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Palestine: Policewoman attacks woman, snatches her veil & Israeli runs over a family

Israeli policewoman attacks Palestinian woman, snatches her veil

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Fistfights were reported between worshipers at the Aqsa Mosque and Israeli police forces on Thursday after a policewoman attacked a Palestinian woman and snatched her veil.

Eyewitnesses told the PIC reporter that Israeli police blocked entry of worshipers less than 50 years old into the holy site while allowing hoards of settlers free access at the pretext of Jewish feasts.

They said that friction occurred as a result at Bab El-Nadher, one of the Aqsa gates, and the policewoman assaulted the Palestinian woman leading to the fistfight.

Israeli occupation forces usually allow Muslim worshipers to enter the Aqsa only after handing over their IDs at the gates.


IOF raze commercial structures in Barta’a town

JENIN, (PIC)– the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) demolished on Thursday morning a commercial complex and two garages in the industrial zone of Barta’a town after declaring it a closed military zone.

Eyewitnesses told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that a number of Israeli bulldozers and military vehicles stormed at about 05:30 in the morning the town, which is located behind the segregation wall to the southwest of Jenin.

They added that the invading troops declared the town a closed military zone and prevented all Palestinian cars from going in or out.

They also said that the bulldozers headed under military protection to the commercial zone north of the town and embarked on razing a commercial center of seven stores belonging to a Palestinian citizen.

The bulldozers also knocked down two auto repair garages owned by two Palestinian citizens from the town, according to them.

Consequently, the demolition campaign in the town triggered violent clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian citizens.

During the events, the invading troops fired a hail of tear gas grenades at the angry citizens, which led to severe suffocation cases among them and caused one of the garages to catch fire.


Israeli settler runs over a Palestinian family in Bethlehem

BETHLEHHEM, (PIC)– An Israeli settler has deliberately run over a Palestinian family, consisting of man and two ladies, in Bethlehem, where they were transferred immediately to hospital.

Spokesman for emergency services in Bethlehem said that three Palestinians have been injured after an Israeli settler run them over in Umm Salamuna village near Gush Etzion settlement.

Palestinian medical sources confirmed that the Israeli ambulance crews have transferred the wounded to hospital in occupied territories in 1948. Two of them were seriously injured while the third is in a stable condition.


50 settlers storm al-Aqsa mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Dozens of extremist settlers broke into the sanctuary yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday morning, while the IOF prevented Palestinian worshipers under 50 years from entering the mosque.

Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said that the Israeli soldiers have prevented Palestinians, under 50 years, from performing Fajr (dawn) prayers, forcing them to pray outside the mosque.

Meanwhile, 50 Jewish settlers stormed al-Aqsa mosque through al-Magharbeh Gate and wandered through its yards under military protection.

The Foundation pointed that the Palestinian worshipers protested the Israeli heavy security measures on the mosque’s gates, chanting Allahu Akbar (God is the Greatest).

Jewish organizations gathering under the name of “the Coalition for the Temple” have called on settlers to storm the Mosque next Saturday. They called upon the police to allow them to celebrate the Yom Kippur holiday in al-Aqsa mosque.

Israeli police spokesman Yohanna Danino has announced that Israeli police have agreed to give permission for Jews to enter into the Mosque on Saturday, considering it a part of the so-called “Jewish Temple”. He said, “That is an undisputed right for Jews.”

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: Dozens of olive trees uprooted & demolition notifications

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Settlers uproot dozens of olive trees in Yatta

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– A number of settlers uprooted on Sunday evening more than forty olive trees in Yatta, south of al-Khalil in the southern West Bank.

Activist Rateb Jabour told PIC that the settlers stormed Khirbet Homra to the east of Yatta, and started uprooting more than 40 olive trees under the protection of the occupation forces.

Dozens of settlers carried out similar attacks in areas south of al-Khalil. They prevented farmers from entering their lands and threatened to open fire at them.

Meanwhile, the settlers broke the windows of a number of Palestinian vehicles in Nablus.


IOA notifies the demolition of 2 buildings in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– The Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) notified on Sunday the demolition of two buildings in Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank.

The so-called Israeli Civil Administration stormed Khader town in Bethlehem and handed a notification for the demolition of a house and agricultural barn under the pretext of being built without a permit, local sources confirmed.

The sources said that elements of the Civil Administration handed over the Palestinian citizen Nader Salah notifications to demolish his house and an agricultural barn under the pretext of being built without a permit and next to the Apartheid Wall.


