Palestinians slam Israeli court verdict on Bab al-Rahma

Israeli security forces are seen inside a the Bab Al-Rahma mosque, with their shoes on, as Israeli settlers raid to the al-Rahma gate in Jerusalem on 10 March, 2019 [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/ Anadolu Agency]

Israeli security forces are seen inside a the Bab Al-Rahma mosque, with their shoes on, as Israeli settlers raid to the al-Rahma gate in Jerusalem on 10 March, 2019

An Israeli court decision to extend the closure of Bab al-Rahma mosque in the occupied city of East Jerusalem has drawn widespread Palestinian condemnations.

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Sunday accepted a request by the Israeli attorney-general to extend the closure of the mosque, one of several mosques located in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

The decision “aims to consolidate the Israeli grip on the whole Al-Aqsa Mosque compound,” the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Jerusalem’s Supreme Muslim Council, for its part, said Israeli courts don’t have any jurisdiction on the Al-Aqsa complex.

In a statement, the council said it did not receive yet any official note about the extension of the mosque closure.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, the head of the council, described the court decision as “invalid”.

“We consider that Al-Aqsa Mosque is not subject to any decision issued by Israeli courts,” Sabri said, adding:

We will not abide by any Israeli decision related to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Read: Israel arrests two Aqsa guards amid mounting tension

The Bab al-Rahma Mosque was first closed by the Israeli authorities in 2003. In 2017, an Israeli court renewed the closure order.

In mid-February, Jerusalem’s Religious Endowments Authority (a Jordan-run agency mandated with overseeing the city’s Islamic and Christian holy sites) reopened the mosque following Palestinian protests.

Sunday’s decision came amid tension in Jerusalem since last month, when Israeli police briefly sealed the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s Rahma Gate, sparking angry Palestinian demonstrations.

In the weeks since, the Israeli authorities have banned scores of Palestinians – including religious officials – from entering the Al-Aqsa, which for Muslims represents the world’s third holiest site.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, in which the Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It annexed the entire city in 1980 in a move never recognized by the international community.

Opinion: Al-Rahma Mosque and the power of the popular resistance

(Source / 17.03.2019)

Israel arrests two Aqsa guards amid mounting tensionIsrael arrests two Aqsa guards amid mounting tension

Israeli forces stand off against Palestinians as they enter the Al Aqsa Mosque following the removal of Israeli security measures near the entrances to Al Aqsa Mosque Compund in Jerusalem, on July 27, 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]

Israeli forces stand off against Palestinians as they enter the Al Aqsa Mosque following the removal of Israeli security measures near the entrances to Al Aqsa Mosque Compund in Jerusalem, on July 27, 2017

Israeli police detained two guards at East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday, according to Palestinian authorities.

One guard was arrested as he went out from Al-Majlis gate, one of the Al-Aqsa mosque gates, Jerusalem’s Religious Endowments Authority, a Jordan-run agency mandated with overseeing the city’s Muslim and Christian holy sites, said in a brief statement.

It said the guard has been taken into custody for interrogation.

Another guard was arrested while entering the holy site, according to the authority’s spokesman Firas al-Dibs.

It remains unclear the reason for the guards’ arrest, which came shortly after an Israeli court extended the closure of Bab al-Rahma Mosque, one of several mosques located in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

The Bab al-Rahma Mosque was first closed by the Israeli authorities in 2003. In 2017, an Israeli court renewed the closure order.

Tension has mounted in Jerusalem since last month, when Israeli police briefly sealed the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s Rahma Gate, adjacent to the eastern wall of Jerusalem’s Old City, triggering angry Palestinian demonstrations.

In the weeks since, the Israeli authorities have banned scores of Palestinians – including religious officials – from entering the Al-Aqsa, which for Muslims represents the world’s third holiest site.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, in which the Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It annexed the entire city in 1980 in a move never recognised by the international community.

Opinion: Al-Rahma Mosque and the power of the popular resistance

(Source / 17.03.2019)

6 Palestinians Slain, 6 More Injured in New Zealand Shooting

17 Mar 6:45 AM

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates declared, on Saturday, through the Palestinian embassy in Australia’s contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New Zealand, although not officially, that six Palestinians were killed and six others  injured in the mass shooting targeting two mosques in Christchurch City, New Zealand, on Friday, in which 49 people were killed.

The ministry said, in a statement, that the New Zealand authorities still refuse to list the names of the victims, but would, however, inform their families as soon as they are identified, regardless of their home country.

According to the ministry, the following were identified among those killed as having Palestinian origins, Abed al-Fattah Qassem Duqqa, Ali al-Madani, Atta Muhammad Elayyan, Amjad Hmeid, Usama Abu Kweik and Kamel Darwish.

The names of the following were identified among the injured, Wassim Daraghmeh, Aylin Daraghmeh, Bassel Asaad, Shihadeh al-Sinnawi, Muhammad Elayyan and Khalid Hijjawi.

Ma’an further reports that the ministry instructed the Palestinian ambassador to Australia, who is a non-resident ambassador to New Zealand, to follow up with the local authorities on the conditions of those injured.

