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Palestine: Usual Israeli rampage in several areas & ’Prisoner X’ family given $1M

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Jewish extremists from price tag vandalize public buses in Silwan

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Members of the terrorist Jewish group known as the price tag gang punctured tires of three big public buses and spray-painted anti-Arab slurs on them in Thawri neighborhood of Silwan district, south of the Aqsa Mosque.

Local sources reported that the sabotaged buses are owned by a Palestinian company and used to transport passengers from the district to Bethlehem and vice versa.

They added that the Israeli police did not even come to the scene to investigate the incident, noting that the owners of the bus company would lodge a complaint in this regard with the Israeli complaint center Mahesh.

Since its emergence, the price tag gang had carried out many different attacks against Palestinian property and religious sites, including arson attacks on mosques and churches.

Their attacks take the form of not only graffiti and vandalism at religious sites, but also attempted murders, burning crops, killing livestock, terrorizing villagers, and poisoning water sources.


Hundreds of trees in Nablus on fire after settlers’ attack

NABLUS, (PIC)– Jewish settlers started a huge fire in lands of Deir Hatab village, Nablus province, on Wednesday morning that destroyed hundreds of trees.

Abdulkarim Suleiman, the village’s municipality chairman, said that the settlers started fire in dozens of dunums, adding that the fire was still raging in the land to which Palestinians are banned from entering without prior coordination.

He charged the Israeli occupation forces with blocking arrival of Palestinian fire brigades to the scene to extinguish the blaze that destroyed hundreds of trees.

Suleiman said that the land is 1500 meters away from the village, adding that it was not the first time that settlers started fire in it.


Aqsa foundation warns of new Israeli attempt to falsify Arab identity of J’lem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage said that the latest Israeli claims about finding historical stone engravings near the Aqsa Mosque is another attempt to liquidate the Arab and Islamic civilization of the holy city of Jerusalem and promote the Jewish temple lie.

The foundation stated on Tuesday that the new Zionist allegations in this regard are aimed to change the reality on the ground and cement the Jewish lies about the alleged temple.

The foundation stressed that the fraud campaigns that are led by Israeli archeologists are politicized and aimed at proving the existence of Jewish heritage in Jerusalem, especially in the Umayyad Palaces area near the southern wall of the Aqsa Mosque.


150 settlers storm al-Aqsa mosque this morning

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Nearly 150 Jewish settlers stormed al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday led by rabbis telling them about the alleged temple.

A state of tension has prevailed among the Muslim worshipers who protested the presence of the Jewish settlers in the Islamic holy site.

The Aqsa Association for Religious Endowments (Waqf) and Heritage called on the Arab and Islamic world to take firm positions to protect al-Aqsa mosque from the Israeli serious schemes. The foundation also stressed the need to intensify the Muslim presence in al-Aqsa mosque.

The settlers’ raid into al-Aqsa mosque came in light of the Israeli Coalition for the Temple’s calls to open the mosque for Jews on Saturday to perform their rituals as they mark Yom Kippur (Day of Repentance). An Israeli parliament committee has approved in an unprecedented move the opening of al-Aqsa Mosque yards for Jews to perform their rituals inside it during this month.

The foundation stated that such measure came in an attempt to impose a status quo on the mosque and to divide it.

For its part, Hamas movement strongly condemned the Israeli decision to allow Jewish settlers to perform their rituals in al-Aqsa mosque.

The Israeli decision came in total provocation to Muslims’ religious feelings, the spokesman of the movement said.

The movement called on the Arab and Islamic nation to bear its responsibility towards al-Aqsa mosque in light of the Israeli escalated schemes.

Hamas stated that PA decision to resume talks provides a cover to the Israeli crimes through the securing coordination and the prosecution of resistance leaders in West Bank.


25 Jerusalemite students injured in clashes with IOF soldiers

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli border police assaulted students of Abu Dis university in occupied Jerusalem while on their way home on Monday night wounding 25 of them.

A Jerusalemite activist said in a press release on Tuesday that ten students were injured with rubber bullets while 15 others were treated for breathing problems.

He said that the students could only find stones to defend themselves, adding that the wounded students were taken to a medical emergency center in Abu Dis.

Young men of nearby villages joined the students in defending themselves and clashes spread to areas near the university. The varsity guards managed to evacuate the entire campus.

Israeli occupation forces (IOA) had launched a similar assault a couple of days earlier in which 78 students were injured. IOF soldiers twice attacked the university students over the past week.

Deputy executive manager of the university Emad Abu Kishek said that the Israeli attacks, which coincide with the start of the new academic year, aim at destabilizing the university and frustrating students wishing to join it in future years.

The same practice by the Israeli military was made last year at the start of the 2012-2013 academic year.


Aqsa Brigades: Resistance Attacks against Israel to Begin Friday

Al Manar

Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades called on all units to consider next Friday as the “first day of popular resistance against the Israeli occupation in the well-known places of confrontation.”Aqsa Martyrs Brigades

A statement released by the Brigades, which is Fatah’s military wing, called on all units and sleeper cells to prepare for a confrontation with the Israeli occupation beginning on Friday. The statement further added there will be a “green light” to carry out attacks.

The statement also referred to the events that take place at the al-Aqsa Mosque on a daily basis by the occupation. “We are all witnessing the invasion by herds of settlers to the compound and (they) harm the worshippers without any intervention from the international community,” the statement read.


“Israel” to Give ’Prisoner X’ family $1M Payout

Al Ahed news

“Israel” is to pay more than $1 million to the family of a Mossad spy who hanged himself in prison in 2010.

“After negotiations, the two parties [“Israel” and the family] have reached an agreement whereby the state will pay 4 million shekels [$1.1 million or 842,000 euros] to the deceased’s family,” the so-called “Israeli” “justice” ministry said in a statement late on Tuesday.

The family of Ben Zygier, an Australian-“Israeli” known as “Prisoner X,” had accused the Zionist entity of negligence in dealing with his case, according to the statement.

Zygier was found hanged in his isolation cell in Ayalon prison near Tel Aviv in December 2010 – a case “Israel” went to extreme lengths to cover up.

A court document released on April 25 this year said “Israel’s” prison service had caused Zygier’s death by failing to prevent him from committing suicide.

The document revealed details about his background and imprisonment, indicating he was suicidal and had an emotionally-charged exchange with his wife the day he was found hanged.

It also said that his cell was not properly watched by prison guards.

The justice ministry statement stressed that the deal with Zygier’s family was not an “admission of alleged wrongdoing”.

It was instead “to avoid the affair going to court, which would lead to the publication of numerous details of the case which could cause serious harm to “Israeli” security.”

The reasons for Zygier’s detention were unclear, but the Australian Broadcasting Corporation said in a report in May that the 34-year-old, who was working for “Israel’s” foreign spy service Mossad, had unwittingly sabotaged a top secret spy operation in Lebanon.

