Israeli police kidnap three Palestinians from homes in J’lem

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The Israeli occupation police at dawn Saturday kidnapped three Palestinian citizens from their homes in Occupied Jerusalem.

According to Quds Press, police forces stormed some homes in the Old City of Jerusalem and rounded up three Palestinians.

They were identified as Naser Qous, director of the Palestinian Prisoner Society in the holy city, Hosni al-Kilani and Sheikh Ali Ajjaj.

The detainees was transferred to police interrogation centers and will stand trial at the Israeli magistrate court on Saturday evening. The reason for their detention is still unknown.

Recently, the Israeli police kidnapped more than 40 Palestinians in Jerusalem and its environs and later released most of them on bail and on condition that they stay away either from the entire Old City or only the Aqsa Mosque.

(Source / 23.02.2019)

Iraeli military moves into Palestinian lands on Gaza border

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The Israeli occupation bulldozers launched on Friday morning a limited incursion into Palestinian lands in eastern al-Bureij refugee camp, in central Gaza Strip.

A flock of Israeli army bulldozers moved into the border fence in eastern al-Bureij refugee camp and al-Awda camp.

The bulldozers raked through the area and leveled Palestinian lands amid intermittent discharge of gunfire.

The incursions are the latest in a series of Israeli violations of the Cairo-brokered ceasefire accord signed in the wake of the 2014 offensive on the besieged coastal enclave.

(Source / 23.02.2019)

IOF raids house of MP Hatem Qafisha, steals money

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The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Saturday raided the house of Palestinian lawmaker Hatem Qafisha in al-Khalil city.

MP Qafisha reported that Israeli soldiers broke into and ransacked his house at dawn and stole 4,750 shekels.

Qafisha had spent over 18 years intermittently in Israeli jails.

Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas last December decided to cut off Qafisha’s salary and pension along with other 47 lawmakers after he issued an illegal edict dissolving the Palestinian Legislative Council.

(Source / 23.02.2019)

Thousands of Muslim worshipers performed Friday prayer at Bab Al-Rahma after 13 years of closure

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, PALESTINOW.COM — Hundreds of Palestinians celebrated, Friday, the reopening of Bab al-Rahma Mosque of Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, which was closed by Israel since the year 2003, and the Palestinians were denied access to it since then.

Media sources in Jerusalem said the Palestinians gathered in and around Bab al-Rahma and raised Palestinian flags on it while chanting and celebrating the reopening of the holy site after repeated massive nonviolent protests.

The Palestinians, including the head of the Waqf and Islamic Endowment Council, along with dozens of religious, social and political figures, managed to enter the site, and held prayers there for the first time since the year 2003.

Sheik Ekrima Sabri, the head of the Supreme Islamic Council and the former grand Mufti of Jerusalem, led the prayers in the hold site, and said that Bab al-Rahma is an important part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and demanded Israel to stop meddling in Islamic holy sites.

Sheikh Sabri added that Al-Aqsa in its entirety of 144 Dunams, including all its mosque, lands graveyards and facilities is an important Islamic holy site, and stated that Israel has no right to try to control the mosque “as it does not fall jurisdiction and rulings of the Israeli occupation of the holy site.”

Despite the massive Israeli military and police deployment around Al-Aqsa and the Old City, dozens of thousands of Palestinians managed to enter the holy site to perform Friday prayer.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli military and police have abducted overnight at least fifty Palestinians from Jerusalem.

(Source / 23.02.2019)

Hamas: Al-Aqsa is a red line

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) on Friday from the Al-Aqsa Mosque “a red line that the occupation can divide.”

This came in a statement coincided with protests in Jerusalem on the closure of the Israeli police, “Bab al-Rahma”, inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The movement said in a statement: “Our people today is a great example of his insistence on the march to Jerusalem to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque, despite all the obstacles posed by the occupation of threats and arrests.”

Hamas called on the Arab Islamic nation to stand up to normalization with “the occupation that is attacking its sanctities” and to support Jerusalem in the face of “its Israeli enemy.”

Israeli police arrested dozens of Palestinians in East Jerusalem on Friday, ahead of expected protests at the Al-Aqsa Mosque against the continued closure of the mosque.

(Source / 23.02.2019)

A STATE MISSING FROM THE FIGHT AGAINST ANTISEMITIC FAR-RIGHT

The number of Nazis, Neo-Nazis and other antisemitic Fascists killed by the state of Israel since 1948 is one(1).

That one fascist that Israel has killed was the major Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, hanged after a trial in 1962.

When Israeli politicians speak to the ‘West’ about antisemitism, remember that Israel’s Mossad has killed over 2300 people in political assassinations and that none of them was a Nazi or an other antisemitic Fascist

The truth is that a very few states in the ‘Western’ sphere have done so little to combat antisemitic Far-Right since 1948 as Israel has.

Yet Israel uses threat of antisemitism, especially violent antisemitism, in its foreign propaganda while posing no actual threat to today’s Neo-Nazis spouting hate and making threats against Jews.

Mossad’s recent victims include people like a Palestinian scientist in Malaysia, Lebanese businessman in Angola, Tunisian aviation engineer and so forth, but no ‘Western’ Neo-Nazi or other Fascist threatening Jews with violence need to be scared about Mossad, because Israel simply doesn’t care.

Hungary’s Viktor Orban is leading what is the most antisemitic gov in Europe since Poland’s antisemitic purge of Jews in 1968; does Orban have to fear Mossad?

Of course not; he is embraced as an ally an friend by Israel’s regime – love affair cemented with the opening of a Hungarian ‘diplomatic office’ in divided Jerusalem.