(Source / 17.03.2019)

Remembering Rachel Corrie

17 Mar 6:39 AM

03/16/19 | International Solidarity Movement | Occupied Palestine

Today marks the sixteenth anniversary since the passing of ISM activist Rachel Corrie.

She was 23 at the time of her passing. Rachel was tragically crushed to death under the front blade of an Israeli military Caterpillar bulldozer near Rafah, in the southern region of the Gaza Strip.

Rachel died whilst placing herself in the path of a bulldozer to protect a Palestinian family whose home was about to be demolished. Rachel was killed during a three-hour peaceful demonstration between occupying Israeli forces operating two armoured bulldozers and eight ISM activists courageously trying to stop them.

Rachel had come to Gaza during part of her senior-year college assignment that connected her home town of Olympia, Washington, with Rafah, in Palestine. Rachel had engaged with other International Solidarity Movement activists in efforts to prevent continued demolition of Palestinian homes in operations that the Israeli military claimed were aimed at eliminating weapons smuggling tunnels.

In 2005, Corrie’s family filed a civil lawsuit against the state of Israel. The lawsuit charged Israel with not conducting a full and credible investigation into Rachel’s death and with the responsibility for her death. In August 2012, an Israeli court rejected their suit and upheld the claims made in the 2003 military investigation, ruling that the Israeli government was not responsible for Corrie’s death. The ruling was met with criticism by several human rights organisations and the international public. An appeal against the August 2012 ruling was heard on May 21, 2014, and on February 14, 2015, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected the appeal.

Sixteen years after her death, Gaza remains besieged by continuous military operations and bombing by the occupying Israeli forces. The International Solidarity Movement continues to strive for freedom and justice for Palestine, just as Rachel did during her time here. Remembering Rachel Corrie through her words and actions means continuing our solidarity with the Palestinian people.

In this interview you can listen Rachel explain and give insight to the situation in Gaza just two days before her death.

Visit the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).

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Army Abducts Fateh Secretary In Jerusalem, Teen In Bethlehem

17 Mar 9:23 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, the secretary of Fateh Movement in occupied East Jerusalem, and a Palestinian teen in the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, in the West Bank.

Media sources in Jerusalem said the soldiers invaded and ransacked the home of Fateh Movement’s secretary in the city, Shadi Mitwer, and abducted him, before moving him to an interrogation facility.

It is worth mentioning that the Palestinian, along with the Governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Gheith, have been frequently abducted and detained by Israel.

They are among the dozens of Palestinians, who have recently been abducted by the army, and most of them are still imprisoned, as part of Israel’s attempts to prevent the Palestinians from holding political activities in the occupied city, and for protesting the escalating Israeli violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the ongoing assaults targeting them and their homes.

In related news, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Ali Ghneim, 17, from his home in the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem.

(Source / 17.03.2019)

Palestinian fighter killed two Zionist soldiers, injured others in Salfit

SALFIT, PALESTINOW.COM — Hebrew sources stated that two Israeli soldiers at least got killed and several others were injured, some sustained severe injuries, in a number of shooting attacks in the occupied West Bank.

A Palestinian fighter stabbed an Israeli soldier at a military checkpoint near the illegal settlement of Ariel -built in Salfit city- before he took over his gun and opened fire. The fighter managed to run away in a vehicle that was in the place.

The Palestinian fighter drove to the illegal settlement of “Getty Avichai” and opened fire again at Israeli soldiers before he continued his way to the illegal settlement of “Barkan” where he injured a number of Israeli soldiers.

Hebrew sources have informed that the Israeli occupation forces are still chasing the Palestinian fighter, who is thought to be cooperating with other Palestinians in the attack.

(Source / 17.03.2019)

Israel killed nine Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank during last two weeks: UN Report

RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM–– Nine Palestinians were reportedly murdered by the Israeli occupation soldiers in the occupied West Bank and Gaza during the last two weeks only.

United Nations OCHA occupied Palestinian territory issued a report titled ‘Protection of Civilians’, which covers the period between 26th February- 12th March. The report revealed that two Palestinians were killed in the weekly protests on the Gaza-occupied Palestine borders, while 556 others were injured.

The report also revealed that a Palestinians sustained to wound while a 15-year-old boy was shot during the protests.

Israeli occupation soldiers opened fire at Palestinians in other situations, other than protests, injuring four fishermen and also arrested seven other fishermen and confiscated two fishing boats.

In the western part of occupied Palestine, the West Bank, Israeli soldiers opened fire at two Palestinians (41 years old and 23 years old) in two separate situations and killed them.

on 4th March, Israeli soldiers shot dead two Palestinians, who were on their way home from Ramallah. Israeli holds the bodies of both martyrs.

on 10th March, Israeli police opened fire at a 22-year-old Palestinian driver on a flying checkpoint, killing him.

The report revealed that Israeli forces performed 173 search and arrest in the West Bank, 45% of which caused confrontations.

Israeli forces also uprooted 135 olive trees in the Arroub refugee camp and Khillet Dab’a.

The report stated as well that seven attacks by settlers caused three Palestinians to be injured.

(Source / 17.03.2019)