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Palestine: Hundreds of worshipers, students rally in Al-Aqsa Mosque, cultivated land lot bulldozed & more minors are detained

Ongoing Nakba: Powerful infographic from Visualizing Palestine shows century of land theft, expulsion (click to view)

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Watch: “From Al-Araqib to Susiya” – Palestinians highlight ‘Israel’s’ ongoing efforts to expel them (click to read/watch)

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Hundreds of worshipers and students rally in Al-Aqsa Mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said hundreds of worshipers and students from Jerusalem and 1948 territories accompanied by Islamic Movement leaders rallied on Wednesday in Al-Aqsa Mosque to support Jerusalemites

The Islamic Movement leader Sheikh Taysir Khalidi said that 20 buses carrying Palestinians from the 1948-occupied territories headed toward Al-Aqsa Mosque to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Nakba.

He said the move was called for by a number of political parties and movements, which urged Palestinians from the 1948 territories to flock to Jerusalem to support its residents and defend Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Resurrection against the settlers and Jewish extremists’ fierce attacks.

Al-Aqsa Foundation reported that nearly 70 settlers, guarded by the Israeli police, stormed on Wednesday morning Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate, and desecrated its courtyards.

The Foundation pointed out that the pace of raids in Al-Aqsa has increased, especially in recent days, and warned that the incursions will continue in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Kiryat Arba settlers in addition to a number of Jewish organizations announced their intention to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque and organize inside it a celebration for their children on the occasion of the Shavuot Feast.

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Rabbi accompanies Jewish settlers on storming of Aqsa

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Extremist rabbi Yisrael Ariel stormed the holy Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Thursday at the head of a group of Jewish settlers.

Jerusalemite sources said that groups of Jewish settlers stormed the Aqsa mosque via the Maghareba gate and strolled inside it under heavy police escort.

Worshipers and Quran students inside the mosque chanted Allahu Akbar to protest the tour.

For his part, Mahmoud Abu Atta, the spokesman for the Aqsa Foundation for endowment and Heritage, said that 32 settlers broke into the Aqsa mosque in three groups and toured its plazas and attempted to offer Talmudic rituals.

Abu Atta said that the Israeli police forces tightened security measures in and around the holy site and took shots of worshipers and students.

Tension is running high in occupied Jerusalem and the vicinity of the Aqsa mosque in light of the heavy deployment of Israeli police and military forces in anticipation of more such storming by Jewish settlers.

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IOF soldiers bulldoze cultivated land lot

NABLUS, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) bulldozed Palestinian cultivated land lot in Aqraba village near Nablus claiming that it was “state owned”.

Hamza Direiya, a member of the committee in defense of Aqraba land, said that the soldiers destroyed the 25-dunum land planted with olive and almond trees south of the village.

He said that the soldiers also destroyed a water well used in irrigating that land owned by Ayham Direiya.

The activist said that the land owner, who has been reclaiming the land for the past two years, suffered heavy material losses, adding that the Israeli authorities did not recognize the land owner’s title deeds proving his ownership of the land.

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IOF soldiers detain 20 Palestinians mostly children

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained 20 Palestinians, mostly children, in Tabaka village, south of Al-Khalil, on Thursday.

Local sources said that dozens of IOF soldiers broke into houses in the village and searched them using police dogs and rounded up 150 citizens in one of the squares before arresting 20 of them.

The soldiers targeted children in the age category 14-18 in the arrest campaign and interrogated them on the attack on an army jeep that was burnt in the attack during confrontations on Wednesday on the Nakba anniversary, the sources said.

They pointed out that the IOF released 18 of those arrested after quick interrogation and retained two behind bars.

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