Iran Calls for World’s Action against ‘Israeli’ Occupation of Palestine

Iran Calls for World’s Action against ‘Israeli’ Occupation of Palestine

By Staff, Agencies

The Islamic Republic of Iran reiterated full support for Palestinians against the Tel Aviv regime’s atrocities, calling on Muslim nations and the entire world community to take immediate and practical steps towards putting an end to the decades-long ‘Israeli’ occupation.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry released a statement on Thursday, on the eve of Nakba Day [Catastrophe], when back in 1948, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forcibly evicted from their homeland and the ‘Israeli’ regime proclaimed existence.

“72 years ago, on this day, the Zionist immigrants massacred people of the land of Palestine — including men, women, the youth, the elderly and innocent children — and forced them out of their homes while using deviant and racist ideas and thoughts as a pretext. [That is how] the Palestinian land and the entire West Asia were afflicted with Zionist Nakba,” the statement read.

Palestinians mark Nakba Day on May 15, a day after the occupying regime declared existence.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry described Nakba Day as the starting point of ‘Israeli’ crimes against the true owners of Palestine, including building settlements, further displacing Palestinians, desecrating the al-Aqsa Mosque, maintaining a crippling siege on Gaza, and annexing the occupied side of Syria’s Golan Heights.

The statement also censured new US-backed attempts by the ‘Israeli’ regime to annex more Palestinian land.

The ministry, relatively, expressed Iran’s “full solidarity” with the Palestinian cause, rejecting a “humiliating” peace plan drawn up by the administration of US President Donald Trump to end the ‘Israeli’-Palestinian conflict.

It also emphasized that international bodies, especially the United Nations, need to shoulder their responsibility and “set the stage for the return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland and a referendum joined by the true inhabitants of this land — including Muslims, Christians and Jews — so they can exercise the right to decide their own fate and form an independent Palestinian government with holy Quds as [the state’s] capital.”

ماهر زعاترة..دمك قدسيّ

صابرين دياب

في الضحى، هذا اليوم (أمس)، داخل المسجد الأقصى، ناديت الخالة ام علي، ابنة مدينتي طمرة، حيث كنا معاً وبمعية مجموعة طيبة من مرابطي ومرابطات الأقصى من أبناء مدينتي الرائعة، نرابط في مهجة الفؤاد. ناديتها، كي تنتظر معنا قليلاً، في مدخل المكان المخصص للوضوء في المسجد، والمتوضأ، بجانب باب الاسباط، حتى لا تتبلل بالمطر، وكان قد اشتدّ عند الساعة الحادية عشرة، فقالت إن المطر بركة ونقاء، ولا بأس من بلل المطر..

المسافة بيني وبينها، أقل من عشرة أمتار. لاحظنا ان الخالة أم علي، وعدداً من المرابطين، توتروا، أسرعنا صوبهم. لنعرف ما الذي يحدث، وما إن تحرّكنا، حتى سمعنا إطلاق نار كثيف، وأغلق الباب فوراً، ومنع المرابطون من الخروج، ثم أغلقت كل أبواب الحرم !

وقالت الخالة ام علي، «شاهدت شاباً يمشي بسرعة – كان المطر شديداً، والطبيعي أن يمشي الناس بسرعة – ويضع يديه بداخل جيبي معطف أسود يرتديه، ثم ركضَت خلفه مجموعة من الجنود يتحدّثون بأجهزتهم الخاصة، فالتفت الشاب وتفاجأ، فركض هو الأخر، والتفّ واتجه صوب الباب، فكان إطلاق النار خلال ثوانٍ».

وكان صوت النار فظيعاً، كأن هؤلاء في معركة مع فيلق مسلح!!، لكن الحقيقة يا أيها الناس، ان المعركة كانت مع انسان فلسطيني أعزل !!

وبعد أقل من ربع ساعة، تمّ فتح كل أبواب المسجد، والمقبلون إليه، يدخلون من دون أي تدقيق او إجراءات متّبعة، مع حدوث عملية في القدس، فما بالكم بداخل الحرم!!!

السؤال الكبير: هل يعقل أن تتم عملية فدائية في باب الأسباط، ويتم فتحه بعد أقل من ربع ساعة، ثم يدخل المرابطون والمصلّون من دون أي تضييق !!