Occupation notifies demolition of commercial structures in Silwan

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Jerusalem Municipality handed out on Sunday afternoon administrative demolition orders against a number of commercial structures, and a sports stadium in the town of Silwan in Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

The Information Center in Wadi Hilwa reported that the Israeli municipal teams and forces raided the town and notified the demolition of the Stadium of Wadi Hilweh.

It added the stadium is set up on an area of 850 square meters and includes 4 huts, 3 of which for horses and one for sports equipment.

Residents of Wadi Hilweh neighborhood transferred the land into a playground in late 2010, however after several months the occupation authorities demolished a hut set up in the stadium, in addition to bulldozing the land.

The Municipal teams also handed out demolition orders to the owners of 3 shops built 20 years ago in the neighborhood of Wadi Hilweh, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that the occupation Municipal teams also notified the demolition of 3 shops for selling birds, built since 2001.

Palestine: Soldiers burn down ancient olive trees, break gate of monastery & workers wounded

IOF soldiers burn down ancient olive trees, break gate of monastery

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) burned down a number of olive trees, some of which are one thousand years old, and broke the gate of a monastery south of Bethlehem on Saturday evening.

Ahmed Salah, the coordinator of anti-wall and settlement committees in Al-Khader village, said that IOF soldiers fired teargas and stun grenades at areas belonging to the Mar Jeriess monastery in the Old City of Al-Khader.

The resultant fire burned down ancient olive trees, Salah said, adding that the soldiers attacked the monastery and destroyed its main gate. He said that the soldiers warned against rebuilding the gate.


Jewish settlers attack, damage Palestinian vehicles

NABLUS, (PIC)– Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles passing along the Nablus-Ramallah road and damaged 25 cars.

Ghassan Daghlas, in charge of settlement activity north of the West Bank, said that Israeli occupation forces closed the Hawara roadblock, south of Nablus, after the attack. The settlers threw rocks and empty bottles on the passing cars.

In another incident, IOF patrols set up roadblocks in various areas of Salfit province and searched buses.


IOF soldiers shoot, wound Palestinian workers

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) shot at and wounded two Palestinian workers for trying to cross the separation wall near Daheriya town in Al-Khalil province.

Quds Press quoted local sources as saying that an IOF patrol chased a vehicle carrying the workers on Saturday and shot at them wounding two of the workers in their feet.

The sources said that both workers are from Yatta town in Al-Khalil, describing the injuries of one of them as moderate.

They said that one of the workers was taken to a hospital in Al-Khalil while the other was taken to an Israeli hospital.

IOF soldiers have been increasing their chase of Palestinian workers trying to enter the Green Line over the past week especially on Friday and Saturday.

Palestine: More than 40 Palestinians kidnapped in Aroub refugee camp raids

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Saturday kidnapped more than 40 Palestinians from their homes in Aroub refugee camp, north of Al-Khalil city.

Local sources told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that scores of Israeli troops accompanied by intelligence officers stormed the camp and carried out violent raids on homes, which caused widespread panic among children and women.

They added that more than 40 Palestinian young men and children, mostly students, were taken prisoners under different pretexts during the campaign.

They noted that the IOF handcuffed and blindfolded the detainees and dealt with them together with their families violently and without any mercy.

In an earlier incident on Thursday afternoon, fierce clashes broke out between dozens of Palestinian young men and invading troops in Al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Al-Khalil.

Eyewitnesses told the PIC that the clashes happened after the IOF stormed the camp and embarked on firing tear gas grenades at a group of Palestinian young men.

They added that tear gas grenades fell onto some Palestinian homes causing children and women to suffer severe suffocation.

On the evening of the same day, the IOF established a checkpoint on the bypass road known as Route 60, north of Al-Khalil, and intercepted cars for search.

Eyewitnesses told the PIC that the IOF at this checkpoint detained a 20-year-old university student identified as Subhi Jawabra for one and a half hours before taking him in chain to Etzion detention center.

The IOF also set up a checkpoint near Tarama area, south of Al-Khalil, and embarked on searching Palestinian cars without any reported detentions.

Palestine: IOF stormed Aqsa & report-Gaza blockade, “slow death” and “collective punishment”

IOF storms Aqsa Mosque after Friday prayers and fire tear gas grenades

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque after Friday prayers and fired tear gas and stun grenades.

