Eid Al-Fitr and its memories in the life of the refugee mother, Moeen Al-Ghazzawi: Since the Nakba and occupation, our joy has been displaced

For many years, refugee Laila Muhammad Khalil Al-Ghazzawi, the mother of the martyr of the stone uprising, Moufid Al-Ghazawi, did not know the taste and joy of the holiday, since the occupation displaced her family in the Nakba in 1948, from the Ajami neighborhood of Jaffa, she lived Various tragedies and misfortunes in all parts of her life, and even in her childhood, the feast is associated with memories of suffering and poverty.

Al-Ghazzawi says: “The catastrophe affected our lives a lot, despite the struggle of my father, who used to work in many professions, to provide us with a decent life, but we lived deprivation, misery and misery, and we did not know the taste of joy even on Eid.”

And she adds: “The first feast I lived in my life, I was a little girl among a large and poor family who lives in a tent. Our family did not have the money to buy clothes and holiday sweets. My mother, like all mothers, prepared us for first-class holiday clothes in the tent, where she cut the thin layer and rubbed it on Her hands, and turning them into clothes for us, we had no choice but to accept them, and we did not even have the most basic necessities of life. “

Catastrophe and displacement

In the Al-Ajami neighborhood, the refugee Leila saw the light, and lived among her family with the people of the neighborhood a beautiful life as she describes it, and she says: “Despite the difficult circumstances, we had all the essentials of life from the good things of our city Jaffa, and the relations between people were distinguished by brotherhood, love and solidarity, there was a renaissance The city developed and distinguished, until the Zionist gangs began to implement the conspiracy that we are still paying for today, as the Zionist gangs launched their attacks, and the massacres that ended with the displacement of our people committed naked barefoot from their homes, and from the intensity of terror and anxiety they were unable to take out anything with them, and the fate has ended Our family is in Gaza City. “

And she adds: “Despite my childhood, I still remember our lives in Jaffa, and every corner and inch of the city that dwells deep down, and whatever years pass, we cannot forget our homes and our land, and we all trust the Lord of the Worlds that we will return one day and get rid of the unjust occupation by liberating our land.”

from the memory

In the years after the catastrophe of 1948, refugees lived a life of hell, deprivation and tragedy between the loss of their homeland, their homes and their property, and the extreme poverty that UNRWA’s scarce aid has not compensated for.

Al-Ghazzawi says: “The dream of return was dissipated when I discovered the truth about the loss and extradition of Palestine. We had no choice but to settle in Gaza, where my father continued his struggle, and our patience to complete our lives. We lived simply, cooperatively and lovingly, we lived in tents and we had little, and after we lived in pride and dignity, we turned into refugees, but we grew up, and we did not give up for a moment the right of return. “

Eid after the catastrophe

Years passed and holidays followed in the life of the refugee mother of Mu’in, who tells that, despite the harsh conditions of life, the feast had its rituals and beautiful memories, and she says, “We used to receive the holiday with joy, and we prepared our needs thanks to the role of my mother, who was an excellent housekeeper, dedicated to cooking food and preparing bread and cakes on Al Babur, and cooperated with the women of the neighborhood. Before the Eid, we exchanged the distribution of what every mother makes in her home with the neighbors and devoted a large part of it to the poor and the needy.

“After the Eid prayer, and the clothes worn by mothers weaving, we used to accompany my father on his tour to greet the families and neighbors, we used to live a life of joy with visits, and everyone visited his family and neighbors and felt them. He excels at Eid and buys some toys. “

Early marriage

The harsh conditions of life cast a shadow over the lives of refugee families who were keen to marry off their daughters at a young age (between 13-15 years), and the refugee refugee’s wife, Laila, was the same at this age, and she shared with her husband the difficult situation and supported him after they had children, and she says: “Our life full of difficulties was forcing the parents to agree to the marriage of the girl and her association, despite being a minor, and this was my destiny, so I took responsibility and stood by my husband, and we started to form our lives, but the life of poverty did not stop and our joys were overwhelmed, so there was no work or permanent source of income We bemoan the arrival of Eid because we were unable to provide his needs for our children, and we were waiting for the Relief Agency to distribute the supplies to the people, so that we could prepare the cakes for the Eid two days before it came, as we were gathering and cooperating in making the work of all its varieties and forms with its filling in the Ajwa, and spraying With crushed sugar, as we were preparing coffee to serve with modest desserts for the guests, the holiday atmosphere was beautiful thanks to the love and familiarity between people, which we regret today, as conditions changed and in many cases the neighbor no longer knew his neighbor or visited him even in woes.

Immigration to Jenin

In light of this reality, the mother of Mu’in’s family moved in the early 1970s to the West Bank, and the situation settled in Jenin.