هل يعقل أن يأتي شاب، في نيته تنفيذ عملية فدائية، بسيارته، ويتركها في مطلع باب الأسباط «المكان الهدف»، والمسافة بين المكان الذي «ترك» سيارته فيه، وبين باب الأسباط، خمسون متراً بل وأكثر! هل يعقل أن الاحتلال سمح له بالمشي على قدميه، كل هذه المسافة «وهو يركن» سيارته بشكل غير قانوني، وفي منطقة مكشوفة للمحتل، بل إن تمركزاً عسكرياً كبيراً له فيه!!!!!

اما وضع السكين واقتحام بيته، فإنها مستلزمات «تثبيت» جريمتهم.

ومن الجدير ذكره في هذا السياق، عندما نفذ شابان عملية فدائية قبل شهرين في القدس، أُغلقت الابواب ست ساعات، وحين فتحوا الأبواب، منعوا من هم دون الخمسين عاماً – نساء ورجالاً – من دخول الحرم!! وكانت إجراءات مشددة جداً !

لكن، ما قام به الاحتلال اليوم هو جريمة نازية جديدة، تضاف الى سجله الإجرامي النذل والجبان، فقد ارتعبوا من سرعة مشي الشهيد ماهر!! او ان ضابطهم، نهض في الصباح وأعطى أمراً بقتل إنسان فلسطيني هذا اليوم! وفي الحالتين، احتلال عايب جبان وجبان وجباااان.

أيها المجرمون، أنتم ومن يعترف بوجودكم وباغتصابكم،

مهما قتلتم منّا، ومهما تجبّرتم، ومهما تفنّنتم بقتلكم ونذالتكم، ستبقى هذه الأرض عربية فلسطينية، وإن فُنينا، سيطاردكم التراب الذي لن يحمل ولا يحتمل الا ملحه، ولن تستطيعوا أن تتخلصوا من هذه الحقيقة، وهذا القدر المبرم !

المجد لعبق دمك الزكي يا ماهر زعاترة.

Israel closes al-Aqsa to all visitors after the shooting of a right-wing rabbi

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Israeli occupation forces killed a former Palestinian prisoner hours after the shooting of a rightwing Zionist Rabbi.

According to reports from the occupied Palestinian territories, Israeli forces shot dead Moataz Hejazi after storming his house in the Abu Tor neighborhood of East al-Quds.

Former Palestinian prisoner Muataz Hijazi

The 32-year old Palestinian had spent 11 years in an Israeli jail and was released in 2012.

Meanwhile, clashes broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters in the area. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters.

Prominent Palestinian resistance movement, Islamic Jihad mourned the Martyr Hijazi in a statement.

“Islamic Jihad mourns their martyr Muataz Hijazi who was killed in Al-Thuri neighborhood in Jerusalem after clashes with the occupation,” the group said in a statement sent to AFP in Gaza City.

Israeli sources said the Palestinian was a suspect in the shooting of Yehuda Glick, who was critically wounded after a gunman opened fire on him and fled the area.

Zionist Rabbi Yehuda GlickGlick was shot after attending a conference in west Jerusalem linked to the question of Jewish prayer rights at the Al-Aqsa compound.

He was hit in the stomach, chest, neck and arm, but his condition improved overnight to serious but stable, the Shaarei Tzedek hospital said.

The gunman fled, but his motorcycle was found parked outside the house in Abu Tor, public radio said.

American-born Glick, who is in his 50s, is one of the rightwing Jewish extremists who call for raiding the holy al-Aqsa Mosque.

Source: Agencies

30-10-2014 – 12:39 Last updated 30-10-2014 – 12:39

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Israel closes al-Aqsa to all visitors after the shooting of a right-wing rabbi

A Palestinian man reacts to Israeli policemen as an ultra-orthodox Jewish man escorted by Israeli forces, enters the al-Aqsa mosque compound where Muslims’ access was restricted by Israel, in occupied East Jerusalem on October 27, 2014. (Photo: Anadolu – Salih Zeki Fazlıoğlu)

Published Thursday, October 30, 2014


Al-Akhbar

Updated at 11:36 am (GMT +2): Israeli Occupation Forces on Thursday closed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound to all visitors after an overnight shooting incident in which a man on a motorbike tried to gun down an Israeli hardliner.

