‘ISRAEL’ DEMOLISHES WATER TANK IN JORDAN VALLEY FOR BEING “BUILT WITHOUT PERMISSION”

Jordan Valley (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces destroyed on Sunday a water tank, which has been used by farmers for irrigation of farmlands in the village of Bardala in the occupied Jordan Valley, reported WAFA.

WAFA quoted Mutaz Besharat, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the Jordan Valley, saying that Israeli army destroyed a 1000-cube water tank which was used by Palestinian villagers in the area for the irrigation of farmlands.

The Israeli army claimed that the tank was built without an Israeli permission, a pretext that Israel has used for years to prevent Palestinian development in the occupied Palestinian territories, including the Jordan Valley.

(Source / 18.08.2019) 

‘May God ruin Trump’, Tlaib’s grandmother says

Ninety-year-old Muftia Tlaib and US congresswoman Rashida Tlaib 

Sitting under an olive tree in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Muftia Tlaib scoffs at the attention she has recently received from the president of the United States, reports Reuters.

“May God ruin him,” she says.

Tlaib is the grandmother of US congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, at the centre of an affair that has drawn Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu together against US Democrats.

On Thursday, bowing to pressure from Trump, Israel barred a visit by Rashida Tlaib and fellow Democrat Ilhan Omar that it had initially said it would allow.

READ: Israel allows US’ Tlaib to visit family in West Bank after banning her, Omar

The next day, Israel said it would let Tlaib visit her family in the West Bank on humanitarian grounds – but Tlaib rejected the offer, saying that Israel had imposed restrictions meant to humiliate her.

On Friday night, Trump tweeted:

Rep. Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down, a complete setup. The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now!

Ninety-year-old Muftia Tlaib, sitting in her garden in the village of Beit Ur Al-Fauqa, was not impressed. “Trump tells me I should be happy Rashida is not coming,” she said. “May God ruin him.”

Her son, Rashida’s uncle Bassam Tlaib, said the women had not seen each other since 2006:

“She was going to slaughter a sheep when Rashida arrived and prepare her favourite food, stuffed vine leave.

“Rashida sees her granny as a second mother, she has always supported her. Rashida says she owes her success to her grandmother.”

OPINION: Israel won’t silence Tlaib, Omar by banning them from entry

Tlaib did not outline what the conditions imposed on her visit were. Israeli media reported that she had agreed not to promote boycotts against Israel as part of her request to Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

Tlaib, like Omar, has voiced support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, which opposes the occupation and Israel’s policies toward Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. BDS backers can be denied entry to Israel by law.

The pair are the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress, and Detroit-born Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American congresswoman. Both are members of the Democratic party’s progressive wing and sharp critics of Trump and Israel.

The Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

Israel has annexed East Jerusalem in a move not recognised internationally; maintains a blockade of Gaza, run by the Islamist Hamas movement; and controls most of the West Bank, where Palestinians have limited self-rule.

The prospects of resolving the conflict under the “two-state solution” that had guided peacemaking efforts for years have dimmed significantly since Trump took office, while Israeli settlements on land Palestinians seek for a state have expanded.

READ: Israel group works to block Ilhan Omar visit

The Trump administration, which is particularly close to the Netanyahu government, has touted its own peace plan but details remain vague. It fuelled Palestinian anger by recognising disputed Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2017.

Trump has for weeks been attacking Tlaib and Omar, along with lawmakers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts – all women of colour known as the “Squad” – accusing them of hostility to Israel in a barrage condemned by critics as racist.

“Trump has told Rashida and Ilhan to go back to their home countries. What a contradiction, yesterday he asked them to leave and today he asks that they aren’t let in,” said Bassam Tlaib.

Still, the grandmother is hopeful: “My heart tells me that she will come.”

Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian US congresswoman - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

(Source / 18.08.2019) 

Jordan reprimands Israeli envoy over Al-Aqsa ‘Violations’

Israeli forces attack Palestinian worshipers, who wanted to stop fanatic Jews' raids, in Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque complex, injuring at least 37, in Jerusalem on 11 August 2019. [Faiz Abu Rmeleh - Anadolu Agency]

Israeli forces attack Palestinian worshipers, who wanted to stop fanatic Jews’ raids, in Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque complex, injuring at least 37, in Jerusalem on 11 August 2019

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry summoned on Sunday Israel’s ambassador to the country for a reprimand over last week’s clashes at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa compound when Jewish worshipers were allowed on the site to mark Tisha B’Av, which coincided with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, reports Haaretz.