Eyewitnesses said that large forces of Israeli police raided the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa mosque and started firing tear gas and stun grenades while the young men responded by throwing stones at the occupation forces.

Many worshipers suffered suffocation due to gas inhalation.


Due to the Jewish holidays, Palestinian freedom of movement restricted

JENIN, (PIC)– Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have prevented residents, living in Barta’a, Um Rayhan, and Daher Maleh villages in Jenin isolated behind the Apartheid Wall, from leaving their villages.

The Israeli authority has informed the residents of its decision to restrict their movement out of these villages located behind the Apartheid Wall till next Sunday under the pretext of Yom Kippur Jewish holiday.

Following the Israeli decision, 13,000 Palestinians including students, workers, and farmers have been isolated in their villages.

Head of Barta’a village council urged the international human rights organizations to stand by the villagers who suffer from the continued and escalated Israeli violations.

In another context, the Israeli forces detained a Palestinian citizen for several hours at a military checkpoint under the pretext that he raised the Palestinian flag on his vehicle.


International Report: Gaza Blockade, “Slow Death” and “Collective Punishment”

GENEVA, (PIC)– The EuroMid Observer for Human Rights has issued a field report documenting the social, economic, and humanitarian crisis that engulfed Gaza over the past few years since the imposition of the siege by Israeli authorities back in 2006 especially in light of the political “change” in Egypt which negatively affected Gaza.

According to International law, Israel bears great responsibility as well as Egypt for caging over 1.6 million people in an open air prison, where the basic food and fuel commodities have become scarce as Egypt closed great majority of the tunnels used in smuggling these needs, the report said.

The field report, issued in cooperation with the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) in London and Malaysian Organization (MAPIM), stated that over a third (35.5%) of those able and willing to work are unemployed (PCBS) – one of the highest unemployment rates in the world. Economists expect that the continuous closure of the tunnels will lead to a sharp increase in the unemployment level (43% by the end of 2013 compared with 32% in June 2013).

Meanwhile, the construction sector is working with less than 15% of its previous capacity leading to more than 30,000 losses in job opportunities since July 2013, the report added.

The economy has endured severe losses worth of $460 million in all economic sectors within the past two months, while the incessant closure of the tunnels will lead to a 3% decline in the growth by the end of 2013 compared with 15% as of June 2013, the field report revealed.

Raw materials make up the majority of imports volumes from the Egyptian tunnels. Prior to the new measures, Gaza’s businesses received more than 45% of the needed row materials via the tunnels leading to noticeable increase in the operating businesses. Currently and due to Egyptian measures more than 60% of industrial businesses are shut down and the rest operate at partial capacity. The sector is currently employing 7,500 workers down from 27,000 prior to June 30, 2013 (35,000 prior to 2006).

A longstanding electricity deficit, compounded by shortages in fuel needed to run Gaza’s power plant, results in power outages of up to 12 hours a day.

Only a quarter of households receive running water every day, during several hours only, while over 90% of the water extracted from the Gaza aquifer is unsafe for human consumption. Some 90 million liters of untreated and partially treated sewage are dumped in the sea off the Gaza coast each day, creating public health hazards.

The Egyptian authorities have lately tightened controls on the Rafah passenger crossing, Gaza’s main access to the outside world. The Gaza-Egypt relation has been strained over the blockade of Gaza and the Egyptian campaign in the past year to shut down the tunnels. By the end of July 2013, the Egyptian army had destroyed all the tunnels, leading to a stern crisis in fuel supplies that threatens to close almost 137 petrol stations in the besieged territory upon which most Palestinians rely.

In July 2013, 27% (128 types) of essential medicines were at zero stock in the Central Drug Store in Gaza and 16% (78 types) were at low stock (between 1-3 months’ supply), the report documented.

In the entire month of July, Egyptian Authorities allowed 6,236 Palestinians to cross into Egypt. This is 30% less than those who crossed monthly in June. During the entire month of August 2013, 3,340 Palestinians have crossed into Egypt, this is 25% of those who crossed before June 2013.

The EuroMid Observer for Human Rights therefore urgently demands the International Community to help alleviate immediately the blockade on the Gaza Strip. The report also called on the Israeli authorities to dismantle the blockade and to end the targeting of innocent people, which is in violation of the 1949 Geneva Convention.

The Geneva based organization also called on the Egyptian government to open the Rafah Crossing for passengers and goods, without any restrictions.