“This dangerous Israeli escalation is a declaration of war on the Palestinian people and its sacred places and on the Arab and Islamic nation,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina quoted him as saying on Thursday.

“We hold the Israeli government responsible for this dangerous escalation in Jerusalem that has reached its peak through the closure of the al-Aqsa mosque this morning,” he told AFP.

“The state of Palestine will take all legal measures to hold Israel accountable and to stop these ongoing attacks,” he added.

Earlier on Thursday, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man suspected of the shooting attack on the Israeli hardliner, a spokesman said.

“The Palestinian, who was the main suspect in the Wednesday night attack, was eliminated at his home in Jerusalem’s Abu Tor neighborhood by special police forces,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

Abu Tor straddles the seam line between west Jerusalem and the occupied eastern sector, which was occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War.

The suspect’s death took place just hours after a gunman on a motorcycle had opened fire at a right-wing Zionist Rabbi called Yehuda Glick at a rally in Jerusalem, leaving him critically wounded.

Glick was reportedly shot in his upper body at “close range” at an event outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, where a number of Israeli members of Knesset and right-wing activists were in attendance, Israeli news site Ynet said.

The attack was reported after a conference focused on the reconstruction of a Jewish temple on top of the al-Aqsa mosque was concluded at the center, with top right-wing Zionist officials and activists in attendance.

The incident comes amid increasing tension in Jerusalem over an expected Knesset vote to potentially divide the al-Aqsa mosque compound — the third-holiest site in Islam — between Muslims and Jews, or else restrict Muslim worship at the site.

The Israeli army radio announced early October that the ministry of tourism was working on a plan to allow Jews to enter the al-Aqsa compound through the Cotton Merchants Gate, in addition to the Moroccan Gate which is already used as an entrance for non-Muslims.

Although mainstream Jewish leaders consider it forbidden for Jews to enter the area, right-wing nationalist activists have increasingly called for Jewish prayer to be allowed on the site.

Since Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967, an agreement with Jordan has maintained that Jewish prayer be allowed at the Western Wall plaza — built on the site of a Palestinian neighborhood of 800 that was destroyed immediately following the conquest — but not inside the al-Aqsa mosque compound itself.

Yehuda Glick is an American-born Israeli and the chairman of the Temple Mount Heritage Fund, a Zionist organization focused on “strengthening the relationship between Israel and the Temple Mount.”

Critics charge that the Fund actually leads Jewish tours to the site with the intention of leading Jewish prayer there — currently banned under Israeli agreements — and encouraging Jews to destroy the Al-Aqsa mosque and build a Jewish temple there.

He has been previously banned by Israeli authorities from entering the compound due to provocations while on the site.

For Muslims, al-Aqsa represents the world’s third holiest site.

Al-Aqsa restrictions, violations

Israel continues to restrict the entry of Palestinian worshipers into al-Aqsa for the fifth week in a row.

In an urgent message to the US administration on Sunday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned that Israel’s continued provocations at the mosque complex would lead to a “wide-reaching explosion.”

Israeli authorities have imposed restrictions on Palestinians seeking to enter the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, denying Muslim men under 40 access to the holy site while facilitating the entry of Zionist settlers of all ages.

In recent months, hundreds of extremist Zionist settlers – often accompanied by Israeli security forces – have repeatedly forced their way into East Jerusalem’s flashpoint al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

The frequent violations anger Palestinians who fear Zionist presence on the al-Aqsa is aimed at usurping the site.

Abbas said Saturday legal measures would be taken to prevent Zionist settlers from attacking Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

“The Palestinian leadership will be taking the necessary legal measures, at the international level, regarding the aggression of settlers on the Al-Aqsa mosque,” Abbas said in a speech to the Revolutionary Council of his Fatah party.

“We will not allow settlers to attack the mosque,” he added, referring to the entire compound, which is the third holiest site in Islam.

A Palestinian official last week called for holding an emergency Arab and Islamic summit to discuss Israeli plans to divide the al-Aqsa Mosque compound between Palestinians and Israelis.

“Israel is racing against time to legitimize storming of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound by herds of extremist settlers,” Ahmed Qurei, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said in a statement.