She says: “We lived black days after we had a family without an income source, and after tiredness and research there was an opportunity for my husband in Jenin, so we did not hesitate, so we packed our bags and settled in them and we are still in them today.”

And thanks to the work, my husband became able to provide for our living requirements, and I learned the profession of sewing, worked with it, and helped us in raising and caring for the children who grew up in Jenin, and despite the misery of life due to the occupation, we adapted to reality, and practiced the rituals of Eid that were characterized by our ability To prepare all his requirements according to our capabilities, and I feel happy, because the holiday clothes we buy for our children from the shops, and the memories of the tents did not leave me. “

Painful pictures

“Eid is soreness and a bleeding wound does not stop” … refugee Laila described the feast these days, after the departure of a companion trained by Abu Moeen and the martyrdom of her son Moufid in an ambush of the occupation that he chased since the beginning of the uprising of stones as “pain and bleeding wound.”

She says: “That life did not last long, for the occupation seized our joys and took away our feasts since the pursuit of my son Moufid, who carried the banner of the struggle and resisted in the alleys of Jenin, so we received feasts with terror and terror because of the repeated raids of our house, the abuse of us, and the denial of my son. My son, who was injured, and miraculously escaped death, so I was missing him on all Ramadan tables and Eid days, which turned into grief after the occupation managed to assassinate him. “

Constant aches

The tears of the refugee or mother come down, with the coming of Eid al-Fitr, which the bedwoman receives after she has received diseases, especially after the martyr of her beloved heart is useful, and she says: “The more time passes, our suffering and constant pain increases, especially in Eid al-Fitr, so how can my heart rejoice and be more precious People in my heart were absent from the occupation for me forever? Despite my pride in a beneficial martyrdom in the prime of his youth, our feasts have become without joy, as the first moments of the feast begin with a shrine visit, decorate it with flowers, and recite Al-Fatihah on the souls of the martyrs. My house, I sit in front of useful pictures that I remember and pray to God to accept his testimony, and what relieves me of his heroic pictures and his being a martyr.

And she adds: “The disease has guided me and destroyed my life, and despite my patience, what hurts is that the painful relations between people have changed, and some have forgotten even the families of the martyrs, and unfortunately in this time he no longer asks anyone about his neighbors and even his family. In these days when we miss the meaning The real Eid, we hope from the Lord of the Worlds to return to the values ​​of Islam in interdependence and compassion, and to revive the rites and rituals of the feast, the truth, but my greatest wish is that the Lord of the Worlds age honors me to live the moments of liberating Palestine and returning to Haifa and Jaffa.

And concludes her talk to “Jerusalem” by saying: “My will to our people and to my grandchildren to adhere to the dreams and goals of the martyrs, prisoners and refugees, and to fulfill their sacrifices until the right returns to its companions.”

(Source / 25.05.2020)

Palestinians easing coronavirus restrictions in West Bank

Members of the French Action Against Hunger NGO distribute hygiene and sanitation products to Palestinian residents of al-Ramadin village amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, southwest of the West Bank town of Hebron on 13 April, 2020 [HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images]
Members of the French Action Against Hunger NGO distribute hygiene and sanitation products to Palestinian residents of al-Ramadin village amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, southwest of the West Bank town of Hebron on 13 April, 2020 

Mosques, churches and businesses in the occupied West Bank will reopen on Tuesday in an easing of coronavirus restrictions, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Monday, reported Reuters.

The Palestinian Authority declared a health emergency in March and imposed lockdowns after the first cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

Shtayyeh said it was time to “cautiously return life to normal” now that infection rates had slowed.

The reopening of houses of worship, shops and factories on Tuesday will coincide with the last day of the Eid El-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Shtayyeh said that government ministries and offices would reopen on Wednesday and that checkpoints set up to limit traffic between West Bank cities would be removed.

Read: UNRWA launches coronavirus emergency appeal for Palestine refugees

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed 423 cases of the new coronavirus in the West Bank and two deaths.

The health crisis has led to a 50% fall in commercial revenues in the West Bank, in a blow to an already ailing economy in which unemployment is at 17.6%, local officials said.

In the Gaza Strip, which is run by the Palestinian Authority’s rival Hamas, 54 coronavirus cases and one death have been recorded.

(Source / 25.05.2020)

Turkey’s Erdogan: No one can take Palestine’s lands

The Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem is red line for Muslims worldwide, says Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Eid holiday message

President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends the completion ceremony of Canakkale 1915 Bridge's 318 meter two towers via video conferencing in Istanbul, Turkey on May 16, 2020 [Mustafa Kamacı / Anadolu Agency]
President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends the completion ceremony of Canakkale 1915 Bridge’s 318 meter two towers via video conferencing in Istanbul, Turkey on May 16, 2020

Turkey’s president on Sunday reiterated his country’s support for Palestine as the Muslim world celebrates Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

“We will not allow the Palestinian lands to be offered to anyone else,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a video message on Twitter addressed to US Muslims.