It urged the International community, and the EU and the US in particular, to initiate and support the need for a seaport in Gaza that guarantees the free import and export of goods and private international travel. Commitments for the seaport in Gaza not only address a priority and need of the Palestinians, but also serve as political support for their desire to gain independence.


Ofer sentences a Palestinian child to 14 years

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The Israeli Ofer Military Court sentenced Palestinian boy Mohammed Omar Rashid, 17 from the town of Yatta south of al-Khalil, to 14 years imprisonment, in addition to paying a fine of six thousand shekels.

Rashid was arrested on March 8, 2012 by the Israeli army during a raid on the town of Yatta. He was shot and wounded by several bullets in his back.

Human rights organizations condemned the trial of the Palestinian children. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) in the Palestinian territories, issued a statement after the trial of Rashid denouncing the trial and considering it void and a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Israeli occupation authorities issued a law that allows trial of Palestinian children at the age of 12.

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.

Palestine: Lands uprooted to build units In Salfit & a plan for 3800 units in WB

Army Uproots Lands To Build Settlement Units In Salfit

by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

Local sources in Salfit district, in the central part of the West Bank, have reported that Israeli bulldozers uprooted Palestinians lands, west of Salfit, in preparation for building new units in Leshim illegal settlement.

The lands are located between Deir Ballout and Kufr Ad-Deek towns. Leshim was built last year on privately owned Palestinian lands.

Israeli Housing Minister, Uri Ariel, placed the corner stone of the illegal settlement.

The Salfit district is one of the most impacted districts due to Israel’s illegal settlement activities as it contains 23 Israeli settlements swallowing more than half of Salfit’s farmlands.

It is worth mentioning that there are 18 Palestinian towns and villages in the Salfit District.

Israel also prepared a plan for constructing 3800 units for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, and in occupied East Jerusalem,

Besides being illegal under International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, settlements are consuming large areas of Palestinians orchards and fertile lands, and are devastating the Palestinian economy.


‘Israel’ Prepared A Plan For 3800 Units In West Bank Settlements

by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

The National Center for Studies and Documentation, run by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), issued a study revealing that Israel prepared a plan for constructing 3800 units for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, and in occupied East Jerusalem.

The center said that the month of August witnessed a serious escalation in Israel’s illegal settlement activities in the occupied territories.

It added that Israel licensed 63 new constructions in Jerusalem, and issued bids for the construction of 1200 in the occupied city.

Israel also prepared another plan for building 396 units on Palestinian lands in Beit Hanina, north of East Jerusalem.

Furthermore, the Jerusalem City Council also approved 1500 units near Shu’fat town, north of occupied Jerusalem, while the Higher Construction and Planning Committee of the Israeli “Civil Administration Office” in the West Bank, approved the construction of 878 units near Ramallah and other areas in the West Bank.

Israel also approved the construction of 230 units in Maon settlement, east of Yatta, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Palestine: Demolition policy escalated & Israeli extremist tries to stab a Palestinian

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Israeli demolition policy escalated

NEGEV, (PIC)– The Israeli Occupation Authority has escalated its demolition policy against Palestinian houses in Negev as part of its systematic scheme to deport Arabs from Negev, the Palestinian Youth Movement said.

The demolition policy came in coincidence with the Israeli continued arrests targeting activists and residents in the Arab villages in Negev aiming at implementing Prawer Plan.

Israel’s Prawer Plan aims to displace between 30,000 and 50,000 Palestinian Bedouins, destroy approximately 40 villages and confiscate over 850,000 dunums of land.


Israeli extremist tries to stab a Palestinian

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– An Israeli extremist on Friday tried to attack Palestinian worshipers in Al-Aqsa Mosque while heading to perform dawn prayers, but the worshipers noticed him and prevented the attack .

The Israeli was holding a knife when he tried to stab the Palestinian man who was waiting with other worshipers to enter into the mosque from Silsila Gate.

Fortunately one of the worshipers noticed the knife and prevented the crime. The Israeli Police arrived at the scene, and arrested the attacker.

Palestine: Demolition notices, Sarafand mosque, Al Aqsa stormed & children arrested

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‘Israel’ about to finish building of synagogue for women in Al-Buraq square

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage said that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) nearly finished the building of a synagogue for Jewish women next to the western wall of the Aqsa Mosque in Al-Buraq wall square.

