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Palestine: Foundation unveils plans to build Jewish structures near Aqsa Mosque, construction of hundreds of housing units, demolition orders & arrests

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Aqsa foundation unveils plans to build Jewish structures near Aqsa Mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage on Sunday revealed Israeli plans to build a number of Jewish projects, including a synagogue at Al-Maghariba Gate area west of the Aqsa Mosque.

This came in a news conference held by the foundation in the presence of Sheikh Ra’ed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in the 1948 occupied lands, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, head of the higher Islamic commission in Jerusalem, and Mohamed Zaidan, director of the Aqsa foundation.

During the conference, the foundation presented pictures, maps and documents showing the demolition of historical Islamic monuments at Al-Maghariba Gate in order to build Jewish structures including a police station, a synagogue and a museum.

Sheikh Salah stated that the conference was held as the holy city and the Aqsa Mosque comes through a difficult time, stressing that Al-Buraq Wall square is an Islamic site belonging to all Muslims and part of the Arab history in the city.

Sheikh Salah warned that the Israeli occupation regime wants to attach a huge Jewish center to the Aqsa Mosque and make it part of its courtyard and the tunnels built beneath its foundations.

The head of the Islamic Movement announced that a sit-in tent would be established in Jerusalem for three days as of next Thursday in protest at the serious Israeli violations against the Jerusalemite people and their holy city.

Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, in turn, strongly denounced the Israeli regime for razing the Islamic ruins and monuments at Al-Maghariba Gate area and described it as an act targeting the Aqsa Mosque and the Muslims

“There are no Jewish ruins in this area, so the occupation will work hard to build a synagogue and its own structures in order to claim it as its own, and this a clear act of fraud against the history and the truth,” Sheikh Sabri underlined.

“There had never been one synagogue near the Aqsa Mosque, and any claims in this regard are pure fabrications,” he added.

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IOA gives green light for construction of hundreds of new housing units

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli war ministry has approved the construction of 346 new housing units in West Bank settlements.

The Hebrew radio on Monday quoted the ministry as saying that 200 houses would be built in Taku and 136 in Nokdim.

It said that the ministry had invited tenders last month for the construction of 200 other houses in Gush Etzion, near Bethlehem.

Jewish settlements in the West Bank are deemed illegal by the international community since they are built in occupied lands.

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“Israel” orders demolition of 15 homes in Kafr Qassem town

NAZARETH, (PIC)– The Israel land authority (ILA) issued demolition notices against 15 Palestinian homes in Kafr Qassem town, 20 kilometers east of Tel Aviv, at the pretext of unlicensed construction.

An official from the town municipal council said the ILA notices demanded the owners of these houses to evacuate them and knock them down within 30 days.

He noted that the municipal council in Kafr Qassem held an emergency meeting on Sunday evening in the presence of engineers, members of popular committees and citizens to discuss the steps to be taken against these demolition orders

Nader Sarsour, head of the municipal council, told Quds Press that the Arab community in the 1948 occupied lands suffers from housing shortage and the Palestinian young couples cannot find homes to live in because the Israeli government does not allow the expansion of the residential areas in the Arab towns and villages.

Sarsour added that the Arab citizens find themselves forced to build in their towns and villages without permits because of the Israeli ban imposed since 1948 on Palestinian construction, affirming that Israel allows, even without permits, the expansion and the building of settlements and villages for Jews only.

“We will not allow anyone or any side to execute these demolitions, and whoever tries to touch an inch of any land or stone from houses, we will go to court and prevent them with all our strength,” the official emphasized.

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IOF soldiers round up 124 Palestinians in one week

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up 124 Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank over the past week, a Palestinian statistics report said on Monday.

The statement by Hamas said that 23 minors were among the detained Palestinians in addition to three women, one of them from occupied Jerusalem and was later released while two others were detained near the Ibrahimi mosque.

The statement pointed out that 16 of the detainees were recently released from PA jails while a number of others were former prisoners in Israeli occupation jails.

Hamas underlined that the IOF’s large-scale arrest campaign in the past week had focused on the movement’s MPs, leaders, and supporters.

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IOF soldiers round up six Palestinians including child, liberated prisoner

NABLUS, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the city of Nablus and roamed its suburbs before arresting a liberated prisoner while a Jerusalemite child was arrested among six Palestinians nabbed at dawn Monday.

Local sources said that the soldiers arrested Yazan Sawalha, who is a former prisoner in Israeli occupation jails, after breaking into his home in western Nablus and wreaking havoc in it.

Meanwhile, IOF soldiers arrested four Palestinians in Jenin, one in the city and three others in Seelat Al-Harithiya village after searching their homes.

In occupied Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers burst into Bustan suburb to the south of the Aqsa mosque and arrested a 13-year-old child.

Wadi Hilwa information center said that the soldiers detained Muslim Ode, 13, after barging into his family home.

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