Earlier this month, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said he was “deeply concerned by repeated provocations at the holy sites in Jerusalem,” saying that such actions “only inflame tensions and must stop.”

Meanwhile, Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement condemned the “Israeli aggressions within the al-Aqsa Mosque compound” and slammed “Arab silence” and “international complicity.”

The resistance group called on “directing all efforts to protect al-Aqsa and the Islamic and Christian holy sites.”

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Zionist state – a move never recognized by the international community.

In September 2000, a visit to the site by controversial Israeli leader Ariel Sharon sparked what later became known as the “Second Intifada” – a popular uprising against the Israeli occupation in which thousands of Palestinians were killed.

(Ma’an, AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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Israel pushes for harsher penalties against Palestinian stone-throwers

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to target Israeli security forces (background) during clashes, against the expansion of Israeli settlements, in the village of Kfar Qaddum near the northern city of Nablus, in the occupied West Bank on October 24, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

Published Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Israeli government has renewed its push for legislation of harsher penalties against Palestinian stone-throwers in East Jerusalem.

In a meeting with defense, internal security and justice ministers and other security officials, including occupied Jerusalem’s mayor, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged on Monday to speed up legislation that sees Palestinian protesters facing up to 20 years in jail for acts of resistance such as stone-throwing, according to Anadolu news agency.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the draft legislation – which was first proposed by Israel’s Ministry of Justice back in June – could leave stone-throwers facing a sentence of 10 years in jail, or even up to 20 years for those convicted of having “intent to injure.”

Throwing rocks at Israeli troops, meanwhile, could entail a five-year jail sentence.

The push to pass the bill comes as Israeli forces have denied Palestinians access to al-Aqsa mosque for the past month, causing clashes with Israeli soldiers and Zionist settlers, who force their way into the compound often with security forces providing protection.

Last week, Israeli forces detained four Palestinian children in annexed East Jerusalem. Strict measures, such as arrests and rigid penalties, are already in effect for stone-throwers.

If the bill passes, parents of minors accused of stone-throwing will have to pay an imposed fine as well as compensate the wounded “victims.”

In mid-2013, an Israeli court found stone-throwers guilty of manslaughter, after a 2011 incident that killed two Israelis, a less stringent sentence than the demanded sentence of attempted murder.

“A stone is a lethal weapon,” Netanyahu said shortly after that incident.

Resistance through non-violent acts – in the context of the Israeli occupation – are viewed as both a moral and legal right guaranteed by international law. Stone-throwing has become a symbol of Palestinian resistance movements. Penalizing such acts with hyperbolic sentences is an indication of how these stones have instilled fear in the hearts of the occupier.

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An American Jew in Palestine

Steven Davidson's summer taught him that peacetime and wartime in Palestine aren't a whole lot different.

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Steven Davidson’s summer taught him that peacetime and wartime in Palestine aren’t a whole lot different.

HEBRON, Palestine—I recall the sermons in my religious services growing up. During the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, there were always calls for peace and prayers for Israel. A country symbolizing the triumphant conclusion to centuries of persecution, Israel was the home to my people—the Jews. And they had waited so long to return. It wasn’t until this summer in which I had the honor of doing so. Although I began my trip under the normal auspices of going on Birthright, my trip took me far from the comforts of Israel, into a land where few Jews go—Palestine.

Preparing to leave from Tel Aviv, I was nervous for the two months ahead. I had just finished participating in the Birthright program. After listening to the Israeli narrative of this land for two weeks, I was ready to see the other side that had been kept from me and other Jews for so long. Mentions of the West Bank were sparse during Birthright, and when it was discussed, the narrative seemed incomplete. I had loved my connection with the Land of Israel—the land of my origins. However, I was disturbed by the way people connected the Land of Israel with the State of Israel—the actions and policies of the current government—without true inner contemplation. Political doctrine was presented as fact.

Now I was going to the black part of the map.

Steven Davidson / The Chronicle

I craved to see Palestine with my own eyes, but knew so little about the land. Before I went to teach English to Palestinians and work for an Nongovernmental organization in Hebron, I tried to research the Palestinian culture. But Google searches only yielded news clippings of terrorist attacks and violent clashes. All I had heard from Israelis about Palestinians was their supposed poor taste in clothing. As I crossed the Green Line to enter the West Bank, life in Palestine was a complete and anxious unknown.