“I would like to reiterate that al-Quds Al-Sharif, the holy site of three religions and our first kiblah, is a red line for all Muslims worldwide,” Erdogan said, referring to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, also known by Jews as the Temple Mount, and home to the Christian Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Turkish President added:

It is clear that the global order has long failed to produce justice, peace, serenity, and order.

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President @RTErdogan’s message for U.S. Muslims on Eid al-Fitr:

“I congratulate my American Muslim brothers and sisters’ Eid al-Fitr on behalf of the citizens of the Republic of Turkey.”

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“Last week we witnessed that a new occupation and annexation project, which disregards Palestine’s sovereignty and international law, was put into action by Israel,” he added.

Israel has said it will annex parts of the West Bank on July 1, as agreed to between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, the head of the Blue and White party.

The plan has drawn outrage worldwide, and especially sharp condemnation in Turkey.

The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is seen as occupied territory under international law, thus making all Jewish settlements there – as well as the planned annexation – illegal.

READ: EU will not recognise unilateral Israel annexation of West Bank

(Source / 25.05.2020)

Israeli Police Assault, Arrest 4 Palestinians at Al-Aqsa, Soldiers Detain 3 Overnight

Dozens of Israeli police, on Sunday, assaulted a number of Palestinian Muslim worshipers performing Eid al-Fitr prayers at Bab al-Asbat or Lion’s Gate, leading to the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem, southern West Bank.

Palestinian Muslims joined at the gate of the mosque to perform prayers for Eid al-Fitr, at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

The mosque had been closed for the entire 30 days of Ramadan, and only the Waqf appointed guards and employees were able to perform the Eid prayer inside the holy compound.

On video, police are seen assaulting a number of unarmed Palestinian civilians, causing many bruises among the victims, one Israeli officer is seen hitting the Palestinian worshiper with his rifle.

One video shows an elderly Palestinian man being carried by 4 Israeli police, by his arms and legs, no serious injuries were reported at the time of writing this report.

Four worshipers were arrested after being assaulted by Israeli police, according to Quds News Network (QNN).

QNN further reported that Israeli forces, overnight Saturday, assaulted and arrested Shadi Sider from Hebron and Muhammad Ja’barai from the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.

Israeli troops also detained Oqbah Mousa, 26 at a military checkpoint in Bethlehem, southern West Bank.

(Source / 25.05.2020)

Armed Israeli Settlers Shoot, Injure Two Palestinian Youths

Palestinian media reports said, earlier on Monday, that at least two Palestinians were shot and wounded by armed Israeli settlers, in the village of al-Mughayyir, north of Ramallah city, in the central West Bank.

Palestinian chief for resisting the Israeli Apartheid Wall and illegal Israeli settlement construction, across the West Bank, Kathem Mohammad, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that several armed Israeli colonists attacked a number of local Palestinian shepherds in the al-Mughayyir village, near Turmus Ayya village.

Mohammad noted that the illegal settlers used live ammunition to shoot the unarmed Palestinian men, one of whom was shot in the leg, while the other was shot in the abdomen.

He added that the two were transferred to the Palestine Medical Compound in nearby Ramallah city, before a contingent of Israeli troops arrived on the scene and began shooting tear gas canisters towards other local Palestinian residents, who were present during the settlers’ shooting.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority’s ministry of foreign affairs, released a statement, in which it strongly condemned what it termed frequent attacks on Palestinians by Israeli settlers’ militias, the shooting and wounding of two Palestinian residents.

The ministry’s statement, released shortly after the shooting attack, held Israeli troops responsible for those attacks, within what the statement described as Israeli protection of illegal Israeli settlers.

According to United Nations’ Security Council resolution, 242 of June 1967, Israel must immediately withdraw forces from the Arab lands it occupied in June 4 of that same year. Those Arab lands include the Palestinian East Jerusalem along with the rest of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Back in 2005, Israel disengaged from the Gaza Strip and dismantled 17 illegal settlements. Since 2007, Israel has been enforcing a strict blockade on the coastal enclave.

Israeli settlement construction, which began in the late 1970’s, has always been viewed by many world bodies, including international law, as illegal, and an impediment to the long-envisioned two-state solution.

Recently, Israel has signalled plans to annex large parts of the Palestinian West Bank and wrestle full Israeli control the area. Key international parties, including the European Union, Arab States’ League and others, have rejected such an Israeli announcement.

(Source / 25.05.2020)

Hamas’s Political Head : No Prisoners Swap Deal without an Acceptable Price

Hamas’s political head, Ismail Haniyeh, reportedly said over the weekend, that his Islamist party, that rules the Gaza Strip, will agree to a prisoner swap deal with the state of Israel, only in return for an acceptable price.