According to spokesman Sufian Qudah, the ministry’s Secretary-General Zaid Lozi asked Israeli envoy Amir Weissbrod to relay a letter to the Israeli government, in which Amman demands an immediate cessation of “Israeli violations” and any attempts to change the status quo on the holy site.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Ambassador Weissbrod had been summoned for a reprimand.

WATCH: Israeli forces attack Palestinian worshippers in Al-Aqsa

Qudah also said that during the meeting, Jordan harshly criticized calls by Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan to change the status quo and allow Jews to pray at the compound, too.

Erdan told Israeli 90FM radio on Tuesday that “there is injustice in the status quo there that has been in place since 1967, and we need to act to change it so that Jews in the future can pray on the Temple Mount… We should operate to get to a point when Jews can also pray there. But we need to achieve it through political agreements, and not by force.”

Violent clashes erupted between Israeli security forces and Palestinian worshipers last Sunday. The altercations began when forces confronted Muslim worshipers commemorating Eid al-Adha, and escalated after the Israel Police had decided in a rare move to allow Jews to enter the Al-Aqsa to mark Tisha B’Av.

The site has long been a flashpoint between Jews, who marked the destruction of the First and Second Temple and consider Al-Aqsa the holiest site in Judaism, and Muslims who consider the site the third holiest after Mecca and Medina.

READ: Hundreds of settlers storm Jerusalem’s Aqsa complex

The Al-Aqsa status quo sometimes shifts, but in practice, the complex has been closed over the past few years during Eid al-Adha and all other Muslim holidays.

Jordan, whose Waqf body is the custodian of the holy site, was quick to denounce Erdan’s Tuesday comments. A statement released by the Jordanian Foreign Ministry read: “The Kingdom of Jordan rejects declarations of this kind and warns against any move that could change the situation and the historic, legal status quo.”

The ministry also warned against “the dangerous repercussions of such a change,” noting that Israel ought to uphold its commitment to respect the current situation on the Al-Aqsa.

This Sunday’s letter adds on to another one sent to Israel last week, saying “Jordan harshly rejects Israel’s conduct” on the Al-Aqsa, “which only inflames rage and frustration and its provocations of [Muslim] worshipers on the first day of the Feast of the Sacrifice,” referring to Eid al-Adha in its English name.

Clashes erupted last Sunday around 9:30 am after worshipers finished their prayers. Police forces reportedly fired stun grenades and tear gas canisters after they claimed the worshipers began hurling objects at officers and yelling “nationalistic remarks.”

READ: Over 300 settlers storm Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque

The Palestinian Red Crescent said 61 Palestinians were wounded in the clashes, with 15 evacuated to nearby hospitals. Police reported that four officers lightly wounded in the clashes. Seven people were arrested, the Israeli police said.

According to Erdan, 1,700 Jews were allowed to enter the compound.

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(Source / 18.08.2019) 

Israeli military fires on Palestinians at Gaza fence, 3 killed

The incident happened overnight between Saturday and Sunday, shortly after three rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel

Israeli military fires on Palestinians at Gaza fence, 3 killed [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israeli military fires on Palestinians at Gaza fence, 3 killed [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israeli military fires on Palestinians at Gaza fence, 3 killed [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israeli military fires on Palestinians at Gaza fence, 3 killed [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israeli military fires on Palestinians at Gaza fence, 3 killed [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israeli military fires on Palestinians at Gaza fence, 3 killed [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Israeli forces opened fire at a group of Palestinians as they tried to cross the Gaza fence, the military said on Sunday and Palestinian health officials said three of the men were killed, reports Reuters.

“A short while ago, IDF (Israel Defence Forces) troops spotted a number of armed suspects adjacent to the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip. An IDF attack helicopter and a tank fired towards them,” the military said in a statement.

Palestinian medics said they retrieved three bodies from the site and Gaza hospital officials said a fourth man was injured.