So how did a Jew from New York survive in a place in which the Anti-Defamation League found 93 percent of the population to be anti-Semitic? Aside from a group of trusted people, everyone in the West Bank thought I was Christian.

The situation I discovered while living in Hebron in the West Bank for more than two months was shocking. Living there during times of peace (relatively speaking), a kidnapping and ensuing operation and ultimately war, I witnessed all the stages of the occupation. I witnessed inhumane horrors at the hands of what I had been told for so long was a benevolent government. They were horrors I had not anticipated to be so blatant in their nature and so extensive in their practice. Yet, the comforting light at the end of my journey was to have the opportunity to meet the people there who—in spite of their traumatic lives—only showed me love and hospitality.

There I was, on the other side of one of the biggest conflicts in world history, and all these people showed me was kindness. There was the husband and wife who, after feeding me to no end (an all-too-common occurrence), sent me on my way with a bag of peaches. The father, peering around the room, handed me an energy drink, desperate to give me anything. In one afternoon alone, four separate people on the street invited me to dinner that night. There was the taxi driver who took it upon himself to leave his shift to show me around the Old City and reveal all the secrets his town had to offer, and the restaurateur who took me in as I sought to break fast during Ramadan. As I finished the three-course Iftar, I asked him how much it would cost. He looked at me and replied, “No, Islam,” as he pointed to the sky.

These were people who often worked upward of 11 or 12 hours in a day to make not much money at all, and yet, here they were paying for my drinks, treating me to dinner and doing everything they can to make me feel welcome.

So how did a Jew from New York survive in a place in which the Anti-Defamation League found 93 percent of the population to be anti-Semitic? Aside from a group of trusted people, everyone in the West Bank thought I was Christian. I was racked with guilt of lying to people who had been so kind to me, yet I knew that if the wrong person had found out my background, there could be grave repercussions.

Wars do not happen without a systematic dehumanization of your enemy. In Palestine, this dehumanization is the same in peacetime as it is in the throws of battle.

Ultimately, my identity would not have made a difference with most people. In conversations I had, people repeatedly stated to me that they were not anti-Semitic—they were only anti-Zionist. They emphasized all the two Abrahamic religions shared, and they always mentioned the American Jews who voiced opposition to Israeli occupation. The picture I was viewing was vastly different than the one that had been painted for me when I was younger. I realized that statistics like the ADL’s was the result of equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. Even when I encountered anti-Semitism, which I will never condone, I knew it was the product of experiences that span far beyond my 21 years on this earth. Their fleeting interactions with Jews have often ended staring down the barrel of a gun.

Wars do not happen without a systematic dehumanization of your enemy.

In Palestine, this dehumanization is the same in peacetime as it is in the throws of battle. The Palestinians live under military rule.

Israel Defense Forces soldiers can effectively do as they please. Even places Palestinians are technically allowed to go would sometimes be off-limits. I listened as my friend told me how his ability to go to the Dead Sea, inside the West Bank, was dictated by whether a soldier along the way decided to turn him back or not. And if my friend asserted his right to go? “I might be shot.”

Whoever by name controlled areas of the West Bank, it was ultimately Israel that had the overriding power. Checkpoints were everywhere—soldiers were as common as olive trees. Before I arrived, there had been a video of an identified soldier shooting and killing an unarmed girl, yet nothing happened. There is virtually no international media found in the West Bank. Israel largely keeps the foreign press out and demands self-censorship.

Most international reports on the West Bank are in fact reported from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. To read the news unfolding in front of me distorted by the media at home only affirmed that I needed to share what I experienced. Censorship is one of Israel’s greatest weapons—the reality does not match the story given to the public.

