Israeli ‘provocations’ will lead to violence: Jordan

Israeli police close Kiblah Masjid's entrance with a chain as fanatic Jews, under Israeli police protection, raid Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem on 2 June 2019. [Faiz Abu Rmeleh - Anadolu Agency]

Israeli police close Kiblah Masjid’s entrance with a chain as fanatic Jews, under Israeli police protection, raid Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem on 2 June 2019

Jordan has called for an immediate halt to Israeli “provocations” at East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, warning of a new cycle of violence in the Middle East region, Anadolu reports.

Hundreds of settlers forced their way into the flashpoint site on Sunday, in a rare tour in the final days of the fasting month of Ramadan, which ends this week.

The tour has triggered clashes between Muslim worshippers and Israeli police, which chased assaulted a number of worshippers during the violence.

In a statement, Jordan’s Foreign Ministry warned of the “dangerous consequences of Israel’s provocative and repulsive escalatory Israeli practices, which will drag the region into a new cycle of violence that may threaten the security of the region as a whole”.

It called on the Israeli authorities to “immediately cease all these provocations”, which it described as “absurd, irresponsible, rejected and condemned”.

READ: Clashes erupt at Al-Aqsa compound after settler ‘tour’ 

The Jordan-run Religious Endowments Authority is tasked with overseeing Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.

Sunday’s violence came following calls by Jewish groups for settlers to converge on the site to mark what they call the “reunification of Jerusalem”.

Israel has illegally occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

In a move never recognized by the international community, Israel annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as the self-proclaimed Jewish state’s “eternal and undivided” capital.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world’s third-holiest site after Mecca and Medina. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the “Temple Mount,” claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

International law continues to view both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territory.

(Source / 02.06.2019) 

Israeli Army Confiscates 511 Dunams Of Private Palestinian Lands Near Nablus

02 JUN2:32 PM

The Israeli army has issued orders, Sunday, for the illegal annexation of 511 Dunams (123.5 Acres) of privately-owned Palestinian lands near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, to expand an illegal colony in the area.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the army has decided to confiscate 511 Dunams from Basin #15 in the Palestinian areas of Khallet Sheikh Ahmad and al-Mashaleh, owned by Palestinian residents of Burin, Iraq-Burin and Kafr Qallil villages, near Nablus.

He added that the annexation is part of Israel’s plan to expand its illegal Bracha colony, which was built on Palestinian lands.

All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention and various United Nations and Security Council resolutions.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 states that “The occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”

In its additional protocol, Article 84 (4) (a) of 1977, it states that “the transfer by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies is a grave breach of the Protocol.”

Article 8 (2)(b)(viii) of the 1998 International Criminal Court (ICC) Statute states that “the transfer, directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies constitutes a war crime in international armed conflicts.”

(Source / 02.06.2019) 

Undercover Israeli Soldiers Kidnap A Palestinian In Tubas

02 JUN2:44 PM

Undercover Israeli soldiers infiltrated, Sunday, the city of Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, and kidnapped a young man.

Mahmoud Sawafta, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) in Tubas, said the undercover soldiers were driving a truck with Palestinian license plates.

He added that the soldiers drove to the house of Mahmoud Sawafta, and broke into it before kidnapping him, and drove to an unknown destination.

Earlier Sunday, the soldiers abducted two Palestinians, including a teenage boy, in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, and one near Jenin, in northern West Bank.

In addition, the PPS said Israeli soldiers abducted 50 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, including 40 in occupied East Jerusalem, in less than 24 hours.

The soldiers also assaulted and injured many Palestinians, and detained some of them, in the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

(Source / 02.06.2019) 

Palestinian Photojournalist at Risk of Deportation

02 JUN6:04 PM

For the past five months, Mustafa al-Kharouf has been languishing inside Israel’s Givon prison, away from his wife Tamam and their one-and-a-half-year-old daughter Asia. But, now, he faces deportation to Jordan.

The 32-year-old photojournalist, son to an Algerian mother and a Palestinian father, has been living in Jerusalem since 1999, when his family returned.

Despite repeated attempts, over the past decade, he has been denied permanent residency status, which he is entitled to, thus rendering him stateless.

By the time Kharouf’s family met the conditions set by the policy, to get residency, Mustafa was 18 years old and his family was not able to submit an application for either reunification or child registration, on his behalf.