When Israel’s regime and the apologists for the Israeli occupation accuse critics of Israeli occupation and Apartheid of ‘antisemitism’, remind them that actual antisemites have nothing to fear from Israel’s regime.

(Source / 23.02.2019)

15-year-old Palestinian killed by Israeli army gunfire

Dead body 15-year-old Palestinian Yusuf Said Hussein al-Dayeh, who was killed by Israeli army gunfire during anti-occupation protest, is seen at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on 22 February 2019. [Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency]
Dead body 15-year-old Palestinian Yusuf Said Hussein al-Dayeh, who was killed by Israeli army gunfire during anti-occupation protest, is seen at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on 22 February 2019. [Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency]
Dead body 15-year-old Palestinian Yusuf Said Hussein al-Dayeh, who was killed by Israeli army gunfire during anti-occupation protest, is seen at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on 22 February 2019. [Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians mourn over the dead body 15-year-old Palestinian Yusuf Said Hussein al-Dayeh, who was killed by Israeli army gunfire during anti-occupation protest, at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on 22 February 2019. [Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency ]

For the 48th week in a row, Palestinians on Friday converged along the Gaza-Israel buffer zone to take part in ongoing rallies against Israel’s occupation and 12-year siege of the Gaza Strip.

In a statement, Gaza’s National Authority for Breaking the Siege urged the people of Gaza to take part in Friday’s demonstration.

The authority also noted the passage of 25 years since extremist Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein murdered 29 Palestinian worshippers in the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil).

According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, a Palestinian teen was killed Friday — and 41 other people were injured — by Israeli troops deployed near the buffer zone.

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“Yusuf Said Hussein al-Dayeh, 15, succumbed to his wounds after being shot in the chest by Israeli troops,” the ministry said in a statement.

Since the demonstrations began in March of last year, more than 250 Palestinians — including a number of women and children — have been killed by Israeli army gunfire.

Demonstrators demand the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in historical Palestine from which they were driven from in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

They also demand an end to Israel’s ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.

(Source / 23.02.2019)

Libya jails 4 Palestinians over alleged Hamas links

Leader of Hamas in Gaza, Yahya Es-Sinvar and Executive committee head Abdel Salam Siam arrive at the Rafah Border to implement an increase in the border security, in Rafah, Gaza on 6 July, 2017. ( Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency )

Members of Hamas in Gaza on 6 July 2017

A court in Tripoli on Wednesday sentenced four Palestinians to prison terms ranging from 17 to 22 years over their alleged links to Hamas.

The four defendants were accused of “setting up a secret foreign organisation on Libyan territory, arms possession and conspiring against state security.”

The Palestinians were arrested on 6 October 2016 from their homes in the capital, Tripoli, and were taken to an unknown destination.

Family sources told Arabi21 news site that they had been denied family visits for two months before their prison sentences were announced.

According to the sources, the detainees suffered daily abuses resulted in one of them losing one of his eyes. One detainee named Marwan who suffers from hypertension and diabetes has been denied his medication.

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The four Palestinians used to work for a technology company in the capital, Tripoli.

The detainees’ families expressed their “fear that they would be handed over to Israel via a third party” appealing to all concerned bodies to help release them.

(Source / 23.02.2019)

Palestine FM: Government to cut staff pay after Israel tax deduction

Image of Palestinian Minister of Finance and Planning, Shukri Bishara [Utenriksdepartementet UD/Flickr]

Palestinian Minister of Finance and Planning, Shukri Bishara

Palestinian Finance Minister Shukri Bishara said yesterday that the government will take a series of austerity measures after Israel decided to withhold tax revenues owed to the Palestinian Authority, the Anadolu Agency reported.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Foreign Minister, Riyad Al-Maliki, Bishara said the government will “reduce public spending but will not raise taxes. “We might even consider lowering them [taxes] on locally manufactured goods and products,” he added.

The Palestinian minister explained that the government will pay the salaries of civil servants in the coming months, however, they might be “reduced”, adding that “these are sacrifices that we all have to make”.

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According to Bishara, the government also plans to borrow from local banks, however, it will be cautious. Anadolu quoted a banking source as saying that the Palestinian government has already submitted a formal request to borrow $400 million.

Meanwhile, Al-Maliki said the Palestinian government has officially informed Israel on Wednesday that it will not receive tax revenues if they are incomplete.

On Sunday, the Israeli government said it will withhold 502 million shekels ($138 million) of Palestinian tax revenues. Israel claims the amount is equivalent to the funds the Palestinian Authority pays every month to the families of Palestinians detained in Israeli jails or families of Palestinians killed by Israel.

(Source / 23.02.2019)

Palestinians Bid Farewell To A Child killed by Israel In Gaza

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Hundreds of Palestinians gathered on Saturday for the funeral of a child killed by Israeli forces at the Great March of Return protest near the perimeter fence on Friday.

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The child Yousef Saied Hussein Eldaia, 15 years-old,  succumbed to injuries he sustained by the Israeli occupation snipers on the 48th Friday of the peaceful Great March of Return, east of Gaza Strip, the Ministry reported.

Thousands of Palestinians marched along the border fence separating Gaza and the Palestinian territories occupied since 1948 on the 48th Friday of the Great March of Return.

Dozens of Palestinians were shot and wounded by the Israeli occupation forces “IOF”, using live bullets, while taking part in the Great March of Return along the Gaza separation fence on Friday.

The Ministry of Health spokesman said that 41 Palestinians were injured with live ammunition and dozens of others suffocated by tear gas.

Since the demonstrations have begun, Israel used deadly force against the peaceful protesters, killed more than 260, and injured more than 27,000 others, 500 of whom are in critical condition.

(Source / 23.02.2019)