The wall that divides Israel and Palestine creates more than physical barriers.
Steven Davidson / The Chronicle

A towering slab of concrete divides Israel and Palestine. The wall’s construction destroyed dozens of villages, has caused an endless economic depression and imprinted permanent psychological damage to the Palestinian people. Every time I mentioned going to Tel Aviv, guilt would seep through as people lamented their desire to just one day be able to see the ocean. It pained me as I’d pass Jerusalem from the other side of the wall and those around me would look on at the Dome of the Rock in the distance, wishing to one day pray there. It was always an awkward topic to mention my travels in Israel, having visited all these places as a foreigner. These places were a part of their childhood, yet now they could never experience what I did with such ease. The wall penetrated people’s minds and livelihood in so many ways, even in life-or-death situations. There was a boy who fell ill and needed immediate medical attention. His family drove to the wall to go to the hospital in Jerusalem. In spite of his critical condition, soldiers denied permission for him to go. He died at the wall. These stories are far from uncommon.

Visiting the wall was intensely emotional. In Bethlehem, people write down their experiences and tape them to the wall. The stories stretch for miles. Street art on the wall calls for freedom and justice, a world where they “build bridges, not walls.” Tears flowed down my face in a gentle stream. I came upon an inscription: “Judaism ≠ Zionism,” as a Crescent Moon and Star of David were drawn side-by-side. I collapsed to my knees. The messages in front of me were cries of desperation, of humanity. And yet, only on this side of the wall could these cries be heard.

 I asked myself, ‘Why? What is the reason?’ The answer always was: there was no reason.

Even in the West Bank, Palestinians struggle to move around. Checkpoints arbitrarily turn people back or detain them for hours on end, despite international law limiting detention without reason to 20 minutes. People are beaten and humiliated at these checkpoints. These are not defensive measures. They occur unprovoked and upon innocent bystanders. With checkpoints and limited roads available to the Palestinians, a 60-mile trip from Hebron to Jenin can take six hours.

Foreign aid workers are hardly welcome in the West Bank. The friends I had were forced to lie under the pretenses of their stays in Israel or face being turned away. Each time they leave, they fear they won’t be allowed back in. Suspicion of going to the West Bank leads to detention in the airport or on the border for hours, with the very possible result of being turned away. I knew an American lawyer who was stopped at Ben Gurion Airport. They demanded to look through her computer. Knowing her rights, she said no. They told her they would take her computer and send it back to her. When it was sent back, there was a bullet hole through it.

Members of Christian Peacemaker Teams—a human rights organization with funding from the United Nations—have had their credentials turned down at the border. Even when they get into the West Bank, there are risks. They have been arrested by the IDF for simply escorting Palestinian children to school to prevent violence from settlers and soldiers alike.

I cannot count the amount of times I witnessed and learned things in which I’d fall silent. I asked myself, ‘Why? What is the reason?’ The answer always was: there was no reason. I’ve witnessed what the government and thus media declare to be security measures. They’re not security measures. They’re oppression.

The prisoners Palestinians refer to as “the kidnapped” are those who are under Israeli administrative detention. Administrative detention was a law carried over and expanded from the times of the British Mandate. It allows Israel to throw anyone in prison—in use, Palestinians—for up to six months without charges or due process. They simply renew the sentence every six months, making imprisonment indefinite. These cases are nonviolent in nature and are largely used as a measure to suppress political activism in the West Bank.

The first night I was in Hebron, I met a man who was in administrative detention for five years. He was silenced after being politically active on his college campus against the occupation. There were others I had met who had been imprisoned under similar terms. None of them committed any wrongful crimes.

I had tea in the home of another man who had been imprisoned under administrative detention for four years. Hamas had been helping to pay for his college tuition, so he was thrown in jail. What people don’t realize about support for Hamas in the West Bank is that it does not come out of a desire to kill all Jews. In times of relative calm, most support actually comes from Hamas’s social welfare programs, such as helping kids pay for school, running soup kitchens and organizing community activities such as soccer leagues. This dynamic changed as the war in Gaza began.

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Knesset Discusses Bill to Divide Al-Aqsa Mosque, Arab MKs Warn of New Intifada

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The Israeli Knesset’s interior and environment committee discussed a bill to divide the holy al-Aqsa Mosque, in which a dispute between Arab and Israeli members of Knesset took place.

Knesset committee meeting
The bill was drafted by Israeli Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan, who said during a meeting on Monday that time slots and specific locations should be allocated in which Jews might pray in the Aqsa Mosque compound.

Arab members of Knesset voiced opposition over the bill, considering it an attempt to desecrate the holy mosque.

