Israel hinders Palestinian activities during Ramadan

Food and drink are donated to be distributed to those breaking their fast in the Al-Aqsa compound during the Muslim fasting month of Ramdan, 4 June 2018

Israel Police has been putting obstacles in front of institutions which donate free break fast meals for Muslim worshippers in Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, local sources said.

The coordinator of donations in Al-Aqsa Mosque, Bassam Abu Libdeh, said the Israeli forces have erected three checkpoints along the route food trucks take to get to the mosque, delaying their entry and inspecting them.

Ghazi Issa, director of the Al-Aqsa Association, one of the institutions that carry out several projects in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque said his association is carrying out a series of projects during the month of Ramadan including providing free food for Muslims and cleaning the mosque’s courtyards.

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Abu Libdeh said the number of meals varies according to the general situation.

The number of meals offered during the first ten days of Ramadan reaches between 1,500-2,000 meals, however during the last ten days, the number could reach 3,000-4,000 meals which could reach up to 15,000 during the last Friday.

(Source / 05.06.2018)

123rd victim of Israel’s attack on unarmed Palestinian demonstrators

Muhammad Naim Hamadeh died his wounds after he was injured during the Great March of Return along the Gaza-Israel border [Ma’an News Agency]

Muhammad Naim Hamadeh died from his wounds after he was injured during the Great March of Return along the Gaza-Israel border

A Palestinian man died early Sunday morning after succumbing to wounds he sustained during protests on 14 May along the eastern Gaza border fence with Israel, during which Israeli forces killed over 60 Palestinians.

Spokesperson of the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf Al-Qidra, said in a statement that Muhammad Naim Hamadeh, 30, succumbed to his wounds to become the 123rd victim of Israel’s attack on unarmed Palestinian protesters.

The ministry added that Israeli forces had killed the Palestinians as they took part in the Great March of Return protests in the Gaza Strip. Launched on 30 March, the marches saw 13 children and one woman killed, while almost 14,000 have been wounded.

The Great March of Return protests were launched by thousands of Palestinian civilians in Gaza who took to the borders to demand their right of return to their original homelands, called for ending the 12-year siege on Gaza and protested against the opening of the US embassy in occupied Jerusalem.

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(Source / 05.06.2018)

Israel minister: Assassinate Palestinians who launch kites

Palestinians fly kites to disrupt Israel tear-gas dispersing drones, during clashes at the Gaza and Israel border during the ninth consecutive week of protests, organised as part of the Great March of Return, on 25 May 2018 [Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor]

Palestinian protesters prepare to fly kites during the Great March of Return on 25 May 2018

An Israeli minister has said today that Palestinians who launch kites from Gaza should be assassinated.

Israel’s Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan, made the comments while speaking at an event in the city of Sderot, close to the border with Gaza. Erdan is a member of the ruling Likud party and has previously worked as an advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Erdan told his audience that “kite terror is very serious, and whoever sends them should fear for their life.” The minister added that “we need to return to preventative assassinations. Those who send the kites and Hamas commanders must be a target for preventative killings,” according to Haaretz.

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Israel has accused kites flying from Gaza during the recent Great March of Return of sparking wildfires in southern Israel, although there has been no proof that they have been the cause.

On Sunday, Netanyahu demanded that $1.4 million worth of funds be withheld from the Palestinian Authority (PA) as compensation for damage to crops reportedly caused by the kites. The Israeli government has offered 60 shekels ($17) per dunam (about a quarter acre) in damages to farmers in the region, with anyone whose fields have been damaged are to be considered terrorism victims.

Other Israeli politicians have waded into the debate, with Minister of Defence, Avigdor Lieberman, echoing Erdan’s comments. Lieberman said that “it must be clear that we are not prepared to accept the kite routine, no riots on the fence, no attempts to break through the fence and cause damage to projects or sovereign Israeli territory,” according to i24News. Lieberman was speaking at a meeting of his Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) party, a right-wing nationalist group popular with Russian immigrants to Israel.

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Erdan also spoke of other threats, saying that “every time they find a new weapon to try to hurt us. Our enemies are trying to damage the civilian resilience because they know they cannot harm the IDF [army], but they won’t succeed at this either.”

Tensions between Israel and Gaza have been high in recent weeks following the killing of over 120 Palestinians and the injuring of thousands during the Great March of Return. The Israeli army has today again deployed large numbers of troops along its border fence with Gaza in anticipation of protests to mark Naksa Day, the anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and its annexation of Jerusalem. As yet, protests have not erupted.