Palestine: Warnings about storming AlAqsa & fishing boats seized

Mufti of Jerusalem warns of the seriousness of Jewish calls for storming Al-Aqsa

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine Sheikh Mohammad Hussein warned of the growing Israeli calls for storming Al-Aqsa Mosque and tightening the Jewish control over it.

The last of these calls was by the occupation Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino in which he falsely claimed the right of Jews to pray inside Al-Aqsa considering it one of the yards the alleged temple.

Sheikh Hussein said in a statement on Tuesday: “The remarks and practices by the occupation authorities against the holy sites, particularly the Al-Aqsa Mosque, represent serious violations.”

He warned of the consequences of the attitude of silence regarding these calls that carry serious intentions against the holy sites, as he said.

Hussein pointed out that the calls for storming Al-Aqsa Mosque comes after similar calls by the Jewish rabbis to demolish the Aqsa and build the alleged temple on its ruins, which refers to the “imminent danger faced by the Islamic Mosque that must be protected by all Muslims.”

The preacher of Al-Aqsa mosque appealed to Palestinian citizens in the city of Jerusalem and the 1948 territories to flock to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and defend it against the Jewish attacks.


Israeli navy seizes two Palestinian fishing boats

GAZA, (PIC)– Israeli navy forces seized two Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Rafah south of Gaza Strip at dawn Tuesday.

Security sources told the PIC reporter that the Israeli navy towed the two boats with their fishing nets after shooting at them.

Palestinian fishermen are constant targets for the Israeli navy in line with the daily harassment of Palestinians in the Strip and means of earning their living.

Palestine: Rabbis in temple costume storm the Aqsa Mosque

(Al Quds, Palestine-file photo)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Rabbis in temple costume stormed the holy Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Thursday morning in the company of Jewish settlers. Workers in the Aqsa Mosque said that the rabbis, who were wearing the special costume for the temple, gave lectures and training on future prayers inside their alleged temple. They said that heavy police presence was witnessed throughout the tour, describing the rabbis’ act as a very serious precedence as no rabbi in this costume had entered the Aqsa before. Worshipers and scholars present in the Mosque were irritated at the site and chanted Allahu Akbar. The rabbis and settlers toured its various plazas as police and special forces surrounded them.

Palestine: ’Israeli’ Minister: ‘Al-Aqsa ours’, 30 children are still in jail & fierce clashed at Al Aqsa

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’Israeli’ Minister: Al-Aqsa Ours, must be Opened for Jews At All Times

Al Ahed news

“Israeli” Settling Minister Uri Ariel viewed that “Israelis” “must be able to pray on the “Temple Mount” [AL-Quds Holy Mosque] whenever they want.”

As he led the Wednesday’s desecration to the Islamic Holy site, Ariel claimed that al-Aqsa “is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and must be open for prayer at every hour to every Jew.”

Ariel invaded into al-Quds Holy Mosque Wednesday, and hoped that the “Israelis” would be able to do the same.

Meanwhile, “Israeli” police closed all gates leading to the mosque and prevented worshipers under 50 from entering. They also stopped dozens of buses in Occupied al-Quds carrying Palestinian worshipers to the mosque and told them to turn around.

Five people were detained by “Israel”.

The “Israeli” minister further revealed that he “plans to continue to go up and strengthen “Israel’s” sovereignty in the site.”

“The “Temple Mount” is ours, and it cannot be argued about or negotiated,” Ariel emphasized.

Earlier this year, Ariel launched virtual, online tours to the Islamic site.
Al-Aqsa compound, containing the mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is the third holiest site in Islam and “Israelis” claim that is the place of the ancient Second Temple stood.


Report: 30 Palestinian children from Qalqiliya are still in Israeli jails

QALQILIYA, (PIC)– The Palestinian prisoner society said that the number of Palestinian children from Qalqiliya city who are detained in Israeli jails rose to 30 prisoners after the Israeli occupation forces kidnapped seven kids in last August.

In a report, the society outlined some of the violations that were committed by the IOF against the detained children, confirming that most of the children were kidnapped from their homes during violent night raids.

It added that these children and their families were exposed during the detention process to humiliation and physical abuse, noting that the children were taken handcuffed and blindfolded to interrogation centers without the presence of their parents.

The center appealed to human rights groups, especially the ones concerned with the rights of children, to necessarily move to have all Palestinian children released, affirming that they were detained extrajudicially and without evidence.


27 Palestinian buildings demolished during August

NABLUS, (PIC)– The Israeli authorities have continued demolition policy against Palestinian houses during August under the pretext of being built without permits, Tadamun Foundation for Human Rights said.

The researcher at the Foundation, Ahmed Betawi, said that 27 Palestinian buildings were demolished mainly in Jerusalem during August by Israeli bulldozers.

Betawi stated that the Israeli forces demolished on August 17 a Palestinian house in Negev, while they forced another Palestinian citizen to demolish his house in Jerusalem.

On August 19, the Israeli bulldozers demolished 11 Palestinian residential buildings in Beit Hanina in occupied Jerusalem, in addition to three agricultural facilities in Nablus and another facility in the Jordan Valley.

On August 21, the center reported that a 60-square-neter room was demolished in Silwan neighborhood in Jerusalem, and three other facilities were demolished in Abbaseya neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem.

On August 26, the Israeli bulldozers demolished 2 houses in Tur neighborhood and an agricultural facility in Issawiya village.

Betawi pointed out that the Israeli demolition orders were carried out against the Palestinian houses under the pretext that they were built without permits. The Israeli authorities deliberately refuse to grant building permits to Palestinians as part of Israeli policy to deport Palestinians and confiscate their houses.


Fierce clashes at Aqsa Mosque after attempt to defile it by Jewish settlers

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Violent clashes broke out on Wednesday morning at the Aqsa Mosque after dozens of extremist Jewish settlers escorted by Israeli policemen and soldiers desecrated the Aqsa Mosque’s courtyard.

The Jewish settlers were not able to stay long at the Mosque after they were forced quickly to leave it under police protection by dozens of angry Palestinian young worshipers who were already there to protect it.

According to eyewitnesses, young men and women threw stones and shoes at the settlers and their police guards, as they were chanting “Allahu Akbar.”

Meanwhile, the Israeli army and police have turned east Jerusalem, especially its Old City, to a military base and established barriers and checkpoints throughout the holy city.

This led hundreds of Palestinians to perform their dawn prayers on the streets and roads that are adjacent to the walls of the Old Cty of Jerusalem after the Israeli occupation forces prevented those under the age of 50 from having access to the Old City and the Aqsa Mosque.

The Israeli army and police started last night to impose strict measures on the movement of the Palestinians in preparation for the mass entry of Jews in the morning to the Aqsa Mosque at the pretext of the Hebrew new year.