MK Jamal Zehlaqa said that the Rabbi’s remarks aimed at falsification of history, noting that it would lead to the eruption of a third Intifada (uprising).

For his part, the head of Democratic Front for Peace and Equality, MK Mohammad Barakah, said that there are attempts to desecrate the holy mosque, stressing that the Palestinians are to defend their holy sites.

He also addressed the Israeli Rabbi as saying: “You have achieved great success as you turned this session into circus.”

On the other hand, the head of the Arab Movement for Change, MK Ahmad Tibi, said that the second Intifada had erupted because of the attack on al-Aqsa Mosque, considering that such bill could spark another Intifada.”

Earlier, Mufti of al-Quds (Jerusalem) Sheikh Mohammad Hussein warned against the bill, saying: “The Israelis want to expel the Muslims from Al-Aqsa Mosque to build their  claimed Temple Mount.”

“We will stand against any action that aims to divide Al-Aqsa Mosque and its courtyards,” Hussein told Anadolu Agency.

“These are Muslim holy sites. Jews have no right to pray there,” the Mufti added.

 
Source: Al-Manar Website
05-11-2013 – 13:05 Last updated 05-11-2013 – 13:05

Coalition of Cyber-Activists Call for Defending Al-Aqsa

A coalition of Palestinian cyber-activists have called for week-long activists against repeated violations by the Israeli occupation against Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and against tZionists in Al-Aqsahe new Israeli settlement plans.

The Coalition of Intifada Youth in Palestine, a self-styled group of Palestinians lobbying for the protection of Islamic sites in the occupied Palestinian territories, dubbed the campaign as the “Al-Quds Week”.

It said next Monday would be “a day of anger” against Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, according to the World Bulletin website.

The coalition, which groups together a host of non-partisan Palestinian cyber-activists, invited Palestinian youths and university and school students to block all the roads leading up to the Israeli settlements and protest in front of “humiliating” Israeli barricades.

The coalition also called on student unions in the universities of the West Bank to suspend study on Monday.

The group invited Palestinian youths to flock to Al-Aqsa Mosque and prevent the Israeli army and settlers from storming its compound.

In recent weeks, groups of extremist Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli occupation forces, have been entering the complex of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, on an almost daily basis.

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29-09-2013 – 13:01 Last updated 29-09-2013 – 13:01

JERUSALEM : THE LOST CITY

If one studies the al Quds situation- which is the Holy City – many things could be understood regarding the general situation in Arab countries . Many say the city is not only a Palestinian responsibility but is also Arab and Muslim ,it concerns all . The western part of the Holy City has been occupied since 1948 , the Eastern part was occupied in 1967; now it is all under occupation and is subject to Judification . The Palestinians own 13% of the land only and even practically half of this portion since there are territories owned by what they call absentees or Palestinians who have fled the Holy City and took refuge in the West Bank after the Holy City was occupied .

The Orthodox Church- represented by its Greek priests- have leaked number of territories to the Israelis that were considered Church properties among them the piece of land on which the actual Knesset is built. Plans are there also to build a military base and a military school in the Holy City that have been suspended for the time being .

Life has become very hard for Palestinians in al Quds , Between 70 and 80% of the Arab population – that amounts to more than 200 thousands- lives under poverty line and the high taxes prevent any kind of business from prospering . Palestinians are being evicted from their houses and 1124 houses have been already destroyed by Israelis leaving thus five thousand people without homes and the Palestinians are destroying their homes with their own hands in order to be spared the high fee of demolition imposed by Israelis .

While Palestinian homes are being destroyed , Zionist settlements are flourishing with 1500 settlement unities to be built in East Jerusalem .These hard conditions push many Palestinians to leave . The Christian community has mostly emigrated and Christians form now only about 1.4% of the population .The Holy City is practically suffocating , and the scheme is to take the whole of it bit by bit as planned by Olmert who occupied the position of Mayor previously .

Religiously ,there are plans to build synagogues all around the Aqsa among them the biggest synagogue that was ever built in occupied Palestine . This will not prevent the settlers from claiming a share in the al Aqsa Mosque -as well- and enjoy access to the Holy shrine protected by the army where they can break in any time or gather in order hold lectures or to throw parties at certain hours of the day .