(Source / 05.06.2018)

Dit zijn de laatste tien!

Vandaag, dinsdag 5 juni, breken met zonsondergang de laatste tien nachten van de Ramadan aan. Want vandaag is de twintigste dag van de maand Ramadan en na zonsondergang breekt de 21e nacht aan. De 21e nacht is de eerste nacht van de laatste tien nachten!

Deze tien nachten hebben een grote verdienste bij Allah de meest Verhevene. Het zijn de beste nachten van het jaar!

Het was de gewoonte van onze nobele profeet vrede zij met hem om de laatste tien dagen, en met name de nachten, van deze gezegende maand extra goed te benutten.

‘Aicha radia Allaho ‘anhaa overlevert dat de profeet vrede zij met hem zich in de laatste tien dagen van de Ramadan meer inspande voor de aanbidding dan in de overige dagen. [Sahih Moslim]

Hij was gewoon om op te blijven voor de aanbidding wanneer de laatste tien nachten aanbraken en maakte zijn vrouwen wakker zodat ook zij deze gezegende nachten in aanbidding doorbrachten.

In deze laatste tien dagen bevindt zich een nacht die beter is dan duizend maanden! Deze nacht is Lailatoelqadr. Allah zegt:

Voorwaar, Wij hebben hem (de Koran) neergezonden in de Waardevolle nacht (Lailatoelqadr). En wat doet jullie weten wat de Waardevolle Nacht is? De Waardevolle nacht is beter dan duizend maanden. [97:1-3]

Het is niet bekend op welke dag deze gezegende nacht valt. Dit motiveert de moslim om iedere nacht van de laatste tien dagen goed te benutten. Wel is de kans groter in de oneven nachten en het grootst in de 27e nacht. Maar dat is niet zeker, zoals sommigen dat denken.

De nacht breekt islamitisch gezien aan met zonsondergang en niet, zoals we dat gewend zijn, na twaalven.

De profeet vrede zij met hem zei: “Wie Lailatoelqadr staat (in gebed), diens voorgaande zonden worden vergeven.” [Bukhari]

Ontneem jezelf deze grote beloning niet door een Taraweeh-gebed te missen in deze laatste tien nachten.

Gedenken van Allah
‘Aicha radia Allaho ‘anhaa vroeg de profeet vrede zij met hem: “Als ik wist welke nacht Lailatoelqadr zou zijn, wat dien ik dan te zeggen?” De profeet antwoordde: Zeg: “O Allah U bent Vergevensgezind en houdt van vergeven, vergeef mij.” [Ibn Maajah]

De smeekbede in het Arabisch:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي


(Allaahomma Innaka ‘Afowwon Tohibbo Al-‘afwa Fa’fo ‘Annie)

Wij dienen deze smeekbede vaak te herhalen in deze gezegende nachten in navolging van het advies van onze nobele profeet vrede zij met hem en hopend op de vergiffenis van Allah.

Deze gezegende dagen en nachten brengen we door met het vermijden van zondes en nutteloos tijdverdrijf om vervolgens dichter tot Allah te komen met allerlei vrome daden, zoals de vijf gebeden op haar voorgeschreven tijden, vrijwillige gebeden, Taraweeh, Koran-recitatie, liefdadigheid en het veelvuldig gedenken van Allah. Ibn al-Qayyim zei:

“De beste vastenden zijn degenen die Allah het meest gedenken tijdens hun vasten.”

Andere smeekbeden waarmee de moslim Allah kan gedenken:

سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ، سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ العَظِيم

(SubhaanAllaah Wa Bihamdih, SubhaanAllaah Al-‘adhiem)

سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَلَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَاللَّهُ أَكْبَر

(SubhaanAllaah Walhamdolillaah Wa Laa Ilaaha Illallaah Wallaaho Akbar)

لاحَوْلَ وَلاَقُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّه

(Laa Hawla Wa Laa Qowwata Illa Billaah)

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْه

(Astagfirollaah Wa Atoebo Ilaih)

Deze smeekbedes kan je herhalen zoveel als je wil en je hoeft daarvoor niet in staat van (rituele) reinheid te zijn. Ook de menstruerende vrouw kan dus haar tijd hiermee goed benutten.

