qarawat Bani Hassan, Sanur, Merka, the Jalazoun refugee camp,   the Balata refugee camp in Nablus and Salem town.

There were conflicts between the youths of Palestine and Israeli armed forces, with five Palestinian youngsters being injured by bullets.

The Shin Bet security service and the army conducted an engineering examination of the house of the perpetrators of Friday’s Ariel settlement attack, which resulted in the death of an Israeli security guard, according to an Israeli spokesperson.

The Israeli army reported on Saturday that the culprits of the attack in a house in the hamlet of Qarawat Bani Hassan near Salfit had been apprehended. The weapons that were used in the incident were confiscated.

During Ramadan, 18 Palestinians were murdered by Israeli gunshots, according to medical sources.

The Foreign Ministry of Palestine urged the US to put pressure on Israel to end its policy of collective punishment against Palestinians and to fulfil its duties without discriminating.

In a statement, the ministry stated that the US government’s desire to de-escalate the situation must be supported by the implementation of its promises, particularly its positions on equal rights to prosperity, dignity, and freedom for both parties.

The occupying military and atrocities of the settler’s militia on Palestinians in towns and villages of Palestine were condemned by the government.

Because of Israel’s Independence Day, Israel is enforcing a security closure on the Gaza Strip crossings and the West Bank from May 3 through the evening of May 6. The decision to end the closure, according to an Israeli army spokesperson, will be based on the security situation on the ground.

The Israeli army says it will perform military drills in Wadi Ara next week to prepare its forces for clashes erupting in mixed towns, similar to the events of May last year.

The operations will be large-scale, according to Israeli sources, and will be based on the lessons learnt from the “Guardian of the Fences” operation against Hamas in May of last year.

The drills will simulate a number of scenarios, including moving the battle from Lebanon and Gaza to Jerusalem and the West Bank, including mixed cities such as Jerusalem, Haifa, Ramle, Lod, and others, as well as closing several major roads and relying on special forces to handle any confrontations.

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics claimed in a statement on Labor Day that the number of workers in Palestine was about 1.3 million, with 630,000 in the West Bank, 259,000 in Gaza, and 145,000 in Israel and colonies.

According to the report, the number of Palestinians who are unemployed rose to 372,000 in 2021, up from 335,000 in 2020.

Eleni Kyriakou

Eleni is a journalist and analyst at Parliament Magazine focusing on European News and current affairs. She worked as Press and Communication Office – Greek Embassy in Lisbon and Quattro Books Publications, Canada. She is Multilingual with a good grip of cultures, eye in detail, communicative, effective. She holds Master in degree from York University.