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Palestine: Knesset candidate calls for bombing Aqsa Mosque’s Dome of the Rock, southern Jenin stormed & arrests

Knesset candidate calls for bombing Aqsa Mosque’s Dome of the Rock

NAZARETH, (PIC)– A Knesset candidate from the Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish house) party called for blowing up the Aqsa Mosque’s Dome of the Rock and building the alleged Jewish temple in its place.

According to Hatnua, a rival party, Habayit Hayehudi’s candidate Jeremy Gimpel, publically discussed the destruction of the Dome of the Rock and its replacement with a Jewish temple, during a recent lecture he gave in Florida.

A video of the lecture was broadcast on the Israeli channel 2 on Friday. Gimpel is heard asking those attending the lecture to imagine a scenario in which the Dome of the Rock “was bombed” to make room for the alleged Jewish temple.

Hatnua party filed a petition with the central election committee to disqualify candidate Gimpel because his remarks on the Dome of the Rock could trigger widespread violence in the region.

In another incident, the Israeli newspaper Jerusalem said the Israeli municipal council issued last week demolition orders against two Palestinian Mosques in Tur town and Bab Al-Amoud neighborhood east of Jerusalem.

It added that that the orders were issued after Aryeh King, director of the Israel land fund and a noted right-wing figure, filed a complaint about the two Mosques.

The newspaper quoted Meir Margalit, head of the Israeli committee against house demolitions, as saying that this move is an attempt by the municipal council to ignite the middle east and please the Zionist right-wing forces and their supporters.


Jewish settlers storm southern Jenin, close main street

JENIN, (PIC)– Jewish settlers stormed the site of the evacuated settlement of Homesh to the south of Jenin at dawn Sunday and closed the Jenin-Nablus main road.

Local sources in the nearby Seelat Al-Dhaher village said that settlers tried to attack citizens’ houses at the outskirts of the village and insulted them while chanting racist anti-Arab slogans.

A number of those settlers also set up a roadblock at the Jenin-Nablus main road and blocked traffic under protection of Israeli occupation forces.

The settlers routinely attack the Homesh site and damage in the process Palestinian olive trees and fields.


IOF soldiers arrest two citizens in Bethlehem, summon 11 in Yatta

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up two Palestinian youths in Abayat area, east of Bethlehem city, at dawn Sunday.

Local sources said that the young men were blindfolded and handcuffed, adding that both are 19 years old.

They said that the soldiers stormed their families’ homes and searched them, noting that soldiers stormed the home of a third family but no one was arrested.

Meanwhile, IOF soldiers burst into the towns of Sa’eer, Halhoul, and Yatta, south of Al-Khalil, and a number of suburbs in Al-Khalil city.

Local sources said that the soldiers broke into the home of Ratib Al-Jabour, the coordinator of the popular committees in Yatta, and handed his two sons, Shady and Louay, summonses for intelligence questioning.

Jabour said that the soldiers searched many houses in the town including his and served summonses to 11 young men.


IOF troops nabbed 83 Palestinians last week

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up 83 Palestinians in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem over the past week.

A statistics report by Hamas in the West Bank said on Saturday that IOF soldiers detained those Palestinians at military roadblocks and during raids on their homes.

It said that Al-Khalil topped the list with 17 detainees from that province followed by 16 from Bethlehem while 13 were taken from occupied Jerusalem.

The report pointed out that the detainees included Hamas leaders Jamal Al-Tawil from El-Bireh and Bajes Nakhla from Jalazoun refugee camp near Ramallah.


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