Haniyeh’s remarks came on the eve of the Al-Fitr Muslims’ Feast or Eid and following Arab media reports that had earlier suggested that the Eid Al-Fitr’s eve would observe the first phase of a mediated prisoner swap deal between Israel and the Islamist Hamas party, in Gaza.

In his Eid greeting message to both the Palestinian people and the Islamic world, Haniyeh was quoted as saying “Be assured that we will not hold any deal, unless we are totally satisfied with the price for such a deal”.

In mid May, the Saudi Elaph news website reported that a prisoner swap was likely by the eve of the Eid Al-Fitr, and that the first phase would include Israel’s release of tens of juveniles, women prisoners and those with chronic diseases.

In return, Hamas would have to release two Israeli-Arab citizens, held in Gaza since Israel’s last war on the territory in 2014, and give out information on two Israeli soldiers, allegedly dead since that same war.

The Saudi media report suggested that Egypt has been a key mediator, along with some other international players.

Neither Israel, nor Hamas have confirmed those reports.

Several weeks ago, Hamas’s top leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, offered a prisoner swap deal with Israel.

Sinwar’s initiative was reportedly called a humanitarian effort, amidst the spread of the coronavirus, which potentially could negatively affect the lives of around 5,000 Palestinian prisoners, inside Israeli jails.

In 2012, Israel and Hamas engaged in the first prisoner swap deal of its type, following international and Egyptian mediation.

At that time, Hamas released Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, held by Hamas since 2006, and in return Israel released around 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.

(Source / 25.05.2020)

Israeli Authorities Demolish Palestinian-owned Structures near Bethlehem

Israeli forces, on Monday, demolished a livestock barn and a tent, east of the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Sources said the structures were owned by a local Palestinian, who was detained for several hours before being released.

Palestinian security sources said the demolition was carried out under the pretext that they lacked an Israeli permit to build.

Sources told WAFA that Israeli occupation troops invaded the area, demolished the two structures and confiscated them.

The structures were built in the so-called “Area C”, which is under full Israeli civil and military rule.

Israeli forces frequently carry out demolitions against the Palestinian people, forcing them to find shelter elsewhere.

At the same time, Israel allows the construction and expansion of illegal colonies, built on occupied Palestinian lands, in violation of International law.

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip are considered protected persons under international law, namely the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Article 4 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states;

“Persons protected by the Convention are those who, at a given moment and in any manner whatsoever, find themselves, in case of a conflict or occupation, in the hands of a Party to the conflict or Occupying Power of which they are not nationals.”

(Source / 25.05.2020)

Israeli Settlers Run Over Sheep, Burn Palestinian Crops near Hebron

An illegal Israeli settler, on Monday, ran over and killed three sheep belonging to Palestinian farmers, while injuring a dozen more, in the al-Dirat village, near Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank, according to local activists.

At the same time, another group of illegal colonists reportedly set fire to Palestinian crops in the southern West Bank.

Rateb Jabour, from the Anti-Wall, Anti-Settlements Popular Committee in the southern West Bank, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that an Israeli colonial settler, who was driving a 4-wheel-drive vehicle, sped up when he saw sheep in the fields, running them over, killing three and injuring 12 others, before fleeing the scene.

Recently, illegal colonists have been burning Palestinian-owned farm lands as a means to force Palestinians to leave the area, to make way for illegal settlement expansion.

(Source / 25.05.2020)

On first day of Eid… IOF arrest three Palestinians in West Bank

West Bank (QNN)- The Israeli army on the night of Eid Al Fitr arrested three Palestinian young men in Hebron and Bethlehem.

Local sources said Israeli forces arrested Muhammad Ja’barai from the Ibrahimi mosque after beating him, and Shadi Sider from the old city.

The Israeli army also arrested Oqbah Mousa (26 years old) at the Container military checkpoint in Bethlehem.

Meanwhile, the Israeli police had arrested four worshipers in occupied Jerusalem after beating them. The worshipers were performing Eid prayers near Al Asbat gate of Al Aqsa mosque when Israeli cops attacked them.

(Source / 25.05.2020)

Palestinians Fend Off Settlers’ Attack In Nablus-District Town

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The Palestinian villagers of Huwara town, south of Nablus, on Sunday fended off an Israeli settlers’ attack against their town.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli colonial settlements in the northern West Bank, confirmed that a number of Israeli settlers opened fire towards a local park and attempted to ravage it, but their attack was fended off by the town residents.

The settlers came from Yitzhar, an illegal settlement inhabited by hardcore fanatic Jews.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

Settlers’ violence includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.

There are almost 834,000 Israeli settlers living in colonial settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

(Source / 25.05.2020)