Zionists hold conference in J’lem on dividing Aqsa Mosque
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– In a step described as extremely serious, Zionist speakers unanimously agreed during a conference held on Sunday evening in occupied Jerusalem on the idea of dividing the Aqsa Mosque between Muslims and Jews
The conference was organized by the Zionist society Ir Amim in cooperation with the center for the protection of democracy – Keshev.
The conferees discussed the growing religious activities carried out by the Jews at the Aqsa Mosque, which they claim to be the temple mount.
Among the attendees were Yehuda Glick, head of the temple mount heritage fund, and noted ultra-orthodox rabbis as well as Zionist political analysts, researchers, journalists and settlers.
During the conference, they discussed the status of their alleged temple and the political fallout of the accelerating events that happen there, especially after the Jews stepped up lately their attempts to perform Talmudic rituals in the courtyard of the Aqsa Mosque.
Glick said in his speech that the situation at the temple (the Aqsa Mosque) is very serious and need for a Jewish uprising to consolidate the Israeli presence inside it.
A few speakers, however, opined that any Israeli move to divide the Aqsa Mosque would be dangerous, and only one of them warned of a third world war if any step was taken against the holy Mosque of the Muslims in Jerusalem.
In this regard, the Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage said that this conference vindicated further that the Aqsa Mosque is exposed to extreme danger and that the Israeli occupation regime uses religious allegations to achieve political goals.
The foundation also stressed the need for an Islamic awakening putting an end to all Zionist conspiracies against the Aqsa Mosque.
1518 Palestinian children were killed since 2nd intifada
RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Nearly 1518 Palestinian children were killed since the second Palestinian Intifada (uprising) in 2000, according to a Palestinian official report.
The report, issued by the Ministry of Information on Monday, affirmed that six thousand children were injured since the beginning of the Al-Aqsa Intifada 13 years ago.
The report came to mark the International Day for the Protection of Children in light of the Israeli brutal daily practices against Palestinian children.
The report confirmed that 9000 children under 18 were arrested since the 2nd uprising, including 881 children in 2012.
The Ministry said that 246 children under 18 are currently held in Israeli jails, including 47 children under 16.
The report stated that the children under 18 constitute 47.6 per cent of the total population.
IOF rounded up 38 Palestinian boys in last two weeks of May
RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up 38 Palestinian boys in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem over the last two weeks of the past month of May.
A report by the child department in Ramallah on Monday said that the IOF had recently escalated its targeting of Palestinian kids.
Official statistics indicated that 246 Palestinian children are held in Israeli occupation jails with 47 of them under 16 years old.
The report noted that dozens of Palestinian children were wounded during peace marches at the hands of IOF troops and Jewish settlers.
IOF plans to confiscate 400 dunums of Nablus land
NABLUS, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) informed inhabitants of Awarta village, near Nablus, that 400 dunums of their land would be confiscated.
Ghassan Daghlas, monitoring Israeli settlement activity north of the West Bank, said on Monday that the dunums stretch between Awarta and Rujaib villages.
He said that the land is cultivated and is vital for citizens in both villages, adding that the notification was handed to the chairman of the municipal council in Awarta.
The confiscation comes only few days after Jewish settlers in Etamar settlement, established on lands of Orta and nearby villages, chopped down 600 olive trees in a bid to expand the settlement.
Sami Awad, the chairman of the municipality in Awarta, denounced the confiscation in a statement to the PIC, adding that the step is meant to force citizens to abandon their land.
600 housing units built in May
RAMALLAH, (PIC)– In its monthly report, the Settlement and Wall Information Center said that May has witnessed an Israeli escalation in settlement building, demolition processes, and settlers’ attacks.
Nealy 600 housing units were established in May, in addition to the demolition of 50 Palestinian facilities, the burning of about one thousand dunums, and 148 assaults on Mosques, the report said.
The report also referred to the Israeli continued Judaization projects in occupied Jerusalem including the monorail project that will facilitate the arrival of thousands of settlers to the Buraq Wall and the excavation process at Umayyad palaces south of al-Aqsa mosque as a prelude to establish the so-called house Strauss Jewish center.
Israeli raids into al-Aqsa mosque and settlers’ attacks on Islamic and Christian religious sites have escalated during May, according to the report.
The report documented 50 demolition cases, where 17 houses were demolished in Jenin, 16 other facilities were demolished in occupied Jerusalem, 8 others in Jericho and 6 in al-Khalil, in addition to 3 demolished houses in Bethlehem. The report also noted that 69 houses are threatened with demolition.
The monthly report confirmed that the Israeli government approved the establishment of nearly 600 housing units including 296 housing units in Beit Eil settlement built on Ramallah land, 121 housing units in Givat Ze’ev built on Jerusalem lands, in addition to other settlement projects in Tukarem and al-Khalil.
The center affirmed in the report that 977 dunums in Ramallah, Nablus and Qalqilya were burned in addition to damaging 2,988 trees in Nablus, Ramallah and al-Khalil by the Israeli settlers who escalated their attacks against Palestinian farmers where 45 of them were injured.
The report also stated that many peace activists and journalists were injured during the the repression of peaceful marches against the wall and settlements in Nabi Saleh, Bil’in, Kafr Qadum, Maasara, and Beit Ummar villages.
“Israel” to send African migrants to third country
The Israeli regime has decided to send thousands of African migrants to an undisclosed country in an attempt to stem the influx of migrants.
According to a court document made public on Monday, an Israeli lawyer said that a deal was reached with an unidentified country to absorb the migrants. The lawyer stated that the absorption of the migrants would be “gradual.”
Tally Kritzman-Amir, an immigration law expert at the Academic Center for Law and Business in Tel Aviv, said, “It is possible to transfer the migrants to a third country,” adding, “but the primary responsibility to the rights of the refugees still lies with Israel.”
Later on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “We have stopped the infiltration phenomenon into Israel. Last month only two infiltrators entered Israel, compared to more than 2,000 a year ago. Now we are focused on the infiltrators leaving.”
Over the past eight years, some 60,000 African migrants, mostly from Eritrea or Sudan, have entered Israel via Egypt.
Israel has built a fence along the border with Egypt to prevent the influx of migrants. Last year, it offered cash to the migrants to leave voluntarily.