There is no Palestinian or Arab or Muslim plan whatsoever to counterpart these measures and the reason is that the Oslo agreement- concluded in year 1994 – between the Palestinian Authority and the usurpers defers the issue of Jerusalem and that of the Palestinian refugees and their right to return to the end of the negotiations that has not even been set yet . This left the Israeli occupier free to improvise and gave him enough time to escalate the situation seeking to take hold of the whole city.

Now that negotiations have started again between the Palestinian Authority and the occupiers , Jerusalem is not on the schedule again and will not be part of these future negotiations sponsored by the US and that will last for nine months . What is on the schedule is the land exchange deal approved by the Arab League through the Arab ministers of Foreign Affairs and promoted by the NGO Israeli movement” Peace Now”, and does not mention al Quds. The Israeli officials have been all the way stressing the fact that Jerusalem is NOT negotiable .

The greatest of dangers threatening the Palestinians from Al Quds comes from education where schools are becoming under Israeli control with 5 local schools starting this year applying the Israeli program where the Israeli curriculum will be taught and where Nakba Day- that marks the beginning of the Palestinian plight – will be celebrated as Independence Day .

This deplorable state of things is very unlikely to change right now and Palestinians are not even allowed to demonstrate in protest of this situation or to start a new Intifada which will put things back on their right track . The Palestinian Authority will take care of any protest and will cooperate with Israeli security in chasing demonstrators and arresting them and keeping them prisoners . Arabs also are not contributing to saving the Holy City . The money consecrated to the Holy City is not reaching Palestinians . All kinds of Arab Aid coming from Arab countries or from the Arab League or the GCC either does not materialize or ends up in the Palestinian Authority hands and everyone knows what this means .

Information and numbers from Sami Kleib al Mayadeen TV

Palestine: Al-Aqsa Faces Biggest Threat Since Occupation of Al-Quds

Al-Akhbar – September 19, 2013Not a day passes, it seems, without the occupation issuing some new regulation to Judaize al-Aqsa mosque. Today, Jews are being given unfettered access to one of Islam’s holiest sites, while restriction on Muslims increase by the day.

Ramallah – Thirteen years ago this month, when former “Israeli” prime minister Ariel Sharon brazenly entered the Haram al-Sharif, where the al-Aqsa mosque is located, he sparked a Palestinian intifada that lasted several years. Today, Jewish settlers enter the Muslim holy site at will, with legal cover from the highest echelons of the Zionist entity.

Alongside calls for mass marches in al-Quds on the occasion of the “Sukkot” Jewish holiday next week, the Knesset issued a law allowing “Jews to worship on the Temple Mount.” In a turbulent meeting of the Knesset’s committee for internal affairs last Monday, September 16, members voted to allow “Jewish worshipers” to enter the Holy Mosque throughout the holidays, which last for a week.
Palestinians are concerned that during this period, settlers and militants will be given free rein to enter the Haram.

All efforts have been made to isolate al-Quds from the adjoining Palestinian areas, forcing it to face the impending disaster alone. This has been done by increasing the number of checkpoints that Palestinians from the West Bank must cross to enter the occupied city, while imposing age restrictions on those within the area occupied in 1948 wishing to attend Friday prayers at the holy mosque.

“Israeli” plans to divide the Haram al-Sharif between “Israelis” and Muslims – as they did with Ibrahimi mosque in al-Khalil many years ago – are no longer a matter of conjecture among “Israeli” politicians, with Knesset members calling for designating certain days of worship for Jews and others for Muslims, thus laying the foundation for the eventual division of one of Islam’s holiest sites.

Some “Israeli” MPs have even begun to discuss the idea of allowing Jews into the mosque compound at all times, with access to all entrances available. This is as the occupation authorities plan to close all checkpoints leading from the West Bank and Gaza on the occasion of the Sukkot holiday, as they had done recently during Yom Kippur.

Palestinians are concerned that during this period, settlers and militants will be given free reign to enter the Haram. These concerns were only reinforced by calls within the Knesset that only Jews be allowed to enter the holy site during Jewish holidays.

Over Yom Kippur, the occupation rehearsed this scenario by restricting Muslims below the age of 50 from entering the mosque, while squares within the Haram were opened before Jewish settlers.

20-09-2013 | 12:53
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