The intended mass desecration of the Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday morning, which was called for by fanatic Jewish figures and groups, prompted more than 50 Jerusalemite young men and women to spend their night inside the buildings of the Aqsa Mosque to defend them against possible Jewish break-ins.

The Israeli police, for their part, asked the guards of the Mosque compound to get the youths out of the buildings, but the guards refused to comply and confirmed their right to stay inside an Islamic holy site because they are Muslims despite the police threat to use violence to expel them from the Mosque.

One of the Mosque’s servants reported the intensive presence of special police forces inside its courtyard and at its gates following the clashes in an attempt to prevent more Palestinians from coming to back up the young people.

As a result of the Israeli procedures against the Aqsa Mosque, there is possibility of more confrontations between the Palestinian natives and the Israeli occupation forces during the coming hours as more Palestinian worshipers keep flocking to the Mosque.


Sewage of Ariel settlement flood houses of Bruqin in Salfit

SALFIT, (PIC)– The sewage of Ariel settlement flooded the Palestinian houses in the village of Bruqin near Salfit, which led to large numbers of rodents, mosquitoes and pigs inside the town.

Locals said on Tuesday that the sewage caused to citizens allergy and scars due to the spread of mosquitos.

The villagers expressed their deep concern regarding the health problems caused by the sewage of Ariel settlement and which have been exacerbated in recent days.

The settlers’ sewage polluted the environment, including the air and soil in addition to the three springs of water of Bruqin. It is also threatening the springs of the nearby town of Kafr al-Dik

Palestine: More homes, lands being confiscated & soldiers beat women resisting home demolition

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Press conference opens despite detention of Sheikh Salah

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The press conference on Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque opened in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday despite the Israeli detention of Sheikh Ra’ed Salah, leader of the Islamic movement in 1948 occupied Palestine.

The press conference, which was supposed to be addressed by Sheikh Salah, is held to deal with latest developments and threats against Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque.

Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, the head of the higher Islamic authority in Jerusalem, said that the detention of Sheikh Salah was in violation of the freedom of opinion.

He said that freedom of movement and speech should be respected, opining that Sheikh Salah was arrested to block his call for massive marches to the Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday.

For his part, Zahi Nujaidat, the Islamic movement’s spokesman, expressed utter dismay at the detention of Sheikh Salah, charging that the step was an attempt to disrupt pro-Aqsa activities and to terrorize citizens against participation in such activities.

Fuad Al-Khuffash, the director of Ahrar center for human rights, denounced the Israeli act, adding that it was meant to silence any voice defending the Aqsa and exposing Israeli occupation’s practices against it.


Israeli soldiers beat women resisting home demolition

Al Akhbar

Israeli soldiers used rifle butts to beat five Palestinian women who refused orders to leave their West Bank home ahead of a demolition on Monday, local media reported.

Occupation forces raided a home in the Jericho village of Fasayel early Monday and ordered the 12 residents to collect their things, and get out.

When five of the women refused to budge, troops attacked them with their rifle butts, homeowner Deifallah Rashaydeh told Ma’an news agency.

State news agency Wafa cited local activist Hamza Zbeidat as saying that the forces also fired tear gas and sound grenades at residents who had formed a human chain around the home.

Medics rushed the injured to a hospital for treatment, the reports said.

Bulldozers then demolished the family’s 10-year-old home and a shack that housed cattle.

Jericho governor Majid al-Fityani was quoted by Ma’an as calling the demolition a “slap in the face for those who advocate the resumption of peace negotiations,” during a visit to a hospital where the women were being treated.

Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes and other structures in the occupied West Bank occur almost daily under the pretext of building without a permit in a policy that has drawn widespread condemnation from rights groups.

Roughly 94 percent of Palestinian applications for building permits are rejected, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.

The group estimates that Israeli authorities have demolished about 27,000 Palestinian structures in the West Bank since 1967.


Israeli court rejects petition to cancel resolution to evacuate 8 villages

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– An Israeli court in Jerusalem rejected a petition submitted by residents of Msafer Yatta, south of al-Khalil in occupied West Bank, in which they appealed for cancelling the Israeli occupation army’s decision to confiscate, demolish and evacuate 8 villages for military purposes.

Haj Ziad Mkhamra, aged 59, told PIC’s correspondent that the court rejected the petition demanding cancelling the decision of the Defense Minister Ehud Barak to confiscate and evacuate 8 villages in Msafer Yatta.

Mkhamra said the President of the Israeli Supreme Court suggested that the residents choose a retired judge to mediate between them and the prosecutor in an attempt to reach a solution regarding the petition.

He added that the military prosecutor strongly rejected the suggestion of the chief judge and insisted on the implementation of the resolution, claiming that the cancellation of the eviction order means that the forces in the region will have to restart training in another far place which will cost money and time.

The residents stressed on their adherence to their land and their determination to defend it until the decision of the prosecution and the army is cancelled.

The area of Msafer Yatta is inhabited by more than 500 people living on agriculture and grazing sheep. The occupation former Defense Minister Ehud Barak had decided in 2012 to evacuate eight villages to be used for military purposes and training.


IOA expands Bzjat Ze’ev settlement in Jerusalem

OCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli Occupation continued its confiscation policy against Palestinian territories where the Israeli bulldozers have begun recently expanding Bzjat Ze’ev settlement, built on Beit Hanina lands in occupied Jerusalem.

Nearly 620 housing units are planned to be added to the settlement.

Settlement expert researcher Ahmed Sab Laban stated that the Israeli authorities started the process of building infrastructure networks in the area including electricity transmission and distribution networks, water and sewage utilities as a prelude to establish 620 new housing units to Bzjat Ze’ev settlement.

The establishment of the new housing units would isolate 50 Palestinian families living in a Jerusalemite neighborhood from Beit Hanina town, he said.

Sab Laban said that the new housing units will be established in high rise residential towers ranging from 9 to 13 storeys, while the Jerusalemite residents are prevented to obtain building permits to establish high rise buildings.

The Israeli occupation authority has surveyed the area to expand Bzjat Ze’evin in order to finish with the building of street no. 20 that will connect the settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev, Prophet Jacob, Anatot, Shuafat and Beit Hanina, Sab Laban stated.


IOF soldiers raze house in JV

JORDAN VALLEY, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) razed a shed and a house in Fasayel Al-Fuqa village in the Jordan Valley on Monday.

Local sources said that IOF soldiers stormed the village and razed the shed then tried to destroy a house but were confronted by citizens.

The sources pointed out that the soldiers used teargas and stun grenades to disperse the protestors then demolished the house, adding that two women were injured in the scuffle.


New Israeli plan to attract thousands of Jewish settlers to Negev and Galilee

NAZARETH, (PIC)– The Israeli government approved a plan at a cost of 10 million shekels to bring about 300,000 Jewish settlers from other occupied areas to live in settlement outposts in Negev and Galilee.

