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Palestine: Islamic landmarks obliterated, trees uprooted, “Israeli” medics endanger prisoners’ lives & arrests

IOA continues to obliterate Islamic landmarks around Mughrabi Gate

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said that the occupation authorities have continued the excavations and destruction around the Mughrabi Gate.

The foundation concerned with monitoring the Israeli violations against the Islamic sanctities noted in a press statement on Thursday that the ‘Sharansky Proposal’ and the Israeli government plans in Al-Buraq area “represent part of a comprehensive plan to Judaize the whole area, which includes Al-Mughrabi Gate and Al-Buraq Wall.

“Both places form an integral part of the Islamic heritage in the area … they were forcefully seized by the Israeli occupation authority, which has been destroying and judaizing them. However, their Islamic identity cannot be changed with time.” Al-Aqsa Foundation said.

It said that it has recently monitored acceleration in the excavations and destruction around the Mughrabi Gate, and charged that the occupation has been creating empty spaces underground for building synagogues that will be linked to the rest of the Buraq Square.

The Foundation called for unifying the Islamic and Arab efforts to confront the IOA and stop its dangerous attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque and the city of Jerusalem.

For his part, Dr. Ismail Radwan, Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs in Gaza, warned that Al-Aqsa Mosque had entered a very critical stage, in light of the escalating Israeli Judaization schemes.

Dr. Radwan said in a statement on Thursday that the IOA has continued the construction works in the project of “Beit Strauss” in Al-Buraq Square, western Al-Aqsa Mosque, after it had demolished facades of ancient buildings belonging to the Islamic endowments, nearly a month ago.

He pointed out that the excavations aim to implement big Judaization schemes and to drastically change the Buraq Square.

The Minister demanded the Arab and Islamic nations, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Islamic organizations and the nation’s scholars to take serious action to stop the Israeli practices against the Islamic holy sites.

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Jewish settlers uproot dozens of trees in al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Jewish settlers from Bat Ayin settlement, built on Palestinian land in Beit Ummar town in al-Khalil, resumed on Thursday their attacks on Palestinian farmers, uprooting dozens of trees for the fifth time in a row this year and for the second time in two weeks.

Groups of Jewish settlers stormed on Thursday an agricultural land owned by Hammad Salibi in the town of Beit Ummar where they uprooted about a hundred fruitful trees, spokesman for the Popular Committee Against settlement said.

The settlers wrote racist graffiti that read “Death to Arabs”, “Price Tag”, and several other racist and fascist graffiti, threatening to kill the land’s owner, he added.

The spokesman pointed out that the settlers’ repeated attacks aimed to confiscate the land in order to expand their settlement.

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IOF soldiers open machinegun fire at residential areas, farmland

KHAN YOUNIS, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) opened heavy machinegun fire at residential quarters and farmland to the east of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, on Friday morning.

Local sources told the PIC reporter that the shooting focused on the eastern outskirts of Qarara town and Zanna area to the east of Khan Younis city.

They said that the soldiers on board military jeeps opened fire at those areas and on agricultural land near them, but no casualties were reported.

The IOF raided the same area on Thursday in the third such incursion over the past three days.

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“Israeli” Medics Endanger Palestinian Prisoners’ Lives, Issawi to “Israel”: Waiting to Free My Memory from You

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Human rights violations by medics working for “Israel’s” prison service are endangering the lives of Palestinian inmates, especially hunger strikers.

The so-called “Physicians for Human Rights-“Israel”” strongly urged the transfer of responsibility for prisoners’ health from the “Israel” Prisons Service in order to ensure detainees’ health was put ahead of “security considerations”.

“Medical ethics and human rights violations carried out by the IPS, specifically by prison medical practitioners… endangered the lives of prisoners and detainees on hunger strike,” PHR said in a report.

The abuses it cited included “preventing independent physicians from examining and monitoring the medical condition of hunger strikers… and blocking the transfer of prisoners on hunger strike to civilian hospitals.”

The deteriorating health of several prisoners on long-term hunger strike in “Israeli” jails prompted thousands of other prisoners to stage shorter-term fasts and sparked widespread protests on the Palestinian street.

It said the prison medical service “operates according to political and security considerations rather than medical considerations…”

The group claimed the responsibility for health issues should be transferred from the prisons service to the “Israeli” health ministry.

Meanwhile, in a related development Haaretz “Israeli” newspaper printed excerpts from a letter addressed to “Israelis” from long-term hunger striker Samer Issawi, who medics say is very close to death’s door after refusing food since August.

“I am Samer al-Issawi, ‘one of them Arabs’ in your army’s terms. That al-Makdissi you locked up for no good reason but that he decided to leave al-Quds to the city’s outskirts,” he said.

“Hear my voice, the voice of remaining time- mine and yours… Don’t forget those you have incarcerated in prison and camps, between the iron doors that imprison your consciousness,” he wrote.

“I’m not waiting for a prison guard to free me, I’m waiting for the one who frees you of my memory.”

According to Haaretz, Issawi handed the letter to several “Israeli” women who had begun visiting Kaplan hospital in Rehovot where he being held.

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IOF arrests 16 citizens in the West Bank including disabled person

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested at dawn Thursday 16 citizens from different parts in the occupied West Bank, and raided a number of houses.

Large number of Israeli soldiers and military vehicles raided and searched houses in Aida refugee camp in the south of Bethlehem, southern the occupied West Bank, and arrested two young men in their twenties.

Local sources reported that the detainees were transferred to Etzion detention center in Bethlehem.

The Aida refugee camp has witnessed on Wednesday evening violent clashes, during which two young men were wounded by rubber bullets while a number of other citizens suffered suffocation.

In al-Khalil, in the south of the occupied West Bank, the IOF arrested on Thursday morning the disabled liberated prisoner Moataz Abido, 32, during raid into his shop, only one month after his release from the Israeli jails.

The captive’s father told PIC’s reporter that shots were heard during the arrest of his son, and that he found traces of blood on the ground after his son was detained.

Abido family expressed concern that Moataz might have been shot during his arrest.

It also held the occupation full responsibility for the patient captive, who suffers from a very difficult health condition.

Prisoner Moataz Abido has been arrested several times before. He had been also held under administrative detention for two years with no trial.

The occupation troops arrested last night in Qalqiliya governorate two students at An-Najah National University, after raiding and searching their homes. They both are former detainees in the PA’s jails.

In Tulkarem, the IOF arrested on Thursday morning a 20-year-old man after raiding his home and transferred him to an unknown destination.

Ten youths have also been arrested in the village of Burin, south of Nablus, during raids into a number of houses. The IOF released 6 of the detainees before leaving the village at five in the morning.

Meanwhile; the Israeli soldiers raided at dawn Thursday several neighborhoods in the city of al-Khalil and its surroundings.

Eyewitnesses told PIC that large number of soldiers and military vehicles broke into the neighborhood of Nimra, the area of Wadi al-Harya and the Salam Street, and then stationed near the area of Ras al-Jura and at the northern entrance to the al-Khalil city.

The witnesses added that the military patrols were deployed on the road between al-Khalil and Bethlehem, where the soldiers stopped and searched some vehicles. No arrests have been reported.

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