READ: Netanyahu weak on Gaza says Gantz

The incident happened overnight between Saturday and Sunday, shortly after three rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel, one of them landing in a town near the border, according to the Israeli military and police.

There was no immediate comment from any of the major armed groups in Gaza. No Israelis were hurt.

Gaza is ruled by Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel over the past decade. Israel pulled its troops and settlers from the territory in 2005 but keeps the enclave under a blockade, citing security concerns. Tensions along the border are high with frequent fatalities.

(Source / 18.08.2019) 

Dozens of Palestinian Workers Detained by Israeli Forces

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Israeli occupation forces, on Sunday at dawn, detained dozens of Palestinian workers from the West Bank, in raids on occupied Palestinian, pre-1948.

The official in General Federation of Palestinian Trade Unions, Riad Kamil, said, according to Al Ray, that Israeli occupation police erected many checkpoints at most of streets and searched all cars and buses that Palestinian workers had boarded.

He said that more than 30 Palestinian workers were detained after forces searched the buses near the illegal Keryat Jad settlement, under the pretext that they didn’t have work permits.

(Source / 18.08.2019) 

PALESTINIAN STUDENT FOUND DEAD AFTER SHE WENT MISSING IN ETHIOPIA

Palestinian Occupied Territories (QNN) – A Palestinian student has been found dead in one of Ethiopia’s deserts after she went missing for days.

21-year-old Aya Na’anmeh, from the village of Arraba in occupied Palestine, was part of a scientific trip to Ethiopia.

In a statement, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said that Na’anmeh went missing at the Ethiopian Dunkel Desert when she was on an on-foot trip with others. She then continued on her own, but did not reach the agreed destination at the end of the trip.

Today morning, Aya’s father travelled to Ethiopia to follow up with the searching process for his daughter.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry’s statement added that its embassy in Addis Ababa sent a search team and contacted with the Ethiopian local authorities, army, and government representatives to help find Aya.

After searches, Aya’s body was found in Ethiopia’s desert.

(Source / 18.08.2019) 

PALESTINIAN GRANDMOTHERS TREND ON TWITTER FOLLOWING ISRAEL’S BAN OF CONGRESSWOMEN

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Photos and stories of Palestinian grandmothers have been trending on Twitter Saturday in support of US lawmaker Rashida Tlaib, who dropped her plan to visit her grandmother in the West Bank, citing Israeli restrictions regarding free speech.

Tlaib requested to visit her 90-year-old grandmother on humanitarian grounds after she and another Democratic congresswoman, Rep. Ilhan Omar, on Thursday were barred by the occupation state from visiting Palestine in their capacity as US lawmakers. But she changed her mind about the family trip hours after it was approved on Friday under condition of not advancing the BDS movement during her trip.

Palestinian-American political activist Linda Sarsour shared a photo of her grandmother in honor of Tlaib’s ancestor and attached the hashtag “#MyPalestinianSitty” to the message. “Sitty” is the Arabic word for grandmother.

“This #MyPalestinianSitty hashtag is in honor of Rashida Tlaib’s grandmother, Sitty Muftiya,” Sarsour wrote. “Her courage, clarity, and fierceness are inspirational. She reminded Palestinians how much we have to be proud of. Our grandmothers teach life.”

Linda Sarsour @lsarsour  

This #MyPalestinianSitty hashtag is in honor of @RashidaTlaib’s grandmother, Sitty Muftiya. Her courage, clarity, and fierceness are inspirational. She reminded Palestinians how much we have to be proud of. Our grandmothers teach life.

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Tlaib retweeted the message and later posted a photograph of her other grandmother with the message “This was my other #MyPalestinianSitty who no one could mess with. She was proud of being from #BeitHanina and was one fierce woman.”

Twitter users joined the trend, posting photos of their Palestinian grandmothers. Many included stories about how their grandmothers were displaced so that the occupation state of ‘Israel’ is established in 1948.

Ameer Al-Khatahtbeh shared a photo of his grandmother and said, “#MyPalestinianSitty survived the Deir Yassin massacre, the first village that was ransacked before the Nakba strikes with the purpose to set an example for other Palestinian villages if they didn’t surrender. Out of 600 villagers, over 200 were murdered. We will never forget.”

ameer al-khatahtbeh@boysaint  

#MyPalestinianSitty survived the Deir Yassin massacre, the first village that was ransacked before the Nakba strikes with the purpose to set an example for other Palestinian villages if they didn’t surrender. Out of 600 villagers, over 200 were murdered. We will never forget.