Zo mag de menstruerende vrouw ook de Koran reciteren vanuit haar memorisatie of vanuit de moshaf, maar wel zonder direct contact te hebben met de moshaf. Ze kan de moshaf aanraken met de tussenkomst van een handschoen, doekje e.d. Of in plaats daarvan reciteert zij de Koran vanaf een scherm, zoals de smartphone, waarbij direct contact wel is toegestaan.  
Begunstigd is degene die van elk mogelijk moment gebruikmaakt om zijn Heer te gedenken. Lopend over straat, wachtend op het openbaar vervoer, liggend op de bank etc …

Beste broeders en zusters

Wellicht dat velen van ons het gevoel hebben dat ze de voorgaande dagen van de Ramadan niet hebben doorgebracht zoals het hoort en zoals Allah daar tevreden mee is. Misschien dat we fanatiek zijn begonnen en langzamerhand zijn afgezwakt …

Misschien dat we niet veel verandering tot stand hebben kunnen brengen en dat we vele goede voornemens niet waar hebben kunnen maken …

Dan is de kans om daar verandering in te brengen nu binnen handbereik. Maak een voor jezelf haalbaar programma voor deze laatste tien en wees verheugd op een mooi einde van deze gezegende maand!

Moge Allah ons allen bijstaan bij het goed benutten van deze gezegende nachten.

(Source: / 05.06.2018)


A pioneering study by Amer Shehadeh et. al. published in 2015 looked at the psychological effect of imprisonment on fathers on Palestinian children aged 3-11 living on the Israeli occupied West Bank.

Although Palestinian children overall grow up in a stressful environment because of the violent Israeli occupation, the study found that a father’s absence through imprisonment had a significant magnifying effect on children’s mental health, which was exacerbated if the child had witnessed her or his father being arrested and taken away by Israel’s occupation forces.

The prevalence of severe post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) was 12 times higher than in comparable population of Palestinian children whose fathers had not been imprisoned; a total of 14.2 % children in the sample had severe PTSD. Higher percentage, 15.4 %, showed overall evidence of behavioural and psychological problems, which was 28 times higher than with children whose father had not been imprisoned. 13.7 % had emotional problems, 10 times more than in the group they were compared to.

Children who had witnessed their father being arrested by Israeli occupation forces were 5 times more likely to have PTSD. Behavioural and psychological problems were also five times higher in this group. On overall, 36.7 % of the children had witnessed their father being arrested and one out of third among them showed evidence of behavioural and psychological problems.

There was little difference between genders, but the younger the child in question, the more likely they were to show symptoms. Children living in villages instead of urbananized areas – real towns or refugee camps – were about four times more likely to have PTSD. This is likely to have been down to the fact that villages are more likely to be in Area C of the West Bank, directly and solely controlled by Israeli occupation forces with the children overall experiencing more fear and violence in their daily lives.

(Source / 05.06.2018)

Palestinian youth goes blind while in Israeli custody

18-year-old loses sight in both eyes due to ‘medical neglect’ by Israeli Prison Service, NGO says

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society on Tuesday held the Israeli Prison Service responsible for a detained Palestinian youth losing his sight due to what it described as “medical neglect”.

“Preliminary examinations of Hassan Tamimi, 18, at West Jerusalem’s Shaare Tzedek hospital indicate that he has permanently lost sight in both his eyes,” the Prisoners’ Society, an NGO that advocates for the rights of Palestinians detained by Israel, said in a statement.

“The loss of sight appears to have been the result of nerve damage — in both eyes — sustained due to medical neglect during his detention,” the statement read.

According to the NGO, the Israel Prison Service dragged its feet in providing Tamimi with needed medical care — despite having knowledge of his condition — following his arrest in early April.

According to Palestinian statistics, some 6,400 Palestinians are currently languishing in Israeli prisons.

(Source / 05.06.2018)

Israel settlers take over Palestinian home in occupied Hebron

Illegal Israeli settlers take over an Arab house in the occupied Old City of Hebron, West Bank, on 4 June 2018

A number of Israeli settlers yesterday seized a Palestinian house in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, local media reported.

The spokesman of the Youth Against Settlements (YAS) movement, Mohammed Azghir, told Safa that the settlers took over a Palestinian house in the neighbourhood of Qaitun.

“The house is currently occupied by the settlers and is being guarded by the occupation’s military forces,” Azghir added.

He explained that the area has been besieged by the Israeli forces since 2001, noting that Palestinians have not been allowed to access it.

In 2016, the UN Security Council overwhelmingly approved Resolution 2334 which considered Israeli settlements in the 1967 occupied territories, including East Jerusalem, as “illegal”.

Fourteen States voted in favour, while the United States abstained without using its power of veto.

Read: Israel approves construction of 261 settlement units in Hebron

(Source / 05.06.2018)