According to the Hebrew radio, the government intends to help Jewish young couples with this project to pay the rents of the apartments they would buy, and to build affordable public housing units.

The Israeli mini-cabinet led by minister of finance Yair Lapid also decided to repair abandoned public buildings in these areas and turn them into cheap houses.

The Israeli Knesset had approved last June the plan submitted in 2011 by Benjamin Netanyahu’s director of planning Ehud Prawer to forcibly evacuate the Palestinian Bedouin villages in the Negev region and gather its population in other areas.

The Palestinians consider this plan as a new chapter of the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe) because Israel intends to seize more than 800,000 dunums of their land in the Negev.

The Prawer plan would lead to the displacement of 40,000 Negev Bedouins and the destruction of 38 villages and hamlets.

Palestine: 61 arrested in one week, new tunnels under Al-Aqsa exposed & citizens ordered to stop building

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IOF soldiers nabbed 61 Palestinians in one week

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) nabbed 61 Palestinians in various West Bank areas over the past week, Hamas statistics said on Monday.

The statistics report mentioned names of all those detained, adding that one third of the detainees were taken from Al-Khalil.

The report said that four of the detainees were liberated prisoners and three of them were detained by PA security agencies on past occasions.


New tunnels under Al-Aqsa Mosque exposed

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage revealed that the Israeli authorities led by the Antiquities Authority have dug two new tunnels under al-Aqsa mosque.

In its statement issued on Sunday, the Foundation said that one of the two tunnels extends from Ein Silwan to settlements in the city of Dawoud passing through Al-Aqsa Mosque, while the second tunnel starts from al-Aqsa mosque heading north.

The foundation has exposed photos documenting the digging of tunnels under the holy mosque. The statement warned of the continued excavations that disclosed the mosque’s substructures.

Al-Aqsa Foundation said that the Israeli authorities aim at linking the new main tunnel with the tunnels network in Silwan neighborhood and the Buraq square area and the old city.

These new excavations constitute a real threat to al-Aqsa mosque, the Foundation pointed out.

Israel is currently digging under the mosque in order to topple it aiming at replacing it with the alleged Temple.


Dozens of settlers storm Aqsa esplanades

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Dozens of Jewish settlers stormed the Aqsa Mosque’s esplanades on Sunday morning amidst tight Israeli police measures.

The Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said in a statement that around 65 settlers broke into the holy site via the Maghareba gate in two groups.

It said that both groups toured the Mosque’s various walkways and sites and one of them offered Talmudic rituals at the eastern area of the Mosque.

AFEH said that policemen restricted movement of students who tried to confront the settlers and block their tour, adding that the settlers badmouthed the students.

The foundation revealed an Israeli security plan mainly stipulating the deployment of special forces in the vicinity of the Aqsa Mosque during the Jewish feasts that start next Wednesday to provide security measures for settlers who had announced plans to storm the holy site on that day.

AFEH appealed to the Palestinian, Arab, and Islamic masses to take urgent and effective moves to protect the occupied Aqsa Mosque and not to be content with statements of condemnation in such a critical stage.


IOA orders Palestinian citizens to stop building their homes

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) ordered four Palestinians in Daheriya town in Al-Khalil on Monday to stop building their homes.

The land research institute said in a statement that the IOA served notices to four Palestinians to the east of Daheriya in addition to the owner of a tin house used for agricultural purposes.

The notifications said that an IOA inspection committee would hold a session on 30/9/2013 to discuss means of razing what was newly added to those houses.

The IOA had served similar notices in the same neighborhood of Muala last week.

Zionists target al-Aqsa Mosque, the heart of Islam

(Al Quds, Palestine-file photo)

by Catherine Shakdam, source

As the world is busy debating whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad did indeed use chemical weapons against its own people or if he is instead the victim of a somber plot hatched by foreign powers to “legitimize” their invasion of yet another Muslim country, Israel is calculatingly moving against Islam’s beating heart, the al-Aqsa Mosque in al-Quds (Jerusalem).

While Muslims worldwide are dissecting and assessing their political affiliations — pro or anti — the Zionist entity of Israel is using such engineered confusion to inconspicuously carry out an aggression against Islam of such magnitude that only a few have dared fathom it, let alone warned against it.

Israel is looking to build a temple on the ground of al-Aqsa Mosque, thus desecrating Islam’s third most sacred place after Mecca and Medina, thus sullying the very ground which the prophet of God, Mohammed (PBUH), walked upon, which the prophets of God before him walked upon and used to glorify Allah and His creation.

At a time when Muslims are fighting among each other, arguing over which school of thoughts — Sunni or Shiite — holds the greater truth or the greatest legitimacy, at a time when brothers have declared war on one another over religious semantic, the Zionists are closing the net on al-Quds, bent on claiming Palestine their own by erasing Islam from its landscape.

Just as Mecca has become a spiritual link to the divine, a place where worshipers come to purify their religion and their soul, al-Aqsa is in many ways Islam’s beating heart, the connection of one people to the long lineage of God’s prophets.

While Palestinians and scholars have for decades warned the world against such a plot to sever Muslims’ link to the sacred, most paid no heed to “such conspiracy”, shrugging under the rug such prophecies of gloom, preferring instead to believe that the world’s nations would never dare, for all their talks of justice, equality and tolerance, stand for such abominable sacrilege against one’s faith.

Looking back it would be foolish to believe that a nation which built the cornerstone of its state on the blood of thousands of Palestinians and erected its institutions on stolen Palestinian land could ever behave humanely before a people it despises above all.

Just as a tiger cannot change its stripes, the Jewish state will forever plot the destruction of Islam; believing otherwise is pure delusion.

Judaization of al-Quds

The Christian-Muslim Commission for support of Jerusalem and holy sites has announced last week it will lodge a complaint against Yishai – the Israeli organization which stands behind the planned destruction of al-Aqsa – before the UN institutions and the Human Rights Council.

However, since it has already been confirmed that Yishai obtained all the requisite authorizations and permits from Israeli state officials, the matter will in all likelihood be lost amid red tape, vetoed against by Israel’s powerful international lobby.

Dr Hanna Eisa, the Secretary General of the commission told the press that “Yishai has secretly obtained official permits for the construction in the third holiest site for Muslims.”

She told Gulf News last week, “This is a serious plan aimed at planting Jewish existence within the Muslim sacred area.”

And indeed, when completed, the new synagogue will sat in front of al-Marwani prayer area, thus preventing Muslims to congregate.

It is difficult to fathom just how Israel will ever pretend to justify such a move.

But more troubling yet, one should ponder over the security measures the Jewish state will put in place to guarantee the safety of its worshipers, and to preempt against expected outburst of violence on site.

The synagogue will undoubtedly lead to mass protests and potentially to clashes as crowds will feel so violated within their faith that they will feel no other alternative but to react.