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Samer posted two pictures of his grandmother and wrote, “This is #MyPalestinianSitty who passed away 4 years ago in the West Bank because she was denied proper medical treatment under israeli apartheid and strict regulation of medical imports. Palestinians are humans too and we deserve full human rights no matter what anyone says.”

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@WaladShami  

This is #MyPalestinianSitty who passed away 4 years ago in the West Bank because she was denied proper medical treatment under israeli apartheid and strict regulation of medical imports. Palestinians are humans too and we deserve full human rights no matter what anyone says.

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Elena wrote, “For people that question the historical legitimacy of Palestine, this is my Tata’s (another word in Arabic for grandma) identification card. #MyPalestinianSitty”

elena ☼@elenaaabeee  

For people that question the historical legitimacy of Palestine, this is my Tata’s (another word in Arabic for grandma) identification card. #MyPalestinianSitty

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Israeli Forces Destroy Water Tank In Jordan Valley

Israeli occupation forces destroyed today a large water tank used for irrigation of farmlands near the village of Bardala, in the northern Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank.

Mutaz Besharat, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the Jordan Valley, told WAFA that Israeli army destroyed a 1000-cube water tank which was used by Palestinian villagers in the area for the irrigation of farmlands.

The Israeli army claimed that the tank was built without an Israeli permission, a pretext that Israel has used for years to prevent Palestinian development in the occupied Palestinian territories, including the Jordan Valley.

The valley, which is a fertile strip of land running west along the Jordan River, is home to about 65,000 Palestinians and makes up approximately 30% of the West Bank.

The Israel military has also designated about 46 percent of the Jordan Valley as a closed military zone since the beginning of the occupation in June 1967, and has been utilizing the pretext of military drills to forcefully displace Palestinian families living there as part of a policy of ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in the area.

(Source / 18.08.2019) 

Israeli Police Raid Aqsa Mosque’s Bab Al-Rahma, Seize Furniture

The Israeli occupation police on Saturday evening stormed the Aqsa Mosque’s Bab al-Rahma prayer area and confiscated some furniture items.

Local sources told that Israeli police officers desecrated the Bab al-Rahma prayer area and embarked on carrying away shoe cabinets and patterned wood panels.

The sources added that the officers threatened Aqsa guards with arrest if they tried to prevent them from carrying out the confiscations.

The Israeli police had already removed furniture from the same prayer area recently, raising fears among the Jerusalemites about intents to reclose the place and turn it later into a synagogue.

(Source / 18.08.2019) 

ISRAEL KILLS 3 YOUNG MEN IN THE BESIEGED GAZA STRIP

Israel’s occupation forces killed 3 young men and wounded a fourth person at Beit Lahia in the besieged Gaza Strip in the early hours of the morning of Sunday August 18th.

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The dead victims have been identified as Mahmoud Adel al-Walayda(24), Mohammad Farid Abu Namous(27) and Mohammad Samir at-Taramisi(26).

Although there are contradictory claims of what took place, the most likely claim makes this incident similar to those of the last weekend, when a total of five young men were killed by Israeli occupation in two different incidents.

It appears that the young men were approaching the border with ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948 when they were attacked and killed by Israeli occupation troops, which then possibly attacked a nearby Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades observation post with artillery and helicopter – in some reports this double attack targeted the young men who were killed.

A report that the deaths occurred at the observation post is likely wrong, but the one wounded person might have been injured there. One major reason is that in the funeral two of the victims’ bodies were covered with flags of other resistance groups than Hamas and an al-Qassam Brigades’ observation post would not have a mixed staff.

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The young meen seem to have had a mix of civilian and what appears to have been combat gear when their bodies were brought to the al-Andalusi hospital when paramedics were finally able to evacuate their bodies. This would imply that they would have attempted to attack the occupation forces.

In their funerals one of the victims’ body was covered with flag of Hamas, another with that of Islamic Jihad and the last one with that of al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade but this might only tell which resistance group contributed to their funeral, not direct personal affiliation.

  (Source / 18.08.2019)