The Aqsa foundation stated on Tuesday that the synagogue is composed of an elevated steel platform extending over an area of 450 square meters, noting that it would be used as a prayer place by a group of female Jews calling themselves the Women of the Wall.

It affirmed that the Israeli government decided to build this synagogue in response to the demands raised by some Jewish groups.

The foundation said that the building of this synagogue is aimed at entrenching the Judaization of Al-Buraq wall area and obliterating the ancient Islamic identity of Al-Maghariba neighborhood.

The Aqsa foundation also revealed that the financial committee of the Israeli municipal council approved in cooperation with the tourism ministry and the premier’s office a budget of 20,000,000 shekels to Judaize Silwan district, south of the Aqsa Mosque, and expand the David city national park.

The foundation noted that this project is part of many plans that were tabled lately by the Israeli municipal council in occupied Jerusalem with the aim of accelerating the steps to Judaize all parts of the holy city at the pretext of carrying out tourist and development projects.

The foundation also affirmed that the financial committee of the Israeli municipal council approved a budget of 144,000 shekels to build a mikve (ritual bath) in the Arab quarter Jabal Mukkaber, which overlooks the Aqsa Mosque.

The foundation appealed to the Arab and Muslim worlds to urgently save Jerusalem and not to leave it up for grabs to the Israeli occupation.


IOA serves notices for demolition of 8 water wells in Al-Khalil hamlet

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) served notices in Al-Fakhit hamlet to the east of Yatta town, south of Al-Khalil city, for the destruction of eight water wells.

Ratib Al-Jabour, the coordinator of the popular committee against the wall and settlement in Yatta, said on Wednesday that Israeli occupation forces delivered the notifications to members of the three families in the hamlet.

He said that the notifications include the demolition of the wells and barbed wire provided by UNDP for the establishment of a natural sanctuary over an area of 700 dunums owned by those three families.

Jabour lashed out at the IOA for displacing citizens and destroying their property for the sake of expanding Jewish settlements.

He said that Al-Fakhit is one of eight hamlets threatened with destruction in the area for the sake of retaining a reserve land for future establishment of settlements and expansion of existing ones.


Jewish settlers desecrate Aqsa Mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Dozens of Jewish settlers stormed the holy Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Wednesday morning under heavy police protection.

Awqaf officials said that more than 60 settlers broke into the holy site via Al-Maghareba gate in groups and desecrated its plazas and provoked worshippers.

Jewish fanatics had called on Tuesday for marking the third anniversary of the death of two extremist settlers (Isaac and Talia Emms) by organizing a mourning ceremony inside the Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday.


Settlers storm Sarafand mosque in 48-occupied territories

NAZARETH, (PIC)– Israeli extremist settlers stormed a mosque in the evacuated village of Sarafand near Haifa, northern occupied Palestinian territories in 1948, and stole its contents, Palestinian sources said.

Worshipers said that extremist settlers or employees of the Israeli authorities have stormed the mosque and stole all of its contents.

The Israeli authorities demolished in 2000 the mosque after the Islamic Movement in the Palestinian territory occupied in 1948 conducted restoration operations in it.

Samir Darwish, the responsible for endowment in the region, said in a statement on Wednesday that this is not the first Israeli attack against the mosque, holding the occupation authorities fully responsible for the continued violations against the Islamic site.


Israeli police round up five Jerusalemite children

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli police nabbed eight Palestinians including five children in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday night.

Local sources said that policemen took the detainees from Bab Al-Amoud in downtown Jerusalem to an interrogation center, adding that the five children were 14 to 16 years old.

A police statement claimed that the children threw stones at a busload of settlers.

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation forces detained three young men during clashes in Issawiye village.

Zionists target al-Aqsa Mosque, the heart of Islam

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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: ’Israel’ demolishes homes, Al Aqsa stormed & properties vandalized

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’Israel’ Demolishes Palestinian Homes in East Al-Quds

Al Ahed news

“Israeli” forces razed several structures in the East al-Quds neighborhoods of al-Tur and Eisawiya under the pretext that “they were built without a license”.

Locals stated that a large number of “Israeli” forces including special forces, police horsemen, and border guard officers raided Khallat al-Ein neighborhood in al-Tur. The invading forces denied residents and journalists access to the area before they forced two families to quickly evacuate their houses for demolition. The families were given only minutes to pull out some of their belongings.

