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Palestine: Plans to divide Al Aqsa, mosque to be demolished, houses razed & olive trees destroyed

Israeli government officially starts dividing Al Aqsa Mosque

NAZARETH, (PIC)– Israeli Ministry of Religious Affairs revealed official attempts to divide Al Aqsa Mosque between Muslims and Jews, claiming that preventing Jews from performing their rituals in Al Aqsa “is a violation of freedom of worship.”

Director of the Ministry of Religious Affairs announced during the Knesset session that his ministry will seek to “amend the law” that allows the Jews to perform rituals in Al Aqsa Mosque, and said: “a parliamentary committee has been charged with studying the draft, in order to enable Jews to pray at the site.”

For his part; the Likud MK Moshe Feiglin said “How can we accept the fact that the Jews do not have the right to pray in the most sacred place for them.”

Chairperson of the Knesset Interior Committee Miri Regev noted that “preventing Jews from performing prayers on the Temple Mount represents an intolerable discrimination and a violation of freedom of worship”, as she said

The Hebrew radio revealed that the Knesset began on Wednesday morning to discuss the adoption of a law that allows increasing the number of Jewish settlers who visit Al Aqsa Mosque.

It said on Wednesday morning “the Knesset Interior Committee is discussing the issue of visits by Jews to the campus of Temple Mount,” and quoted Chairperson of the Committee Likud MK Miri Regev as saying “the Committee is examining the possibility of increasing the number of visits in a way that will not change the status quo,” as she said.

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Israeli official suggests renaming Ramallah as ‘Jerusalem’

NAZARETH, (PIC)– The Israeli mayor of the occupied city of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, rejected “any notion of Palestinian rule in any part of the city”, and has totally rejected the division of the Holy City as well.

Barkat suggested in an interview with The Times of Israel on Wednesday, that if the Palestinians wanted a capital in Jerusalem they could rename Ramallah “Jerusalem” or “northern Jerusalem.”

It was in Jerusalem’s DNA to be a united city, under sole Jewish rule, he said, adding that “Palestinian demands for some degree of sovereignty in the city were unacceptable and unworkable.”

“That kind of thinking will get us nowhere. It will get us to a dead end, to a bad deal… The answer is no separation of the city…If the world pushes us there, it’s just a matter of time before things will fall apart. It will not bring closer a resolution or a better relationship with our neighbors. There is no doubt in my mind. It will get much, much worse,” he added.

Barkat said it was “ridiculous” that Jews were not allowed to pray on the “Temple Mount”. I don’t think the Muslims should feel that enabling Jews to pray in their holiest site should be a problem, he claimed.

Israelis have made repeated threats to demolish the Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, in order to build the Jewish alleged temple in its place.

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Occupation notifies the demolition of a mosque in the Negev

NAZARETH, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authorities have notified, a few days ago, to demolish the only mosque in the village of al-Far’a in the Negev, southern the 1948-occupied Palestine, Palestinian sources said.

Atteya A’sam, head of the Regional Council of the unrecognized Arab villages in the Negev, said: “This mosque has been built since 1985. However the Israeli authorities are claiming that it is a new unauthorized building.”

A’sam added in a press statement that the demolition orders have no justification, and that they only aim is to displace the Palestinian residents, and warned of the consequences of harming the Islamic holy sites.

He also demanded the Jewish state to respect the mosques and to not drag them in the ongoing conflict between Israeli occupation and the Arab citizens in the Negev.

For his part; Arab MK Taleb Abu Arar considered in remarks to Quds Press Agency that the implementation of the demolition order against the village’s mosque has transcended all the red lines, and held the Israeli government responsible for the consequences of such procedure.

The Knesset member appealed to the Palestinian masses in the Negev and in the 1948-occupied territories to effectively participate in the activities of the Islamic movement, including the marches.

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IOF storms Ouja area near Jericho, demolishes 3 houses

JERICHO, (PIC)– The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF), escorted by a number of bulldozers, stormed Ouja area in the Jericho Governorate in the eastern West Bank and demolished three Palestinian houses on Wednesday.

Israeli bulldozers demolished 3 houses, built of brick and tin, in Ouja under the pretext that they were built in area ​​c, head of the local council in Ouja confirmed.

He pointed that the IOF did not allow the families to evacuate their three houses before the demolition process.

The head of the local council added that five other houses are threatened with demolition, as the occupation authorities have recently handed to their owners, demolition notifications.

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Jewish settlers chop down olive trees in Al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Jewish settlers chopped down 15 olive trees near Susiya area in Yatta town, south of Al-Khalil, on Wednesday.

Ratib Al-Jabour, the coordinator of the popular committee in Yatta, said that the olive trees, south east of Yatta, were more than 15 years old.

He pointed out that the same area came under settles’ attacks for three times where trees were cut off and tents were tore down in a bid to terrorize citizens out of it and annex it.

Meanwhile, other groups of settlers escorted by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) attacked Palestinian civilians in Ras Al-Joura, north of Al-Khalil city, on Wednesday.

Eyewitnesses told the PIC that IOF soldiers and settlers in 15 vehicles stormed the suburb, adding that settlers provoked citizens and together with soldiers fired at civilian homes.

They said that confrontations then took place during which young men threw stones and empty bottles at the invaders.

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