Any form of violence will give Israel the justification it needs before the international community to violently and mercilessly crackdown on protesters, thus laying waste al-Aqsa’s last line of defense before its complete and utter annihilation.

Israel wants Muslims to find themselves behaving erratically; Israel wants to paint Islam as a religion which professes bloodshed and war as to continue to feed its propaganda and misinformation machine; it wants the world to stand in horror as Muslims trample under their feet the images of their enemies, never stopping to question whose weapon it was which fired first or whose blade it was which draw first blood.

Doomed if we do, doomed if we don’t, Muslims would have soon to learn that while alone they will walk against many, by standing together the world’ storms will break on their backs, never to defeat or weaken them.

Israel’s plan to Judaize al-Quds is over two decades old.

Since 1994 the Jewish government has systematically used its military to forcibly take over mosques and religious establishments to transform them into Synagogues, thus slowly erasing Islam presence from the Holy city.

Israel is not only committing a sacrilege against Islam, it seeks to eradicate Islam from Palestine to reclaim History as its own.

By destroying Islam, the Jews are looking to rewrite their past and forever pretend that they are the chosen people of God awaiting their Messiah.

By destroying Islam’s place of worships it is God’s Truth the state of Israel is trying to forever bury under the sand of Palestine.

Proofs of such a conspiracy are legion; for example, the Israeli army has been preventing Muslims from entering a mosque in the village of An-Nabi Samuel in the northwest of al-Quds on account that the site is being converted into a synagogue. In August, Tel Aviv announced it would turn Nabi Daud Mosque which is located southwest of al-Aqsa Mosque into yet another synagogue.

Media silence continues to cloud the affair, which in many ways raises some troubling questions over not only the integrity of the press but its independence.

As Voltaire – French writer and historian – once said, “To announce truths is an infallible receipt for being persecuted.”

Palestine: Dozens of settlers storm al-Aqsa Mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Dozens of Jewish settlers stormed on Sunday morning al-Aqsa mosque from the Maghareba gate, under the protection of the Israeli police.

Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowments and Heritage said in a statement that nearly 40 rabbis and Jewish religious leaders stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque in two groups and toured its courtyards.

Media Coordinator of the Foundation, Mahmoud Abu Atta, pointed out that elements of the occupation’s Special Forces were deployed at Al-Aqsa on high alert, and that the Mosque’s guards and the students intensified their presence in the mosque to confront the Israeli raids and violations.

Abu Atta pointed out that the Jewish settlers’ storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque became almost daily routine, and warned that they might intensify their raids during Jewish holidays early next month.

Palestine: Warnings of Israeli intents to take over Aqsa Mosque

Warnings of Israeli intents to build synagogue at Aqsa Mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Palestinian ministry of culture in Gaza and the Beirut-based Al-Quds international institution warned of Israeli intentions to build a synagogue on parts of the Aqsa Mosque.

Minister of culture Mohamed Al-Madhoun stated on Friday that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) initially approved a plan submitted by a Jewish religious group to seize parts of the Aqsa Mosque compound for the building of a synagogue.

Madhoun affirmed that this plan is one of the most serious Judaization projects that target the Aqsa Mosque as the calls for allowing the Jews to perform their rituals inside the Mosque has escalated lately.

He accused the Israeli occupation regime of being involved in the conspiracies which some Arab countries are being exposed to and exploiting the consequent difficult situation in the region to execute its schemes and crimes against Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque.

For his part, director of Al-Quds international institution Yasin Hamoud appealed to the organization of Islamic cooperation and the Arab League to intervene to stop this Israeli plan, which would trigger a new Palestinian intifada (uprising) in the occupied territories.

Palestine: Occupation destroys Bedouin village for 54th time & storming of Al Aqsa,Yusuf’s tomb

Occupation destroys Bedouin village for 54th time

BEERSHEBA (PIC)– Israeli authorities on Thursday demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib, in the Negev in the southern 1948 occupied territories, for the 54th time.

Palestinian sources in the Negev said that the Israeli soldiers accompanied by military bulldozers abruptly raided the village and started to demolish and remove the Palestinian homes and facilities.

The sources confirmed that the soldiers attacked the residents who refused to evacuate their houses, adding that the occupation bulldozers withdrew after demolishing the homes claiming they were built without license.

Resident Aziz al-Turi said Israeli forces arrived, carrying weapons and batons to intimidate villagers in Al-Araqib before bulldozers tore down all the homes in the Negev village for the 54th time.

The occupation authorities have continued to demolish the buildings in the village of al-Araqib in an attempt to displace its residents who confirmed their adherence to their lands.

Amnesty International earlier urged the occupation authorities to immediately stop the demolition of Bedouin homes in the Negev.


Jewish religious institution to build synagogue in al-Aqsa mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– A new Jewish religious institution was recently established with aim of establishing a Jewish synagogue on parts of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage stated that the Israeli authorities approved the establishment of a new Jewish institution, consisting of Jewish rabbis, aiming at establishing a synagogue on parts of al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Foundation warned of the seriousness of this process, which indicates the Israeli escalation against the mosque.

Jewish organizations are making frantic efforts, both overtly and covertly, to complete the Judaization of al-Aqsa mosque and to take control of it, especially following the recurring invasions of al-Aqsa and the attacks on worshippers in an attempt to establish fait accompli regarding the mosque and divide it.


35 settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, RAMALLAH, (PIC)– About 35 settlers and 6 Israeli intelligence elements stormed on Thursday morning the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate under the protection of the occupation police.

Mahmoud Abu Atta, media coordinator for Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage, said in press statements that 20 settlers stormed in the early morning hours the Al-Aqsa Mosque. They started touring the Mosque’s courtyards when 15 other Israelis joined them later.

Meanwhile, six intelligence elements raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, Abu Atta added.

He pointed out that Al-Aqsa Mosque has been witnessing a state of high alert by the Israeli police, as well as a state of extreme anger among the Palestinian students, worshipers and the mosque guards, especially as the raids have continued for the fifth day.

More than one 1440 settlers and soldiers stormed the mosque during the past month, according to data gathered by the Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage (AFEH).

AFEH said in a press statement that the Al-Aqsa Mosque witnessed last July raids by nearly 1109 settlers, in addition to 18981 foreign tourists, 195 intelligence elements and 132 soldiers.

The foundation added that about 190 settlers have stormed the Mosque since the beginning of this week.


Hundreds of settlers raid Yusuf’s tomb

NABLUS, (PIC)– Hundreds of extremist settlers, late Wednesday night, raided Yusuf’s tomb in the northern West Bank city of Nablus under the protection of IOF troops who closed the eastern part of the city, especially the area adjacent to the tomb.

Eyewitnesses said that settlers streamed to the tomb on coaches protected by the IOF and held religious celebrations that lasted till the morning. Palestinian youths hurled stones at the settlers as they left.