One of the residents, Zakariyya al-Daya confirmed that “without a prior notice, “Israeli” forces stormed his house and another house belonging to his brother Abdul-Aziz and ordered the families to evacuate them for demolition.”
Al-Daya asserted that he had obtained a court decision to suspend the demolition order until October. He tried to show the soldiers the decision but they refused to argue with him and attacked him with pepper spray, he said.

Al-Daya explained that the two houses measured 120 square meters and used to shelter 12 family members. They were built six years earlier on a private tract of land. The so-called “Israeli” municipal council then ordered the family to pay a fine of 20,000 shekels followed by another fine of 60,000 shekels which the family is still paying in installments.

Separately, “Israeli” forces demolished a building under construction in the same neighborhood belonging to Mahir Abu Sbeitan. A member of a al-Quds follow-up committee, Mufid Abu Ghanam, stated that the two-story building measured 250 square meters and consisted of four apartments.

He further clarified that “Israel” prevents Palestinian residents of al-Quds from building new houses on their own private land or enlarging their houses to meet natural growth. Meanwhile, he added, “Israeli” settlements are being expanded without interruption.

The “Israelis”, according to Abu Ghannam, use trivial pretexts to prevent residents from building houses in al-Tur. Sometimes they claim the lands are conserved open space reserves, then they claim the land has been confiscated to be used for public purposes. “These are all pretexts to take the land for settlements so as to maintain control in al-Quds.”

Another “Israeli” demolition raid targeted Eisawiya village where bulldozers razed three steel structures used as sheep barns and a scrap yard. The barns belonged to Natsha family, while the scrap yard belonged to Gheith family.

“Israeli” forces leveled an area of 2,000 square meters and uprooted several trees.


Dozens of Israeli conscripts storm Aqsa Mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Around 60 Israeli conscripts stormed the holy Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday in military uniform.

The conscripts divided themselves into two groups and toured the Mosque’s various plazas each group with a tour guide who gave an explanation about the alleged temple.

Hundreds of tourists and Jewish settlers also toured the holy site under heavy Israeli police escort that restrained the movement of Muslim worshipers and scholars.

For its part, the Aqsa Foundation said that the Israeli occupation authorities were trying to establish daily presence inside the Aqsa in line with a “feverish scheme” to divide the holy site.

It called on Jerusalemites and Palestinians in the 1948 occupied land to intensify their presence in the Aqsa.

The Foundation warned that more and bigger storming attempts are expected in the coming Jewish feasts that start on 4th September.


Jewish settlers vandalize Jerusalemites’ properties

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli “Price tag” gangs carried out at dawn Tuesday attacks against Jerusalemites’ properties where they sprayed anti-Arab graffiti on cars belonging to Palestinians.

Local sources in Beit Safafa, south-east of Jerusalem, confirmed that Israeli extremist groups stormed the village’s neighborhood and punctured the tires of ten Palestinian vehicles.

The extremist groups also sprayed “price tag” and “revenge” on walls of Palestinian houses in the village.

The Jerusalemite families filed a complaint with Israeli police against the attackers.

Price tag is the term given to extremist hate crimes by Israeli settlers which generally target Palestinians in West Bank and Jerusalem.

The settlers carry out attacks against Palestinian citizens, mosques, churches, vehicles, and cultivated land lots encouraged by rabbis’ incitement and Israeli government’s approval to expand their settlements.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to consider Price Tag gangs as terrorist groups.


‘Israel’ plans to build 396 housing units in Jerusalem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) have approved the establishment of 396 housing units in Beit Hanina village north of Jerusalem, aiming at expanding Ramat Shlomo settlement and link it with the second-largest settlement in Jerusalem.

The expert on the settlement and maps, Khalil al-Tufkaji, said that this Israeli settlement scheme has been previously delayed to be presented again after talks’ resumption.

Beit Hanina lands, over 4,850 dunams, were confiscated in 1970 under the pretext of serving public interest, where Ramat settlement, which accommodates 42 thousand settlers, was built.

The Israeli authorities provocatively approved the establishment of settlement units in different parts of West Bank and Jerusalem regardless of the borders of June 1967, he said.

Tufkaji pointed to the construction of 1500 housing units in Ramat Shlomo and 396 new units in Ramot. Furthermore, the Israeli Housing and Construction Minister declared the establishment of a new settlement in the West Bank as part of Israeli expansion schemes.

The Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel of the Jewish Home Party declared Monday that settlement construction will continue in West Bank. “A two-state solution is an unrealistic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”, he said.