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Palestine: Marches protesting violations against Aqsa Mosque quelled, religious freedom in Jerusalem suppressed & more olive tress chopped

IOF quell marches protesting Jewish violations against Aqsa Mosque

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) violently suppressed different marches held on Friday in the West Bank to protest Israel’s violations against the Aqsa Mosque.

The march held every week in Kafr Qaddum village near Qalqiliya to demand an end to Israel’s closure of the main road was dedicated this Friday to denounce the escalating Jewish violations against Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian holy sites.

The march was held under the slogan “Jerusalem is a key to peace and a key to war,” according to its organizers.

Dozens of protestors in Kafr Qaddum march suffered injuries when the IOF responded to their chants in support of the Aqsa Mosque by firing a hail of rubber bullets and tear gas grenades at them.

In Bethlehem, the IOF also attacked two marches in the villages of Masarah and Walaja causing several injuries among the protestors.

In a related incident, violent clashes took place in Aroub refugee camp and Beit Ummar town in Al-Khalil area.

Many Palestinians suffered injuries during the events, including a young man who sustained a rubber bullet injury in his head, according to Quds Press.

In Silwad town to the east of Ramallah city, 14 Palestinians, including a journalist suffered rubber bullet injuries and many others suffocated from tear gas during clashes with Israeli soldiers.

The confrontations happened after hundreds of angry young men from Silwad marched after the Friday prayers to the Palestinian lands which the Israeli regime intends to annex to Ofra settlement.

The Palestinian villagers in the area had planned to hold the Friday prayers on these lands, which are located between Silwad and Deir Jarir towns near Ofra settlement, but the Palestinian Authority (PA) prevented them.

At the behest of the Israeli army, the PA ministry of religious affairs in Ramallah warned the Mosque imams and the residents not to pray or rally in this area, but the villagers defied the decision and decided to march to their lands after attending the Friday prayers in mosques.

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CFP accuses “Israel” of suppressing religious freedom in Jerusalem

PRETORIA, (PIC)– The Coalition for a Free Palestine (CFP), in South Africa, accused the Israeli occupation authorities of suppressing religious freedoms in Jerusalem in light of the successive Israeli aggressions against Muslims and Christians in the city.

The Coalition described in a press release on Saturday the recent Israeli practices in the occupied city of Jerusalem as racist, and denounced the policies and laws used by the occupation to confiscate the Palestinians’ rights in favor of the Israelis.

“The Zionist Judaization policies in Holy Jerusalem will never give legitimacy to the Zionist occupation of the city, which is considered an integral part of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967,” the statement said.

It also condemned the Israeli occupation procedures that impose restrictions on Jerusalemites, and monitored dozens of violations that reflect a real Zionist apartheid culture in the Palestinian occupied territories.

The Coalition denounced Israel’s attempts to desecrate the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque through providing political and security cover for the extremist rightist movements, led by settlers, to seize the mosque.

It has also denounced summoning the Grand Mufti of Palestine Sheikh Mohammed Hussein for investigation.

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Sheikh Salah: We must defend all mosques throughout occupied Palestine

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Sheikh Ra’ed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in the 1948 occupied lands, urged the Palestinians to defend all of their mosques in the occupied territories against the Israeli violations and not to neglect them.

His remarks came in response to the Israeli decision to demolish the female section of Mohamed Al-Fateh Mosque in Ras Al-Amoud district in occupied Jerusalem.

“Primarily, we should defend the Aqsa Mosque and then its branches. Mohamed Al-Fateh Mosque in Ras Al-Amoud district is an offshoot of the Aqsa Mosque that we have to retreat to and rise up for, and we have to do the same thing with Silwan Mosque, which faces a demolition threat, and Okasha Mosque in Jerusalem,” Sheikh Salah highlighted in his khutba (sermon) yesterday at Mohamed Al-Fateh Mosque.

He also called on the Jerusalemite people to be patient and steadfast until a great victory is bestowed upon them by the Providence.

Hundreds of Palestinians from Jerusalem and the 1948 occupied lands attended the Friday kutba and prayers at Mohamed Al-Fateh Mosque, while a number of Israeli soldiers and policemen were deployed outside.

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Jewish settlers chop down olive trees, injure man and his sons

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Jewish settlers chopped down dozens of olive trees in Tawani village, east of Yatta town in Al-Khalil province, on Friday.

Ratib Al-Jabour, the coordinator of the popular committee against the wall in Yatta, said that Jewish settlers from Maon settlement attacked farmers’ land in Tawani and cut off more than 70 olive trees.

He said that the land and trees are owned by two brothers in the village.

Meanwhile, a father and his three sons were injured when Jewish settlers attacked their car south of Nablus on Thursday night.

Ghassan Daghlas, in charge of monitoring settlement activity north of the West Bank, said that settlers from Yitzhar settlement threw rocks at the car of Ibrahim Khader injuring him and his three sons.

He said that the father and his sons were taken to Rafidiya hospital in Nablus city where their injuries were described as moderate, adding that the car was badly damaged in the attack.

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IOF arrests three Palestinians, including two minors

JENIN, (PIC)– The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested three Palestinians including two minors in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank.

IOF soldiers detained late on Friday a Palestinian student at Al-Najah National University at a military checkpoint near the entrance to Araba town.

The student Badr Issam Abu Hija, 21, was detained and interrogated by IOF while on his way home when Israeli soldiers stopped him at the checkpoint and took him to a detention center.

Meanwhile, IOF soldiers raided a house owned by Nafez Jaffal, in the town of Abu Dis in occupied Jerusalem, and detained his two sons aged 14 and 15 years after searching the house.

The father, a liberated prisoner who spent 5 years in Israeli jails, charged that the Israeli soldiers brutally attacked the family members before taking his two sons to an unknown destination.

Two other students at Jerusalem University, Firas Jaffal and Faisal al-Noafle, were recently arrested in Abu Dis.

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