The IOF also raided Western parts of the city of Nablus and searched a number of homes.


IOF arrests 3 Palestinian women

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Israeli authorities arrested three Palestinian women while they were visiting liberated captive Wourud al-Qassem in the town of Kafr Kassem in the 1948 occupied territories on Thursday evening.

Activist in the Popular Front Shaher Shashtari said the occupation forces arrested the three activists from the house of the freed prisoner Wourud, as they were visiting her.

Israeli authorities directly transferred the activists to Hasharon prison for women without informing them about the charge against them.

Palestine: Young man killed by IOF & Knesset to discuss another plan to take over Al Aqsa

IOF kills Palestinian young man east of Bureij refugee camp in Gaza

GAZA, (PIC)– A Palestinian citizen was killed on Saturday evening by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stationed to the east of Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.

The Hebrew radio reported that a Gazan young man was shot dead after he crossed the perimeter fence and headed towards Alomim settlement.

Palestinian citizens, in turn, reported they heard the sound of gunfire east of Bureij refugee camp and saw the arrival of military reinforcements at the fence.

For his part, spokesman for the Palestinian health ministry Ashraf Qudra confirmed that the Palestinian side received the body of a young man in his twenties, noting that the name of the victim is still unknown.


Knesset to discuss possibility of opening Aqsa Mosque permanently before Jews

NAZARETH, (PIC)– The interior and environment committee of the Knesset intends to table a proposal calling for allowing the Jews to desecrate the Aqsa Mosque to perform their rituals, especially during their religious days and festivals.

The website of the Knesset said that the interior committee would discuss the opening of the Aqsa Mosque before the Jews during the holy month of Ramadan and the coming Jewish holidays.

The committee is expected to study a request filed by Jewish groups calling for opening all gates and entrances of the Aqsa Mosque before the Jews.

The issue of preventing the Jews from entering the Aqsa Mosque during the last holy month of Ramadan will also be debated during this session.

Representatives from the ministries of interior, tourism, public security in addition to other Jewish and Zionist groups were invited to participate in this meeting.

Palestine: Israelis’ number increases in WB within 6 months & Israeli calls to storm al-Aqsa

(Al Quds, Palestine-file photo)

Settlers’ number increases in WB within 6 months

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The number of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank grew by 2.2 % during the first six months of 2013, according to Israel Today newspaper.

The newspaper confirmed that this year’s rate of increase is higher than the overall Israeli population increase rate that was estimated at 1.9% in 2012.

The highest settlers’ increase rate was in the settlements built on al-Khalil Mount by 4.85%, while the settlers’ number grew by 4.1% in Gush Etzion and by 3.2% in settlements built in the northern occupied West Bank.

The settler population in the occupied West Bank stood at 367,000 settlers at beginning of July 2013, the newspaper added, saying that 7,700 new settlers joined these settlements.

The Israeli newspaper stated that Har Homa settlement received new settlers with an increase by 21%, while Msheejut and Rotem settlements built in Jordan Valley recorded an increase by 14% in receiving new settlers and 10% in Nahaliel settlement built in Ramallah.

During the first six months of 2012, the number of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank grew by 2.25% where 5,200 settlers have moved to settle in West Bank settlements, Israel Today said.

Assistant Secretary General of the West Bank settlements has called on the Israeli government to increase settlement construction in the occupied West Bank due to the increasing number of settlers moving to West Bank settlements.

Commenting on these facts, Peace Now organization stated that it would be impossible to achieve the two-state solution.


IOA to build more settlement units in eastern Jerusalem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has endorsed the construction of new settlement units in occupied Jerusalem.

Hebrew daily Ha’aretz on Tuesday quoted minister of economy Naftali Bennett as saying that the government was intent on resuming construction of settlement units especially in Jerusalem.

He said that his party would not endorse any government decision to freeze construction of settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Bennett said that tenders would be put out within the few coming days for the construction of new housing units in Jerusalem and in other areas.

He also denied press reports that his party had agreed to the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture to coincide with the re-launching of negotiations with the Palestinians.


Israeli calls to storm al-Aqsa mosque tomorrow

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Jewish organizations have called for organizing a march and mass rally at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday, demanding free access to and prayer in the Muslim holy site.

The rally is speculated to start from the Mughrabi Gate near Buraq Wall at 7:30 am, and to go around al-Aqsa doors to pressure the Israeli police to allow them to storm the mosque from all doors.

Senior rabbis and politicians will participate in the rally including Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, paratrooper and founder of the Temple Institute, the extremist Rabbi Yehuda Glick, and Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) Moshe Feiglin, in addition to journalists and members of the right-wing Likud party.

This Israeli attempts to storm al-Aqsa mosque came in light of the Israeli calls to divide the mosque and impose a new status quo.

Sayyed Nasrallah in rare live appearance on Al-Quds Day

(Al Quds Day, Lebanon, Aug. 2, 2013)

by Nour Rida, Al Ahed news

Hizbullah Secretary General, His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah surprised the thousands of Lebanese gathered in Sayyed al-Shuhada complex in Beirut’s southern suburb , Dahyeh, as he arrived into the complex in person to share the event in a rare live appearance with the people of the Resistance and deliver his speech.

Breaking the usual appearing via video-link, His Eminence said today we are in greatest need of commemorating al-Quds day.

Sayyed Nasrallah reminded of Imam Ruhollah Khomeini’s statement on al-Quds day in the month of Ramadan 1399 AH (August 1979), a statement made in the first few months after the Islamic Revolution victory.

Heeding Imam Khomeini’s Call

“Imam Khomeini issued a statement in which he called for defending all oppressed peoples worldwide, which would be the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan every year,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

Imam Khomeini had said on that day “I advise the Palestinian authorities to give up frequent travels to external powers and instead extend the helping hands to the Palestinians. By relying on God, the Almighty, they can undertake an armed struggle against “Israel” until the demise of this regime. Since these types of travels discourage the people from struggle against this brutal regime. I assure you that neither the West nor the East will promote the Palestine cause, but reliance on God, the Almighty, and armed struggle against “Israel” can defeat this regime.”

“The aim of Imam Khomeini’s call is to remind the Muslims and the world of the Palestinian cause, to prevent them from forgetting it, to benefit from mobilization, to rescue al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Palestine from the hands of the Zionists and shed light on what Palestine and its people are suffering from, be it siege, Judaization, starvation or the demolition of holy sites,” he uttered.
Thanking the people who came to take part in the ceremony while fasting despite the hot weather, “Today, on August 2, 2013, we critically need to commemorate the occasion, and I thank all of you for heeding the call of Imam Khomeini.”

Palestine from Sea to River, “Israel” World Threat

According to Sayyed Nasrallah, “The Palestine we talk about is the entire Palestine from sea to river, the entire land should be returned to its people, no one in this world, young or old, prince, king, president or government, should give up one iota of Palestinian sand, or a single drop of its water or oil.”

