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Palestine: IOF turn Nabi Samuel Mosque into military post & 1,500 housing units approved

IOF turn Nabi Samuel Mosque into military post

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage said that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) turned the Mosque of Nabi Samuel village, north of Jerusalem, into a military post and occupied its roof.

In a press release on Friday, the foundation added that the IOF made it hard for the Palestinian citizens to enter their village after they turned it into a military zone, and used the roof of Nabi Samuel Mosque as an observation post.

The foundation also affirmed that the Israeli antiquities authority stole a historical copestone from the interior entrance of the Mosque at the pretext of its intention to refurbish it.

It said that similar incidents in which wall stones had been stolen by the Israeli occupation authority proved that a gradual theft of the historical Islamic relics is intentionally carried out for Judaization purposes.

The Aqsa foundation noted that the Israeli occupation regime had already took over Nabi Samuel Mosque, left only a small hall for Muslims’ prayers and turned the tomb of Prophet Samuel into a Jewish shrine.

The foundation appealed to all concerned international organizations, especially the UNESCO, to move to protect the Palestinian historical sites in Nabi Samuel village and put an end to Israel’s violations.

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‘Israel’ to approve budget for 1,500 housing units north Jerusalem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The financial committee of the Israeli municipal council in occupied Jerusalem is expected to convene on Sunday to approve the budget for the building of 1,500 housing units to the north of Jerusalem.

Specialist in settlement affairs Ahmed Sub-Laban said that these housing units are aimed at expanding Ramat Shlomo settlement towards Ramot settlement and Shuafat town.

Sub-Laban noted that Israel previously intended to use this plan to punish the Palestinian side after it was recognized last year as a non-member observer state at the UN, and it was the same plan that raised the ire of the US in 2010.

He affirmed that this settlement project would devour more Palestinian lands in Shuafat town and prevent the Palestinian municipal authorities in Beit Hanina and Shuafat towns from carrying out construction projects on their western sides.

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