In January, Mustafa, who worked with Anadolu Agency, was detained after his lawyer challenged the Israeli interior ministry’s decision to reject his request for legal status.

His fate is now in the hands of an Israeli high court, which will decide if he will be deported to Jordan, a country he has no ties to.

In order to attain their “legal” status as Palestinians in the city, Kharouf’s family applied for family reunification, Al Jazeera/Al Ray further reports.

But, at the core of Israel’s complicated laws for Palestinian residents of Jerusalem  – who are granted residency rights but not Israeli citizenship – is the “center of life” policy, which has been described as a legalized ethnic cleansing.

The policy, which requires Palestinians living in occupied East Jerusalem to prove they keep a center of life in the city, to uphold their legal status, has been criticized by rights groups as discriminatory, and as a precursor to forcible transfers – a serious violation of international law.

Legal status rejected by Israeli interior ministry.

Adi Lustigman, Kharouf’s lawyer from the Israeli rights organization HaMoked, told Al Jazeera that Kharouf tried to regulate his status in Jerusalem for years, but to no avail.

“He had an interim order during some periods, but, the rest of the times, he has just managed, like many other stateless and status-less Jerusalemites do,” Lustigman said.

“It is, of course, enormously difficult to be a person with no rights, no work permit, and nowhere to go, in order to be legal.”

From October 2014 to 2015, Kharouf was granted an Israeli B/1 work visa, on a “humanitarian basis”. Yet, requests for a visa extension were eventually rejected by the ministry of interior for “security reasons”.

Lustigman believes that the ministry’s rejections are related to his work as a photojournalist documenting human rights abuses committed by the Israeli authorities, in occupied East Jerusalem.

After Kharouf was married, in 2016, to his wife Tamam, a Palestinian Jerusalemite, he filled out another family reunification application, but it was again rejected in December of 2018, by the interior ministry.

According to Lustigman, the decision was based on unfounded accusations that Kharouf was a member of Hamas, which is banned by Israel.

The lawyer appealed the decision on January 21, 2019, but, the next day, Israeli forces raided Kharouf’s home and abducted him, and he has since been placed under administrative detention – indefinite imprisonment without trial or charge.

“My husband is the most optimistic person I know. But, now, he is beyond miserable,” Kharouf’s wife Tamam told Al Jazeera.

Tamam is permitted to visit her husband once a week, for a maximum of 20 minutes, behind a glass window.

“His spirits have deteriorated so much since his arrest,” the 27-year-old school counselor said. “He has lost 10 kilograms, and is very depressed.”

A few months later, in April, the Israeli District Court rejected Kharouf’s appeal and gave an interim order not to deport him, so he is able to take his case to Israel’s High Court, with May 5 given as the deadline. The appeal has already been filed, but the High Court has yet to make a decision. Kharouf remains at imminent risk of being forcibly deported to Jordan.

Deportation order ‘illegal’

Saleh Hijazi, the head of Amnesty International’s Jerusalem office, described the Israeli decision to refuse Kharouf’s residency application and deport him as “cruel and unlawful”.

“[Kharouf] must be released immediately and granted permanent residency in East Jerusalem, so he can resume his normal life with his wife and child,” Hijazi said.

“The arbitrary detention and planned deportation of Mustafa al-Kharouf reflect Israel’s long-term policy to reduce the number of Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, while denying them their human rights,” he continued.

Following Israel’s illegal annexation of East Jerusalem in 1967, at least 14,600 Palestinians have had their residency permits revoked.

Under the Fourth Geneva Convention, the deportation of protected people from an occupied territory is illegal. The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court stipulates that “the deportation or transfer [by the occupying power] of all or parts of the population of the occupied territory within or outside this territory” constitutes a war crime.

“A person cannot be left stateless”, Jessica Montell, Executive Director of HaMoked, said in an April press release. ” On the practical level, there is no sense holding Mustafa ‘pending deportation’ when there is no country to which Israel can deport him.

“The High Court of Justice has recognized East Jerusalemites as an indigenous population with a unique status. Israel must therefore release Mustafa without delay and give him the legal status to which he is entitled, as a Jerusalemite.”

Tamam has been busy consulting with lawyers, to see what can be done. But, she said that most of them say her husband’s case is too complicated, and refuse to take it on.

“I haven’t thought about an alternative plan for us,” Tamam said. “If Mustafa gets deported to Jordan, he will not receive residency, let alone citizenship.