“Imam Khomeini described “Israel” as a cancerous gland, a deadly cancerous tumor, and the only solution is to persist and eradicate it,” he expressed.

“”Israel” postures a grave and permanent threat not only to Palestinians, but also to all the states and peoples of this region and its capabilities, security, dignity, safety and sovereignty,” Sayyed Nasrallah explained adding, “anyone who denies that would be practicing obstinacy. Hence, it is not only an existential threat to Palestine’s people, but also to all the peoples of the region.”

He further elaborated that the end of “Israel” is in the interest of the entire Islamic world and the entire Arab world; it is also a national interest for every country in the region.

“All those who stand in face of the Zionist project and resist against it anywhere in the world is defending Palestine as well as his own country, his people, dignity, the future of his children and grandchildren,” he expressed.

Palestine Central Cause

Moreover, Sayyed Nasrallah underscored that every Palestinian and Arab, whether Muslim or Christian, in fact every person in this world should bear responsibility, as this cause is a right cause, it is a tragedy that all should care for.

According to Sayyed Nasrallah, the responsibility includes “the political stance, the popular solidarity, the media position, the financial support to the Palestinians and the insistence on “Israel’s” illegitimacy”, and all hardships Lebanon and the region live is due to giving up on this cause.”

Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say that some countries and governments prevent prioritizing the Palestinian cause through inventing wars and conflicts to divert attention from the central and main cause, that of Palestine. “First they spoke of communist expansion and Palestine was forgotten and they spent billions and came up with books, conference and wars. Then they invented the Iranian and Persian expansion and a war that cost billions was waged against Iran. Had they spent only one fifth on Palestine, it would have been liberated.”
Guarantees were given to the US that arms obtained by the Arab states would not be used against “Israel”.

Sectarianism to Derive Attention from Cause

Hizbullah SG highlighted “They then used the so-called ‘Shiite expansion’, they said the priority is confronting the Shiite threat because it poses a greater threat to the nation than the Zionist scheme. To many, “Israel” is not a threat or an enemy anymore.”

Even worse that than this, Sayyed expressed, is “that they gave some local political conflicts a sectarian nature.”

Giving examples on such, he underscored “In Egypt, there is a critical political rift, but it is political and not sectarian. The same applies to Libya, Tunisia and Yemen. But when it comes to countries that have diversity, such as Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Bahrain, the political conflict is turned into a sectarian conflict, which is a destructive weapon.”

“Isn’t it time for the peoples of the region to realize that some parties seek to destroy the region and its countries, armies and peoples. They don’t only want to divide the nations but also to fragment the peoples into sects,” Sayyed Nasrallah wondered.

“Isn’t it time for the peoples of the region to point their fingers at the countries sponsoring this destructive, malicious scheme, which is the most dangerous scheme our region has witnessed?” he also asked.

Palestine Should Bring People Together

On the behalf of Hizbullah, Sayyed Nasrallah called on all sides to find common ground, sort out disagreements, as there are certain destructive disagreements that shake the economy and security.

“We in Hizbullah also reiterate we will stand by Palestine and the Palestinian people, we are keen on strong ties with all Palestinian factions and forces, even though we might have differences on certain issues related to Palestine and Syria.”

Thanking Syrian and Iranian efforts on reviving the Palestinian cause and defending it, Sayyed Nasrallah iterated “they have presented so much for Palestine and al-Quds, also to the Resistance movements in Palestine and Lebanon which led to the defeat of the Zionist entity.”

In his opinion, the Palestinian cause should bring all the peoples together despite any differences.

Sayyed Nasrallah, who assured the Resistance will remain alert and ready to protect Lebanon and its people along with the Lebanese army, reminded of absented Imam Sayyed Moussa Sadr, urging the Libyan authorities to bear responsibility of his kidnapping.

Shiite Hizbullah to Defend Palestine Indefinitely

Moving on to another point, Sayyed Nasrallah focused “They want the Shiites outside the equation concerning the Arab-“Israeli” conflict, meaning also Iran out. Hence, we tell the US, “Israel”, Britain and all their tools, we also tell the friend and the enemy, we, the Shiites of Ali bin Abi Taleb will not give up on Palestine and Palestinian sanctities.”

“We in Hizbullah, are among those who were raised up on the Resistance project, we were educated on confronting the “Israeli” enemy, defending Palestine and al-Quds, also the sovereignty of Lebanon. We sacrificed our souls and blood for the sake of this path, with the leaders starting Sayyed Abbas Moussawi and reaching Haj Imad Moghnieh leading the way,” Sayyed Nasrallah detailed.

Wrapping up his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah said “We in Hizbullah, the Muslim Ja’afari Shiites will not give up on Palestine, al-Quds, or the sanctities of the Ummah.”

Millions mark Quds Day around globe

Millions mark Quds Day around globe

Press TV

Millions of people around the world have held demonstrations to mark the International Quds Day to show support for the Palestinian resistance against Israel.

Millions of people in different countries held massive rallies on Friday in solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian nation, voicing their anger at the policies of the Israeli regime and its allies and calling for the liberation of Palestine.

Quds Day is held annually on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan during which demonstrators call for the liberation of Palestine and an end to Israeli occupation.

Muslims in more than 80 countries, including Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Australia and Indonesia, attended Quds Day demonstrations to support the Palestinians and condemn the Israeli occupation…


Bahrainis Commemorate Quds Day under Regime’s Teargas, Gunshot Bullets

Al Manar

Protests in solidarity with the holy al-Quds swept Bahrain on Friday despite the regime’s repression which had injured several people.Bahrain rallies in al-Quds day

Security forces fired on Friday teargas and the internationally-banned gunshot bullet at protesters who gathered in several regions across the country in al-Quds day.

The residential area of Sar, in the country’s center, witnessed at the morning a protest in which Palestinian and Bahraini flags were raised. Several protesters were injured in the demo where security forces fired teargas and gunshot bullets.

The same scene was repeated in the region of Nuwaidrat, south of the capital, where security forces fired teargas.Bahraini security forces fired teargas at protesters in al-Quds day

Later on, following Friday prayers, crowds took to streets in the areas of Juffair, Sahla, Malkiya, Dair, Jablat Habashi, Karzakan, Sitra island, Diraz and other areas. These rallies were called for by February 14 Youth coalition and other movements.

The protests statement stressed that al-Quds remains in the minds and the hearts of the free people, adding that it stays the central issue for the Arab and the Muslim world.

The statement noted that the Bahraini people took out to streets in al-Quds day, despite the oppression, repression and crimes committed by the Bahraini regime in order to stress that al-Quds issue can’t stay away of these people’s minds, in any event.

Why is Al-Quds absent?!

