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Palestine: New legislation in courts, warnings against Israeli plan to take over Al-Aqsa, more land theft & arrests

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A racist regulation bars Palestinians from going to Israeli courts

NAZARETH, (PIC)– Israel’s Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman signed a new regulation which prevents Palestinians and immigrants who do not carry Israeli IDs or passports from filing lawsuits in Israeli courts.

Haaretz newspaper reported on Monday that under the new amendments and regulations, signed by Neeman, Palestinians, being harmed whether by Israeli army or settlers, will be unable to file a complaint before the Israeli courts to demand compensation.

Oded Feller, a lawyer for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, said the new regulation, which will take effect on September 1, will mainly affect Palestinians who file hundreds of compensation lawsuits annually against the Israeli army.

He added that he sent a letter to Israel’s Justice Minister warning him that the new regulation will affect many people, noting that “the right to file lawsuits in Israeli courts is a fundamental right in the Israeli judiciary”.

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Aqsa Foundation warns against Israeli plan to take over Al-Aqsa

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage (AFEH) has warned against the Likud MK and coalition chairman Ze’ev Elkin’s statements that called for preventing Muslims from accessing the Aqsa mosque in Jewish holidays similar to the Ibrahimi Mosque.

The Foundation said that the Israeli occupation authority aims at implementing this scheme in mid-September in conjunction with the Jewish New Year festival.

AFEH called on the Arab and Muslim world to intervene immediately to stop the implementation of such serious scheme, demanding the Jerusalemite and West Bank people to intensify their presence in the Aqsa Mosque.

The Foundation pointed out that it has long warned against the Israeli schemes to split the Aqsa mosque between Muslims and Jews, considering the settlers’ repeated storming of the mosque as a prelude to further escalation.

Meanwhile, the Foundation stated in a separate statement that a palm tree planted near the Aqsa mosque suddenly fell on Sunday evening.

The Foundation said that Israeli excavations under the Aqsa mosque or spraying unknown substances on trees are the reason for the fall of that tree, adding that it has monitored the loss of several trees in the area in recent months.

AFEH said that Israeli forces and settlers have in the past sprayed unknown substances on trees, which resulted in their loss. Israel has placed a substantial number of security cameras on the roof of the western wall of the Aqsa mosque and the trees could be an impediment before those cameras, it added.

The Foundation has proposed formation of a committee of Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim engineers and agronomists to examine professionally and scientifically such cases.

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Expansion of settlement south of Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) expanded the boundaries of Nevi Daniel settlement built on land of El-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, where they confiscated new Palestinian land and blocked access before its owners.

The coordinator of the Counter-Segregation Wall Committee, Ahmed Salah, said that a military barricade erected on Daniel’s settlement has been moved 400 meters deep into Palestinian lands while a security control room was built on the new entrance.

At least 300 acres of Palestinian lands have been annexed as a result of this procedure which means that Palestinian landlords cannot have access to their land unless they obtain Israeli entry permits, he explained.

He added that these procedures come as part of occupation plans aimed at the construction of a large tourism project in the district including construction of hotels and parks.

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IOF soldiers arrest six Palestinians including two children

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up six Palestinians in Al-Khalil and Bethlehem at dawn Monday including two children, local sources said.

The sources said that the soldiers arrested a 27-year-old man and two children in the Old City of Al-Khalil.

They said that Mohammed Atef, 14, and his brother Mahmoud, 13, were detained at a roadblock near the Ibrahimi mosque then taken in an Israeli police car, which is always parked near the mosque, to an unknown location.

The sources pointed out that soldiers stormed four villages in the province along with a number of suburbs in Al-Khalil city and paralyzed traffic after stopping vehicles for search. They said that a citizen was arrested in Doura town.

In Bethlehem, IOF soldiers nabbed two Palestinian youths in Taku village to the east of Bethlehem city while walking in the street.

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