“In fact he’ll get detained by Jordanian authorities as soon as he crosses the border, for as long as it will take them to review his files and come to a decision on what to do with him,” she continued.

“If he gets deported, it won’t be just one family that will be fragmented. He’ll be ripped away from me and my daughter, from his parents, and from his in-laws.”

Lustigman says that the importance of highlighting Kharouf’s case can make the difference in not uprooting the photojournalist’s life.

“We hope that public opinion, press interests, and NGO actions would have a certain weight and be of help,” the lawyer said.

(Source / 02.06.2019) 

Zionist forces storm Al-Aqsa, attack the worshipers

AL-QUDS, PALESTINOW.COM — A number of Palestinian Muslim worshippers were injured today by Israeli police officers who were escorting dozens of Jewish fanatics performing a provocative tour of the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem.

Some 400 Jewish fanatics led by Ehuda Glick, a hard-line rabbi and MK, entered the flashpoint compound, one of Islam’s holiest places, on Sunday early morning before the police officers scuffled with worshippers who chanted “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is the Greatest) to express their anger at the entry of settlers.

Israeli police physically attacked many of the worshippers, arrested some and chased others through the compound and went as far as the entrance to the southern ceiled building, where the worshippers barricaded, before attacking them with teargas and stun grenades.

Israeli police rarely allows Jewish prayers in Al-Aqsa Mosque during the last 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan when tens of thousands of Muslims converge on the holy site for worship.

Yesterday, hardcore Jewish organizations upon fans to organize provocative visits to the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque in the city, the third holiest place in Islam, to mark what Israelis claim as the reunification of Jerusalem.

(Source / 02.06.2019) 


Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- All factions of the Palestinian resistance in addition to governmental and popular organizations condemned the Israeli assaults against worshipers at the Al Aqsa mosque, which aimed to secure settlers’ raids into the holy mosque.

Hamas said that the Israeli assaults and raids reflect Israel’s rage seeing thousands of Muslim worshipers perform prayers at their holy mosque in the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan.

“Israel’s arrogance and continuous trials to desecrate the Al Aqsa mosque will only make Palestinians hold on their mosque and valiantly defend its sanctity”, Hamas said.

Hamas also stressed that “Israeli” bears full responsibility for the aftermath of its assaults.

“The Israeli occupation [state] is a racist entity, which does not care for the inviolability of humans, religions, or sacred areas”, Hamas said. “Such brutal attacks and continuous raids into the Al Aqsa mosque reflect [Israel’s] criminal and extremist side amid fake claims of democracy and respect for human rights”.

Islamic Jihad movement said that the occupation state will pay for the settlers’ raids into the holy mosque under protection by Israeli forces, as it bears responsibility for the tension in the occupied city.

The PFLP stressed that the raids into the holy mosque and worshipers is a new Israeli escalation, which ensures the occupation state’s plans to judaize the holy mosque.

Fatah said that what is going on at the Al Aqsa mosque is the “worst kind of terrorism”, and stressed that such practices by extremist zionists will provoke Muslims everywhere in the world, not only in Palestine.

The Palestinian Ministry of Waqf condemned “Israel’s” assaults against the worshipers and the holy mosque and called on the international community to pressure to stop this dangerous attack on the Al Aqsa mosque.

(Source / 02.06.2019) 

Israeli forces raid Al-Aqsa Mosque, attack Muslim worshipers

Tens of worshipers reported wounded during the fierce attack

Large numbers of Israeli occupation forces raided Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning to secure desecration of 1,600 Israeli Jewish settlers. They attacked, wounded tens of Muslim worshipers.

While thousands of Palestinian Muslims are staying at Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, the Israeli Jewish settlers have raided the mosque several times and provoked them.

The Israeli occupation forces attacked the worshipers who refused to leave the Yards of the third holiest place for Muslims on earth.

Medical sources reported tens of the worshipers wounded during the Israeli aggression.

Extremist Israeli Jewish MK Yeuda Glick, who calls for slaughtering Palestinians, was among the settlers who desecrated Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israeli Interior Minister Gilad Erdan said that Al-Aqsa Mosque would remain open for Jewish settlers to desecrate it anytime they want, claiming they have the right to do so.

Occupation state celebrates the 1967 occupation of the eastern part of the holy city.

The occupation forces drove the Muslim worshipers out of Al-Qibli Mosque, the main prayer lot, closed its doors and prevented them from returning back to it.

(Source / 02.06.2019)