(Al Quds, Palestine-file photo)

by Maysaa Ibrahim, Al Ahed news

There… in Occupied al-Quds a number of hidden facts that turn the bride of capitals and the center of divine religions into a black nightmare.

Not only does the “Israeli” excavations under al-Aqsa Mosque reach deep into 14 meters, but also the occupation’s constructions under the Holy mosque form a whole city that is able to accommodate millions.

Moreover, “Israel” continues to build tunnels from Silwan to other towns and cities to reach al-Aqsa.

This comes as ancient monuments and stones are deposited in “Israeli” museums and there are around 104 synagogues, including four large ones, that seize al-Aqsa.

Amid all this, the “Israeli” cleansing continues: the number of “Israeli” settlements inside the occupied city reached 29 as there exists a million “Israeli” settler compared to only 150 thousand Palestinians living on their occupied al-Quds territories.

Meanwhile, the “Israeli” identity has been recently given to the Palestinians sealed with the term “a temporary resident”, so that the Palestinian can be displaced from his city at any moment.

In conclusion, a great warning is issued: Al-Quds is in the last term of being completely Judaized.

This is the case of al-Quds today: sad streets, minarets, and wells that wait to be a lead news in our bulletins, a slogans above other logos, a title in the traffic of our series, a nationalist and patriotic project in face of racism, occupation, and Judaization.

The Secretary General of the Islamic Christian Agency to Support al-Quds D. Hanna Issa recalls how he once read all the Arab newspapers to find that its pages are empty of any news on al-Quds.

“Years ago, forty to fifty foreign media outlets used to contact us to get info regarding al-Quds,” he remembers, lamenting that the number today ranges from seven to ten foreign media outlets only.

According to Issa, the Arab media suffers death when it comes to the Palestinian cause in general, and Occupied al-Quds, in particular.

He also criticizes addressing the issue in an old, inaccurate, and dangerous manner, away from scientific terms.

In this context, Issa faults the promotion to the desecration of the “Israeli” settlers to al-Aqsa Holy Mosque as a so-called “Jewish pilgrimage to the mosque”.

“Muslims are the ones who perform pilgrimages to al-Aqsa and not the Jews,” explains Issa, criticizing the Arab and Islamic countries ill-performance in their duties towards the “holy land “.”
Perhaps, the experience of the director Basil Khatib confirms this fact.

The experience that lasted for twenty years built a conviction within the Syrian Palestinian director that “Any idea that deals with al-Quds or the Palestinian issue is forbidden, as if there is an implicit decision not to approach this subject,” Khatib says.

Furthermore, he mentions how the decision-makers in the production companies and channels reject each proposal in this area, although the approach is often launched from the humanitarian aspect of the tragedy: the tragedy of the Palestinian person, who was snatched from his land.

The painful reality indicates, according to the director of “Al-Quds and I” as well as other works that deals with the Palestinian issue and its symbols, the sickness of this nation.

“The relationship between the Arab and Islamic nation on one side and the attacks on the Holy city on the other side is the real index to the healthiness of this nation,” he clarifies, and points out that “our enemies succeeded in absenting al-Quds from the circle of our daily interests.”

However, it seems that they failed in making Khatib abandon what he considers a national and moral position, not just a work of art.

“Between al-Quds and my soul there exists a story of passion and love that was born when I was preparing to the “Al-Quds and I”, Khatib reveals.

He goes on to say: “Despite the fact that I have never visited al-Quds, I am fully aware of its neighborhoods and streets,” promising with a film that details the real events of a character that lived in al-Quds. The film, according to the director, is entitled “Life”.

For his part, the Palestinian journalist and analyst Nasser Laham is in daily coverage to al-Quds as well as to the diaries of its people.

“Al-Quds have been standing in the waiting queue since a hundred years. It waited to a victory heading from Baghdad, Algeria or any other Arab capital,” he confirms.

Moreover, the Palestinian reporter laments that “as al-Quds waited for the Arab armies to save it, it faces today a complex reality.”

On this level, Laham stops at what he called “the serious, intentional and deliberate reconstruction of the Arab consciousness through the way the Arab media approaches al-Quds cause.”

Based on his experience, he cites how the Arab satellite channels limit al-Quds issue to broadcasting the scenes of prayers inside al-Aqsa Holy Mosque. “The media cartels smartly worked on this side over the past years.”

Laham recalls a letter written by a group of intellectuals and released prisoners for the Arab States, ten years ago. The letter warned the Arab states that “Israel” is turning al-Quds into a big settlement…into a capital for Jews and settlers. It further urged the Arabs to provide support for al-Quds via construction projects: schools, universities, theaters, and transportation lines.

However, all what the the Arabs agreed on was to support the Palestinians with “Rahman” [Another Arabic name for al-Mighty God] meals.

“Do the Palestinian people need food? Do they need the Rahman meals?” Laham wonders angrily.

He also emphasizes: “We need the Rahman swords, armies, and men.”

However, Laham assures that al-Quds and its people didn’t surrender.

He proudly tells how al-Quds people refuses the Australian or Canadian citizenship added to $ 25 thousand dollars in exchange of their identity and land.

Quoting the people of the Holy city, the reporter stresses: “We will accept the debates, speeches, and letters. However, our city will have its own decision.”

“Al-Quds is the one that orders, roars, and decides,” he confirms pointing out that “as our city historically decided, it will draw its own future.”

And based on the historical determinism, Laham assures that “al-Quds will remain to the Arabs.”

Why? A word that is strongly present. Why is al-Quds absent? Why doesn’t it penetrate into our satellite channels? Why do we ignore its sufferings?

The Palestinian National Council member Salah Salah views that there are a variety of reasons for this painful reality that emptied the issue from any duties or obligations and turned it into utterances and slogans.
“Our enemies and the conspirators succeeded in tearing the Arab community apart so that the Arab countries became occupied with their internal conflicts, forgetting all about their common enemy,” he adds.

In addition, he states that the “Israeli” enemy and its supporters created another enemy to the Arabs, i.e. Iran. “They made Iran the enemy, despite being the only country to expel the “Israeli” ambassador and to hand the embassy to Palestine Liberation Organization.”

Salah unveils that “the US devoted millions of dollars to achieve the goal of distorting the image of Muslims and Arabs.”

“What does al-Quds and Palestine mean today to Qatar and Saudi Arabia, for example,” he asks, noting that “in its meeting with the US Secretary of State John Kerry, the Arab delegation refrained from discussing the issues of al-Quds, Judaization and the apartheid wall.”

On this level, Salah elaborates: “On the contrary, they rushed to agree on US orders to resume negotiations with the “Israeli”. This gives the “Israeli” enemy more time to complete its project to establish their state on all of Palestine.”

However, Salah assures that “the absence of al-Quds from the official Arab positions does not mean its absence from the conscience of the Arab peoples.”